The Root Cafe

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    ( 11 reviews )
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15108 Detroit Ave (at downtown), Lakewood, Ohio, USA, 44107

Espresso bar and organic bakery and vegetarian kitchen in downtown Lakewood. Offers organic whole wheat crust stone oven pizzas, old world dishes made with fresh herbs, vegetables, grains and legumes. Raw vegan dinner menu every Thursday. Makes its own almond milk as well as chocolate syrup (vegan). Counter service. Casual and cozy with music and art. Prices inexpensive to moderate. Open Mon-Fri 6:30am-10:00pm, Sat 7:00am-10:00pm, Sun 8:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Pizza, Organic, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out

11 Reviews

First Review by Dea Steinwand

Just OK - Edit

I think that The Root Cafe is Cleveland's version of Oakland's Timeless but not as good. The Root Cafe is an all vegetarian cafe with many vegan options. The place was packed when I arrived for brunch on a Saturday morning, which tells me this is a really popular place for locals to hang out in the Cleveland area. It's very eclectic and quirky, which was right up my alley. Plus, cute latte art!

My husband tried the Homemade Hummus Wrap with roasted potatoes, which he liked but wouldn't order again.

I ordered the Quadratic Calzone. I wasn't blown away with the calzone as a whole but the bread they used was delicious.

If you are just visiting the area, I would say go to Cleveland Vegan for your meal and Duck Rabbit for your coffee instead.

Full review at theveganadventure.com

Pros: All vegetarian, Cute latte art

Cons: Not all vegan, Ok food

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Amazing - Edit

Fully vegetarian, with tons of amazing vegan choices! The burrito is awesome, as well as the pizzas.

Pros: great atmosphere

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Delicious Vegan Offerings - Edit

A cute little coffee shop cafe with a full vegetarian menu. Most items can easily be made vegan upon request. The prices are resonable and the food is worth the stop.

Pros: Best vegan Ruben I've ever had, the coffee is fantastic, with a welcoming casual atmosphere.

Cons: Hard to finding seating at busy times, and finding parking can be a pain.

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Homemade and organic - Edit

I have been coming here since they opened, and for years before when they owned The Phoenix next door. I love the Root. It is a haven for vegans (and vegetarians, and omnivores for that matter)! All of the food is delicious, but I particularly love the Hoffman's Bicycle Pizza. The dough is handmade fresh daily. All the ingredients used are fresh, and most are organic and local. Coffees and teas are fair trade, and delicious. Their chocolate syrup is homemade and vegan, as is their almond milk. I love their Iced Almond Milk Mocha. The atmosphere is very chill, and the whole place is one beautiful work of art. I highly recommend stopping by any time of day.

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cozy place with good food - Edit

definitely try their vegan Hoffman's bicycle pizza, it's amazing. all the food is generally good and fresh. vegan items labelled.

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Thursday raw food night - Edit

My boyfriend, Jim, and I had their raw food specisls tonight for dinner. Salad, entrées and desert. Everything was delicious! I do feel that their regular, daily menu is getting a little old and we have not been there for a while. I wanted to go specifically for the raw food night and I was very happy that we did!

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Hoffman's Bicycle! - Edit

Do yourself a favor and try the Hoffman's Bicycle pizza. Holy crap is it good! Love The Root. Staff is super friendly and the food is amazing! If you're a coffee snob, they serve coffee the way its supposed to be. Strong!
Sometimes the wait is a little long if there is a big crowd, but its well worth it. Its a comfortable environment with lots of good people-watching to do so the wait is never too bad.

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What a Dream - Edit

Traveling across the country on I-80, I took a detour to check this place out. It was worth the extra effort. Their coffee and tea selections are out of this world. It puts Starbucks to shame. They don't start serving food till 11am. To my delight, the food menu is super vegan-friendly. For example, these are their sandwich selections:
cold sandwiches-
1) sharp cheddar, basil pesto & tomato
2) roasted garlic hummos and vegetables
3) roasted veggies, irish sharp cheddar & hummos
4) beets, rosemary, goat cheese, spinach & caramelized onions
5) tempeh, chipotle aioli, pesto, tomato & spinach
6) TLT: tempeh, romaine lettuce, tomato and chipotle aioli

hot sandwiches-
Clevo sandwich - a hot, open face sandwich with hummos, spinach, rosemary & mushrooms $7 with cheese $9
Devo Sandwich- a hot, open face sandwich with organic romaine, fresh tomato, basil & caramelized onion $6 with cheese $8

They even have a vegan calzone! As for bakery items, they'll have like ONE vegan muffin, ONE vegan cookie, so you won't go home hungry but it'd be nice if they'd expand the vegan bakery options.

They have brunch on Sundays from 9a-1p. I'd love it if on other days they at least had oatmeal (with all the toppings) available in the mornings.

Highly recommended!

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AAAAMMMMMAAAAZZZZZIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGG - Edit

This restaurant is amazing! I always get the same thing, the TLT (Tempeh, lettuce, tomato). Everything sounds great, but when you know how incredible the sandwich is it is hard to deviate.

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Root Cafe - Edit

I've only tried The Clevo, The Green smoothie and a few vagan pizzas, based on those, I will continue to come back every week. Every staff member can answer any question about the menu and preparation. That works out when you tip because your tipping into a pool. Original smoothies, sandwiches, cookies. Unfamiliar ingredient, no worries, its beneficial and I mean natural. Just ask the tall guy with the knotted ponytail. He can get down to the mineral structure and historical origins of tea leaves. Added bonuses include, a window port to see the chefs, local art, dark cool woodwork, book shelf of random books with local papers. The best part is the variety of patrons. It's a Lakewood business with all the expected uniquiness of a new establishment but confidence of an landmark.Also, the womens' bathroom is always clean and cool enough to covet.

Pros: FOOD, Staff, Vibe

Cons: view of a bank, npt enough bike parking, doesnt have a hammick

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Excellent Pizza! - Edit

We had the root pizza. OH WOW! Dont think i have ever had a pizza no cheese. This was over the top! We were traveling through Cleveland on a business trip and found The Root Cafe here on Happy Cow. It was well worth the bus ride from downtown to Lakewood! Easy access from the 26 route. For the goodie I had the carrot cake/muffin and hubby had the cream cheese brownie! The iced teas were incredible too! Great prices! Good food! I highly recommend this place!

Pros: good food, easy access, good prices

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