Try This: Rooted Juicery + Kitchen

Oakley Square’s juice bar ups the ante on Cincinnati’s health food offerings.

Forget New Year’s resolutions. We have a mid-summer resolution to get our nutrition in check (maybe because we’ve recently wrapped production on a certain burger-themed issue). And since we’re not going to start eating salad every day (because no), juice seems as good a place to start as any.

Oakley Square’s newest addition to its cool kid scene is Rooted Juicery + Kitchen, located next door—strategically, we expect—to the Define Body + Mind fitness studio. Owner Megan Tysoe’s line of homemade fruit and vegetable juices, nut milks, smoothies, salads, and spreads will do just fine to round out our new healthy food arsenal.

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A Cincinnati native, Tysoe began her career with a business degree from Georgetown University. She then went on to complete a program at The Natural Gourmet Institute, a vegan culinary school in New York City where she learned how to develop recipes using fresh, healthy foods. She sources locally when possible—ingredients like wheatgrass come from Turner Farm in Indian Hill—and cold-presses right on site.

For juicing newbies, something like cold-pressed beet juice might seem a little far-fetched. But give Tysoe’s a try. Her version, dubbed “Awake” for its kicky, fruit-forward taste, does not in fact taste like liquid beets. That’s probably because it’s blended with a perfect combination of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, apple, and ginger.

Beet juice with grapefruit, pineapple, orange, apple, and ginger
Beet juice with grapefruit, pineapple, orange, apple, and ginger

And we would like to just mainline this almond milk every morning:

Almond milk with dates, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, and sea salt
Almond milk with dates, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, and sea salt

It’s light, fragrant, and perfectly sweet.

If desserts labeled “raw, gluten-free, vegan” bum you out, try Tysoe’s tahini espresso cups, lemon ginger cookies, or “coconut bliss,” made with shredded coconut, maple syrup, coconut butter, cashew meal, vanilla, and almond, then dipped in raw chocolate.

"Coconut Bliss," made with
“Coconut Bliss,” a raw, gluten-free dessert.

Appearances aren’t everything, but Rooted’s merchandising game is spot-on. The Madison Road space was formerly occupied by Oakley Cycles and has been empty since that shop decamped for Hyde Park a few years back. Rooted was built out by Oakley’s own Drawing Department and is a study in cool, earthy colors and natural light. You’re refreshed before you even open a cooler.

The shop’s soft opening was this week; check back in July for an updated food menu with sandwiches, wraps, and warm grain bowls. Plus—and we’re so excited that this even exists—a coconut milk soft serve machine.

3010 Madison Rd., Oakley, 513.351.2900, rootedjuicery.com

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