Enjoying produce in its freshest form requires the agility to pounce on apples that have just fallen off the tree and the oven mitts to handle cucumbers hot off the assembly line. Let someone else hunt for your veggies with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of certified organic fare for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Organic Garden Cafe in Beverly.
Organic Garden Cafe restores bodies with vibrant and enzyme-rich cuisine, which has helped the restaurant claim an array of awards from local media outlets. Starting with a foundation of certified organic ingredients, chefs build blissful bites using dehydrators and low-heat cooking techniques to protect produce's innate nutrients, enzymes, and feelings of self-worth. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Organic Garden Cafe's robust menu boasts starters such as The Grateful Bowl featuring kale, quinoa, bean sprouts, teriyaki almonds, carrots, and scallion with curry sauce ($1-$8.50 or more) or Japanese miso, a macrobiotic morning mélange of rice, leeks, crimini mushrooms, and sweet white miso ($3.50 for a cup; $5 for a bowl). Seas of nut-butter-squash ravioli sequestered in red-beet shells bob past buoys of rosemary walnuts and cashews alfredo ($15.95), and forks get shipwrecked on pizzas piled with spinach and caramelized onions ($13.50 for a half; $24.50 for a whole). Diners can mark the dénouement of their organic experience with a speciality pie such as vegan tiramisu ($8-$9/slice), a flourish of fruit pies such as apple and black forest ($7–$7.50/slice), or load up on truffles infused with super-food goji berries, known for their antioxidant and anti-gravity properties.
Organic Garden Cafe
Organic Garden Cafe's vegetarian, organic dishes have earned the eatery nods in Edible Boston, Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" in 2009 and 2013, and Northshore Magazine's Best of Northshore Awards every year from 2009 to 2013. As owner Robert Reid told Edible Boston, the menu once consisted largely of gourmet raw foods but evolved to include hot soups and grain bowls. Special entrees like the nut butter 'squash' ravioli and zucchini spaghetti & meetballs are heated under a food lamp, so that the food remains 80 to 90 percent raw, yet "tastes like it just came out of the oven." They have also added more seasonal and local items, working with nearby farms for greens and root veggies.
The café's staff also whip up smoothies at its juice bar, such as the Yoda's Jedi smoothie with strawberries, bananas, dates, and spirulina. Customers can also add a boost to their drinks with smoothie enhancers such as flax oil, maca root, bee pollen, and poltergeist sweat.