Playa Bowls Frequently Asked Questions

What is Playa Bowls?

Playa Bowls is New Jersey’s Original Acai Shop™ with over 83 locations nationwide. Our mission is to bring superfruit bowls to the masses using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients while providing an amazing in-store brand experience.

 

What is acai?

The acai berry is renown for its vast range of energy-boosting, cell-healing, immune-stimulating properties. This gem of a fruit is what got this whole party started for us here at Playa Bowls, and it has a cacao berry flavor!

 

What is pitaya?

Pitaya is a dragon fruit from Nicaragua. This vivid fruit is a tropical orb of phytonutrient-packed, metabolism-stimulating, digestive-aiding, body-detoxifying gold. Pitaya has a faintly sweet taste of an earthy watermelon and the consistency of a kiwi.

 

Is Playa Bowls nut-free?

We do have nuts in our stores. Also, our granola may contain tree nuts (it was processed in a facility where there are nuts). 

 

Are Playa Bowls dairy free?

Most items in our stores are dairy free except for our Nutella, white chocolate, vanilla whey protein and chocolate whey protein. 

 

How many calories are in your products?

Head on over to our superfoods tab and towards the bottom you will see a link to click that will take you to a nutrition guide.

 

How can I have a fundraiser at one of your locations?

We will soon have a fundraising page on our website to submit your request too.

 

How can I request a donation?

We will soon have a fundraising page on our website to submit your request too.

 

Do you have gluten free options?

Yes, we offer a gluten free granola option in our stores!

 

Are you kosher?

Most locations are not kosher, but a few including Oakhurst, Englewood, and Franklin Lakes are! We do however have many kosher products in store which include: blueberry flax granola, cacao nibs, chia seeds, brown sugar, blue agave, maple syrup, peanut butter, matcha, coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk, almond butter, flax oil, wheatgrass, coconut flakes, frozen pineapple, frozen banana, frozen mango, frozen strawberries, pitaya, playa acai, playa coconut.

*products may vary store to store, please always verify with store staff.

 

Are your products organic?

We do have organic items in our stores, but not everything is organic! Our acai, coconut, and pitaya are all organic. When you’re in store, feel free to ask our staff which fruits are organic! All of our stores buy fresh produce every day, and we try our best to pick the organic fruits when possible.  

 

How do I apply for a job?

Head on over to www.playabowls.com and click under the careers tab. Towards the bottom you will see a link to view all jobs we have available and you can apply there.

 

What is Playa Bowls doing to go green?

We are always looking for ways to make a strong positive impact on our environment and community by going green. Here are a few ways we are making a difference: 

  • Using plant based products (we use ECO spoons in all of our locations to minimize our environmental footprint. Fun fact: our spoons are made from corn!), 
  • Local work (We have over 1,000 employees, all local to their Playa Bowls™ location, all working to foster healthier, happier communities), 
  • Building smart (Easy on the eye, gentle on the earth. The materials used to build our stores are sourced from 50% reclaimed or refurbished materials), and LED tech (All new Playa Bowls™ locations are built with 100% LED lighting technology. All our current stores will be completely retrofit with 100% LED lighting in 2019).

 

Can you order apparel or gift cards online?

Yes! Head on over to www.playabowls.com under the MERCH category to see all the options!

 

Can I place a food order to pick up in store?

Yes! Head on over to www.playabowls.com, and under the Orders Tab you can place an order to pick up your favorite menu items from your local Playa Bowls!

 

Can I place an order for delivery?

Sure! Most locations use 3rd party delivery features such as Doordash, Uber Eats, GrubHub, and Postmates.

 

Can I bring my dog inside?

We love all dogs, but only registered service dogs are permitted in store.

 

What does Playa Bowls mean?

Playa is the Spanish word for beach. Playa Bowls translates to “Beach Bowls” which perfectly describes our products! Our founders, Abby Taylor and Rob Giuliani named Playa Bowls after their favorite surf spots around the world, such as Playa Maria and Playa Negra. It seemed fitting to name the brand after the locations that inspired the idea in the first place!

 

What is actually in a Playa Bowl?

Well we have TONS of options! We have 7 different bases: acai, pitaya, coconut, green, chia pudding, banana, oatmeal, (and two year round special bases the stupid cupid base and our booster base). 

Under every base category, we provide different fruit options. For example, under our acai category the first option is an 8th Ave which has acai, granola, banana, and honey. Next, is the Pura Vida which consists of acai, granola, strawberries, blueberries, and honey! So many different bowl options to choose from -- 37 to be exact! And, if you don't like any of our recommended menu items, a custom bowl is always an option! We also serve smoothies and juices as well.

 

How do you pronounce acai?

Say it with me - ah-sah-EE :)

 

What is in our green base?

Our green base is KALE, banana, pineapple, and coconut milk. It is super refreshing and leaves you feeling energetic and ready to conquer the world!

 

Are Playa bowls healthy?

Well, I am so glad this question came up! Playa Bowls are a healthy treat full of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants as opposed to ice cream or a big slice of pizza. Playa Bowls was created by our founders Rob and Abby because they wanted a healthier option after a long surf sesh. Our bowls, smoothies, and juices are here to fuel an active lifestyle and not to leave you feeling sluggish like pizza and fries would!

 

Which is healthier acai or pitaya?

Both of these super fruits have their own amazing benefits. Acai contains tons of vitamins and amino acids which help with muscle recovery and boosting energy. Acai also has a huge amount of antioxidants in it, which directly correlates with anti-aging! Pitaya is high in fiber which helps maintain a healthy body and has tons of vitamin C and B2!


Allergies?

Our stores offer products with peanut, tree nuts, soy, milk, eggs, and wheat. While we take steps to minimize the risk of cross- contamination, we cannot guarantee that any of our products are safe to consume for people with peanut, tree nut, soy, milk, egg or wheat allergies.