Juicebox & Soup Peddler Open Just in Time
One of the first people I met when I moved to Austin back in 2003 was the Soup Peddler. At that time, he was the roommate of my best friend and had started the business out of the kitchen of their South Austin home. I even worked for him for a total of three weeks at one point!
Fast forward seven years and Dave Ansel has become an iconic and much-revered figure in the Austin community and beyond. I’ve been filled with awe as I’ve watched him build his business, his family (wife Meredith and daughter Mia), and his lifestyle into one of balance, gratefulness, and love.
And, over the past year or so, I’ve seen him push the boundaries of what he has created to share the Soup Peddler with more people through his partnership with Matt Shook, co-owner of the Daily Juice and now of Juicebox. This tiny building on South Lamar at the intersection of Manchaca (pronounced “Man-shack” by locals), is an embodiment of the next phase of business for both of these entrepreneurs.
The Soup Peddler model up to now has been a weekly delivery model — you order food in advance and it’s delivered on a designated day (depending on your location) the following week. I think this is a great option for busy parents that don’t have time to put healthy and delicious food on the table every day of the week but doesn’t quite work for us since we generally like to cook and tend to make a last minute decision when we bring food in.
With the Juicebox & Soup Peddler, I’ll now be able to drive down and grab soup and a smoothie for lunch! As you can see below, the menu is very simple and includes smoothies, soups, and salads as well. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and rumor has it that they are looking into offering additional breakfast items beyond the smoothies so stay tuned for that!
When we visited this past weekend, we ordered a few smoothies and soups to share among our group. I loved the Rip Torn smoothie that is made with banana, blueberry, whey and hemp protein, flax meal, and peanut butter. David’s daughter Mia loves it also but mostly because it comes in purple, one of her favorite colors!
The soups were delicious and filled with chunks of wonderful ingredients. My favorites that day was Cioppino and the Frito Pie made with veggie chili. You can taste the love they put into those soups!
Designed by Michael Hsu, the box is an adorable addition to the Austin landscape and just a bit larger than your average food trailer. Surrounded by a new Phil’s Icehouse, Amy’s Ice Creams, and Papalote (an amazing taqueria owned by the people behind Azul Tequila), the Juicebox is situated on a tiny spit of land.
Customers order on the covered patio that immediately reminded me of Jo’s Coffee on South Congress and then can enjoy their meal on the picnic tables outside. David told me the building was designed to provide as much shade as possible during the hot summer months.
I had to take a picture of the bathroom as it is the only fully indoor customer space. It’s a very nicely designed bathroom.
I love a good play on words so had to take a photo of this sign. Lucy Soupie is the new mascot for the Soup Peddler. Isn’t she adorable?
Check out this little business and tell me what you think. Maybe it’s because I’m friends with Dave but if it were up to me, we would all support Matt and Dave because they are giving, gutsy, and provide wonderful fuel for our bodies served out of an adorable orange and white box. Also, they invested a lot of money to put down roots there and provide a bathroom for their guests to use. How many food trailers in town do that?Tags: david ansel, healthy, Juicebox, smoothies, soup, soup peddler