Posted on 02 / 14 / 2012
The Beet Box was recommended to me and my wife by Denise and Tom, the owners and operators of Paradise Air. We had just landed after an early morning flight (which was an incredible experience that deserves its own review), and Denise asked us if we knew what we were getting for breakfast. When I mentioned that we are vegan, the Beet Box was the first place that came to both Tom's and Denise's minds, so we decided to give it a shot.
The cafe is a wonderfully cozy little setup located inside Celestial Natural Foods, a small local and organic grocery store. You have to walk through Celestial Natural Foods, until you reach the very rear of the building, where the Beet Box is located. When you reach the cafe section of the building, you may, at first, feel inclined to hunch over, to avoid hitting your head on the low-hanging ceiling; however, once you acclimatize to the small space, you will begin to appreciate that snug, home-like feeling that it provides. Benched tables line one wall, and a long counter holds the single cash register and gives patrons room to sit and enjoy their orders. Sitting at the bar also allows patrons to watch the chef work, as the kitchen area is directly on the other side of the bar, completely unconcealed. This small, open kitchen reinforces the feeling of home cooking.
The chef, a beautiful young woman whose name I did not catch, is kind, patient, and extremely good at what she does. On her own, she was able to juggle my order, my wife's order, and the orders of 4 other patrons, and we received our delicious food (full meals) in less than 10 minutes. My wife had an avocado sandwich (I don't recall what it's called on the menu) that was nothing short of fantastic. I had the Zen (scrambled tofu, mushrooms, and other assorted veggies) special ordered in a wrap. Both orders were fantastic. After our meals, I ordered a "Freddy's" smoothie: banana, cocoa, and almond milk. Also incredibly tasty.
Prices are very reasonable, especially considering that the chef cooked everything by herself, and the ingredients are all organic. If I lived on Oahu, I would probably eat at the Beet Box at least once a week; as it is, I will definitely visit this brilliant little cafe the next time I find myself on the island.
reasonable prices, excellent food, cozy atmosphere