SUPERFOOD TO THE RESCUE

San Antonio chef goes bananas with new acai bowl concept

San Antonio chef goes bananas with new acai bowl concept

Novo Acai Bowls lineup
Get bowled over. Courtesy of Novo Acai Bowls
Novo Acai Bowls smoothies
Novo's smoothies are just the thing to juice you up. Courtesy of Novo Acai Bowls
Novo Acai Bowls sign
It's the perfect spot for a selfie. Courtesy of Novo Acai Bowls
Novo Acai Bowls lineup
Novo Acai Bowls smoothies
Novo Acai Bowls sign

A new San Antonio eatery is hoping to bring a little color into locals’ lives with the philosophy that life is just a bowl of … acai.

Novo Acai Bowls, a healthy bowl and smoothie concept, will open at 9577 Huebner Rd. in Northwest San Antonio on Saturday, May 15.

The new restaurant venture is a concept from founder and chef Duekbok Cha, who locals may know from San Antonio sushi joint Yummi Japanese Restaurant. Novo will focus on healthy grab-and-go options, though indoor and patio diners are also welcome to sit a spell while slurping down a smoothie.

Novo’s signature bowls are built on the foundation of superfood acai and anchor the menu alongside such specials as the wildly colorful Dragon Bowl, which is made with organic dragon fruit — otherwise known as pitaya — and coconut milk, strawberries, banana, mango, pineapple, honey, and granola.

The smoothie menu, which features both fruit- and veggie-based bevs, includes the signature Novo Yay smoothie, made with acai juice, banana, strawberry, honey, and almond butter; the Morning Mood smoothie, with banana, almond butter, chia seeds, cacao powder, and cacao nibs; and the adorably named Tropikale smoothie, with spinach, mango, pineapple, banana, almond milk, and — you guessed it — kale.

While the spacious patio and cozy, colorful, plant-adorned interior lend Novo a sleek style, it is likely to be the restaurant’s custom-made neon sign — reading “Let’s spoon” — that will attract Intagrammers and clever selfie takers.

In celebration of its grand opening, Novo will treat diners to a pretty sweet deal: On Saturday, May 15 from 9 am-7pm, Novo will offer buy-one-get-one-half-off deals on every menu item.

Following its opening, Novo will be open daily from 9 am-7 pm.