Casa With Allison

Tonight Alexis had a concert to go to downtown with a friend and since we live “so far” out of town we typically just hang out in town while she is doing whatever and then pick her up and head home for the evening. Well, tonight Tommy took her and her friend to the Austin Music Hall for their concert and then he waded home to be with the dogs since they had been cooped up ALL DAY inside (from 8am – 6pm). So mean!!

I hadn’t seen my friend Allison in about two weeks so we made a date to get together, have dinner and sit and chat for a good while since I was going to be hanging out in town anyway. We were lucky enough to have our dinner date on a Tuesday which means Mexican night at Casa De Luz!

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Casa De Luz is a vegan, macrobiotic and completely organic restaurant. It’s very cool but I kind of feel like you need a veteran to go with you the first time you visit there. It can be a little confusing if you aren’t quite sure what to do.

The restaurant makes one set of food items for breakfast and then a separate list of items for lunch/dinner. They don’t have a menu to choose from – everyone is served the entire 4/5 course menu You go in and pay the price for your meal and then grab your soup and salad and a seat anywhere you’d like. The seating is community style so you might get to share your table with a stranger and either make a new friend or have someone very interesting play musical chairs with the tables like we did tonight. πŸ™‚

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The salad was a mixed green salad with Casa dressing and the soup was a chunky mixed vegetable soup. Both were seriously good!! As you can see….

After your salad and soup someone brings you your main course. It’s a large plate filled with pure heavenly food.

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The main course was a tamale, blanched greens, pickled radishes, steamed broccoli, carrots and cauliflower and a mix of brown rice and quinoa. It was absolutely wonderful – except for the blanched greens. I pawned those off on Allison and she swapped me for some of her steamed veggies. See? Besties!

We were happy campers!

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The restaurant is very mellow and a very relaxing place to be. You can see from the picture here how the kitchen is set up community style. It’s open to the restaurant and it feels very homey. πŸ™‚

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Dinner was awesome. Afterward I found myself a nice bookstore with free wifi to write my blog post from. Then I’m off to pick up Alexis and her friend from their concert, go home and get some serious sleep in. I’m exhausted!!

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4 Responses to Casa With Allison

  1. Kira Wood says:

    Where do the dogs go when they’re inside? :hmm: You don’t have a doggy door and an invisible fence? pssh.

    I heart this post alot. Alot alot. I want to go to there. Although I wouldn’t be too keen on community seating (ew, strangers), or lack of menu. Or, maybe it’s a good thing since customers actually get a decent, well balanced meal? I dunno, I haven’t decided. Props to them for being original and serving what looks to be delicious food, though!

    • Nicole2112 says:

      Because Abbey has proven to be quite the escape artist when she is left alone outside we now keep them inside the house now when we leave. No doggy door – she can’t be trusted to be left outside. πŸ™‚
      Yeah – I have lots of fun places to take you here in Austin when you come. It’s such a great vegan-friendly town. Check out their website and their blog for what they typically serve. It’s a pretty diverse menu that rotates.

  2. Candi says:

    I’m not sure I’d like the food, I’d have to try, but it looks amazing! Love the idea and ambiance of the place.

  3. Katie says:

    What a cool restaurant! That is totally up my alley. Glad you enjoyed!

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