Nestled on the corner of Benefit and Transit Streets, and adjacent to the already well-established destination, Darwin’s, Benefit Juice Bar & Café joins the College Hill culinary community. On November 17th, the small but cozy cafe opened its doors to serve spins on breakfast and lunchtime classics. The owners consider themselves lucky to be among beautifully restored homes, churches and museums, and only a block away from Providence’s historic waterfront. We consider ourselves lucky to try their fresh made-to-order juices, whole fruit smoothies, fair trade coffee, baked goodies, house-made soups, sandwiches, paninis, and seasonal salads.
But don’t venture to Benefit Juice Bar & Café if you’re
boring content with mundane eats. Benefit Juice Bar & Café’s menu boasts distinctive panini combinations like the “Veggie Bahn Mi” (chunky peanut butter, sriracha, apple, and cilantro), the “Roman Holiday” (soppressata, mortadella, fontina, house pickled onions, and lemon-dressed arugula), and the “Bad Boy” (shaved roast beef, cheddar cheese sauce, and crispy fried onions).
If you’re looking for a fresh-pressed fix or nourishment on the go, sip away on juice bar offerings like the “Jazzy Beet” (beet, carrot, celery, apple, lime) or, what I tried, “The Dr.” (kale, beet, apple, celery, and carrot). Of if you’re more of a smoothie aficionado, order a “Nutty Monkey” (banana, almonds, almond milk, and peanut butter) or the “Green Powerhouse” (kale, banana, pineapple, and chia seeds). The fresh pastries didn’t look half bad either; think banana granola muffins, mini lemon cakes, gooey chocolate chip cookies, and pumpkin bagels. An added bonus: the café offers free WiFi for customers.
All in all, the wide selection of caffeinated beverages, baked goods, and healthful menu options should prove Benefit Juice Bar & Café as a great off-Thayer spot to work or nosh come the cold winter months.