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Ezra’s Enlightened Raw Food Cafe 6516 Ferguson

Welcome to Indy’s 1st RAW, “BEE”-GAN, GLUTEN-FREE & GMO-FREE cafe!

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The top line is from their website. I know little about raw food. I do know that when creating dishes the temperature of the ingredients never exceeds 118 degrees F. As I understand it if the temperature goes beyond 118 degrees the food is harmed. Nutrition is lost and elements may even become toxic.

This cafe opened up several months ago. I was intrigued by it from the beginning, but it took a while for me and Pat to work up the nerve to visit. Our plan was to visit here for an “appetizer” and then go to a new burger joint, also in Broad Ripple.

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I never asked what was in Pat’s bowl. Other than the obvious ingredients he mentioned and the greens and sprouts the bowl was a mystery to me. I really should have been more curious. The presentation was nice and the portion size seemed adequate for $10.

They have a display case for all of their ready-made unbakery confections.

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I opted for a bowl of corn soup, a lemon square and a cup of cold tea. A very interesting combo as it turned out.

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The lemon square was tasty. Sweet but not all that much lemon for my taste. It was a decent size, approximately 4 inches square but pricey at $6.

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I saw the soup on their website. Organic corn with jalapeno. Five dollars for a good-sized bowl. I was looking forward to it, but was rather disappointed. I found no heat component to it and the consistency was much too “creamy”. All I could taste was sweet corn and it really could have been helped by some chunks of chile, or corn or something to break the monotony of the oatmeal like texture.

The tea was good. It had a slight natural sweetness and a gentle tea flavor. A 16 ounce cup, with refill, a bargain at $2.75.

Pat and I found their pricing high. However considering their commitment to local organic sources that is to be expected. Their dishes seem well crafted and thoughtful. They just don’t “call to us”. So I don’t expect to put Ezra’s on my list of go to joints.

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5 responses

  1. No spice in the soup. Not enough lemon in the lemon square. Well, that’s one of ’em you just chalk up to trying once. I grew up, going to the first Whole Foods, and I was made aware that they cost WAY more than “fat people” food, which I eat now LOL. I grew up on carob, tofu, keifer–all that hippie, healthy food. Then college was beer and pizza. But I still would LIKE to eat clean and raw if it didn’t cost so dang much, like you say. No wonder the poor are fat. When we do go shop at WF, once or twice a year, I always leave there with one bag and a couple hundred down, wondering what just happened. By coincidence, I did eat a bowl of soup yesterday–sweet potato and quinoa–like your sweet potato bowl ingredients–and it was pretty good. Only $1.88! I had no idea about that rule of raw food and the temperature. Now I’ll have to see how the burger place panned out.

    April 10, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    • Well I enjoy raw foods I just like them with some proper cooked meat. You are so right about the pricing for Organic or other healthy food. It is crazy. And in general animal protein is also outrageously priced. Carbs are filling and cheap so they are on most folks shopping list.Sweet potato and quinoa soup for less than 2 bucks. Dang. Where?

      April 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      • At the grocery store. H.E. B. That stands for Howard E. Butt, I think. It really is the Butt family.

        April 10, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      • I always had great respect for the Butts.

        April 10, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      • It makes sense because now they have millions coming out the wazoo.

        April 10, 2015 at 2:19 pm

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