First Look

First Look: Just Be Kitchen Now Cooking Up Paleo Breakfast and Lunch

Just Be Kitchen owners Jennifer Peters (left) and Carrie Baird.
Just Be Kitchen owners Jennifer Peters (left) and Carrie Baird. Sarah Addy Photography
Just Be Kitchen, the paleo breakfast and lunch eatery from founder Jennifer Peters and chef/co-owner Carrie Baird, opened today at 2364 15th Street, just a few months after the two took possession of the space formerly occupied by Mona's. Just Be offers gluten-free, grain-free options in a fast-casual setting.

The menu is concise but includes eggs, butter and meats from grass-fed animals; grain-free buns and tortillas made in-house; bone broth with a variety of add-ins; plenty of coconut oil and coconut milk; and a coffee bar stocked with beans from two local roasters. Peters says she didn't want the menu to come across as health food, so she and Baird collaborated to come up with a variety of satisfying dishes that don't skimp on flavor.
click to enlarge Just Be Kitchen takes over the former home of Mona's. - MARK ANTONATION
Just Be Kitchen takes over the former home of Mona's.
Mark Antonation
The bright dining room is done up in pale shades of blue and natural wood, with inspirational quotes framed on the walls; a walled-in patio adds additional seating at the back of the building. Peters adds that she hopes neighbors see Just Be as a serene retreat from outside pressures where they can have a mindful moment over nourishing food.

The restaurant is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; keep reading for more photos.
click to enlarge Wonder: a roast-veggie hash with a poached egg. - AMELIA ALPAUGH
Wonder: a roast-veggie hash with a poached egg.
Amelia Alpaugh
click to enlarge Founder and co-owner Jennifer Peters in her brand-new restaurant. - MARK ANTONATION
Founder and co-owner Jennifer Peters in her brand-new restaurant.
Mark Antonation
click to enlarge Lust: a "meatzza," with sausage standing in for pizza crust. - AMELIA ALPAUGH
Lust: a "meatzza," with sausage standing in for pizza crust.
Amelia Alpaugh
click to enlarge Guests order food and coffee at the counter and then grab a seat in the sunny dining room. - MARK ANTONATION
Guests order food and coffee at the counter and then grab a seat in the sunny dining room.
Mark Antonation
click to enlarge Crave: a grass-fed beef burger on a housemade, grain-free bun. - AMELIA ALPAUGH
Crave: a grass-fed beef burger on a housemade, grain-free bun.
Amelia Alpaugh
click to enlarge Casual seating at Just Be Kitchen. - MARK ANTONATION
Casual seating at Just Be Kitchen.
Mark Antonation
click to enlarge The bright and relaxing dining room at Just Be Kitchen. - MARK ANTONATION
The bright and relaxing dining room at Just Be Kitchen.
Mark Antonation
click to enlarge At Just Be Kitchen, the religion is kindness. - MARK ANTONATION
At Just Be Kitchen, the religion is kindness.
Mark Antonation
click to enlarge Through the patio gate at Just Be. - MARK ANTONATION
Through the patio gate at Just Be.
Mark Antonation
Patio seating at 15th and Platte streets. - MARK ANTONATION
Patio seating at 15th and Platte streets.
Mark Antonation
click to enlarge Sidewalk seating on 15th Street. - MARK ANTONATION
Sidewalk seating on 15th Street.
Mark Antonation


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