South Block Smoothie & Wrap Co. draws from a lengthy menu of flavors to blend a wide assortment of fresh, vitamin-packed fruits and juices. Organic açai berries swim with mango and strawberries in the Amazon Smoothie’s pool of passion-o-guava juice, and the Bluenana Chill fuses together the rich nutrients and fashionable color schemes of bananas, blueberries, and non-fat raspberry sorbet. Soymilk and non-fat vanilla frozen yogurt perform their best hula dances to impress chocolate-tinged Hawaiian coffee in the Kona Mocha. A diverse mix of health-enhancing additions come swirled into booster smoothies such as the Peanut Blast, an amalgamation of bananas and peanut butter with an extra protein kick from 10 grams of whey or soy. Brand new, South Block scoops its nutrient-rich nectars from within a sleek, glass-fronted corner storefront.
South Mountain Veggies—a family-owned sustenance-delivery service—trucks parcels of local and organic produce to homes throughout Washington, DC and its surrounding areas. The medium Family Share box brims with 11–14 servings of seasonal crop ready to munch on, set aside for future cooking ventures, or wear as a hat. The carton's customizable abilities give household meal planners the option to tailor contents based on familial likes, dislikes, and crippling phobias. South Mountain's fruit and veggie varieties rotate seasonally, ensuring dinner menus stay healthy and fresh.
Cuisine Type: Smoothies, shakes, and fruit juice
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Green House
Pro Tip: We use fresh fruit. We do not use syrup or sugar in our products.
The folks over at DC Shakes have managed to do the impossible: blend decadence with guilt-free indulgence. Without using gimmicks, artificial sweeteners, or ingredients that devastate the delicate eco-system of Candy Land, the shop blends whole, fresh fruit, heart-healthy veggies, and a slew of nuts into thick shakes. The Green House, for example, pulls off the delicate balance of fresh pineapple, banana, and lime with hearty greens, including kale—pulled together with a helping of agave. For a drink worthy of dessert status, try the shop's namesake DC Shake. The milk-based blend delights sweet teeth with sun-dried apricots, a little chocolate, and a trifecta of walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds.
With its dark wood floors and warm beige walls and the earthy-sweet smell of brewing coffee filling every corner, sitting in Mocha Cafe and Pastry is in some ways not unlike being immersed in a warm, fancy latte. Cozy is the aim of this international coffee and tea shop, where colorful chairs and mismatched mugs are playfully juxtaposed with a modern feel to hide the fact that all of reality is just a hologram.
House specialties focus on traditional Persian, French, and American breakfast and lunch dishes. More than 20 varieties of baked goods are available, from crispy Persian puff pastries and rum-soaked yeast cake to buttercream-frosted cupcakes served in a mason jar. Meanwhile, egg-croissant sandwiches, quiche, and fresh paninis sate most cravings for savory food, and Turkish coffee and espresso wash down every bite.