- 1721 25th St., Suite 110, West Des Moines, IA, 50265
- Overall User Rating:
- (5 ratings)
- 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday starting September 1, closed Sunday
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April 16, 2008
The menu at Fresh Cafe & Market touts a commitment to organic, local and synthetic-free foods, and is filled with healthy wraps, smoothies and juices. Owner Kerri Rush, 35, says cups and flatware are made of a corn-based substance that biodegrades after 30 days in the trash.
ON THE MENU
The food menu is short - a handful of sandwiches and daily soup and salad specials. There's also a case of baked goods, yogurt, fruit, Lara bars and other healthy snacks. The drinks are really the stars. The cafe blends fresh fruit and vegetable juices in a juicer for $4.50. A shot of wheatgrass juice with a fruit chaser is $2.50. Smoothies (with added natural energy boosters for about $1) are also available for $4.50.
WHAT WE ORDERED
Curious about wheatgrass, my dining partner and I each ordered a shot. It tasted like grass, which is not particularly good, but only for a few seconds. The appeal is in the energy boost it gives, and I felt great the next morning. We also got to sample a Green Goddess juice they had pre-mixed with a handful of fruits and vegetables. The bright green drink, a special, costs $6.75. I liked the sweet-savory combination, and would order it again.
The sandwiches we ordered, two veggie wraps, tasted more like health food. I'd slap on a little more hummus and a little less raw broccoli if I was behind the counter. My dining partner's marinated tortellini salad was better.
GOOD IF YOU WANT...
Real, healthy food and an energy boost from a rare restaurant that's committed to buying local and organic.