The interior of Cacao Tree is very small but the open counter space/food preparation area, coupled with the many windows (and stained glass fixture) gives the cafe a sense of openness and luminosity. Dining guests can sit at the counter, at the window or at one of the few small tables. The last is where Liz and I chose to sit.
Cacao Tree has an extended menu of juices, smoothies, fresh young Thai coconut water, wheat grass shots, superfood powders, appetizer-y things, main entrees and specials. Menu staples are their walnut meat burrito/taco, their falafel and hummus wrap and their Mexican salad, to name a few things. Specials have included things like dehydrated cauliflower buffalo wings, raw dolmas and zucchini noodle and mushroom stroganoff.
Every time I go to Cacao Tree (which would be a lot more frequently if I was richer and lived slightly closer to Royal Oak), I always have intentions of trying something new and venturing beyond my falafel comfort zone but I never do. There have been a few times when I've ordered a daily special and have not regretted it but nearly every time I go, I crave my good 'ol fashioned falafel wrap. I also bring hot sauce with me EVERY time because to me, that makes it.
Today, in addition to my wrap, I also ordered the Inner Warmth smoothie, which I've had before. Liz said she was going to order one and I though, You know what? I think I will too! I was so glad I did. The smoothie was delicious and totally filled me up. As I said to Liz, because I don't go to Cacao Tree all that often (see above), the times I do go, I gotta go big or go home!
So I did.