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Written by Chloe Green

NW Raw Opens in Bend

NW Raw Bend
Photo courtesy of NW Raw.

NW Raw is an organic, plant-based, gluten-free cafe that caters to the health-conscious.

With origins in Ashland, NW Raw is now serving its healthy cuisine and organic juices on Bend’s westside. The soft opening in August 2023 is slated to expand into extended hours and the arrival of its complete food offerings in September. 

The menu is packed with 100% organic ingredients, essential nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. From fresh juices to thick smoothies, towering toasts to hearty bowls, salads, and soups, there is a healthy option for every palate. Various plant-based cleanses are also on the menu for those who want to extend the NW Raw experience.

The NW Raw Ambiance

A recent lunchtime visit on a bustling Wednesday made for a nourishing midday break, both in the food eaten and the atmosphere enjoyed. The restaurant’s interior is a modern and spacious setting with a variety of seating options; cozy up in a booth or get work done at one of its long communal tables.

Counter service streamlined orders while an assortment of grab-and-go juices and salads were available for those seeking a swift bite or some adventure fuel to take on the go. The service was prompt and attentive, with staff regularly checking in to ensure that every diner’s needs were met efficiently and thoughtfully.

On the Menu at NW Raw

An excellent lunch option is the Yellowstone bowl, a flavorful cashew coconut curry sauce spread over a bed of rainbow quinoa, topped with carrot, purple cabbage, cilantro and green onion. It was simple, warm and nourishing, the perfect option for a midday meal.  

Another light and tasty item is the East salad, massaged kale tossed in a sweet ginger tahini dressing and topped with shredded carrots, beets, cabbage, currents, sprouted almonds, orange slices and black sesame seeds—an unexpected fusion of flavors with just the right balance. 

For dessert, chocolate lovers will want to check out the Pilot Rock, a dark chocolate tart, while those looking for a fruity finish will want to order the Pikes Peak, a lemon raspberry cheesecake. Grab the Vertical cold-pressed juice on your way out for a refreshing blend of celery, cucumber, kale, cilantro and lemon for a cool and rejuvenating close to the meal.

NW Raw’s organic ingredients, nutrient-packed menu and plentiful grab-and-go options cater to those with action-packed days, be it work or adventure, who are looking for a nourishing meal that doesn’t skimp on flavor.

210 SW Century Dr., Suite 110, Bend | nwraw.com/locations/bend

Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 

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