Update from the Bitches: The Cereal Bowl is now closed.
The five year old inside us all can rejoice. Oddly enough, so can its parents. As I took the metro to Cleveland Park last Friday for the “soft opening” of The Cereal Bowl I made a conscious effort to not get too excited. The prospect of taking all my favorite sugar-bomb cereals and mixing them a la Cold Stone style sounded too good to be true. Happily, I can report that the The Cereal Bowl proves itself just as tasty and possibly more health-conscious than one might think.
Prices range from $4-5 after tax for their signature mixed bowls in either small or large sizes. Or, you can make create your own bowl with choice of cereal or oatmeal and three toppings for a similar price. They also offer smoothies, Oaties (smoothies with oats) and a full line of coffee beverages. They score points for offering skim, whole and 2% milk, but then lose them for not offering lactose-free or soy milk. The cereal selection is staggering– they offer everything from sweet fruity to chocolate fun to healthy mini-wheat style options.
My 3 on3 cold bowl featuring Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks and Fruity Pebbles with strawberries, blueberries and bananas was fun and tasty and my latte, while not life-changing was as good as anywhere else. The only downside of the cold bowl was trying to mix the fruit and cereal together. With the fruit piled on top, it was a challenge to keep everything in the bowl while mixing.
Not so with the Haul N’ Oats (love the title), which featured perfect “baby bear” oatmeal– not too thick or thin and just right on the temp– along with cranberries, raisins, walnuts, coconut, and honey. Everything mixed together perfectly and tasted even better. I paired this with an Oatie, a signature smoothie packed with fresh fruit, milk, and oats. I was worried about the heaviness the oats would import for naught. I will say the hot bowl oatmeal pairing with the Oatie was quite filling, so pairing the two might not be the best idea. I think my Mom would have been happy with the healthy factor with the second pairing.
I give The Cereal Bowl a solid recommendation, well worth the trip to Cleveland Park. I can imagine that for the next few months their peak hours, especially on the weekends, will be slammed. With the limited seating available, one would be better off visiting in the afternoon, or on a weekday night. Bring your inner child and enjoy!
Bitches say: B, The Cereal Bowl is perfect for those mornings where the first thing you need is good food, getting dressed can happen later.
The Cereal Bowl
3420 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Insider’s tip: Go to their Web site and print a $1 off coupon for the signature bowl of your choice.