Raw restaurants are few and far between in the Midwest. So when I was in Minneapolis recently, I headed to Ecopolitan, an organic, raw, vegan restaurant in Uptown.
(If you come to a restaurant with a sign for colon hydrotherapy out front, you’ve found the place…)
The restaurant is in a large, airy space with big windows, wood floors, and an eclectic array of local art hanging on the walls. There’s also a small room with a counter for ordering freshly made juices, purchasing cookbooks, and food to go.
I grabbed a small table near the kitchen and perused the menu.
I started with Grandma’s Garden, a juice combination made with carrot, tomato, celery, and garlic. I ordered a small size, but the server accidentally made a large. More juice for me!
The juice tasted like a liquid version of homemade salsa in the best possible way. I’ve never added garlic to my juices at home, but it added a savory depth that I really enjoyed. Plus, there should be some side benefits to dining alone, and I’d say feeling comfortable ordering garlic juice is one of them!
(Update: I made my own version of this juice at home, and you can check out the recipe here.)
For lunch, I ordered the raw taco pizza. As a long-time fan of raw pizza and an even longer fan of taco pizza, it was a no brainer. The pizza was served in slices, with the option of ordering one slice or two. I was feeling pretty hungry, and so I went with two. It ends up that I could have easily just ordered one; although, I wasn’t sad about having leftovers the next day.
The pizza was topped with lentil taco meat, bell peppers, onions, and cilantro. Macadamia-cashew cheese was drizzled on top with a very tangy cashew sour cream and hot sauce. It was served with raspberries and a ball of sprouts. The pizza had a good kick of spiciness that blended nicely with the cool sour cream that was true to its name.
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I look forward to going back to Ecopolitan on a future visit to the Twin Cities. It’s nice to see vegetable-packed, raw vegan options outside of warm weather states.