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No matter how hardcore a coffee drinker is, there are mornings when a cup of java just doesn’t cut it. On those days — or any day, really — the place to stop is the Amazon Cafe. The welcoming, tropically colored Smith Street chain has been enticing the health food aficionados of Carroll Gardens since its opening in 2005.

“People are always surprised when they find out we’re part of a chain,” manager Sara Rabinovich told GO Brooklyn. “The only thing ‘chain like’ about it here is the service: we’re really fast and really friendly.” The big draw are the smoothies, in such flavors as the “Coldblaster,” a mix of 2,500 percent of your daily recommended Vitamin C, orange juice, peaches, bananas and raspberry sherbet. Beverages though, play just a small part in the Amazon Cafe’s offerings.

Savory breakfast sandwiches, wraps made with fresh vegetables and meats, house-made soups like portobello mushroom barley and a not-so-healthy-but-who-cares selection of muffins and baked goods, make the Amazon Cafe the go-to spot for a quick bite anytime.

Amazon Cafe (227 Smith St. at Butler Street in Carroll Gardens) accepts Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Wraps and wrap combos: $4.71-$7.53. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Delivery available. Subway: F to Bergen Street. For information, call (718) 852-5948 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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