By Dylan Bailey
Nestled inside of Nassau Health Foods is a cozy cafe with big flavor. With its focus on organic, locally sourced ingredients, it’s perfect for those seeking a healthier, more mindful approach to their food.
Amelia Fresh Cafe not only serves lunch but has a coffee bar, as well. The coffee bar is reminiscent of popular coffee chains but more intimate. Whether you choose to dine inside or bask on the patio, you’re in for a relaxing time.
The patio is particularly appealing with its shade, gentle fans, and serene ambiance. It’s the perfect spot for a quiet afternoon, whether you’re engrossed in a book, working on your laptop, or simply enjoying the delicious food.
The atmosphere is laid back and calming. Time seems to slow down once you step inside, making it a perfect place to unwind and enjoy some quality time. And the staff is equally as friendly and welcoming.
At Amelia Fresh Cafe, the slogan says it all: a cafe for conscious eating. Their menu is abundant with organic or locally grown ingredients, resulting in wholesome dishes that don’t compromise on taste. They cater to a variety of dietary preferences, with a notable lean towards vegetarian and vegan options.
From pork BLTs to vegan alternatives, to a range of soups and sandwiches, the menu is varied. Standout items include the golden beet burger and pesto chicken club, promising a memorable experience.
The blackened mahi wrap was my favorite. Served in a spinach wrap, it’s loaded with mixed greens, cabbage, pico, roasted pepper aioli, and cilantro lime aioli. Priced at $16, this dish is a delightful medley of flavors that leaves a lasting impression.
The wrap is accompanied by a side, with the pasta pea salad as a unique addition. It’s a light and refreshing dish that perfectly complements the robust flavors of the wrap.
I was pleasantly surprised with the array of refreshing beverages the coffee bar serves. The barista recommended the mocha peppermint latte with oat milk, and it did not disappoint. The coffee was rich, smooth, and had a delightful kick – the perfect pairing to any meal or a satisfying standalone treat.
The cafe is open Monday through Friday, with the kitchen serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The coffee bar extends its hours to include Saturday, operating from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Amelia Fresh Cafe is more than just a cafe; it’s a commitment to provide customers with fresh, natural, and organic food choices. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or simply someone who appreciates high-quality food, you’ll leave with a memory that lasts.
Amelia Fresh Cafe
Address: 833 T.J. Courson Rd., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Open: Mon.-Sat. (7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)