Our next stop on a raw foods tour of Austin took us to Beets, an all raw cafe on West 5th St. It took us a little effort to find the place but once we did it was on!
My hubby and I with our baby daughter and my parents in tow all went. My parents are not seasoned raw foodies. At all. They love their meat, but even more frustrating to me is their love for all things processed and chemical laden. I try to buy them alternatives to their favorite packaged foods, but it sometimes doesn’t work. For example, my father just does not like maple syrup as much as he likes his maple flavored diet syrup (eeeww!)
To start, I ordered a Goji Lemonade
Lemons, gojis and agave. Not too sweet and the gojiness was really intense.
And Dan ordered a green juice. I can’t remember what it had in it, but it was green and had lots of ginger.
Then we ordered our mains.
I had the chalupas- a corn tortilla with sunflower beans, veggies, guac and a sour cream drizzle. Really yummy! I got the kale salad for my side.
Dan had the raw reuben, it had a mild sauerkraut, homemade raw vegan thousand island dressing, marinate portabello mushrooms, caramelized onions and some kind of cheese on a really nice raw bread. He really liked this dish, and I did too. I would absolutely order this next time.
It came with chips and a beet salad.
My Dad had the ELT, which was an eggplant bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. He *said* he liked it, haha but when I offered to trade him half of his sandwich for one of my chalupas he did not protest (but this is probably a testament to how much the man loves him some Mexican food than anything else!) I liked the sandwich and once again, I was impressed with the bread. The texture was not at all cracker-like, not overwhelmingly flaxy either, soft and yielding to the tooth but not mushy or soggy.
And my mother ordered the nori roll appetizer and a side of sprouted lentil salad. These were fairly basic nori rolls but good for my mother because that is what she wanted- something familiar. The lentil salad was okay, but I soaked red lentils are just too starchy for my taste. Not a fault of the restaurant, just my personal tastes!
After, we had a selection of raw chocolates from the cool case up front. I thought the chocolate was good. It was clearly made with coconut oil in addition to cacao as it got melty really quickly. It was also the kind of chocolate where you taste mainly the dark chocolate flavor and not the flavorings much at all. My dad broke his tooth on a super hard goji berry though! 😦
The service was great, our waitress was very personable and commented on how well-behaved Amethyst was being (although to me she was fussy!). There is tons of seating and I can’t imagine the place ever being full.
All in all, I would give Beets a 7.5/10
The menu had all the classics that you would expect to find- hamburgers, tacos, sandwiches, pizza, nori rolls, juices, smoothies, cheezecakes, etc. Everything was done well, tasty, reasonably priced and well presented. The only complaint I have is that there wasn’t anything that was really interesting or a new take on the classics.
Next in the series- locally made raw chocolate and The Daily Juice Café