The best things in life are raw, from cookie dough to Eddie Murphy's comedy to blues riffs played by pro wrestlers. Keep things raw with today's deal: for $25, you get $50 worth of raw, vegan, and organic cuisine at Rawbert's Organic Garden Café in Beverly, which won awards for Best of Boston and Best of Northshore in 2009.
The exterior of Rawbert's resembles a corner garden store flanked by dark wood and plant life—a fitting appearance given the living nutrients that await customers inside. The equally quaint and charming interior of warm earth tones, landscape murals, and hanging tea lights offers a spot of relaxation and a plus-sized menu of invigorating vittles for weary rhinestone cowboys. The dinner selection is a bounteous bevy of body-fortifying bites, a culinary harmony unlike any since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves. Try the platter of dos or guac taco salad ($9.50), which mixes either sunflower-seed burger or guac with dehydrated nachos, cashew-based sour cream, and hot sauce. Organic pizza is $3.25 for a slice of margherita and $22.50 for a whole pie, with an artisan crust of dehydrated sprouted buckwheat, carrot, and flax. The harvest pizza is a savory option of "roasted" rosemary walnuts, cranberry, apple slices, and leeks with cashew "mozzarella." The nut-butter "squash" ravioli with cashew Alfredo is a delicious heated dish served in red-beet shells and garnished with "roasted" rosemary walnuts. Accent your meal with sides like dehydrated onion rings ($4.95) and bean-free zucchini-based hummus ($3.25 for 3 ounces).
Rawbert's specialty beverages—most notably its fresh juice and house-made smoothies—are not to be missed, both for their huge flavor variety and the healthy punch contained in their condensed depths. Gulp down a refreshing carrot-orange dream juice with ginger for $5, or go mini with a wheat-grass shot ($2.50–$4.25) for an instant alkaline boost and bodybuilding nutrients. Smoothies, meanwhile, make excellent meal substitutes as well as a nutritious dessert. Try the chai frappe ($4.50), which blends chai tea with dates, cashews, and bananas, or feel the stomach-filling Force of Yoda's Jedi smoothie ($5.50), a blend of berries, banana, agave nectar, and spirulina. Organic teas and coffee are also served alongside organic wine, sake, and beer to sate all caffeination and relaxation needs.
Rawbert's Organic Garden opened in 1999, the fruition of owner Robert Reid's dream to provide an alternative restaurant for people interested in the health benefits of a raw diet. A knowledgeable staff deeply invested in the raw-food lifestyle carefully selects each ingredient used before deploying it on Rawbert's mission of "Detox and Awe" into the stomachs of venerable vegans and omniscient omnivores alike. Bring a healthy-minded friend or two and enjoy a flame-free feast with today's Groupon to Rawbert's Organic Garden.
- …a vegetarian's stomping ground. Enjoy pizza, roll-ups, soups, salads, sushi, maki, and more. There's even a kid's menu, plus prepared foods and a juice bar. – Northshore
- This cozy eatery is worth the drive for flavor-packed nacho platters, portobello-and-walnut "meetballs," and raw apple and pecan pies (you'll never miss the oven). – Boston
- …when I checked this place out and found the atmosphere to be cozy and intimate, the food to be fresh, creative, and sooo delicious, and the prices to be gourmet-reasonable…I was hooked! – seastar, HappyCow
- If you're raw, then this place is the most wonderful luxury of all. Though they do use flour tortillas and very hot water for their soups, EVERYTHING else is raw and vegan. – Smar T., Yelp
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 consists largely of gourmet raw foods, but has evolved to include "transitional items" such as hot soups, which widen the eatery's appeal. Pizzas on buckwheat, carrot, or flax crusts and nut butter 'squash' ravioli 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." He's 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.