Eating to Live on the Outside: The Rainbow Garden

Wow, it’s the end of my first week back already. That was fast. Anyway, it’s Saturday and you know what that means. Time for Eating to Live on the Outside! And today, I’m staying close to home. I’m off to The Rainbow Garden in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

Being totally honest, it looks good. Real good! I don’t see a single problem with the menu, there’s tons of fruits and veggies. So, here’s a rough draft of things I might order:

Koala Bear Smoothie

  • Bananas, strawberries, kiwi and pear; the name alone makes me want to order it.

The Tiger’s Eye Smoothie

  • Orange, peach, mango and dates; mango is awesome for smoothies.

The Golden Budgie

  • Banana, cherry and pineapple; very cool!

The Mighty Monkey

  • Mango, dates, strawberries and Romaine lettuce; I really dig, especially the name, and I wouldn’t worry about the dressings here, they look very healthy-friendly.

The Green Raspberry

  • Romaine lettuce, raspberry date sauce and raisins; raspberry date sounds pretty interesting.

House Salad

  • Mixed baby greens, tomatoes, onion, cucumber and bell peppers; lots of good stuff here.

The Jersey Garden

  • Basil, tomatoes, cucumber, baby greens and topped with live marinara sauce; as a Jersey boy, I couldn’t pass on this one.

Spicy Green Salad

  • Zucchini, cilantro, Romaine lettuce, celery, scallions, walnuts, garlic, parsley, black pepper and paprika; no complaints here.

Hummus Sandwich

  • Sprouted flat bread, sprouted cashew hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, onion and alfalfa sprouts; that’s a lot of sprouts and I wouldn’t worry about the bread, it looks fine.

Pesto Sandwich

  • Walnut spinach pesto, shredded zucchini, sprouted flat bread and tomato; again, another winner here.

The Rainbow Garden is basically a slam dunk. No problems here at all. Now, if I was REALLY going to order something I would get the koala smoothie paired with the monkey salad. Yes, I know. It’s an adorable combination.

I’ve been lazy lately, but Rainbow Garden isn’t too far from where I live. Maybe I should make a quick trip over there and eat something. But until I do, you check out Rainbow Garden’s menu and let me know what you’d order. Peace.

Image credit: The Live Foodist

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Sara - April 25, 2009 9:31 PM

It so happens that6 this restaurant was discussed at our potluck last week. One of our members had gone recently. It is raw foods of course. I understand food was good. No atmosphere considering the prices. And what out- everything is extra- the salad dressing or sauce etc. The banana ice kreem was supposed to be good but small for the price which mounted up with more fruit. Well, that's what I remember.

Anthony - April 26, 2009 12:50 PM

I went to The Rainbow Garden last week with my wife and two boys (ages 3 and 5), and it was great!! We shared all three sandwiches (Hummus, Pesto, and veggie burger), and they were all delicious. I also had a house salad and my wife had a taco salad, and we both enjoyed those very much as well.

Everything we ate was full of flavor and very well seasoned. I was really impressed with how tasty our food was. The boys finished up with a "chocolate" ice kreem, made in front of us with only two ingredients, bananas and raw cocoa powder.

I really liked being in a restaurant where I could order anything I wanted right off the menu, without having to make any special requests. I'll be going back!!!

HappyCat - April 26, 2009 2:26 PM

This isn't a huge distance away. I might try it one day. Given that I am allergic to strawberries, oranges and pineapples I'll have to pass up the smoothies, but the rest of it looks good.

Christine Warner - April 26, 2009 4:03 PM

I am Matt's wife (the owner of Rainbow Garden Cafe!). Thanks for posting this great article about the restaurant, I am glad you are sharing our menu with everyone! I would have to say that Matt is very dedicated to helping people succeed with raw food and cares very much about educating people. My personal favorite on the menu is by far the Banana Strawberry Ice Kreem... oh how I would love to live on this!!! I also like the Mellow Monkey Smoothie and one of our dinner specials (not on the menu) which is Zucchini Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and fresh Basil Pesto! YUM!

Sally - September 19, 2009 6:43 PM

My husband and I had lunch at the Rainbow Cafe today.It was a beautiful day so we ate outside. We had the veggie burger sandwich and the hummus sandwich.Each came with a side salad with dressing that tasted very much like ETL! The food was yummy and tasted lite and flavorful... not at all salty or greasy...you could really taste the natural flavor of the food!Christine and Matt were very nice too!We'll go back!

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