Juice bars and life in Los Angeles seem to go hand in hand these days, and Melrose Ave. has just welcomed the newest juicy arrival: Juice Butchers.
Juice Butchers calls itself a neighborhood juice bar, and the spot prides itself on making “100% fresh, raw, vegan, organic, cold-pressed juice” according to staff. The idea behind Juice Butchers is that juice doesn’t need to be expensive or pretentious, and to that end, prices are reasonable, staff are friendly, and the shop is bright and fresh, open daily from 9 to 7. There’s a pretty outside patio with green tables; inside there’s a cool minimalist mural of a butcher on the wall, sleek dark wood community counters, metal stools. The overall look is light and airy, the vibe is friendly, almost like an old-fashioned soda fountain. You could hang out here, or get your juice and other good-for-you snacks on the go.
The menu includes juice, smoothies, wellness shots, tonics, and food items such as an acai bowl and a Chipotle Wrap.
While juices are the main focus of the menu – as they should be – the acai bowl is a beautiful one, and decked out with pears, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and almonds instead of the standard granola and bananas. Less sugar, more flavor and freshness.
If you are looking for a heartier meal, the Chipotle Wrap should definitely do the healthy trick. As a staff member describes it, “Delicious, with pumpkin seeds, red bell peppers, jalapeno for a little spice, garlic, cumin, cilantro, green onions, avocado, broccoli, and a dressing of olive oil and apple cider vinegar. It’s quite a wrap!” Other food items include carrot cake, brownies, kale chips, and granola, for a quick and crunchy energy boost.
The juice menu is varied, but includes 7 different kinds of juices, as well as creamy smoothies, shots, tonics, and build-your-own juice options.
“One of the most popular wellness shots is the Raspberry Queen, with cayenne, raspberries, ginger and lemon,” staff members report. Many of the shots and juice combinations include a little zing like that cayenne, along with the fresh fruits and veggies.
In the juice category, popular choices include Disco Lemonade, made with fresh orange, grapefruit and lemon, and the Pin Cup, a potent mix of beets, apple, orange, and ginger –there’s that tasty zing again.
“The most popular juice overall I would say is our Californication, which includes kale, cucumber, parsley, and apple,” staff report. On the smoothie side, the protein rich Golden Girl is a top seller. This rich but nourishing beverage is a sweet meal itself: almond milk, hemp seeds, cacao, cinnamon, matcha, and cardamom are among its flavorful ingredients.
Tops in the tonic category? The Helen of Troy. Sweetened with stevia, the beverage includes healthful lemon, ginger, apple, and apple cider vinegar. The Freak Show is also a big hit: apple, turmeric, celery, and wheat grass offer a curative and flavorful punch.
With the main thrust of this fresh juice spot being reasonable prices – their motto is “who says juice has to cost as much as a martini?” – there’s no reason not to go on in and get healthy, with a tasty blend of fruits, veggies, and Melrose Ave. style.