First Bites

Carrot Express: Wholesome Food (And a Car Wash?)

"Eat hummus and get gas" might be an appropriate marketing slogan for Carrot Express, a health food counter located in the Texaco station at Alton Road and 18th Street in South Beach. Or maybe not. Some might misinterpret this as a reference to the gastro-intestinal effects of garbanzo beans, as opposed to the notion of filling your car with fuel while enjoying a nutritious snack.

"Cleanse yourself with wheat grass while your car gets washed" could be an alternative motto. Some patrons seem to enjoy sitting at the Carrot Express counter and sipping a "power shot," fresh-squeezed fruit or vegetable juice, or a tropical fruit smoothie while their automobile goes through the car wash just outside the door.

"Tasty salads, sandwiches, spinach pies, and fruit juices from the same folks who brought you Gourmet Carrot" is definitely the most accurate way of putting things, even if it doesn't quite roll off the lips like poetry. Gourmet Carrot's own tagline "Serving wholesome food since 1994," isn't bad either, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Mario Laufer, who operates Carrot Express with his parents Manuel and Sara, does tell the whole story behind this new venture. It begins on New Year's Eve, 2012.

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