The cool part about dining at Houston’s Vibrant is that you’re indulging in tasty, healthy food, so no need to feel guilty after your visit.
Healthy at Vibrant means plant-rich food that tastes good and satisfies. Eating is equivalent to wellbeing and pleasure. At Vibrant, the menu details their ingredients, so you’ll know in detail what you’re eating.
Located on Fairview Street, close to Midtown, this health-forward restaurant creates appetizing foods that are gluten-free, dairy free, refined sugar-free, corn-free, peanut-free —- basically a lot of frees! Bonus: Vibrant makes their bread, cheeses, crackers, milks, yogurt and sausage from scratch in-house daily; plus, they only use avocado, coconut, and extra olive oil.
A Very Happy Hour Menu
Available everyday, 4-7pm, the happy hour menu includes items not yet available on the regular menu. I suggest starting with the Chicken Tacos, tasty, packed, and on a house-made blue corn masa tortilla. (If you’re not feeling chicken, you can always try the fish or mushroom tacos.) These tacos make a delightful, light meal that won’t feel heavy in your stomach.
For The Table
The classic Charcuterie Board (pictured at top of article) comes with macadamia cashew cheese, homemade sausage, beet cured lox and jammy egg. You can’t go wrong ordering this classic for the table!
When it comes to happy hour drinks, the Garden Margarita is super boozy yet gratifying, so you’ll get your fix off just one. The Paloma is also a great choice; light orange and with a slice of grapefruit on the rim. Not feeling alcohol? Try the Vibrant Mocha (hot or iced), a lip smacking blend of house-made cacao syrup and almond cashew milk. Your choice on the shot of espresso.
Happy Hour Sweetness
Vibrant’s Delicious Donuts not only taste great, but they look amazing too. Tempting in two flavors, Coconut Caramel or Mango Cashew Cream, they’re very sweet and fluffy, and echo Vibrant’s signature blend. (You’ll have to order one for yourself to find out what it tastes like!) The best part about this dessert? Just like the entire Vibrant menu, you won’t have to feel guilty after eating it. So, indulge away, my friends.
All Day Menu
The light and flavorful Greens & Grain Bowl is filled with mixed greens, sprouted quinoa, fennel, broccolini and macadamia cashew cheese. The dressing? Intriguingly, fennel pollen. Choose this salad as either starter or entree.
Star of the Show
The Green Smoothie was one of the stars of the show. Tasting like a dessert, it had a distinct chocolate-like flavor. Clearly, the smoothie doesn’t contain chocolate though, since it is filled with pineapple, spinach, kale, date, green apple, and almond butter. Come to find out, Vibrant makes their sweetness with dates and honey. I seriously could not get enough of this smoothie. It’s a go-to item I would continuously get if I lived in Houston.
While we’re on the sweet side of things, the Blue Masa Pancakes are a must-have. Your instagram feed will love them, and so will your stomach. There’s a savory sweet cinnamon flavor to them that reminded me of a churro. This is one of those dishes where you can’t go wrong with no matter what, there’s only right. Tip: The pancakes make the perfect pairing with the Green Smoothie.
The flavorful Squash and Mushroom Pizza will easily become another favorite. Smokey and well seasoned, it’s not too oily nor caked with cheese, and the crust will please all the pizza crust lovers out there.
I love how open and airy the building is. The natural light streaming in from the windows combined with the neutral tones and wooden chairs make for a modern, yet simple and clean look. Vibrant is surrounded by gorgeous greenery, so whether it’s a beautiful sunny day spent at the outdoor patio or a cloudy rainy day spent inside, either way you won’t be disappointed at the calming ambiance.
All in all, Vibrant is the perfect foodie-healthy place to grab lunch and work during the day. Yes, a lot of health conscious people flock to this place, but someone like me (who isn’t so health conscious) will also find their taste buds beyond satisfied. Vibrant is unique in all aspects, considering they’re the only restaurant I know that has an Astrology page on their website!
Any of these light meals will make you feel energized and with enough fuel to spend the rest of your day enjoying whatever Houston activity you choose to experience.
Cover: Charcuterie Board, photo courtesy Vibrant
Leean Vargas is an Editorial Assistant at Texas Lifestyle Magazine and an honors graduate of Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. She is a concert enthusiast who loves traveling, photography, good food, and discovering new hangout spots in her beloved city, Austin, Texas.