Friday, February 6, 2015

Mellow Moods Cafe and Juice Bar, Shepherdstown, WV

In the quaint little town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, I wasn't sure if I'd find any vegan options. Boy, was I surprised. There were a few places in this town that advertised being vegan friendly, but the one most recommended by the locals was Mellow Moods Cafe and Juice Bar.

This low-key place has the look and feel of a college-type cafe with good, fresh food. The walls are brightly colored with random colors like lavender, blue, and lime green with colorful artwork on the walls. There is a main dining room, seating outside, and lounge-style seating in the back. It's like a small health food, internet cafe in a small, college town.

They said almost any of the items could be veganized as their menu was mostly vegan. It took a while for us to choose, but once we did, we took a seat in the loungey area.  I started with a delicious Green Lemonade juice made with apple, lemon, and kale.

For an appetizer, we couldn't resist ordering the Vegan Nachos, as they were called on the menu. These were sooo good! They took blue corn chips and covered them with housemade cashew cheese, chili, pico de gallo, guacamole, and green peppers. We gobbled them up like there was no tomorrow.

I was pretty full by the time my sandwich arrived, but I ate it anyway. I had the Tempeh and Avocado Reuben, which usually comes with Swiss cheese. Unfortunately, they don't have any vegan cheese substitutes (not sure why) so they just left that off. It was served on a deliciously fresh marble rye with sauerkraut, tempeh slices, avocado, and vegan Thousand Island Dressing. It tasted like it needed something else though and that something else was the vegan Swiss cheese! It also came with a quinoa salad topped with shredded carrots.

I was so thrilled to have found this place. The food was healthy and fresh and the juices were spectacular. You can not go here and not try the vegan nachos...seriously!  If you only have one place to try in this city, I recommend it be Mellow Moods. And maybe if you mention you'd like vegan cheese on your sandwich, they'll start stocking it.

Mellow Moods Cafe and Juice Bar
119 West German Street
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
(304) 876-0608

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