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by veggriffon

Review: We supported this restaurant from its beginning days at the Farmers Market. The food was completely vegan and gluten free. Simply excellent. It was homey - not 'boutique' - and the prices were very reasonable. The owner, Staci, stood on a soap box about veganism... she would come by the tables, preach about its benefits and how it cured her cancer. The restaurant was also covered in anti-meat and animal rights bumper stickers and such. You can easily find articles about Staci's veganism online. She had also been a vegetarian chef to rock band and acts that came through Houston decades ago. But now, of course, Staci totally denies her former vegan stance and claims she has always consumed meat. How many meat eating chefs open vegan restaurants??? The answer is probably none! The change happened when 2 corporate-minded suits came in to the restaurant one afternoon and wowed Staci with talk about expansion. Suddenly and without warning, the unlimited Aguas Fresh on tap ended. The unlimited salsas ended. The Family Style Buffet Brunches ended. People used to serve themselves these Aguas Freshes, Salsas and Buffet Brunches. After the 2 suits had their way with Staci, she brought her food out to you in limited quantities and the price of the Family Style Brunch jumped from $9 to an astounding $22. Dairy was shortly introduced to the menu soon afterward, and then the meat arrived. I was stunned to see meat on the menu... I thought it was a typo or a joke. Needless to say, I have never gone back or visited Staci's new, 'posh' and way overpriced location. It is a shame that this establishment is off our eats list. The food was so good when it was vegan. It had such a great vibe once upon a time. We have since found a very much welcome REAL vegan/vegetarian restaurant (with great prices) in town.


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