New fast-casual spots for mindful eaters offer tasty options that are healthy, ‘whealthy’ and wise.


Los Olivos Marketplace

Load the carbs, pile veggies, stack proteins, flavor the bowl. That’s the recipe for success at noodle house Whealthy, where abundant options prepared in rotating fire pots include glass noodles, udon, jalapeño, baby corn, shrimp, bacon, garlic curry and Volcano sauce. Signature dish Ram Don, with black bean sauce, pork, shrimp, egg noodles and sunny side up egg, appeared in the 2019 comedy thriller film “Parasite.”


University Center

Hoping to feel super good fast? Visit Blue Bowl Superfoods’ sixth location of the “create-your-own superfood-bowl” concept. Its fully customizable, prettily presented bowls deliver a performance-enhancing energy boost via a multitude of nutrient-rich bases, granolas, fruits, freshly made nut butters and toppings. Everything – from the spirulina-enhanced Blue Bowl Chia Pudding base to the bananas to the organic cacao-nib topping – seems to go with everything.


UCI Research Park

Bravo’s “Top Chef” finalist Brian Malarkey presents the sleek farmhouse-themed mini food hall, Herb & Ranch. Its five breakfast- lunch stations include Farmhouse for protein plates, such as seared sustainable salmon with English pea and mint tapenade; Grains & Greens for composed bowls; The Press for creative sandwiches; Mahalo for poke with furikake rice; and The Bar for coffee drinks, beer and wine.