That little shopping district on 19th St. in the Heights will get its second vegetarian restaurant as soon as Radical Eats opens its kitchen just down the street from Shade. (They serve meat at Shade; it’s Cricket’s Creamery and Cafe across the street that’s vegetarian.) Staci Davis, who’s been selling tamales, tacos, and other Radical Eats fare at Antidote Coffee, Smart Meals, and various area farmers markets, will be moving her food-preparation operation from a drug and alcohol abuse counseling center in a former Holiday Inn by the Eastex Freeway near Little York to a significantly smaller space inside Katy Whelan’s planned Heights Ashbury Coffeehouse in the space at 242 W. 19th St. Whelan originally had plans to name her space the Love Street Coffee Shop; it’s going where Balinskas Architectural Imports used to be. Also sharing space with Davis and Whelan: Architect Deborah Morris’s new juice bar, Juicy in the Sky with Vitamins.
An opening party is planned for March 4th — though Davis tells Swamplot the “sort of cooperative” may not be entirely ready to open until a few weeks later. Radical Eats will be open at 6:30 for breakfast (featuring tacos made with organic tortillas, breakfast tamales, as well as a “grits dish”) and close after lunch, but will keep a cooler stocked with prepackaged foods for dinner. Davis says she expects much of the business during the week will be “grab and go”; the former Kerby Lane chef hopes to work up to serving brunch on weekends. She’s also working on certifying Radical Eats as a green restaurant. And if all goes well with the Houston Kashruth Association, Davis says, the place will become the 8th restaurant in town to be certified Kosher. She plans to serve bread from the Slow Dough Bread Co., but everything made in the kitchen will be gluten free.
- Radical Eats
- Heights Ashbury Coffeehouse [Facebook]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Great Houston Heights Fast Food Slowdown
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