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True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen

On a business trip to Houston I stopped in at “True Food Kitchen” for dinner found near the Galleria shopping area. I had read others review about the place and knew there were many options for those interested in plant-based nutrition. The venue was very clean and featured hip/modern decor.

As described by our server and a large image on the wall, the menu is based on “Dr. Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid.” It’s a great concept and there were a lot of very appetizing and healthy looking options on the menu, despite the inclusion of several meat dishes.

We started with the “Kale/Cilantro Guacamole” which was quite good. Not a huge departure from other guac that I’ve had, but it was unique and quite tasty. And I chose to try the Matcha Honey Lemonade which was awesome. For the main course I had the inside out Quinoa burger with a side of sweet potato hash.

The flavors were delicious and it was a very nutritious dish. My only complaint about the meal was the the cost/value balance seemed a bit off. It was more expensive than I would usually pay for dinner and the portions were small, leaving me hungry at the completion of the meal. Granted, I have been labeled an “enthusiastic eater” and sometimes struggle to not eat more than I should. All in all it was a good experience, just be prepared to pay a bit more for smaller portions should you choose to eat at True Foods Kitchen.

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Spirals, Fort Worth

Spirals, Fort Worth

Been there about three times, my favorite place to eat in Ft Worth. Everything is wonderful, even a Grandson whose arm we had to twist to come, enjoyed it. Every thing is Vegan and you need to save room for the deserts. Oh we indulged in the warm brownie, Ice Scream Turtle Sunday, big enough for two or even three.    Janet Cox

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Mother’s Cafe, Austin

Mother’s Cafe, Austin

Deep in the heart of Texas we ran into Mother’s Cafe. The outside of the facility is in an unassuming neighborhood north of the University of Texas campus in Austin, but once we stepped inside my assumption that I would get a great healthy meal was met. The ambience was important. We dined on a weekend and a harpist was performing gentle, food tastes better with music, melodies.

The menu had a variety of choices. I chose the enchiladas while my daughter ordered the vegan sloppy jos. The sloppy jo was spicy with a tint of sweetness and perfect texture. The enchilada was good but I would have added a few peppers. As I observed it seemed like many were ordering the stir fry dishes. Every dish had gluten free and vegan substitutes. The ingredients were from known, fresh suppliers and I think this is a key to a great vegan restaurant. The hosts were excellent at answering questions. What would keep me coming back were the vegan desserts including chocolate peanut butter pie. What more can I say about this! The dish melted in my mouth.

Prices ran from 8-10 dollars. For those that like smoothies, a wide variety along with a  Jamaican ginger ale were on the menu. The place was vibrant and full for our noon time meal. The restaurant must be doing something special as they have been in business for over thirty years. If in Austin, Mother’s cafe is a must. You will need a GPS to get to this cozy neighborhood gem.

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Green Vegetarian Cuisine, San Antonio

Green Vegetarian Cuisine, San Antonio

While in San Antonio, TX this summer, we had the opportunity to eat at Green Vegetarian Restaurant. May there be many more opportunities. A review could be done just on their vegan cupcakes . . . This outstanding, eclectic restaurant with outdoor seating has an extensive menu that can all be made vegan. We selected the vegan nachos, Cece’s Stir Fry and the Jalapeño Cheese Greenburger. The nachos were made with Diaya cheese. This surpassed my previous experiences with non dairy cheese. I’m not sure why but the plate was emptied in short order. The ingredient in the stir fry that everyone commented on was the popcorn tofu. Very tasty. The Jalapeño burger was huge and can easily feed 2 people. The chipotle mayo was delicious. We sampled the Hostess Who? cupcake which of course, was delicious. When I go back . . . someday . . . I want to order off breakfast menu. All in all a very tasty experience.