I have long been a fan of Mother’s Juice Café, patronizing the small house on Galveston Avenue since it first opened for business back in 1999.
From one tiny kitchen came countless choices for smoothies, fresh juice, breakfast and lunch. And despite the economic ups and downs of the last decade, Mother’s has proved its staying power.
Not by reinventing itself or cutting quality for the sake of cost, but by continuing to appeal to active Bendites by offering “healthy, wholesome goodness.”
“We’ve been looking for an opportunity to grow since we bought it five years ago,” owner Mike Sackin told me.
So they watched and waited for the perfect spot.
When space became available across the parking lot from the eastside Longboard Louie’s this August, Sackin and his wife Janet thought it was the perfect time to expand. And they were right.
After just two months, Mother’s new eastside location already has its own line out the door during peak hours.
When I mentioned this to Sackin, he smiled and reminded me, “We’re not fast food. We’re good food.”
I’d say “good” is an understatement. From superfoods like wheatgrass, goji and acai berries, to locally grown greens and whole grains like quinoa, brown rice and millet, there is no shortage of nutrient-dense foods on the menu at both Mother’s locations.
Spacious and bright, the new location has ample indoor seating and plenty of parking, making it an even better gathering place than the westside spot.
And the new, larger kitchen—complete with gas grill—has allowed them to expand the menu to include grilled sandwiches and breakfast options like frittatas and black bean cakes.
Another bonus of the bigger kitchen is that they now offer catering.
You can order up pitchers of fresh juice or smoothies, platters of sandwiches, family-style salads or rice and bean bowls. All delivered for free by the “Mothermobile,” Sackin’s Honda Element.
Homemade soups change daily and sandwiches are served on locally baked Dilusso breads.
My favorite is the Turkey Everest ($8.50), with havarti, marinated onions, cucumber and avocado.
The soft rosemary bread also goes great with the Baden-Baden ($5.95), a breakfast sandwich with eggs, Swiss cheese, avocado and tomato.
Other great breakfasts are the steel cut chai oatmeal ($4.95) and the bacon, polenta and cheddar waffle stix ($5.25) served with real maple syrup for dipping.
Kombucha and espresso are also available but, first and foremost, Mother’s is a juice café.
Their performance blend smoothies incorporate fresh or frozen fruit, juice, and yogurt or sorbet. My favorite (surprise, surprise) is the Hangover Helper ($6.25) with ginseng and Ginkgo biloba.
And if you’ve never tasted fresh fruit and vegetable juice, or experienced the natural rush of energy you get as it enters your bloodstream, do yourself a favor and give it a try.
Wheatgrass juice is another instant energizer. This lush, bright green blend of wheat and barley grass is grown in shallow trays by Liquid Sunshine in Sisters, then trimmed with scissors close to the roots.
A couple of handfuls pressed slowly through the special juicer is enough to make one shot ($2.50).
Packed full of enzymes, chlorophyll, 12 amino acids, 7 minerals, vitamin A, E and six B vitamins, multiple studies have proved wheatgrass is a powerful anti-inflammatory, helps to oxygenate the blood, increases red and white blood cell counts, and lowers cholesterol.
In this town, when it comes to good for you, it’s no cliché—Mother knows best.
Photo taken by Laura Kessinger.
Mother’s Juice Café eastside
62090 Dean Swift Rd
(facing Highway 20 near Costco)
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday