The Grounds Bean Bar — San Diego, CA
When it comes to desserts, I can be pretty picky. I do love donuts, cookies, ice cream, and all that yummy sugary goodness. Although, what I really crave are sweets with natural sugars. When Crystal and I challenged each other to find desserts in our area, I took a slightly different approach and stopped by The Grounds Bean Bar instead of a traditional dessert shop.
The Grounds Bean Bar is a newcomer to San Diego and is located in a great spot in Crown Point close to the beach. They opened their doors less than a year ago and have already created quite a buzz among the locals. Yes, it’s a coffee shop, but they have this amazing acai bowl that is my go-to for a refreshing healthy dessert. I enjoy having coffee with my dessert so this spot is perfect for anyone who is like me and needs their caffeine with their sugar.
There are a ton of establishments that serve up their specialty acai bowls, but the reason why I keep returning to this one is that the consistency of their acai is made to perfection. It can be a challenge to find an acai bowl that is rich, creamy, and has a smooth texture. I’ve consumed some unfortunate amount of acai bowls that were soupy or the texture was littered with chunks of ice.
Toppings in an acai bowl are like the underrated superstars of the dish. It gives that bowl pizazz and if the toppings don’t look attractive it can seriously get overlooked. Most of the acai bowls I’ve tried are topped with a mix of fresh berries and bananas topped with a sprinkle of either coconut flakes or cacao nibs.
The Grounds Bean Bar serves their acai bowl a little different and instead of fresh bananas, they top it with crunchy banana chips. That crunch is a much needed layer of texture. It’s also packed with chia, fresh berries, and coconut flakes.
All of this yummy goodness can be enjoyed indoors where you can soak in their stunning and airy decor. The mix of patterns and the hanging plants really make it a relaxing and inviting atmosphere, perfect to post on your Instagram story. Plus when the weather is nice you can choose to sit outside, but really does San Diego ever have bad weather?
The Grounds Bean Bar
1571 La Playa Ave
San Diego, CA 92109