The Green Nature Cafe has been open a week, and my busy schedule finally let up enough for me to make it out. In Clayton, it's a little far away from my downtown locale, but it's really worth the drive.
The cafe is set back in a housing development, past the model houses, next to Destiny Aveda Spa. Parking is free and on the street.
Once you walk into the cafe, you will see why the owners chose this spot. It's very quaint; from the pumpkin orange on the walls, the real stone tiles on the floors, and the real wood chairs and tables. Sconces dot the walls but the place is absolutely aglow with natural light. You can order at the counter and enjoy the atmosphere, and a few minutes later, your food will arrive, with a glass of filtered water. All of the food is made to order.
I ordered the Maca Chocolate Smoothie off the smoothie menu ($4.95 for 16 oz) with a shot of espresso for an extra $0.65. It was HEAVENLY. It was rich like chocolate vegan ice cream, with tiny crunchy chunks of cacao. I can't tell you how good it was -- it's something you'll have to try on your own. It made me think of THE legendary $5 shake.
I also ordered the nachos off the food menu. Here's a picture.
The nachos are dehydrated chips layered with fresh carrots, avocado, tomatoes, olives, cabbage, a green sunflower puree, and a cashew cheese sauce. It was filling and nutritious, if a little sloppy. I didn't mind. I added some salt, and it was great. I may bring my own hot peppers next time though.
I've heard that the banana whip and the banana split is absolutely supreme, and I will be back to try it. Rumor has it that the kids really love it! There's also a juice and salad menu, many of which look great, like the Asian cabbage salad. I also look forward to the time I can go back to try the raw pasta, the raw pizza, the veggie burger, or the falafel sandwich. Not to mention I really want another one of those smoothies. I suppose I'm just really excited about the variety of great food.
By the way, they're closed on Sundays and Mondays. Enjoy!