Food Porn: Ashker’s Juice Bar and Cafe

On Buffalo Rising and Buffalo Spree, they’ll occasionally have previews of restaurants that are about to open.  Normally, we don’t do that but last weekend we found ourselves sitting in what used to be Comfort Zone Cafe on Elmwood.  Comfort Zone left about 2 weeks ago and the day after they left, Ashker’s moved in.  Last Saturday when we walked into the restaurant they were in the process of remodeling and selling off the old furniture.

I had a short but very pleasant conversation with the owner, Angelo, about their plans for the building; they are hoping to completely renovating the inside and offer a full juice bar.  He also has plans to expand their menu to include more vegan and vegetarian options.  This isn’t the first restaurant for the owners, they run several restaurants in Lewiston including another Ashker’s Cafe.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual/Cafe
  • Cuisine: Cafe/Coffee Shop
  • Price: Jucies/Smoothies Under $5, Food Under $10
  • Location: Elmwood

Even though the kitchen wasn’t going at full speed and they were currently only accepting cash, we had some really good food.  I ordered the Mediterranean Chicken Wrap (~$8, pictured above) that had really juicy freshly grilled chicken and a large amount of feta.  Alli ordered a Chicken Caesar Salad (~$8, pictured in gallery) that was also freshly made (the chicken on top again freshly grilled) and actually pretty big.

All of the food was made to order and with fresh ingredients.  Angelo recommended their “Zinger” ($4, pictured above) which was one of their signature juices; made with carrots, apples, ginger and a few other ingredients that I’m forgetting now.  It was actually quite good and it had a nice after-kick on your tongue, my only complaint would be that I wish it the serving size was larger.  Alli ordered their Strawberry Banana smoothie with yogurt added (~$4, pictured in gallery), which was a much better serving size.

I guess this Food Porn doesn’t have a definitive verdict on Ashker’s because they have a long way to go before they are up and running at 100%.  However, I really enjoyed our lunch and having a chance to talk to the owner I feel confident they will build a great location.  It seemed he was going out of his way to ask each new customer about what they liked about Comfort Zone which was nice; they haven’t completely figured out what they are going to do and asking the locals is a great idea.  They spoke about increasing their vegan and vegetarian options but considering O3 is all about that and is just down the street I’m not sure that’s the best way to differentiate themselves.  I’d love to see them expand on the juice bar idea, since I work 8-5 every Monday through Friday I never have a chance to visit Liquid Energy Bar and Cafe and it seems like that juice bar on Allen will never open.

Whatever they end up doing, I’m excited to go back in a couple weeks and see the place redone with a full menu.  But don’t let that stop you from going to visit now, our lunch was great and the customer service (not just to us, but to everyone that came in) was fantastic.

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: Ashker’s Juice Bar and Cafe

  1. Great review and photos! I’m definitely going to have to try this place out soon.

    • Don Burtless

      thanks! we got the courage to bring our nikon slr to the restaurant, the food came out great so I’m slowly getting the balls to bring it to nicer places.

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