The majority of the menu is made up by juices and "elixirs"- code word for a chilled smoothie type concoction. You have the option of choosing a from a list of predetermined ingredient combinations or getting a little crazy and inventing your own drink. And they aren't cheap- juices start at $5.50 and elixirs top out at almost $10. Want a little kick of ginger? That'll be 75 cents extra.
However, I think the price reflects the quality of the ingredients, and certainly in the case of the juices, the quantity. I ordered the "special" juice of the day- a green apple base with collards, parsley, lemon, cucumber, and kale ($6). The... juice barista?... picked up a large basket and started filling it with ingredients from the shelves of produce. Apparently in order to make 16 ounces of juice, you need a TON of fruits and veggies.
The process of extracting all of the juicy goodness requires a super fancy juicer (more $$). Juices are made to order, so they're room temp, but you're getting the freshest product possible. The dark green product had a good inch of frothy foam- a by-product of a serious trip through the juicer. The tartness from the green apple was the first thing I noticed- barely sweet at all, which I appreciated. Acidity from the lemon balances the earthy "green" flavors from the leafy ingredients. Overall I thought it was quite refreshing.
We also had our eye on one of the elixir's- the mint chocolate chip ($6.75). Great as an ice cream flavor, great in a cookie (hello, Thin Mints), but great in the form of a healthy smoothie? You bet. A combination of hemp milk, raw cacao nibs (think unprocessed, unsweetened chocolate chips), vegan vanilla protein powder, hemp seeds, and mint extract. No frozen ingredients, but the combination of chilled milk and the texture provided by the high-protein seeds and powder provides a rich, milkshake thickness, although as a warning, don't expect sugary milkshake flavor. Bits of bitter cacao nibs require a little chewing, adding to the enjoyment.
Yes, prices are steep, but try buying these ingredients at your local Whole Foods. They're expensive. So in lieu of stocking up on everything you need to make this at home, treat yourself to a refreshing beverage- served up raw and healthy.
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