I went back to Detroit for the weekend to visit my family and friends and couldn’t wait to check out the raw food restaurants I’ve been hearing about opening around the Motor City. My first stop was The RAW Café that just opened up on Woodward Ave. near the Majestic. The food was great but the service was kind of awkward. They had a large TV on the wall with a video playing that was extremely loud. It was not just an ordinary video; it was man preaching on the importance of raw food, GMOs, intestinal issues and many other things you didn’t want to listen to when you are eating. I also think if someone is already in a Raw Food restaurant they are making a healthy choice already and don’t need to hear all that. It would probably push most people away. Maybe the owners didn’t realize that it was so loud and bothersome, so I kindly asked the server if he could turn it down in which he did and we could go on and enjoy the rest of our experience.
I started out with the spinach pear smoothie that was perfectly light, cool and refreshing. I sucked it down so fast that I didn’t get a photo of it but I am sure you can imagine what it looks like.
Then I had the tomato basil soup which was delicious! It was creamy, rich and warmed to perfection.
My friend had the avocado lime soup and it was good, but the tomato basil soup was much better. We then split the collard green wrap, which was okay. There was not much to it but some veggies wrapped in a collard green leaf. I was hoping for a tasty marinate or something with more flavor.
I know they just opened so I will cut them some slack and come back again when I am in town to try some more things on their menu. I would rather go to a raw food restaurant over any other restaurant as I just love to support the movement.
I also ordered the blueberry cheesecake to go and brought it home to share with my parents. I don’t have any evidence of that as they ate it before I was able to photograph it or even get a bite! I guess I need to put “DON’T TOUCH” on things I put in the fridge that I don’t want eaten
My sister, girlfriend and I then went to The Red Pepper Deli in Northville for a late dinner that later that night. This place has been open for a couple of years and is super cute and comfortable. We met the owner, Carolyn, who was wonderful and it was so nice to have the opportunity to chat with her for a bit. Anyone who follows their dreams and opens a restaurant is a hero to me. We share a similar desire of attending The Living Light Institute! I found myself wanting to ask her so many questions as I dream about open my own café someday….
We ordered a few different things and to share… Lentil Soup, Fresh Spring Rolls, Spicy Taco Salad & The Italian Pizza.
The Lentil Soup was cooked, not raw, and was super yummy! Lentil soup is my favorite and I especially love it when it is thick and chunky like this one was.
Fresh Spring Rolls – loaded with Mint, Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Cabbage, Red Pepper, Avocado and wrapped in a Rice Paper. This was also not raw, because of the rice paper.
Spicy Taco Salad –Romaine, Spinach, Carrot, House-Dried Tomato, Cashew, Spices, Raw Chips and Lime Red Pepper. This was probably our favorite! I loved the spicy kick the salad had.
Italian Pizza – Cashew Ricotta, Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce, Zucchini, Red Pepper on Pizza Seed.
Everything was fantastic and I look forward to coming back to try more things on the menu when I am home next. I didn’t get a chance to make it to The Cacao Tree Café in Royal Oak, which just recently opened too. I plan to go there when I am home next week for Christmas. I am so happy to see the Raw Food Movement prevailing in Detroit; I wish all the supporters great success and have much respect for them sticking it out in the D.
Put Your Hands Up For DETROIT…. I Love This City!!
Until next time…..