People have remained at mindless downtown jobs just to keep eating at this nu-Asian diner.. The Skinny Tea House has an easy ordering system. For $4.25, select whole-grain brown rice or flat rice noodles; veggies, chicken or shrimp; and finally a sauce or broth. Also available are steamed buns, cold noodles, soups and interesting original creations. In the summer, look for spicy Gazpacho soup and daily salad specials.
The Juice Most of the fresh-fruit smoothie shakes ($2-$3) are fantastic, especially when they involve bananas. Boosters--shots of herbal strengtheners such as ginseng, spirulina and bee pollen--can be added for a quick, caffeine-free pick-me-up.
The Crowd With meals priced in the single digits, exchange rates aren't a consideration. Anyone in town who recognizes a healthy bargain joins the line, including students with full backpacks and 9-to-5ers on a fast break. Plan to order out, since there are only four small tables and no coat racks.