Organic juice and smoothie bar now open in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood.
By Hope S. Philbrick
For starters, I should tell you that I typically eat solid food. I’m not “a juicer.” Yet I found myself at the new Kale Me Crazy sipping samples of a range of menu options. And darn if it wasn’t tasty stuff—with very clever names.
“If you start juicing, you’ll feel better,” promises founder Roi Shlomo, who’s also CEO of the yogurt shop Yogli Mogli.
Kale Me Crazy has a menu built around fresh, organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies and raw foods. There are also power shots, organic pastries, chia seed pudding, salads and acai bowls for dine-in or take-out. Everything is dairy-free, egg-free and completely vegetarian.
Kale Me Crazy “juicetenders” prepare all smoothies to order, using only fruits and vegetables that are pesticide-free, non-GMO and locally sourced (as much as possible). The menu will change seasonally. Juices are cold-pressed daily.
One bright green kale-based elixir has a light cucumber taste. A beet drink is sweet and yummy, worth getting past the beet-dominated first whiff that may be a bit tricky for anyone timid of the root vegetable. A carrot and ginger drink is happily slurped though it could be served as a gazpacho anyone would enjoy. Watermelon juice is as good as it sounds.
Shlomo says, “I began an all-organic diet two years ago and have immediately noticed the health benefits. While organic foods are available at most retail grocery stores, finding a fast, healthy and nutritious restaurant is difficult. I recognized a need in the market for a concept like Kale Me Crazy where everyone could enjoy a healthy, organic menu on the go. Following an organic and healthy lifestyle is a passion of mine and I want to share it with Atlanta.”
Kale Me Crazy
300 North Highland Avenue, Suite B
Historic Inman Park neighborhood
-Photos by Jamie Annarino