In a city full of cheeseburgers, deep-fried goodies and mile-high cakes, it can be nice to take a break from the indulgence. Atlanta has fully embraced fresh squeezed juices in a variety of forms. Everything from kale to cranberry can be found in a glass. These local spots are leading the charge in the juice revolution.
Multiple locations, www.ardensgarden.com
Atlanta’s homegrown juice bar has grown up. With more than a dozen shops and availability at stores throughout the South, Arden’s Garden seems to be everywhere. There’s a good reason. With just about any flavor you want, there is an option for you. To get a true experience, head to the nearest store and order a grand slam. You’ll get four small shot glasses, 1 oz. each of ginger, cranberry, wheatgrass and lemon. You take them in succession, and it is a great pick-me-up. Especially after those tequila shots the night before.
Kale Me Crazy
Multiple locations, http://kalemecrazy.net
This emporium of juice, raw foods and smoothies is quickly taking over the town, with four locations currently, and several in the works. The eponymous juice contains kale, obviously, along with spinach, cucumber, apple and lemon. If you’re really struggling after a late night, try the Painkiller. The shot-size juice has a concentrated amount of ginger, lime, turmeric and raw honey that will get you going in no time.
Multiple locations, http://lottafrutta.com
Need to take a quick 15 minute tropical vacation? Lottafrutta is serving juices with tropical flavors that echo the owner’s heritage. Juices are available water-based or milk-based, and in three flavors; passion fruit, guanabana and Andean blackberry. Fruit cups, smoothies and Cuban sandwiches are also available.
209 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30303; 404-996-6688, http://rawesomejuicery.squarespace.com
This Edgewood juice bar operates under the motto “Your body will thank you.” So will your taste buds. Every juice is cold pressed with a hydraulic press to get every tasty bit out. Start your morning with an almond joy that is made with almonds, coffee beans, dates, cacao and cinnamon. Or go the spicy route with the fat burner, which brings a kick with a combination of grapefruit, lemon, ginger, raw honey and cayenne.
True Food Kitchen
3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-481-2980, www.truefoodkitchen.com/locations/atlanta
Buckhead is full of indulgences. Take a break at True Food Kitchen. The menu is geared toward the health conscious, and the drink menu is no different. The root and remedy is made with beet, carrot, ginger, turmeric and honey lemonade for a drink that is tart with just a touch of sweetness. The hangover rx has coconut water, pineapple, vanilla and orange. If you want something to nosh on, try one of their epic veggie plates.