For years, I've been patronizing Juice Joint Cafe in downtown DC. It is a low-key, fast casual restaurant that serves a variety of fresh juices, sandwiches, and entrees. I met a friend here for a quick lunch on a weekday and was surprised to see how much it had changed. I guess I hadn't eaten there in over a year and they had completely remodeled! The biggest complaint used to be that there wasn't enough seating -- well, that isn't an issue any more. They put in ample seating and several cashiers so you can get in, pay, get your food quickly, and get out in no time. It is great.
In all of the years though, I had never ordered one of their fresh juices so I figured now was as good a time as any to try one. I went with the Applesnap, which was made of carrots, apples, and ginger. Because it was called "Applesnap," I was expecting it to be mostly apple, but instead, it was mostly carrot. Regardless, it was great. They also offer wheatgrass and ginger shots.
I ordered my usual Grandwich, which I have always loved. It is your typical hippie sandwich made with avocado, tomato, cucumber & sprouts served on a toasted multi-grain bread with Nayonaise & mustard. I just love how fresh everything is there. The vegetables are always super fresh and there is something about that toasted bread that makes that sandwich zing.
The decor is very bright -- we're talking white and lime green walls. But, I think it works for this little cafe. Other vegan items on the menu include a hummus sandwich, hummus bagel, and veggie stir-fry. So, it's all pretty basic, but it is good, fresh food.
My only complaint is that they don't have the vegan items marked as such on the menus in the cafe though they do in their take-out menu. If they'd just add their little vegan symbol to the big menu, they'd be golden. So, all in all, the speed of the food preparation and prices are great. I'm sure it won't be another year before I visit again.
Juice Joint Cafe
1025 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005