What You'll Get
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but to make it that far, you have to be disguised as baked goods. Today's Groupon offers a healthier route that doesn't involve slithering down esophagi: for $9, you get $18 worth of all-natural sandwiches, cupcakes, and treats at SweetArt in Shaw—the Riverfront Times pick for Best Cupcakes and Best Décor in 2009, and Best Non-Beef Burger in 2010.
The product of an artistically inclined married couple with a passion for all-natural foods, SweetArt boasts a menu of homemade, from-scratch cookies, cupcakes, cakes, sandwiches, and wraps, with an all-vegetarian lunch menu that features a bounty of vegan options. Co-founder Cbabi's colorful paintings cover the neighborhood bakeshop and art studio's sun-kissed, bright walls, making it a lovely locale to bust out your idea journal over a vegan sweet burger ($7.75) paired with a spicy cup of flad ($3.95), SweetArt's house-made, vegan, three-bean chili loaded with chunky sweet potatoes. The grilled Shaw sandwich($5.50) is served stuffed with sharp cheddar on wheat bread, while the Flora wrap ($6.85) swaddles house-made spinach and herb hummus, avocado, tomatoes, organic greens, and carrots in a secret sauce known as "love and magic".
All of SweetArt's cakes (starting at $35) and cupcakes ($2 each) are made from scratch, making SweetArt's cupped cakery a great source of the FDA's daily recommended dosage of intense emotions (at least 50 mili-feelings). Creative creations such as the Elvis (a moist banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting injected with chocolate buttercream) and the Lucy (raspberry buttercream-topped lemon cake) will please children and children's friends alike, while vegan flavors like the Boston Cream Pie, Carrot Ginger, and Chai-Spice paint mouths with an idyllic picture of a dairy-free existence. If you like to order things based on their names, just try to resist the Twilight, Strawberry Dreams, Come-Hither Carrot, or Royal Red Velvet.
- Anyone who thinks that vegetarian cuisine is just bland tofu and boring sprouts has clearly not been to Sweet Art, because the Shaw neighborhood café lets its customers know that there’s a lot more to meatless fare than just soy and mung beans. All items at the café and bakery are vegetarian or vegan, including desserts. – S.C. Truckey, Sauce Magazine
- SweetArt's 'cakes taste every bit as sinful as their less-wholesome counterparts. From the Red Velvet to the Almond-Amaretto, from the Cookies and Cream to the Come-Hither Carrot, every offering leaves the mouth craving more. – Riverfront Times
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 20, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 4 or more. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.