In the latter portion of 2015, a new juicing bar opened up in the heart of Riverside.
They focused on 100% raw juice, no high pressure processing, no additives or preservatives, and made with clean, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Besides the juices, they decided to also serve smoothies, Acai bowls, and much more.
They are Songbird Juice Co.
Located at 1142 N Bitting, near the southeast corner of 11th and Bitting, Songbird Juice Co. has really helped bring a cozy feel to Riverside. Just walking up to their doors, there was plenty of seating outside under an overhanging balcony along with other tables further out closer to the street..
The true beauty of Songbird Juice Co. could be found inside once you entered through their front door.
My family and I made a little brother/sister trip to check out the whole Riverside area and get a glimpse….. scratch that…. taste of what Songbird Juice Co. was all about. On our visit, there was just one person staffing the whole place and fortunately it was right before close and she wasn’t busy at all.
This was all our first experience at a juice bar and we had so many questions and she politely took the time to answer all of our questions and make many different suggestions to us.
Just looking at the menu, there was so much to take in!
With so many different items to choose from, we decided to make an evening of it and try as much as we could. My brothers and sister-in-law went with three different signature smoothies: the Optimist, Banana Bliss and Sunny C.
It took me a while to figure out what I wanted. I was so ecstatic everything was made with Almond Milk, Coconut Milk or Rice Milk. For someone like me who is lactose intolerant, it was such a joy to see. After the lady on staff through many great sounding suggestions to me, I eventually settled on the Sunflower Acai Bowl.
We were able to watch the lady make all our orders. Her attention to detail and making sure everything came out perfectly was quite impressive especially with the Acai Bowl.
The smoothies were a hit with my family. They all loved each of the flavors they get; not too thick but at the same time not watered down. But what everybody had their eyes focused on was the Acai Bowl.
It was served in one of those plastic bowls you find at a Frozen Yogurt shop. At 16 ounces, it was probably the best bang for the buck we spent at Songbird. Included in the bowl was banana, rice milk, granola, berries, sunflower seeds and honey. Everything was fresh and after mixing it all, it may have been one of the greatest things we’ve ever tasted. If you’ve been reading these reviews for some time, I tend to get overdramatic about REALY good food and by no means am I over-exaggerating when I say the Acai Bowl was fantastic. Our one regret may have been not ordering their other Acai Bowl on hand that evening.
After the smoothies and Acai bowl, our eyes turned towards their cold pressed juices which is the focus of the entire business. Many of their juices are healthy blends of fresh fruits and vegetables ranging from cucumber, spinach, carrots, beets, ginger, kale, tumeric, mint, apple, pineapple, celery, the list goes on and on.
We were able to try a sample of all their juices available in little shot glasses. It was definitely refreshing taking something healthy out of a shot glass for once in my life. Admittedly some of the juices are not for everybody’s taste palate. Many of the juice options like Vitality and Gratitude just weren’t for us because of the inclusion of beets which really stood out. Recovery which included spinach, parsley, cucumber, romaine, celery and green apple just tasted too “earthy” or “natural” for us. We needed something with a little more zing to it which led us to Shine and Harmony; our two favorite of the juices we tried. Shine, for sure, was the favorite. It included pineapple, apple and mint.
While some of the juices weren’t for us, they all went down rather smoothly and felt clean upon touching our lips. Definitely, the easiest shot I’ve ever taken in a bar or juice bar in this case.
One drawback of it was a 16 ounce bottle of juice runs $8 which is a bit pricey.
Next on our tasting tour was a flight of their teas which included Kombucha, a fermented tea that offers many health benefits. There were four flavors on hand that evening: Peach/Balsamic, Grapefruit, Ginger and Blueberry. With none of us being fans of Ginger, that narrowed down our favorite teas to the Grapefruit and Blueberry. My brother loved that they had the teas on tap and planned on making a return there for more.
All in all, it was a fantastic impromptu visit for us. The lady working that evening was just a true pleasure to talk to about the business and the benefits of juicing (Not the Alex Rodriguez type of juicing). The business and surrounding area just had cozy written all over it. It would make a great hangout spot with friends or even a date location.
Everyone who went said the would be back again in the future. Such a pleasant surprise for all in attendance.
For more information on Songbird Juice Co, visit their website.
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