Sometimes I need to get out of the house for breakfast. Cinnamon toast and a cup of coffee can only hold me over so many days.
So I recently took a drive over to Yorkville to check out its Juicehead Smoothies & Coffee for a bite to eat. Yorkville’s Juicehead is the second in existence (the first is located in Plainfield), and is owned by the same group responsible for Crusade Burger Bar in Yorkville and Sovereign in Plainfield.
While there’s a large sign pointing out Juicehead’s location on Bridge Street in downtown Yorkville, the entrance is behind the building, by Parma Pizza Bar. Juicehead is spacious, with dark walls and modern lighting that provides upscale ambiance but doesn’t take away from the ability to people watch and traffic watch along busy Bridge Street.
I took a look at the unique menu options and placed my order for a medium “Acai You” smoothie and an avocado egg bagel. The Acai You smoothie was made with strawberry, blueberry, acai powder and turbinado sugar (Google tells me turbinado is a “partially refined light brown cane sugar”). I ordered my avocado egg bagel on an asiago bagel, one of several available options, and it came with avocado, a hardboiled egg, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper.
I sat down at a table to wait for my order, taking time to people watch while I waited. I have to praise the atmosphere created at Juicehead. I don’t know what it was - the lighting, the dark walls or what, but it was incredibly calming. It was so nice to just sit there, breathe and relax while I waited for my order.
Handmade and delivered promptly to my table, I loved my meal.
I’m glad I chose to go with the medium-sized smoothie. Thick and flavorful, the medium Acai You smoothie was full of fresh and well-balanced fruit, delivering a delicious combination of flavors that would have been a filling meal on its own. But the size of my smoothie was just right to complement my equally tasty bagel.
When I made my order, I was expecting just half of one bagel, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I got the whole bagel, with both sides equally slathered in fresh-tasting avocado, and a shredded hardboiled egg on each half. The choice of crushed red pepper as a seasoning was spot-on, thanks to the spicy kick in the back of my mouth that complemented the smoothness of the avocado and egg.
Side note: I don’t know how that egg was shredded, but kudos for the idea. It made it much easier to enjoy everything together, without worrying about making a mess or spilling egg all over the place.
I needed to get out of my house, and I’m glad that I decided to go to Juicehead. It’s a perfect location to take your laptop and get some work done while having your breakfast, or to grab a post-workout smoothie right in the heart of downtown Yorkville, and it’s filling a need on that side of town.
I look forward to the chance to go back for another smoothie, or coffee on a cold morning.
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IF YOU GO:
Address: 211 S Bridge St., Yorkville, IL 60560
Hours: Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.