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Dallas raw/vegan restaurant to invade Houston, owner decries tasteless stuff in other spots

Dallas raw/vegan restaurant to invade Houston, owner decries tasteless stuff in other spots

VSPOT, vegan cafe, Dallas, chalkboard, menu, October 2012
The former VSpot in Dallas, before getting locked out for not paying rent VSPOT Cafe/Facebook
VSPOT Cafe, taco, vegan taco
Raw food tacos at Bliss Raw Bar VSPOT Cafe/Facebook
VSPOT Cafe, Dallas, juice bar, smoothie
Pisarro says her cafe in Houston will have a juice bar as well as raw and cooked vegan menus. VSPOT Cafe/Facebook
VSPOT, vegan cafe, Dallas, chalkboard, menu, October 2012
VSPOT Cafe, taco, vegan taco
VSPOT Cafe, Dallas, juice bar, smoothie

If your only impression of the raw food movement came via Sex and the City — in which hot waiter Smith was more of a draw than the unheated food — then Delia Pisarro wants to change your mind.

Pisarro is planning to open a raw and vegan restaurant in Houston in December, combining the menus from her two former Dallas restaurants, Bliss Raw Café & Elixir Bar and VSpot Vegan Cafe.

The concept will not quite be the first raw food option in town — Green Seed Vegan has thrived since going from food truck to a brick-and-mortar shop on Almeda, Pat Greer's Kitchen in midtown has become known for take-away food and there's another small raw food cafe in the back of a cardiac clinic in south Houston, as well as a couple places that tried and failed.

 "People think about vegan food and are like, blehh," Pisarro says. "It's a lot of tasteless shit. My food has flavor." 

But Pisarro's concept would be the first boutique-style raw cafe in the granola-friendly Montrose area, though she's still finalizing the exact location.

Pisarro sold Bliss in 2011 and tells CultureMap she sold VSpot this summer, but not before the Knox-Henderson area restaurant was locked out for owing over $50,000 in unpaid rent. (Pisarro says she "ran into some problems" at that location with her former chef/managing partner.)

The Houston concept will feature two full menus — one of raw foods, like Pisarro's coconut kale enchiladas and Asian-style bowls and another featuring cooked vegan fare including mushroom tacos and an eggplant stack, plus a juice bar with coffee and tea.

"People think about vegan food and are like, blehh," Pisarro says. "It's a lot of tasteless shit. My food has flavor."