Chef Brooke's Natural Cafe

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1850 Boyscout Dr Ste A106, Fort Myers, Florida, USA, 33907

Serves meat, vegan options available. Juice bar with wheatgrass, organic food, bakery with vegan and gluten-free items. No refined sugar used. Also sells a small section of grocery and bulk items. Casual artistic atmosphere. Open Mon-Sat 9:00am-4:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, International, Organic, Juice bar, Take-out, Bakery, Catering, Non-veg

32 Reviews

First Review by melindashaw

Bad Service Rude Owner - Edit

took 30 minutes to get raw food, unfriendly and rude owner, and got the wrong order. Also smoothies taste like water.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Rude owner, Not good food, Pricy

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best chef in the swfl area. - Edit

Great food, and best deserts ever. Chef Brooke is amazing

Pros: Mostly vegan menu. Plenty of options. I am a regua

Cons: None

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Vegan with a side of "sassy" - Edit

Personally I love Chef Brookes. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I've ordered there. I love the artsy atmosphere. Her prices are on the higher side, I always seem to spend close to $20 for lunch! Let me preface that I could get away cheaper if I opted not to have a Faerie Cake, but they are just so good I can never pass them up! I cringe when I hear stories about Chef Brooke's snarkiness. People tell me they would never go back because they thought she was rude... I say toughen up cupcake! Lets support those who support a plant based lifestyle and remember that fresh and healthy does cost a little more, especially if you are opting to eat out.

Pros: Great to excellent food., Lots of plant based choices, not just salad!

Cons: A little pricey

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Overpriced - Edit

Good!...but expensive.

Girlfriend and I are down here visiting family and wanted a bite to eat. It was between here and fibre, but their website was a little confusing.

We both ordered the tempeh Rueben, a 32 ounce container of potato salad, and I scooped up two cupcakes otw out.

I was expecting something with a good vegan 1000 island dressing, sauerkraut, etc...none of that to be found. Their herb tempeh was delicious, but the sandwiches that we paid 10.99 each for were the size of garden party cucumber sandwiches. Not a very big portion at all.

Potato salad was good but bland. $16 was not worth it imo, but whatever. It looked beautiful with the peas, carrots, and other veggies.

It was a great place to try, but we won’t return if we ever come back to Fort Myers.

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Chef Brooke's - Edit

Good food. Wish was all vegan, but very nice. Nice atmosphere. And nice owner. Tasted good. I'd rate it "good." Nice, healthy food.

Pros: vegan options

Cons: non-vegan options

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fantastic find! - Edit

Delicious tofu scramble and raw tacos. Beautiful and flavorful. Place was packed around 1 but food came out quickly and the staff was very friendly. I will definitely visit again. The menu had many options. Something for everyone.

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SO GOOD - Edit

The tempeh tacos are REALLY yummy. I love the vegan lasagna. I love all of the vegan muffins that I have had there. Out of all of the places in fort Myers this place probably has the most vegan options and is amazing. While it's true that the owner is a bit sassy, she has a very kind heart, so just don't take it personally :)

Pros: Amazing muffins, Lovely artwork, Delicious food

Cons: Service sometimes slow

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GinaR 17 Mar 2018 - I like that "sassy!" I have heard others say she was snarky with them, but she has never been anything but kind to me.  


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Amazing every time - Edit

Not sure where all the negativity is coming from, I've been coming here for a couple years and I've never had a bad experience. I live in Naples so it's a treat when we make it over here for the Tempeh BBQ Melt and some Faerie cakes! By far my favorite place in SWFL for lunch. Love the vibes and the art, and Brooke is always sweet to us!

Pros: Food is always tasty, Very filly, Good prices

Cons: Always busy (not really a con)

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Tempeh tacos - Edit

Try her tempeh tacos with her home made hot sauce delish

Pros: Nice slightly hippie enviroment

Cons: Shes a little abrasive but a great cook enjoy

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Owner is Rude - Edit

Soup Nazi.....

It was bad enough for me to vow I will never go back

If you want great Vegan/Vegetarian food drive over to Sanibel. The island has a couple of amazing places with the most amazing owners and food.

This place has such negative energy from the owner, she's just a big bully

Cons: rude owner

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A good find - Edit

We are visiting town and found this place listed so thought we'd try it. The first impression with owner who took our order was that she was annoyed we were asking questions. Food was good and atmosphere was pleasant. The owner was so very nice and cheerful to obvious locals so we assumed it was a tourist thing. By the end of the check out she was better but it surprised us as we are usually welcomed by a vegan/ veg place.

Pros: Good food , Atmosphere, Price

Cons: Service, No clean tables

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THE BEST!!! - Edit

Let me start by saying my family are vegetarians, but my son has to avoid gluten & dairy, which makes it difficult to find places to eat locally with more than 1 option for him to eat, he was SO EXCITED to see all the options they had on their online menu - & then even happier to find there were even more options on the board in the cafe! We loved the atmosphere & the food! It was SO good! The staff was super friendly & happy to help my son find something vegan & gluten free! He LOVED the GF vegan lasagna & the salad that came with it (he is normally a picky eater)! I had the sweet potato pecan patty with potato salad & coleslaw - it was all SO good. I didn't find the portions small - we both left full :)

Pros: Atmosphere, friendly helpful staff, EXCELLENT FOOD

Cons: None!!!

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Left full- but bummed - Edit

We visited on Christmas Eve for lunch. The owner waited on us at the counter and was very unfriendly and actually belittling when we asked questions about the menu. It was such a disappointment because we were having a fun day and were looking forward to a nice lunch. The food was truly delicious, but we will not go back and that feels sad because we are vegan and love to support small businesses.

Pros: Vegan options, Gluten free options, Delicious

Cons: Unfriendly, Food took unusually long time , Not able to ask questions re. menu

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Food was ok, Service was bad. - Edit

I will never return to this establishment due to the curtness of the owner. She was rude to both the customers and her own staff. Very off-putting. If the food was wonderful I could probably look past it, but the food is just ok. The salad dressing was the best thing I had (it was really good)!!

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Amazing!! - Edit

We found this place on a vacation to the Ft. Myers. We loved everything about this place! Great service, atmosphere and food. I had some of the best soup I have ever eaten! I also had a vegan ruben that was yummy! The best part was the vegan fairy cakes. I bought 2 to go and after trying one, I was sorry I didn't buy them all. They were that good! I will be back there again when I am in the area!!

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Delicious, friendly, and killer desserts - Edit

My mom is a very picky eater, so finding a veg/vegan-centered place she actually enjoys is rare. She liked this one - kudos to the restaurant.

There are a lot of options, everything is fresh & delicious, the service was friendly (though a bit slow), and the desserts were AMAZING.

Go here!

Pros: Friendly, Delicious

Cons: Serves meat

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Chef Brooke's Food Is Magical! - Edit

I have been following Chef Brooke since she was at Ada's. It was the first time I had tofu and loved it! I was so sad when Ada's closed and then so thrilled that Chef Brooke opened her own cafe! I go there as often as I can. Yes it does take awhile to get your food but everything is freshly made, nothing microwaved, you just go there on days when you have a little time or call in and order it to go. She has free wifi as well. Yes it is more expensive than some but the quality is exceptional. I think her portions are more than ample. I feel Fort Myers is blessed to have Chef Brooke here and cannot imagine not having her food! I am addicted to: Mardi Gras Salad, any of her soups, veggie pizza, Tempeh Reuben, veggie burger, fairie cakes. Pretty much everything I have had is delicious!!! I have read some of the bad reviews about how Chef Brooke is rude and sometimes she is super busy, but she has never been anything but nice to me and I hope you don't let this stop you from going there to try her deliciousl food, teas, coffees and juices! You will be glad you did!

Pros: Deliciousl , Fresh!, Unique!

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Fantastic Food in a relaxing atmosphere - Edit

I have been a fan of Chef Brooke since her days at Ada's, and frequent her restaurant as often as possible. She is passionate about her cooking, creative and always changing things up. And her baked goods are THE BEST! You can't be in a rush when you dine there... it's my favorite place to go when I have time to take my foot off the gas a smidge, want to share a delicious / healthy meal with a friend, and want to be torn between soooo many dishes that I want to eat! Can't imagine SWFL without her, she is unique and a true gem, we are incredibly lucky she calls Fort Myers her home!

Pros: tons of vegan options, food is delicious, constantly offering unique specials

Cons: service can be slow, not open for dinner or on Sunday's

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Scary attitude, Overpriced food - Edit

I've tried her food 3 or 4 times (once at her previous cooking job.) The food is basic, nothing special, and portion sizes are very, very small. Unless you're into sugary, desserts (which are huge), stay away.
The owner has been so rude, it's a shame. The first time, I chalked it up to her having a bad day. To be generous, over the past few years that I've tried her restauro, she's displays an unsettling moodiness.
With all due respect, she should hire someone else to interact with her clientele.

Pros: Vegetarian food available, Organic Food

Cons: Dark, funky dining room, Bad Attitude, Mediocre food

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Yummy Food and Chill Atmosphere - Edit

I loved Chef Brookes! I had the vegan mock tuna melt and a cappuccino cupcake, yummm! Will definitely be back soon :))

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Stay away - Edit

Aside from the curious smell, the food was not very good. The portions were small and took FOREVER to be served. Both my husband and could not finish the food and felt sick afterwards.

Pros: The root beer was good

Cons: Bad tasting, Slow service, Small portions

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VERY SURPRISED THAT SHE IS STILL IN BUSINESS - Edit

I visited Brooke's about three years ago. I live in the area and we have very limited vegan/raw food so I was very excited to find her. I brought my daughter for lunch. The food was ok, portions were a bit small, and the ambience was ok. But the most discouraging experience was the bad energy that the owner Brooke herself displayed. She is obviously very unhappy. I would have probably tried the place again but would rather eat food that is prepared with love and feel as though my patronage was welcomed.

Pros: vegan options in a city with few

Cons: extremely negative behavior, lack of knowledge , small portions

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Insulting, Offensive, and Not Worth It - Edit

I will never again visit Chef Brooke's Natural Cafe. Allow me to begin by stating that I love vegetarian and vegan food, and Brooke's is no exception. The food is great. Seriously. Brooke makes a delicious veggie burger, and her smoothies are sweet and filling. Her customer service, however, is virtually nonexistent. Chef Brooke is not only moody and unprofessional, she is viciously abusive towards both her customers and her staff. Ask too many questions about her menu, and she'll yell at you and walk away. Some poor employee makes a mistake, and she'll scream at him in front of her entire restaurant. I'm surprised no one has sued her yet. Unless you want to be insulted by this reincarnation of the Soup Nazi, I suggest staying away from Chef Brooke and her poor excuse for a restaurant.

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nawlins4 12 May 2014 - I totally agree with your review. Such a shame for her to remain in business. I visited three years ago, once, and never to return due to all that you stated. I'm sad to see that nothing has changed.  


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One Of My Favorites! - Edit

I don't get to eat here often, as it is too far from my work and home, but I treat myself on occasion. While they have some standard dishes to offer, they always have a board listing the specials for the day. They serve lots of vegetarian dishes, some raw, and also chicken and fish. Fresh food, exotic flavors. Her homemade dressing is one of my favorites. She's always helpful and answers my questions, and is passionate about her craft. I have enjoyed the couple of cooking classes I have attended, and love her tuna and tabouli sandwich. I am not a big fan of some of the gluten free cupcakes, but the frosting is soooo good! The prices can be high, but worth it to me for an occasional treat. I just couldn't afford it everyday.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday August 14, 2013

Pros: Delicious, Exotic Food, Options For Veg & Carnivores Alike, Lovely Cafe And Local Artwork On Display

Cons: A Little Pricy

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OK food. Poor service experience - Edit

I found this restaurant on Happy Cow while looking for vegan-friendly places on my vacation.

The food was OK. Smaller portions than I would have liked for the money, but everything was fresh and the taste was decent.

The reason for the two stars is the attitude of the chef/owner. My 72 year old father was eating with me and was surprised when she told us the veggie burger wasn't vegan. So he dared to ask why it wasn't vegan and the owner snapped back at him with a long, angry, nonsensical answer about how she is the only one working there (there were three other staff members). WHY on earth would be it be harder to make it vegan than not if you were making it from scratch? And if you aren't making it from scratch, just buy vegan burgers!

Not my favorite dining experience and I won't be returning due to the attitude of the owner. I read some reviews on another website after we left and about half talked about having to cope with a caustic interaction with the Chef Brooks. I can see why.

Pros: Fresh food, Several vegan options

Cons: The owner was rude, Expensive

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Great baked goods - Edit

I love Brooke's; it's got great vegan options like tofu scramble, hummus, every type of nondairy milk, and wonderful pumpkin spice muffins. Yeah Brooke might be a bit crazy, but she's not scary or mean. I typically spend $10-$20 there, which is hardly outrageous either.

Pros: great food, lots of vegan options, cute cafe

Cons: slow service

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Great Food, Very Expensive. - Edit

I've been there several times with my 2 children. Chef Brooke usually makes us feel uncomfortable but her food is so good, it's almost magical. Did you ever see the Seinfeld episode with the 'Soup Nazi'? It's a little like that. We've finally had enough though. On our last visit, we ordered a simple lunch. When she tallied the bill, it was so over the top expensive that I just stood there in shock. (I had dinner at Art Smith's new restaurant in Atlanta for less money).

I didn't argue... I didn't do anything.. I just paid it. She asked me if I needed a receipt and when I said, "yes", she just handed me a copy of my credit card receipt. (My blood pressure rises just thinking about it.) I should have asked for a print out, but to be honest, she scares me. Her food is fantastic and her little cafe is adorable, but we will NEVER go back. I feel like I was ripped-off.

Pros: Delicious Food, Very healthy, Beautiful dishes

Cons: Extremely expensive, Chef Brooke is mean, No prices, it's a surprise

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