FeelGoods Cafe: Happy belly, happy wallet

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Finding a place to get nutritious, all-natural, great-tasting food for an affordable price may not be the easiest thing on Long Island, but it should be. That’s the idea that FeelGoods Café co-owners Nicole Lawrence and Kathy Gerdes shared almost five years ago when they first opened their doors.

The small business has come a long way since then and was recently awarded the #1 best new product of 2012 by the International Restaurant and Food Service Show at the Jacob Javits Center for their “EdgyBurgers: Veggie Burgers with an Edge, the cornerstone of the FeelGoods Café menu,” according to Nicole Lawrence. The EdgyBurgers come in 14 vegetarian varieties and 2 non-veggie options. The delectable choices include sweet potato and spinach (which is also the top seller) as well as eggplant, sundried tomato and basil.

Lawrence and Gerdes chose their St. James location since both grew up in nearby Smithtown. They strongly believed much of the community would support their café which intended to provide an alternative to conventional fast food. And they have delivered on that promise. FeelGoods offers customers delicious, all-natural dishes and uses no dyes and no high fructose corn syrup in their foods, drinks and even condiments.


FeelGoods offers customers delicious, all-natural dishes and uses no dyes and no high fructose corn syrup in their foods, drinks and even condiments.

FeelGoods also makes great use of the “organic must list.” This helpful list tells us the foods that are most commonly sprayed with harmful pesticides and herbicides, hence determining which foods are most important to focus on when eating organic on a budget. With the aid of the organic must list, Kathy and Nicole are able to provide healthy foods as nature intended at more affordable prices than your typical, organic-ingredient restaurant. According to urbanspoon.com, which gives FeelGoods Café a 93% positive ratings feedback from 46 votes, the average meal is under $10, making it a great choice for your wallet as well as your heart and your tummy.

A quaint atmosphere, low lighting and comfortable sofas ensure a cozy feel whether you are picking up a meal to-go or enjoying a leisurely lunch with a friend. Murals of trees along the walls add a serene, outdoorsy touch as well as symbolizing FeelGoods’ passion for healthy living. FeelGoods boasts a wide variety of foods and drinks including create-your-own meals, numerous vegetarian and vegan dishes and pure fruit smoothies. The Café offers different deals each day, Monday through Saturday, and – if you’re looking to feed a crowd – there is a buy 4, get 1 free deal on Edgyburger patties every day.

Check out FeelGoods Café, and tell them LIB sent you!

FeelGoods Cafe
412 North Country Rd.
Saint James, NY 11780
(631) 390-8545
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photo: Peter Regan

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