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Veggie alternative isn't so radical for Houston Restaurant Weeks diners: Go vegan — or not

Radical Eats, Houston Restaurant Weeks menu 2014
Rice-less carrot risotto is one of the vegan-friendly options on Radical Eats' HRW lunch menu. Photo by Joel Luks

Houston Restaurant Weeks is heading towards its final weekend, which means diners are running out of time to eat meals that raise money for the Houston Food Bank. In our final CultureMap video of HRW 2014, we pay a visit to Radical Eats

Previously known for being exclusively vegan, Radical Eats added meat and seafood to the menu when it moved into the former Roots Bistro space on Westheimer last year. The larger, more lavishly decorated space is built to accommodate a diverse array of diners. The restaurant is serving both a $20, three-course lunch and a $45, four-course dinner with plenty of vegan and non-vegan choices. 

Previously known for being exclusively vegan, Radical Eats added meat and seafood to the menu when it moved into the former Roots Bistro space last year.

Of the starters at lunch, the crab beignet is must-try for those who enjoy the sweet crustacean; filled with marscapone cheese and nicely crispy, it's a light starter that brings big flavor. Vegans and vegetarians alike will enjoy the squash blossoms, a seasonal treat that's dredged in a beer batter prior to frying.

Davis shows off her rice-less carrot risotto in the video, which is topped with zucchini-wrapped tofu for added protein. Other entree options include shrimp and pepper grits and a vegan pasta primavera. 

For dessert, Radical Eats serves a sweet riff on a Vietnamese rice crepe (banh xeo) that's filled with figs and peaches along with either chevre cheese or vegan cream cheese.   

The lunch and dinner Houston Restaurant Weeks specials will be available through Saturday at Radical Eats. (Houston Restaurant Weeks ends on Sept. 1, but Radical Eats is closed on Mondays and does not serve dinner on Sunday nights. It serves Sunday brunch but no HRW special on Aug. 31.)

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