A few months ago I was in a major food funk. I still wanted to eat my salads, but I didn’t want to make them. I didn’t want to create any new recipes or cook anything in general. I needed a break. I ate a lot of pre washed salads right out of the container during that time. Convenience food rocks when you’re in a slump.
I decided the best way to get out of this funk was to go to Austin and eat some raw food at a proper restaurant since we don’t have one in San Antonio. Sure I could have gone to any restaurant and ordered a salad, but I was looking for something more. I wanted to eat raw food prepared by someone who was passionate about making it. I wanted to order right off the menu and not have to ask if there was dairy in the dressing. I needed to go to Austin anyway so I seized the day and headed to Beets Cafe. I didn’t mean for that to rhyme.
It turns out it was the right thing to do. As soon as I walked in I knew I was going to love this place. It had a clean, open and airy vibe that I loved. I was greeted by a friendly waitress who welcomed me warmly, but not in an over the top annoying way. She was very happy and had that “green juice glow”. I liked her immediately and used her expertise to help me order. She suggested I get the taco salad since it was something that tasted great and was recently put back on the menu. I took her advice, but first I ordered a green juice.
The juice I ordered had no fruit, just greens. It was just what I needed. The trick to making a greens only juice more palatable it to add lemon to it, this one had just the right amount. I always feel so spoiled/special when I can go somewhere and order a green juice. I sipped it slowly as I waited for my salad. As I looked around the restaurant and relaxed, I heard laughter and happiness coming from the kitchen. I love when happy people make my food, it always tastes better. It was nice to hear people that were happy with their jobs. They were singing and telling jokes, it made me feel good.
When my salad arrived I couldn’t wait to dig in, it looked amazing. It was loaded with greens and herbs; the dressing was flavorful yet not overpowering. The best part was the bits of the raw vegan chorizo, that was made from dehydrated seeds and sprinkled on generously. Yum! It had the flavor of chorizo without the meat part, a total win. I savored every bite of this delicious salad. I had no room for dessert, but will make sure to try their raw ice cream next time I go. If you are in the Austin area you must go to Beets Cafe, yes it’s that good. I’m confidant that an omnivore could eat here and be completely satisfied.