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Omnivore - A green alternative in Emory Village

Sprouts offers inexpensive sandwiches and rice bowls

The new Sprouts Green Cafe in Emory Village (1579 N. Decatur Rd., 404-474-2207) isn't going to knock Dynamic Dish off its pedestal but the prices make it a pleasing option. This bowl of rice topped with black beans and veggies is only $5.50. You can add chicken, turkey or tofu — we chose the latter — for $1.50 more.

We also tried the "vegetable crunch" sandwich made with hummus and assorted veggies on whole wheat bread. I added chicken ($7.25 total). The new cafe is also serving panini, wraps and salads. There are four breakfast dishes available until noon. House-made smoothies and juices round out the menu.

The cafe is quite a looker, with a a long counter that is made from a fallen maple tree, replete with bark. (The owner will point out the evidence of the fungus that killed the tree.) There's also a "greenhouse room" on the premises where fresh herbs and wheatgrass are grown.

More in my next Grazing column.

(Photos by Cliff Bostock)