Haley Haman · Jan 9, 2020 · 5 min read
I'm not going to lie... it's hard to balance being a food writer and eating healthy. I constantly use my foodie title as an excuse to indulge and say "screw it, I should eat this cookie". If you've read my previous articles, you know I'm completely obsessed with everything sweet and I have a very hard time saying no to desserts. But, with the new year officially here, just like a lot of people, I've decided to set a goal to eat more mindfully with healthier choices. Mickey's Café and Organics is a great place to start to boost your health with organic juices and smoothies, tasty soups and salads, hearty wraps with fresh ingredients, and more.
Mickey's Café and Organics is conveniently located on Central Avenue just past all the bars most of us like to enjoy on First Friday and plenty of other nights. They've been on the block for years making a community of their own consisting of vegans, vegetarians, and meat lovers that like green salads too!
Their menu is enormous with countless options for everyone. They offer breakfast, a full espresso menu, daily lunch specials, daily soup (usually at least one being vegan), salads, wraps, baked goods, and more. I'd recommend taking a peek at their menu before visiting to give yourself time to read it over.
Mickey's Café and Organics has a great lunch combo and I took full advantage of it 2 times. The combo includes 1/2 wrap and either a salad or bowl of soup. You can go the extra mile and get both soup and salad and a cookie for a few bucks more. The salad in this combo is a garden salad or you can upgrade to one off the menu for $2 extra. When ordering a wrap you have the choice of a spinach or whole wheat wrap.
My favorite meal was a half Jerk Chicken Salad Wrap on whole wheat and a cup of their daily soup, Vegan Zucchini Mushroom.
The Jerk Chicken Salad Wrap is oven-baked pulled chicken with homemade chipotle mayo, romaine lettuce, shredded carrots and red cabbage. This wrap really hit the spot! I've been so bored with chicken lately, and the jerk chicken salad was full of flavor. I enjoyed the crunch from the lettuce, carrots and cabbage too. I will definitely get this wrap again. The Vegan Zucchini Mushroom Soup was also delicious. I slurped it down pretty quickly. These two paired great together since the wrap had a lot of flavor and the soup was very simple.
Another lunch break and I found myself ordering another lunch combo. This time I settled on the Half Turkey Pesto Wrap on whole wheat and a garden salad. This meal felt very easy and green.
The Turkey Pesto Wrap is deli-sliced turkey breast, provolone cheese, homemade pesto spread, romaine lettuce, shredded carrots and red cabbage. Sometimes pesto can be overpowering, but the ingredients were balanced properly. The pesto was very tasty and I could appreciate how fresh and homemade it was. The garden salad was huge! I imagined I was going to get a small side salad, but this one covered a noticeable portion of the plate and I couldn't even finish it all. The salad was a pretty safe and basic side, but I'll probably pay the extra $2 for a more flavorful salad from their menu next time.
Next up are some colorful and yummy drinks!
I'm a smoothie kinda gal and was very excited to see their extensive smoothie menu with all varieties of options. All of the smoothies are made with 100% fruits and juices, there are no syrups or ice added. You can also add a protein shot.
One of their most popular smoothies is The Green Fairy with pineapple, spinach or kale, banana & apple juice. This green smoothie isn't like those chalky, earthy, hard to drink ones, the Green Fairy was fruity and fresh. It definitely put a little pep in my step and helped with my sweet tooth craving.
On another visit, I was feeling a cold coming on thanks to Florida's indecisive weather patterns and decided to get their Immune Juice. All of their juices are made with 100% organic fruits and vegetables. Now this juice compared to the smoothie is a complete 180. The smoothie was so good I could slurp it down in 3 sips whereas the juice took some time.
The Immune Juice contains carrot, celery, apple, beet, wheatgrass & parsley. It also states on the menu that it's rich in vitamins and powerful antioxidants, so I was like "Yes, I need that". I get it, juices are healthy and full of incredible ingredients that your body will thank you for, but getting past the earthy and prominent carrot taste was hard for me. I'm not saying it was gross, because it wasn't, I was just looking for a different flavor. I drank the whole thing and would try another one again for the nutrients. I'd skip on anything with carrot though.
Mickey's Café & Organics has a full espresso bar with coffee from Buddy Brew Coffee. They offer all things coffee from espresso, lattes and cappuccinos to iced coffee, cafe au lait, and more. I grabbed a latte with almond milk and it was served perfectly with just the right amount of foam.
A little dessert never hurt anybody! Their Cosmickey Cookies are legendary. You must grab one on your next visit for the ultimate treat, and they're huge. A good reminder is that it's truly okay to enjoy a sweet or indulge a little, besides it's all about balance!
Mickey's Café & Organics is serving healthy and organic choices in the downtown area. If any foodie out there reading this has a 2020 goal of eating healthier, be sure to stop by Mickey's for a delicious, wholesome and nourishing meal.
Popular, down-to-earth spot for organic cafe fare, plus juice blends, smoothies & espresso drinks.