BEST JUICE BAR - 2000
Asase Yaa - CLOSED
Not your average juice bar, Asase Yaa is an odd confluence of vegetable juices and fruit smoothies, African tribal masks and traditional Ghanaian songs. Where else could you find a batik tunic or beaded necklace and an orange smoothie with a shot of bee pollen? Open almost two years, the small storefront in northeast Minneapolis (the name, pronounced ah-SAH-see-yah, means Mother Earth in the Akan language) offers everything from fresh lemonade ($1.85 for eight ounces) to a raw vegetable juice blend of tomato, carrot, celery, parsley, green pepper, garlic, Tabasco, and black pepper ($5.15 for 16 ounces). Smoothies--refreshingly tart, delightfully creamy--are offered in a variety of fruit flavors and range in price from $3.55 for 12 ounces to $4.75 for 16 ounces. They're all made with 100 percent juice (no concentrates here!), painstakingly blended; vegetables are juiced fresh after you place your order. Just sit back at the bar or at one of the tables nestled up front and, between sips, watch the sporty men in midlife down shots of wheat-grass juice while chatting into their cell phones.