Nourish Cafe and Market: Restaurant Review
I love traveling and exploring new food options in different cities. I went to school at the University of Missouri and just was down there for my little sister’s graduation. It was so cute to see my sister graduate and be back in the old stomping grounds. You wouldn’t believe how much has changed in just a few short years.
One of my friends, Kimber Dean, whom I met at a yoga class down there decided to open up the most delicious healthy restaurant in the city! It’s called Nourish Cafe and Market located right on Broadway in the heart of downtown. Their entire menu is gluten-free, soy, corn and refined sugar free! They serve all organic foods, which is hard to find anywhere in this country. They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can even pick up dishes to go and their energy bites are to die for. I highly recommend the orange cacao truffles. I’ll be making a version of these shortly so stay tuned!
Kimber wanted to create a place where people with food sensitivities could enjoy delicious meals. She said they will make modifications to the dishes on the menu for each customer if need be. When asked what is most fulfilling, Dean says, “When I have parents come in with teenage kids and they say ‘oh my gosh, my kid is now allergic to wheat and corn and I have no idea what they can eat,’ it’s so cool to say you don’t have to worry because there is something here they can eat.” Dean has dealt with food allergies and sensitivities for a while and has a hard time going out to eat because she always gets sick. She says it’s so fulfilling to be able to give these customers who have very sensitive dietary restrictions some sort of option for eating out.
Customers will come in and say they cannot even touch gluten. “There is no gluten in the building. They eat what they eat and they are so grateful because they got to have a meal prepared for them instead of just cooking at home,” Dean continues.
Their most popular thing on the menu is the Broadway Bowl. It’s filled with sautéed kale, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted broccoli crowns, lemon garlic hummus, quinoa balls. It’s Dean’s favorite dish but she likes to add a little cashew ricotta (vegan cheese) to her’s. We took the family there the first morning and they loved it so much that we had to go back on Sunday! This gave me the ability to maximize my taste testing.
The first morning I had the Southwest Bowl. It had black beans, salsa, roasted tomatoes, onions, peppers, pepperjack cheese and toasted pepita seeds topped with 2 eggs your way. Poached would be my recommendation on the eggs. The next day I had the Nourish Benedict. This was filled with sautéed greens, onions, roasted red peppers, poached eggs, served on quinoa balls with kalamata hollandaise. I even ordered the Pesto Bowl to eat on my drive back to Chicago. My sister and dad got the Creme Brulee French Toast, the Mother’s Day special and holy cow, I never thought gluten free french toast would taste so good. Check out their website and nourish yourself!