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Review: I Love Juice Bar

A juice bar in our midst?

Folks, this here’s Alabama, where hashbrown casserole is a vegetable, and bacon grease might as well be in a squirt bottle on the table.

However, it’s also Huntsville, which is closing on half a million people in its metropolitan area. Many of us are from elsewhere; most of us are significantly educated. If you’re going to locate a juice bar in Alabama, Huntsville is the place to do it.

And that’s just what founders John and Vui Hunt did. The Huntsville location is the third I Love Juice Bar, and the first outside the Nashville area. Ours is right next to Bonefish Grill, at Airport & Whitesburg.

The green juices were refreshing and vibrant green.
The green juices were refreshing and vibrant green.

The boys brought a buddy, and the four of us—juice bar n00bs, all—visited.

Vegetarian? Check. Gluten-free? Check. That makes it potable nirvana for many people. I Love Juice Bar is also organic wherever possible, and makes substantial effort to source its ingredients locally.

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I printed the menu for the boys to peruse on the way. By the time we arrived, we had decided we’d each have a green, a shot, and a fruit smoothie.


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The experience is classic fast casual. First, you order and pay. Then, they bring your order to your table.

The greens led. Two boys had a Sweet Greens (apple, kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley, and lemon); one had a Fresh Greens (same as Sweet Greens, but sub celery for apple); and I had a Mean Greens (same as Fresh, but add jalapeno).

These are intense.

I’d never had anything so relentlessly green and fresh in my mouth. I don’t have a comparable experience for perspective. The flavors just explode. I enjoyed my Mean Greens tremendously.

We moved next to shots. I’d been curious about a wheat grass shot ever since I saw such depicted in an episode of Sex and the City. We tried a straight wheat grass shot, a Grand Slam (wheat grass with ginger and lemon), and a Grass Monkey (coconut juice with a shot of wheat grass).

Juice shots!
Juice shots!

Upon trying the shots, we realized we only thought the green juices were intense. Wow. These shots inhabit your soul. You can’t think about anything else for several seconds. It’s an overwhelming botanical sensation.

Observing our reactions, a friendly I Love Juice Bar employee brought us complimentary pineapple juice with which to chase our shots.

The boy's faces were priceless.
The boy’s faces were priceless.

When it came time for dessert, we each tried a different fruit smoothie. We had:

  • Berry Good (blueberry, banana, cashew, lemon, coconut milk)
  • Blue Chocolotta (cocoa powder, almond butter, blueberry, banana, coconut milk)
  • Cocoa Banana (cocoa powder, peanut butter, banana, spinach, coconut milk)
  • Orange You Smooth (carrot, apple, pineapple, lemon, ginger, mint)

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These enjoyed a much warmer reception than our earlier selections. All of these are sweet and tasty, but again, they’ll wallop you. A palate accustomed to mass market offerings might receive a bit of a jolt when learning to enjoy one of these smoothies. Stay with them.

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The I Love Juice Bar even has a few munchables available. We had spring rolls, which were fresh and flavorful. They’re very much like what you encounter in a Thai or Vietnamese restaurant, though these were strictly vegetarian. I also spied hummus among the offerings, which I’ll likely try my next time by.

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There are also more strictly therapeutic offerings, like essential oils and juice cleanses. We did not explore these, though it would appear they are highly flexible in crafting a program for you, should you be interested in such.

The I Love Juice Bar experience is a high-quality one. The drinks are meticulously prepared, and everyone is friendly and hospitable.

However, know that it is probably not an experience for all of the little people in your home. South of 11 or 12 years old, it would take an especially adventurous child to explore these offerings. Many of the flavors we experienced have no ready analog in typical day-to-day life. The flavors that are familiar are strong indeed.

Most juices and smoothies at the I Love Juice Bar are $6 to $10, and provide an experience worth the price. This is an ideal outing for your older, more daring children.

Details

I Love Juice Bar
Address: 4800 Whitesburg Dr., Suite 34 Huntsville (map)
Phone: (844) 584-2322
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HOURS
Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

 


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View Comments (6)
  • Super fun review! I have 1 adventurous child that would love to try it and one that I would have to hog tie to get in the door 😉

    • Thank you! It was a good time. I’m thinking I’m going back either by myself or with another grown-up 🙂 and having the wheat grass shot first, and then enjoying a Mean Greens at a leisurely pace afterward. I mean, it has to be your recommended daily allowance of vegetables for like a week and a half, right?

  • I disagree with the age recommendation, Bo. I believe our limited American palate is something we teach our children. Fruits and vegetables are what we are by nature to crave however bacon grease, fries, pizza and chicken fingers are what Americans teach. In defense these unclean foods are inexpensive and easy to prep in our cluttered and busy world. I have juiced at home for our children, ages 9-12, and other than the time I added tomato (bad idea) it was very well received and actually requested at times. After reading your review, I too visited the juice bar yesterday. Although, I have a juicer at home, I decided to participate in the furthering of the economy and purchased the THREE DAY CLEANSE!

  • My whole family loves this place. The great news for parents is that there’s now a kid’s size for drinks and smoothies—though my 6-year-old begs for an adult size of the Mint to Be!

    • I haven’t made it back yet, Lady. I really need to. I want another Mean Greens, and I’ll put your implicit Mint to Be recommendation in my pocket too!

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