Excels on almost all counts
Posted on 02 / 25 / 2013
Earth Friends is a recent transplant from our neighboring city in Indiana, New Albany, where they had a great idea but horrible location on Grant Line Rd. While I believe they still have a location in a library over there, this new spot exceeds it on many levels: more variety, a great location right in the heart of NuLu (across the street from my Crossfit gym!) and beautiful outdoor seating when it warms up (which, in Louisville means next week or next month, who knows!)
The food is pretty good, and the coffee is amazing. Tons of vegan options, including a high-protein bagel with vegan cream cheese - the only place I know of in Louisville as of Feb 2013 where you can get vegan cream cheese served to you - a vegan waffle dish, Morels wraps (see the Morels listing on HappyCow), their own concoctions like "Olive Nut Sandwich" and "Apple Tempeh Melt," and so on. Sides are chips, fruit, and some other interesting things. They also have protein smoothies and vegan treats from Annie May's Sweet Cafe (vegan & gluten-free).
You may wonder why EF uses "cruelty free" in their slogan, along with a plethora of vegan/veggie language, but serves chicken and real cheese. This is a point of contention that I've discussed with the owner since EF has opened, and she's fully aware of the (for lack of a better word) hypocrisy. However, this isn't a point that I'm going to deliberate over or boycott EF because of. The promotion of veganism in this place is strong, and while there may be a conflicting message, it's my hope that by patronizing them and choosing only the vegan options (which many do), their need for serving/sourcing/defending meat will eventually decrease to the point where they no longer need to buy and serve it. I suspect the owner would like this as well, but it often takes time for that kind of progress.
Other cool things: free wifi, nice bathrooms, board games, cool books/magazines, good parking (lot or street), and bike racks out front.
The cafe itself is tucked into the complex on Campbell and Market, so when you see the "A-1 Upholstery" sign, go behind that and you'll see the entrance between all the foliage.