Brian Bolke's latest venture, Number One, has gone through some changes. Earlier this week, ShopTalk reported that the chic shop-slash-juice bar had dropped the Le Jus from its name, due to the departure of Dana Card just a few months after its opening.
Card left to "focus on personal nutritional endeavors," Bolke tells CultureMap. But no hard feelings. The Highland Park Village hot spot now has a new menu and juice line, courtesy of new venture Vim+Vigor.
The menu now includes more gluten-free and Paleo items, including a curry-scented chicken salad sandwich on house-made bread baked with almond and garbanzo flours, as well as a trio of vegetarian dips — baba ghanoush, hummus and tzatziki — served with crackers baked with almond flour and sesame seeds.
"Every ingredient is listed at the counter," Bolke says. "And the food is delicious and guilt-free."
We concur. A recent trip revealed a simple, clean-tasting chicken soup and perfectly portioned, mustard-spiked egg salad on a bed of arugula. We washed down our dainty dishes with juice made with orange, grapefruit, lemon and a hint of ginger.
"The quality is extraordinary, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive," Bolke says. "After a week of selling out, we are now getting juices delivered daily to keep up with demand."
Number One still does assorted teas and coffee made with a La Marzocco machine; both beverages complement the delicious grain-free muffins. Cacao Atlanta organic chocolates beautifully displayed on glass stands are destined for impulse purchases.
Bolke says the transition has been a smooth one — except for one little hitch. "We just need to stop selling out of juice," he says. Speaking of juice, Vim+Vigor cleanses arrive May 1.
We have only one quibble with this new Number One: We would like more of those gluten-free crackers to go with our hummus, please.