Yes, we were skeptical. However, BEETS Cafe proved to be worthy.
BEETS is not your regular cafe. Sure, you can find hummus, guacamole, caesar salad, and rustic pizza on the menu. The difference is that these appetizers and entrées are raw!
Eating an entire meal of raw food can be hard to wrap your head around at first. You might be thinking that eating a meal composed of raw vegetables, nuts, and legumes will leave you hungry and unsatisfied. Au contraire! A lot goes into making these foods wholesome, filling, and delicious. Did you know that you can make raw bread??!! To learn more about this concept, I recently attended a raw and living food potluck. Through socializing with raw food enthusiasts, I learned some cool health benefits of this unique philosophy and lifestyle. If you’re interested in knowing more click here!
Location: BEETS Cafe is a cute little place in downtown Austin. It’s nestled in the ground floor of Gables 5th Street Commons, a hip and lux’ apartment complex. I’m going to give props for location. There is no need to worry about finding a vacant spot, parallel parking in that too small space, or searching for change to feed the meter. You can easily park in the parking garage and gleefully skip to your meal, stress-free.
Food: This place is for anyone with special dietary needs or food allergies, health food junkies, or anyone who just wants an out-of-the-ordinary kind of meal. I had the rustic pizza with a sauce that set the bar high for raw food. It was zesty and seasoned to perfection. Yum, I want the recipe!
Service: There is a wait staff. Our waitress was helpful with the menu and gave us a few recommendations. My only criticism is that the food was slow to make it to our table on a day when the restaurant was not busy.
Atmosphere: The atmosphere is cute, but nothing special. It’s not a romantic spot to take someone on a first date or anniversary dinner. However, it is a place to grab a tasty, light, and nutritious lunch over the weekend.
Price: The food was a little pricy given that the food costs for a vegetarian menu are relatively low. After giving it some thought, though, I understand that making raw food taste like normal food is a time- and labor-intensive process, so maybe that’s the reason for the inflated prices. I won’t grumble too much–there is a need for places like this in the American food scene!
Overall: 4/5 stars