If, like most Austin parents, you’re interested in helping your kids develop healthy eating habits, you could send them to Culinary Camp (where campers spend time in the kitchen learning the basics of food preparation and healthy eating) or Food for Life (where campers are exposed to the health benefits and great taste of eating a plant-based diet), or you could also check out a restaurant that is embracing the healthy living style and prides itself on a culture of “macrobiotic food” — Casa de Luz on Toomey Road.
Now, what exactly is the macrobiotic diet? At Casa de Luz, the macrobiotic diet includes unprocessed vegan foods (such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables). Casa de Luz, which translates to “a place that houses the light,” states their philosophy on their website. They want to offer a sacred space for those who want to bring their disciplines to share with the community. Casa de Luz is a community dedicated to healthy living, positive energy, and happy families. In fact, they even have lush gardens and a beautiful path for families and children to enjoy nature with. The zen energy is calming and the food—quite surprisingly, is delicious.
I have gone to Casa for lunch and dinner multiple times, and each time the menu is different. Casa takes the guesswork out of the process, as there is a set menu that changes daily and is posted online. You can walk in and trust that you are in good hands. Multicolored plates will greet you every day, filled with local produce and whole seeds and whole nuts. Everything is self-serve; you pay when you walk in the door, and from then on it’s up to you to serve yourself some tea, soup, and salad. Then a wonderful worker or volunteer will bring you a heavy plate of all-organic, plant-based, gluten-free, and oil-free vegan food that will make you feel as light as air! Really. Lastly, if you want any dessert, you can get it at the counter by the door for an extra cost. I’ve heard the Walnut Tart is extremely good, but I’ve always felt so satisfied after the meal I’ve never had to go for dessert.
This is a great place to bring your family, old and young, and have a nice long dinner. Take your family and friends here to enjoy their healthy macrobiotic food and relaxed, kid-friendly atmosphere and rest assured: even the carnivores in your family will fall in love! Let us know if you think this is one of the best restaurants in Austin.