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To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative offer of 3x points on dining on the first Friday of every month, we regularly round up the best in food and drink. For January, since juice cleanses are a great way to start a new year (of travel adventures) with a clean slate, TPG Contributor Michele Herrmann gives us her rundown of the best juice bars you’ll find all over the country.
Beverly Hills Juice, Beverly Hills
After sharing his freshly-squeezed juice experiments with family and friends, founder and vegetarian David Otto opened his first store in 1975 on Santa Monica Boulevard, then moved to his present-day location on Beverly Boulevard four years later. With an emphasis on using organic and locally sourced ingredients, Beverly Hills Juice produces a range of vegetable, fruit, coconut and ginger-based drinks as well as a Daily Citrus Blend featuring seasonal flavors. Its signature creation, the Banana Manna Shake, is a vegan alternative to ice cream made from bananas and your choice of an add-in juice.
Glow Bio, Los Angeles
This popular line of specialty smoothies, juices and cleanses by Kimberly Snyder—a nutritionist to top entertainment celebrities—helps rebuild the digestion system with ingredients that aid in the removal of toxins and maintenance of blood sugar levels. Each smoothie has a different positive focus, such as the anti-aging Baby Skin, a mixture of blueberries, bee pollen, stevia and coconut water. For ordering, national shipping is available online or you can head to Glow Bio’s juice bar on Melrose Avenue.
Pressed Juicery, Southern California
Started in 2010 by three friends, Pressed Juicery bottles extend to seasonal, citrus, fruit and green/root based juices, coffee concoctions and signature blends with different nutty flavors. Some have mini-categories like a Greens 1.5 (with a veggie mix that includes celery, lemon, spinach and sea salt) and Roots 1, 2 and 3. First opened at a tiny Brentwood storefront in West LA, this leading juicery chain now has several locations in both Southern and Northern California and offers national delivery, a subscription program and sampler kits.
Thrive Juicery, San Francisco
A girl’s getaway to Palm Springs inspired Megan Propp and Stephanie Hubbard to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and embark on developing a line of seasonal juice cleanses. In addition to the greens-focused Green Machine to fruity blends like PAMP (pineapple, apple, mint and pear), you’ll find set cleanse packages such as Reboot and Deep Dive, as well as the option of designing your own custom order. Products can be bought online or at Thrive’s San Francisco locations at the Marina, in the Financial District, and on Russian Hill.
Juice Shop, San Francisco
When Charlie Gulick was diagnosed with a rare liver condition, he took up a prescribed raw vegan food regimen with an emphasis on juicing to improve his health. Today, Charlie runs five Juice Shop locations throughout San Francisco and one in Corte Madera, along with his brothers, Ben and Jake, and his wife, Lina. Menu items include an assortment of elixirs, cleansers and raw cold-pressed juices like the detoxifying Liver-Aid and Beta Green, a “super-root” drink that honors the man who invented the cold-press method the company uses.
Blue Print Cleanse, New York City
This innovative line of juice cleanses is designed to make cleansing more user-friendly to just about anyone—from raw-food acolytes to steady carnivores. Founder Zoe Sakoutis was inspired to start BluePrintCleanse after having painful results with her own attempts to find the right cleanse, and she now offers cleanses at three different levels of intensity. Through online ordering, interested users can buy these sets and/or packs of various types of flavorful juices such as the protein-filled and caffeine-providing Coffee Cashew.
Juice Press, New York City
With more than 20 locations in New York—and growing—Marcus Antebi’s company centers on raw foods, desserts, juices and superfood smoothies in a grab-and-go store model. Their juices, smoothies and shakes have fun names Doctor Earth (a super-greens blend), Fireball (an immunity-building orange/cayenne/ginger mix), and the colorful, fruity Peaching to the Choir. Provotics, hot soups and desserts can be purchased online, along with some juices and cleanse sets.
Melvin’s Juice Box, New York City
Melvin Major, Jr. is a 20-year veteran of NYC’s organic juice scene and his two juice bar locations are still thriving. His latest product is the Body Good Cleanse, a one-, three- or five-day cleanse program that can be purchased online. Melvin’s regular “juice box” contains booster shots, and he also offers fresh single and mixed juices, as well as popular shakes like the Harry Fontabella, which includes rice milk, banana, either blueberry or strawberry, and hemp granola.
In Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, this juice shop near the Orange Line metro station fills up commuters and other customers with 12- through 24-ounce blended beverages that range from blends of common fruits and veggies to standout smoothies like the Menta Y Chocolate, which includes dates, mint, raw cacao, cinnamon, cashew milk, cayenne and banana. Detox cleanse orders can be placed online with three preset package choices, as well as a customizable option.
Peeled Juice Bar is so committed to its “drink local, care global” motto that it uses biodegradable materials like corn-based disposable cups and utensils, as well as tables and counters made from reclaimed wood. It uses a small-batch blending process for its catchily-named juice combos and smoothies, such as the power-packed Please, No Autographs, and also offers nut milks, phyto waters, cold-pressed juices, blended teas, and a few cleanse plans. Certain products are available for local delivery and/or nationwide shipping within the continental U.S.
Described as “high frequency, high energy juice,” Drought bottles an assortment of organic 16-ounce juices, young Thai coconut waters, immunity potions and ginger shots. The WASH cleanse is an innovative juicing program that enables drinkers to acquire a complete set of daily nutrients with six raw, organic and unpasteurized juices over the course of one day. Users can follow up with The RINSE, a supplemental package of three juices to help with easing in and out of full juicing days, as well as sticking to a healthier track.
Purée Juice Bar, Washington, D.C.
Calling itself the Washington, D.C. area’s only 100% organic, raw vegan, fresh, cold-pressed juice bar, Purée offers glass-bottled signature blends and elixirs that address needs such as hydrating and healing—such as the Green Goddess , a blend of spinach, romaine, kale, cucumber and celery—and also novel shakes like the Orange Lassi, which is made with coconut, cardamon, house-made almond mylk, and a pinch of Himalayan salt. Six pre-set packaged cleanses bear names like Pure (which contains juices like Mean Lemon-Aid and 22 Karat) and Progression. Healthy entrees and snacks can be ordered from its vegan kitchen, and local delivery is available.
Literally started out of founder Matthew Sherman’s house, this Floridian food find juices up detoxers like Esta Too Hot (with various citrus fruits, ginger, cayenne, and camu camu), alkaline waters, shots, smoothies, and various sweet, deep and mid-green blends, as well as nut and coconut mylks. Four different levels of cleanses are available, and meals can be ordered too: salads, tapas, sprouted sandwiches, and sweets. There are four Miami-area locations, in South Beach, Miami Beach, Wynwood and Coral Gables.
Juice Nashville, Nashville
Said to be the first cold-pressed juicery in Tennessee, this family-owned business developed after founder/co-owner Stephanie Waring turned to juicing to help with her health problems in 2011. She decided to spin what she was learning into a full-time craft, and thanks to a successful April 2013 Kickstarter campaign, Juice Nashville opened its doors last July in The Gulch. Inventory includes cleanse kits, gift boxes and an assortment of greens, nut-based milks and other specialty juice blends like Hot Stuff. Scheduled pre-order juice pickups are available daily, and certain local delivery options are available.
Dtox Juice, Atlanta
This Georgian smoothie and juice bar blends an assortment of 8- and 16-ounce juices such as Gold (featuring Brazil nuts, alkaline-and-coconut water, pink salt and turmeric) as well as milks such as Popeye Milk (with matcha, dates and, of course, spinach). You’ll find elixirs, teas, lattes and meals, too. Six different cleanse assortments target everything from weight loss or to boosting the liver and kidneys. Aside from edibles, Dtox Juice sells a Dtox Ginger Eucalyptus Bath product that can help in sweating out toxins at home, available for local purchase only.
The GEM, Dallas
Founders and Certified Holistic Health Counselors Mary Kathryn Bass and Leslie Needleman used their shared love a healthy and spirited lifestyle toward perfecting tasty pressed juice combinations. They use a non-high pressure process to extend their products shelf life to produce fruit-and-veggie delights like Shine & Sparkle (with apple, celery, spinach, parsley andj alapeño) and lemony ones like Clarity Lemonade (with lemon, Grade B maple syrup and cayenne). Smoothies, special shot “gems” and three- to five-day cleanses are also available. In conjunction with The Gem, Bass and Needleman offer whole life nutritional counseling through their “Diamonds on your Inside” program.
Now the owner of 10 Austin-area locations and one in Brooklyn, New York, founder Matt Shook first found his calling through a part-time job at a juice joint. His JuiceLand chain serves up pithily-titled fruit/veg juices like the catchy Rosie Cheek (with watermelon, raspberry, lemon and rosewater) or Xtra Holla Pain Yo! (named for its dashes of jalapeño and habanero) plus has four different cleansing level products. Also find fresh-fruit aguas frescas like peach watermelon and maté mint, along with raw-superfood cocktails.
Juicd Life, Phoenix
Promoting clean, healthy eating habits for people on the go, Juicd Life produces cold-pressed and made-to-order centrifugal juices, as well as one-, two- or three-day cleanses (the latter of which can be ordered online). Eight types of juices focus on metabolizing, purifying and more, and healthy snacks and açai bowls can also be found here. Juicd Life has its own rewards program, where customers can earn points based on set purchase amounts.
Sip, Portland, Oregon
From humble beginnings in a renovated camper, this inventive eatery has now grown to two popular Portland locations, serving up juices, smoothies and special treats, such as vegan “milkshakes” made with organic Coconut Bliss ice cream. There are also steamed-juice elixirs like Flu Slayer—a concoction of apple, lemon, ginger, garlic, Oregon grape and echinacea tincture—and shots like E3Live, a 100% blue-green super potent algae. In 2012, Sip opened Canteen, its shaker-inspired modern café that serves everyday American staples with a healthful twist.
Evolution Fresh, Seattle
Though acquisition by Starbucks brought this company into the mainstream in 2011, founder Jimmy Rosenberg actually started Evolution Fresh back in 1995. To maintain freshness and flavor in its juices, Evolution Fresh uses high-pressure, cold-press processing methods to keep ingredients at cooler temps and maintain their nutrients. Evolution has three stores in the Seattle area and one in San Francisco, with juices that range from single and combined flavors like Organic Ruby Roots (a cranberry, cherry and root-veggie mix) to lemonades and green blends.
Don’t forget to go out there today and use your Chase Sapphire Preferred card to score 3x the points on eating and drinking! For more gastronomic inspiration, check out our previous roundups: Best Lobster Rolls in the US, Best Spots for Craft Beer, 18 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants and 16 Top Pie Shops.
What’s your favorite spot (or company) for fresh-squeezed juice? With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.