Lex Bowls Adds Much Needed Fresh Flavor to Downtown Lexington


Members of the community of Lexington enjoy colorful smoothie creations of the new restaurant, Lex Bowls. Photo taken by Nala Shearer.

Nala Shearer, Reporter

While looking for a place to eat in downtown Lexington, you pretty much know what to expect: burgers, sandwiches, or pizza. Something that does not come to mind is fresh fruit smoothies and bowls… until now. 

Lexington’s staple restaurants, such as the Palms, Macadoos, and Salerno’s, to name a few, simply do not satisfy if an individual is looking for something light but delicious. These restaurants have mostly heavier, fuller meals, but now people looking for a healthier, lighter option are in luck! 

Lex Bowls has only been open for less than a month and is becoming more and more popular by the day. With their many flavors and options, any customer will walk out satisfied. 

I went to Lex Bowls for the first time on Oct. 22 and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the new business. I ordered the Spring Break smoothie bowl that contained the acai base, granola, pineapple, coconut flakes, and a honey drizzle. I also added strawberries to the bowl from the long list of add-ons that customers can choose from. 

The smoothie bowl lit up my taste buds. I was expecting some pre-made, flavorless base that most acai bowls come with, but I was wrong. They blended the base up right in front of me and constructed the bowl with great care. 

I also had the opportunity to try two other types of bowls and a smoothie, since the rest of my family also wanted to try the new shop. 

The Wildcat bowl was a good choice, but was not anything too unique. It had granola, strawberries, banana, coconut flakes, and nutella on top of the acai smoothie base. The strawberry banana smoothie had great flavor as well. This smoothie had apple juice in addition to just strawberries and bananas, which enhanced its flavor even more. 

All of the goods that I tried were fantastic but, surprisingly, the Power Up bowl was my favorite of the morning. This bowl had chocolate protein powder mixed into the acai base and was topped with granola, banana, and peanut butter. I was a little nervous about the chocolate protein powder, but it turned out to be a great addition to the peanut butter and banana flavors present in the bowl. 

The food was already delicious, but the service made the experience even better. The owners were so friendly and never lost interest when my little siblings started to ask a million questions about the bowl-making process. 

Overall with their outstanding service and even better products, I would give Lex Bowls five stars on Yelp for sure. I recommend this place to everyone, but especially to those who love fresh fruit and want a lighter, healthier meal in their day. 

To experience it for yourself, visit Lex Bowls at 123 W Nelson St, Lexington, VA, 24450! They are closed two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday, but otherwise are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.