580 Perry Avenue
Greenville, SC 29611
Hrs: Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm,
Sat: 10am-4pm, Sun-CLOSED
Perfect for: Out with friends, date night, meal on the go, family friendly, upscale, feeling healthy, afternoon pick-me-up
Menu: Quick bite, gluten-free options, vegan, dairy-free
Bar/Drinks: No alcoholic drinks available, just delicious juices and “mylks”
Good to Know: Organic, natural, locally sourced ingredients, made from scratch food, they support local agriculture, first cold-pressed juicer in Greenville
Parking: Roadside, free parking lots around close by
Bathroom: I’d almost eat off the floor
Between the white-tiled backsplash, Kuka Juice is both trendy and modernized. Not to mention, it serves food from local farms and organic suppliers. The vibrant lighting makes the space a perfect environment for a date night, girls day or a family celebration. You can either choose to stop by for a quick bite or dine-in with friends and family.
You don’t have to worry about chemicals or preservatives in your food and the best part is you actually can read all the ingredients on the food labels, so you know exactly what you’re putting in your body! According to their website, they also give their fruit and vegetable pulp and scraps to Merciful Farms to feed their farm animals and their cold-pressed juicing method receives 3-5 times more vitamins and nutrients than your typical fresh juice.
Located in the heart of West Greenville, next to Anchorage and across from Community Journals, they’re the first cold-pressed juicery in Greenville, which is why I yearned to try their food and of course smoothie. Previously, I mentioned being lactose intolerant and I heard through the grapevine that Kuka Juice provides plenty of dairy-free options. They offer salads, paninis, toasts and smoothie bowls, smoothies and various types of juices. Want to cleanse? They provide insight on how to reboot and heal your body from juicing and offer tips on what foods to avoid while making the transition. Don’t worry, your body will get used to it and even thank you later.
I took my husband along with me one sunny Saturday afternoon and we were the only customers, which made me happy considering I planned on taking several pictures and didn’t want to worry about people blocking my view. The woman behind the counter was both helpful and friendly when I asked about one of their drinks I saw online called “I love you a latte.” The drink consisted of activated almonds, Due South coffee, medjool dates, vanilla bean, purified water, cinnamon, and himalayan sea salt. I was craving coffee, so this particular beverage was calling out to me. Unfortunately, she broke my heart when she said it’s seasonal. Bummer. Instead, I opted for vanilla dream, which tasted like vanilla milk with a hint of cinnamon with a perfectly subtle sweet taste. The best part about the drink? No dairy. Instead, there was water, which made me a bit leery about the beverage. Since they replaced milk with H2o, would it taste as good? It really did. For those who are skeptical, fear no more because it does not lack flavor.
I ordered my husband muscle mylk (yes, that is how they spell it), which had a nutty aftertaste followed by a slight taste of greens and was both smooth and creamy. We paired our drinks with some toast. This wasn’t any ordinary toast though because it was topped with almond butter, banana, chia seeds, honey, and bee pollen. The combination of honey and almond butter made the toast both sweet and slightly savory.
One of the best parts about Kuka Juice is they recycle and provide you with three different cans to throw your empty bottles, cups, and napkins away. A nutritious meal AND environmentally conscious? Yes please.
I left Kuka Juice feeling refreshed and revitalized. I’m ready for my next visit and know exactly what I plan on trying!