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Greenhouse Cafe: going ‘green’ in all the right spaces

By STEVE WEHRLY
Journal of the San Juans Reporter
August 31, 2013 · Updated 8:00 PM
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The Greenhouse Cafe crew, from left; Ricarda Burnett, Jeff Altman, Leah Altman, Jaime Guerro. / Steve Wehrly

The Greenhouse Cafe and Organic Juice Bar at 180 Web Street is “green” in every way.

Especially the big variety of organic, GMO-free juices and smoothies, and including the organic garden out back, the color of the building (the former Bistro Garden location) and all the healthful, organic, GMO-free, vegan and vegetarian breakfast and lunch dishes.

Jeff Altman, daughter Leah Altman and chef Ricarda Burnett have extensive food service experience, from Jeff’s years as proprietor of Madeleine’s Bagels in Friday Harbor, to Leah’s stint at Bakery San Juan to Ricarda’s 30 years as a chef in fine restaurants and neighborhood eateries.

“I make everything from scratch,” Burnett said. “I love cooking and I love changing the menu to take advantage of whatever growing season we’re in.”

Although many items are vegan or gluten free, Burnett says she’s happy to tweak the vegetarian dishes to be vegan or gluten-free. Jeff says “nearly everything” is grown in the islands, much of it in his own garden or by “the best local organic farmers.”

Bagels and tortillas are all freshly house-made, and all bread, rolls and buns are brought in daily from Bakery San Juan.

The attractive, peaceful “patio in a garden” out back is a great lunch venue - and may become a dinner venue, too, “by popular demand.”Hours: 9 a.m. to 2:30, Monday through Friday Info: 360-378-0099; www.facebook.com/GreenHouseCafeAndJuice

 

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