Elle’s Cafe & Coffee serves healthy, gluten free options in Bee Cave

Elleu2019s Cafe & Coffee is attached to Alive + Well, a wellness center offering holistic approaches to health needs.

Elleu2019s Cafe & Coffee is attached to Alive + Well, a wellness center offering holistic approaches to health needs.

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Sweet potato hash is on Elle’s Cafe breakfast menu.
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The pecan peach danishes are gluten-free.
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Shown are a matcha latte and pumpkin spiced latte.
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Elle's Cafe & Coffee is at 3944 S. RR 620, Bldg. 6, Ste. 101, Bee Cave.
Healthy and delicious can be synonymous—at least at Elle’s Cafe & Coffee, according to owner Adam Metcalf.

“We wanted a cafe that not only served good, healthy food and great quality coffee, but that was also a place for people to gather,” Metcalf said.

Elle’s Cafe is named for Metcalf’s oldest daughter. It opened this April as part of Alive + Well, the Bee Cave wellness center that offers an apothecary, yoga, meditation, massage, acupuncture, a float tank and more. According to Metcalf, it is the wellness center that helps inform Elle’s overarching themes.

Metcalf is a second-generation pharmacist and said the wellness component of medicine always resonated with him. He owned Hill Country Apothecary in Lakeway for about five years and said lifestyle change was the topic that came up the most among his customers.

“So we thought we could have the most impact doing more with that,” he said. “We wanted to offer [healthy food choices] as part of the center.”

The cafe is completely gluten-free, an aspect of Elle’s inspired by Metcalf’s wife, who has celiac disease. Whenever they would dine out at other establishments she would often have health issues despite choosing the gluten-free menu options.

“If there is gluten in the kitchen it can be cross-contaminating,” he said. “So we wanted to offer a place where people could have truly healthy food.”

Metcalf described the cafe as laid-back and open and said special attention was paid to the ambiance.

“Aesthetic matters,” he said. “There are a lot of windows, and good sunlight comes through. We play good music, and when we have good weather we open up the glass doors. Everybody seems to be happy when they’re here.”
By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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