Health food eatery Blenders & Bowls brings frozen acai bowls to the Austin area

Kara Jordan is the co-owner of Blenders & Bowls, which has locations throughout Austin. (Photos by Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kara Jordan is the co-owner of Blenders & Bowls, which has locations throughout Austin. (Photos by Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Kara Jordan is the co-owner of Blenders & Bowls, which has locations throughout Austin. (Photos by Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The avocado toast is priced at $6.50 and includes local sourdough topped with avocado, tomato, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
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Blenders & Bowls offers a variety of smoothie bowls, avocado toasts and other vegan, paleo and gluten free options.
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The bowl of paradise priced at $8.25 is made with dragon fruit, mango, pineapple, banana, coconut water, hemp granola, goji berries and more.
When longtime best friends Kara Jordan and Erin Downing opened their food truck serving acai bowls in 2011, they said most customers couldn’t even pronounce the word “acai.” Nine years later the lone truck has transformed into five brick and mortar locations, including one in West Lake Hills, called Blenders & Bowls.

“Nobody in Texas or Austin really knew what an acai bowl was, it was still a very foreign concept,” Jordan said. “But, people are very open minded about new concept food here.”

While acai bowls, pronounced “ah-sigh-ee,” may have been new to the Greater Austin area, the dish, made with the frozen fruit of an acai palm, had existed in Hawaiin cafes for many years. When Jordan and Thompson moved from Hawaii to Austin, they said they immediately missed the dish.

“When I moved here I felt like Austin was a very laid back, cool place,” Jordan said. “It kind of felt like a beach town without a beach.”

With Austin’s relaxed atmosphere and health conscious residents, Jordan said she had a feeling customers would take to the concept of acai bowls.


They said they hoped Austin would bring new opportunities, but they never anticipated running a food truck. In a matter of months the food truck became a reality, and Blenders & Bowls has expanded rapidly ever since.

“We knew acai bowls were going to end up here one day, so we’re just glad we’re the first ones to do it,” Jordan said, adding the O.G. bowl, made with acai, strawberries, bananas and hemp granola has become a local favorite.

The shop at West Lake Hills recently welcomed another female-owned business as a sublet. The local bakery, Tiny Pies began sharing the space in June. Jordan said the businesses serve different customer bases, so the collaboration has the potential to bring in new customers.

“We had this huge space here and we thought we’d be very willing to share it with the right business,” Jordan said, adding that so far, there has been a great synergy between them.

Blenders & Bowls

3736 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 8, West Lake Hills

512-584-8800

www.blendersandbowls.com

Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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