Beets Cafe: A Raw Food Experience.

After talking about going for almost a year, I finally got to dine at Beets Cafe! Beets is located on West 5th Street in downtown Austin. This café is unique in their cuisine because it’s 100% raw.

Beets touts the benefits of raw eating on their menu.

About Raw Foods

(source www.beetscafe.com)

A foodie friend and I went this past Tuesday, a good day to go because it was pouring rain and there was not much else to do. My friend and I were open to the experience before we arrived, but neither one of us expected the food to be so delicious!

Beets offers a full menu with anything from appetizers to desserts. Some interesting menu items include The Rainbow salad with a creamy Spirulina (blue algae) dressing & the Salsa y Spicy Nacho Quezo appetizer which is made from a blend of cashews, carrots, miso, and spices.

Here’s what we ordered:

Goji Lemonade

Being a fan of Goji berries, my friend Traci & I both decided to try the Goji Lemonade. Refreshing! I’m going to try to make this at home sometime soon!

Guacamole Spinach Dip

We ordered the Guacamole Spinach dip as an appetizer. It came served with crispy corn chips that were strangely addicting.

E.L.T

It was hard choosing an entrée. It was a difficult choice  deciding between the Pizza Rustica or the E..L.T but finally I decided on the E.L.T! Which  by the way stands for eggplant, lettuce , tomato.

a delicious sprouted almond sunflower flatbread, spread with a creamy cashew dijonaise, layered with crispy spiced eggplant “bacon”, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and high-vibe sprouts, served with crispy veggie chips and kraut.- Beets Cafe

I don’t know how Beets does it, but the eggplant oddly enough had the texture and almost taste of real bacon! This sandwich was delightful!!!

Cha-lu-pas

My friend, Traci, ordered the Cha-lu-pas.

A crunchy corn tostadas with a spread of “sunflower seed beanz”, topped with shredded lettuce, salsa, guacamole, and olives, finished with a cashew sour cream drizzle (served with a choice of side salad)- Beets Cafe.

Her dish looked so good that I was almost jealous! Next time I’m definitely going to order the Cha-lu-pas or the pizza or both? Ha!

So, if you find yourself in Austin, dining at Beets is a must!

My experience at Beets has sparked further interest in raw foods. Hopefully, I can get in the kitchen soon & whip up some on my own. Do you have any favorite raw food recipes to share?

 

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