Cold-pressed juice has become a thing in Los Angeles, with many juice shops offering a variety of fresh juice cleanses, yet most of them stop the blender right there. Not so with Chomp Eatery and Juice Station. This local spot in Santa Monica offers healthy food and a plateful of options in addition to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free fare. When you come in to grab a cool down of fresh juice, your tastebuds will also be tempted, and not just by vegan tempeh bacon. Chomp uses real Applewood bacon on their grass-fed burgers. Their menu boasts a variety of breakfast bowls (with granola, goji berries and cacao nibs) and breakfast burritos (Applewood bacon or homemade sausage, eggs, potatoes, cheese, avocado, Chomp salsa, tomatoes, red onions) plus many lunch choices to satisfy your stomach. Sink your teeth into their Chompotle Wrap, for instance, made with all-natural chicken, mixed greens, red onions, mushrooms and tomatoes wrapped in a savory spinach tortilla. I enjoyed my grilled veggie wrap overflowing with freshly grilled veggies, homemade pesto and greens, plus generous amounts of avocado.
Chomp Eatery is stationed within an unassuming mini-mall along Santa Monica Boulevard. You could almost miss it if you weren’t looking. But owner Rolan Pongpuntara knows her lunch crowd. Customers from all over the Santa Monica area come in for their daily green juice fix and their paleo burger. The interior is inviting, earthy and just the kind of place to linger for awhile. It’s neighborhood-y vibe makes a quick stop for juice turn into a sit down lunch.
Greens, cold pressed juices, cleanses and wellness bowls can be enjoyed by those wanting a vegan/vegetarian choice (the wellness bowls use Greek yogurt), while wholesome BLT stacks and luscious wraps come with a side of fries or beer battered onion rings, mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries or salad. The meats are always fresh from free-range sources and the sauces are made from scratch in-house. Chipotle aioli, BBQ, basil aioli, cilantro aioli, ranch, pesto sauces are all made in the Chomp kitchen. Meat lovers will be so happy that there’s high quality gourmet grass-fed beef burgers, steak, BBQ grilled chicken, while veggie wrap sandwiches and salads satisfy those veggie lovers. Chomp Eatery’s signature “cheat day” meals are cheesy bacon tater tots, steak fries topped with marinated steak and a fried egg, popcorn chicken, and a donut burger. I told my omnivorous meat loving guy that Chomp wasn’t all juices and salads. Then I described the donut burger in detail: USDA Angus beef, American cheese and Applewood bacon on a glazed donut. His eyes lit up huge. This is how I’ll get him to drink green juice, or maybe green lemonade? Because the freshness of parsley, spinach, cucumber, kale, celery, romaine, lemon and agave sweetened lemonade is a perfectly refreshing way to cleanse your body and hydrate.
What also appealed to my eye was the coconut pandan chia pudding. An Asian style vegan dessert? Yes, please. Vegan cupcakes, or old-fashioned s’mores and fresh churros are available too. And a really good chocolate chip cookie is always a happy thing.
Kids (and picky parents) will be happy with the kids burger served on a brioche bun, or an old fashioned grilled cheese on organic 21 grain toast, or an organic peanut butter and jelly. School starts soon and during September kids lunches to-go will make busy moms like me less stressed when it’s there to take along while getting a good dose of fresh. Dad might also feel better about an organic grass-fed free range burger for their little one rather than a salty grab-and-go at the drive thru. Because us moms find out about those guilty pleasures, so you can brag that the burger was the healthiest choice. Back that brag right up with buzz words like free-range, grass-fed, and fresh not frozen, just so mom gives you a kiss for doing that rather than the evil eye.
During the fall and winter months soup is brewing in their kitchen for their signature soup cleanse. Owner Rolan pours herself into renewing the menu with fresh menu concepts. Her soups borrow flavors from her native Thai upbringing, using lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, coconut and other south Asian ingredients. Offering a seasonal soup cleanse gives her customers the sustenance they seek while eating clean organic food. Even the juice cleanses are meant to be part of a daily meal rather than the only meal, if one chooses. More advanced juicers can go for the 3-day cleanse if they want, and the 1-day cleanse is perfect for those who are too busy to only drink juice beyond a day. My personal experience in juicing gave me better insight, having once struggled with a juicer at home. Creating my own blends wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, plus the dreaded clean up of the machine made me appreciate the cold pressed juices all the more.
Rolan has spent much time perfecting her special juice and smoothie blends, like the Chomp Greens made with apple, spinach, cucumber, kale, celery, parsley, lemon and lime or the nut milk blends like the Chocolate Wasted made with raw almonds, raw honey, purified water, Himalayan sea salt, raw cacao, raw maca and cinnamon. The Chocolate Wasted nut milk was rich with an almost malty Ovaltine flavor due to the maca root powder and raw cacao. I could not get enough of it and finished my glass as if I were six years old guzzling chocolate milk down, complete with my nut mylk mustache.
I tried the 1-day juice cleanse package and was pleasantly surprised at how much better I felt within an afternoon. I had also never tried activated charcoal before, which is what makes the black lemonade turn its dark color. The Immunity Shot gave me a buzz of ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper and lemon.
Unique blends of smoothies such as the Pistachio de la Crème made with almonds, pistachios, dates, purified water, sea salt, avocado, kale, spinach, coconut water, cinnamon, vanilla, organic vanilla protein powder (Sunfood vegan brand made with sprouted brown rice protein, lucuma, vanilla and coconut palm sugar).
Not only does Chomp Eatery provide vegan, vegetarian and grass fed meat choices, but they also have that tempting “cheat day” menu in case you feel like chomping into a little indulgence to wash down with that green lemonade. Because Donut Cleanses aren’t on the menu yet.
Chomp Eatery & Juice Station, 1612 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 (424) 238-3398
- Juices are raw, unpasteurized, gluten-free, bottled and cold-pressed
- Organic Coffee & Espresso
- Fresh Grass-Fed Beef & All Natural Free Range Chicken
- Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Vegetarian options available
- No trans-fat oils
- No refined sugar
- No processed items used in their kitchen
This post was made to promote a restaurant that I prefer and my opinions are genuine. Promotional posts are not paid or endorsed and my experience in this article is based on appreciation for a business I fully support. Please feel free to ask me any questions regarding this business. I do not write about places and dining experiences that cannot measure up to my discerning criteria. ~ Stephanie