Owen + Alchemy | Logan Square | Vegetarian/Healthy | Restaurant
click to enlarge Drink your juice—Owen + Alchemy

Drink your juice—Owen + Alchemy

Mike Sula

Cold-pressed juice and raw foods from Anne Owen, a former magazine publisher, and Element Collective's Jared Van Camp

Our Review

Because there's no cold-pressed White Castle slider on the menu of $10 juices at this "modern juice apothecary," you might make the self-prescription that what your polluted body needs is 02, a radioactive-green combination of kale, romaine lettuce, Napa cabbage, parsley, celery, cucumber, and sea salt. This sleek set piece from Portlandia not only offers about two dozen freshly juiced bottles daily, but a handful of Chinese herb blends and some packaged solid foods that are the polar opposite of juice in terms of digestibility. I ordered a raw kale salad with radish, fennel, almonds, and a creamy avocado dressing ($9), which requires the digestive powers of a ruminant to power through. You can also work your mandibles on bowls of raw oatmeal, with chia seed pudding, blueberry, and honey; or cashew and hemp "yogurt" with sweet potatoes and flax seeds; or a mucilaginous almond "butter" with raw granola and maca root—an Andean plant which is said to be good for goiters. But it's really all about the juice. In addition to three green juices, there are a couple of fruit-dominant options, some root-based juices (sweet potato, beet), three kombucha-style fermented varieties, and the dominant "nut/seed" category with eight different, uh, "nut milks," things like almond, pistachio, and pecans emulsified in water and seasoned with a variety of ingredients like kaffir lime leaf, cayenne, honey, cardamom, ginger, cacao, or dates. Owen + Alchemy offers a couple of juice cleanses that may in fact "eliminate toxins from environmental pollutants, processed foods, and built-up stress." Maybe. I dunno. I'm no certified holistic health coach. But they do certainly seem capable of eliminating any gustatory pleasure from your life.

Mike Sula

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