Since Gro Cafe opened a month ago, I have been a frequent customer because the deliciously fresh, innovative (and, of course, raw) menu offered there is unparalleled in Portland. Gro features a relaxed atmosphere, with a mellow vibe and beautifully varied art on the walls and tabletops (the restaurant doubles as a gallery and this month's First Friday art walk/grand opening party was a BLAST). In terms of personal favorites on the menu, I must sing the praises of the Gia-Sphere Smoothie, which is a tangy, sweet, refreshing and balanced blend of local berries, in-house made coconut milk, raw honey, kola nut, dates and hemp seeds. In terms of sandwiches, I love them all, but I have a special place in my heart, as well as my stomach, for the savory Tera Burger (made with sunflower seeds, kamut and carrot) and the Emma Goldman (which contains marinated, in-house grown shitake mushrooms and an assortment of veggies in a ginger-miso dressing). The raw chocolates, also made at Gro, are all exquisitely dark, just sweet enough and bliss-inducing. Stop by Gro if you need a little pick-me-up that is sustainable, completely legal and something you can feel good about. Your bosy, mind and spirit will thank you.