Cosmic Coconut now has a full lunch menu.
On Saturday, while running errands, I couldn't resist popping into Cosmic Coconut for a look see. The monkeys (Satchel, 9, and Jiro, 7) were with me, but I could only convince one of them to come in for a treat. (Don't ask.)
Located in the same shopping center as Muddy's, the Cosmic Coconut is too cute for words. Once inside, I felt like I was in Ventura, California rather than East Memphis. Whoever the designer was did a fantastic job.
I loved the giant chalk board wall with the menu lovingly written out in colorful chalk.
It was seriously hard to decide on what to get. Everything sounded fresh and delicious. Every time I read a description to Jiro, he said, "I want that!" Eventually he decided on a Mango Mama smoothie with mangos, strawberries, and coconut. I decided to try and get in a serving or two of vegetables, so I moved on to the juice menu. As I read them out, Jiro and I were both reminded of one of our favorite books--Garlic Onion Beet Spinach Mango Carrot Grapefruit Juice. That was not on the menu, but now I'm dreaming of the book's author coming to town (she lives in Nashville) and doing a signing there. I'm sure they could add the juice to the menu for a day...hmmm.
Ok back to the review. I had a hard time deciding, but eventually ordered the Go Green juice with cucumber, celery, apple, ginger, chard, and lemon. Once that decision was made, we had to decide on the size. I tried to steer Jiro towards a small since he rarely ever finishes drinks of any sort, but he insisted on medium. I too went with medium.
When the gal told me our order was $14, I had to do a double take. It seemed a tad pricey, but like with Fuel Cafe, I am ok with paying a little extra for high quality ingredients at places that go out of their way to be earth friendly. (Yes, Cosmic Coconut is Project Green Fork certified!)
I mean, here's something you don't see everyday in Memphis:
In addition to juices and smoothies, the Cosmic Coconut has a bazillion teas and coffees to choose from as well as berry bowls and steel cut oats. You could start the day with a killer breakfast.
While we waited for our drinks, we looked around and chatted with people. Everyone who worked there seemed super friendly and chatty. I really liked the decor, especially the specially sized table for kids with books to read!
All of the tables were different and they had mismatched chairs and fresh flowers. Cosmic Coconut is totally the kind of place where you just want to hang out all day. It made me long for maternity leaves gone by when I had hours to hang out and chat with an adorable baby in my lap.
Smitten by all the thoughtful details already, the merch sealed the deal. I was in love. It was really hard not to add a "Save Uranus" t-shirt to our order. (If they had a kid's size I would have been all over it.)
When we got our drinks, Jiro could hardly wait to get a taste, His first word was, "Yummy!" He gave me a sip, and he was right. It was incredibly yummy.
I had a taste of mine, and while it wasn't as sweet as a smoothie, it was still pretty darn delicious. I offered Jiro a taste and he said it was good, but I could tell he was just being polite. At his age, I wouldn't have gone near a mango smoothie much less chard juice, so I wasn't going to hassle him!
When we saw Warren later and shared our rave reviews he seemed a little hurt. He makes smoothies every morning, but we all decline to share with him. (In my defense I drank one every morning for about 8 years.) I'm hoping to get him in the Cosmic Coconut and get him inspired to branch out with some new flavor combinations!
Right now the store has pretty limited hours, but I have a feeling it will be one of those places worth making a special trip.