2/13/2013 09:36:00 AM

Farmer’s Road Drive Thru Coming to Chadds Ford

What’s the same about every drive-through restaurant you’ve ever gone to? Though it can be tasty and even addictive, you’re almost guaranteed to be served mass-produced, preservative-laden food. Courtney Rozsas is going to change that, and soon. Next month, the Lotus Farm to Table proprietor will open Farmer’s Road Drive Thru in Chadds Ford.

Rozsas had the idea to launch a healthy quick eats alternative for more than three years now, but finally found the right location, at the busy intersection of Routes 1 and 202 in Delaware County (around 25 miles southwest of Center City).

The space is under construction, and is being decorated with lots of burlap, items from antique stores, old barn wood doors and rough-cut cedar. In addition to the car-ordering window, there will be a 30-seat dining room with an open kitchen.

What does a healthy drive-through serve? “This is not necessarily about cutting calories,” Rozsas stresses, “we’re still serving comfort food that’s easy to eat on the go.” The menu from Lotus chef Ryan Sulikowski includes a “stadium dog” (an all natural hot dog in a whole wheat pretzel bun with sodium-free sauerkraut and sodium-free mustard) and a hamburger made from organic, grass-fed beef with turkey bacon and organic cheese.

Farmer’s Road will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (except Sundays when it closes at 2 PM), and morning commuters will be able to swing by for an alternative pork roll sandwich or a tofu scramble. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will also be offered, including a veggie burger from Asherah's Gourmet. Instead of fries on the side, you’ll get to munch on sweet potato chips.

Our favorite part is the price point - a combo meal (sandwich, chips and a drink) will run you between $6-$7, around the same as a stop at Wendy’s. Beverages will include New Hope sodas and fresh-made smoothies. Kid’s meals will be served in bento boxes. Rozsas has plans to franchise the concept once the first outpost is up and running this spring.

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