Sometimes, you don’t know a dining scene is missing something until that something comes along. That seems to have been the case with North End Juice Co. where even in the cold February weather, things are Busy with a capital B — and they’ve been that way ever since this walk up window opened up to customers just two months ago on December 3.
Located at 718 N. Cleveland Street between West Franklin Street and Park Avenue in the Museum District, this small but mighty juice bar and restaurant is cranking out an impressive assortment of empanadas, smoothies, smoothie bowls and you guessed it, juice (plus about a million other tasty items)!
Seven days a week you’ll find brothers Cliff and Channing Miller — and sometimes a few more smiling faces — behind the counter, taking customer orders, and juicing and blending every drink to order. The restaurant itself is very family friendly and accommodating to kids of all ages. And they’re keeping things in the family with the space next door, too. Their mom, Debra Miller bought the space that formerly housed Cakes by Graham, to open her Richmond location of Incredible Edibles Bakery which specializes in wedding cakes. We were even told that they’ll soon be serving up ice cream out of the Incredible Edibles Bakery space, once the weather warms up!
If you plan to visit, North End Juice Co. is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Select menu items are available at markets throughout town including Cleveland Market and Outpost Richmond.
Everything at North End Juice Co. is made in house and made to order, and it shows through in the quality of every single item on the menu. Specials are offered every single day, so even if you’re a regular to this Museum District spot, there will always be something new for you to try. And everything on the menu is reasonably priced, too, with offerings ranging from $1.50 to $8.
My favorite thing I’ve had the chance to taste at North End is the Butch Trucks smoothie (yes, named after the drummer from The Allman Brothers Band) made with peaches, strawberries and fresh pressed apples. I already have my eye on the pimento cheese and baked empanadas for my next visit. And as someone who’s currently battling a cold, I’m thinking about stopping by ASAP for The Medicine Man shot, 1.5 oz of ginger, lemon, orange juice, honey and apple cider vinegar.
The best advice I can give you about North End Juice Co. doesn’t have to do with what’s on the menu — because it’s all good — but with the timing of your visit. Get there early, and you’ll have the best chance at everything on the menu being available. No matter when you go, the service from the Miller brothers will be top notch, exactly what you would hope for from your walk up neighborhood spot.
I’ve visited North End Juice Co. on a few cold mornings — thankfully they have heaters to keep you warm while you wait — and I cannot get over how big the ham, egg and cheese croissant is. The flaky buttery croissant dough paired with the warm egg, melted cheese and salty ham makes for the perfect hand-held comfort food. And even though it is huge, it’s really hard not to eat the whole thing in one sitting. It’s just that good. It’s too bad it isn’t good for you. To balance things out I like to wash the croissant down with the Bee’s Knees smoothie (mango, almond milk and honey) or the Greengo, a fresh pressed juice comprised of cucumber, kale, spinach, apple, celery, lemon and ginger.
I’m also partial to the cajun chicken salad, which is not a sandwich but a tub of chicken salad that you can take home with you. The cajun spices definitely give it a kick. It is very peppery (in a good way) and almost reminds me of a few buffalo chicken salad recipes without the blue cheese. I love the added crunch from the crisp the celery and red onion.
If I’m attempting to be somewhat healthy, I’ll pick up a tub and use it in my salads at home or just eat it like a dip with some everything pretzel chips.
Oh and Hazel loves North End Juice Co. too! She’s trying to step up her model game so she can be featured as NorthEndJuiceCo’s Instagram #Dogoftheday.