What’s better than satisfying your sweet tooth on a warm San Diego summer day with the health-conscious headline, “This stuff is good for you” ringing in the background? We would argue nothing.
The Brazilian acai berry tops Southern Californian’s snack of choice. This purplish blue wonder berry has been praised for its nutritional benefits and continues to build a following. Above all, it’s ridiculously delicious in smoothie or bowl form. Acai is now more than a smoothie; it’s a staple meal for us San Diegans.
Like pizza, tacos, or anything else, there are just acai bowls and then there are addicting concoctions of superberry crack. Here are some of our favorites.
Pirates Cove Coffee and Tiki Port, Ocean Beach
Here you will find hemp granola, acai and a million other choices for toppings. Drive-through or walk barefoot over to the beachside tiki port that offers a variety of selections and combinations in this OB neighborhood. Add mango and pineapple, or go fruity with some berries and coconut. Some of their famous bowls include the 420 Bowl and the Hawaiian. To top it off, they serve coffee, pastries and smoothies, as well.
4864 Voltaire St. Ocean Beach. piratescovecoffee.net
Trilogy Sanctuary, La Jolla
This hidden gem can be found on a building rooftop overlooking the La Jolla shopping district. Walk around for a nice day of window shopping or book a yoga class at Trilogy’s rooftop open-air studio. Whatever you do, stop in for a bite to eat. Trilogy offers superb and fresh acai and pitaya bowls with a twist on the recipe. Branch away from the traditional “apple juice with banana,” and step into a new world of options: ginger, cacao nibs, goji berries and added oils to name a few. Trilogy Cafe offers a wide variety of 100-percent organic, vegan and gluten-free options.
7650 Girard Ave #400, La Jolla. trilogysanctuary.com
Rum Jungle Cafe, Pacific Beach
Steps away from the sand, Rum Jungle serves up some of the best acai in PB. Their Bob Marley Bowl delivers a mixture of acai and pitaya, topped with banana, strawberry, honey and sprinkled with granola. Another popular option, raw acai, can be chosen if you’re looking for the real deal, no chaser. This beach cafe has a variety of other delicious items on their menu including a brown rice and protein power bowl as well as wraps, juices and breakfast all day.
4150 Mission Blvd. #153, Pacific Beach. rumjunglecafe.com
The Swell Cafe, Mission Bay
This quaint local coffee house is highly-praised as a go-to spot for relaxing mornings. Latte art, craft breakfast dishes and the up-and-coming acai brings smiles to tables. A spin on tradition with their own touch, the coconut-mint acai and the acai parfait kill the game. Serving breakfast and lunch throughout the day, they also host live music on the weekends for guests to enjoy. Bring your furry friends as well; the open air patio is dog-friendly.
3833 Mission Blvd, Mission Bay. theswellcafe.com
Swami’s Cafe, La Mesa, Encinitas and Oceanside
Family owned, Swami’s Cafe brings good to great when it comes to fresh food and acai. Featuring whole foods, vegetarian specials and more, Swami’s made sure to add acai to the list. They’ve hyped up their one option for acai with a plethora of addition to the standard. Served in a bowl and blended, you’ll experience raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries, bananas, strawberries, homemade granola, local fresh bee pollen and coconut shreds on top. Swami’s is located in La Mesa, Encinitas and Oceanside.
La Mesa location: 8284 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa
Encinitas location: 1163 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
Oceanside location: 608 Mission Ave, Oceanside