Cuisine Critiques with Kelsey: FOJ

Kelsey Jones / Cluster Staff
Kelsey Jones / Cluster Staff

My Wednesday morning started off with a quick walk to Mercer Village to check out Fountain of Juice (FOJ) at its College Hill location. I was pretty pumped, considering breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

The jaunt started off with a cup of fresh coffee with cream fresh out of the fridge. I know this sounds like petty details, but it is the kind I notice. It shows care and consideration for your customers–even in the smallest of ways–and it does not go unnoticed, FOJ.

I asked for the most highly recommended breakfast items and within a few minutes, they were on my table.

I sampled a half of a Southwestern burrito and a half of a bacon, egg and cheese croissant.

I started with the burrito and boy, was it kickin’. Encased in the comfort of a toasted soft shell, came soft and light eggs, spicy, melted cheese and an ample amount of sausage with a kick.

On the side was a small cup of cut tomatoes, onions and cilantro, which went perfectly with the burrito. I was impressed that FOJ had taken a simple breakfast favorite and added so much flavor.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the secret to their magic is one word: freshness. Every bite tasted as if it was made just for me. The quality and care that goes into preparing the ingredients shows and you can tell the difference.

Honestly, after only half of the burrito I was already full, which just goes to show how impressive and filling FOJ’s breakfast is. I mustered the will to keep going (it really was not that difficult) and try the bacon and egg croissant. The fusion of the sweet and flaky croissant with the crispy spice of the bacon and the melted cheese had me hanging on to the very last bite. As I consider myself a breakfast snob, I would say that FOJ has got it right.

If you have never ventured to Mercer Village, I think you should, and furthermore, I think you should pay FOJ a visit. The food is refreshing, as is the atmosphere.

From the brightly colored wire baskets used as platters to the larger-than-life art, you cannot help but feel creative while dining here. A chalkboard menu, a loud and upbeat playlist and exposed lighting all greet you as you walk through the doors. The windows are lined with community and Mercer fliers for events, letting you know that what happens outside the walls of FOJ is just as important to its culture as what happens inside its walls. And that is something I can dig, ya’ll.

Check out FOJ for breakfast, as well as for your other two meals of the day. FOJ is conveniently located in Mercer Village, as well as on Vineville Avenue. “Like” them on Facebook to get daily postings of what is on the menu. Big thank you to FOJ for hosting me this week!