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San Antonio’s ‘good vibe’ draws new health-conscious eatery to open dozen locations

  • Healthy eatery, Coolgreens, coming to San Antonio features a menu with most items 600 calories and less. Photo: Courtesy Coolgreens

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Healthy eatery, Coolgreens, coming to San Antonio features a menu with most items 600 calories and less.

Healthy eatery, Coolgreens, coming to San Antonio features a menu with most items 600 calories and less.


Photo: Courtesy Coolgreens

Healthy eatery, Coolgreens, coming to San Antonio features a menu with most items 600 calories and less.

Healthy eatery, Coolgreens, coming to San Antonio features a menu with most items 600 calories and less.


Photo: Courtesy Coolgreens

Healthy eatery, Coolgreens, coming to San Antonio features a menu with most items 600 calories and less.

Healthy eatery, Coolgreens, coming to San Antonio features a menu with most items 600 calories and less.


Photo: Courtesy Coolgreens

La Botanica Vegan Restaurant Bar, 2911 N St Mary’s St

Rebel Mariposa is the chef and owner of La Botanica, which opened its yard on St. Mary’s strip last summer.

La Botanica Vegan Restaurant Bar, 2911 N St Mary’s St

Rebel Mariposa is the chef and owner of La Botanica, which opened its yard on St. Mary’s strip last summer.


Photo: Arlene Mejorado

La Botanica Vegan Restaurant Bar, 2911 N St Mary’s St

The vegan eats include a BBQ jackfruit sandwich, grilled elote (hello, corn) with cilantro butter and a Chambord-infused fruit cup.

La Botanica Vegan Restaurant Bar, 2911 N St Mary’s St

The vegan eats include a BBQ jackfruit sandwich, grilled elote (hello, corn) with cilantro butter and a Chambord-infused fruit cup.


Photo: Arlene Mejorado

La Botanica Vegan Restaurant Bar, 2911 N St Mary’s St

For brunch, you can get these vegan barbacoa tacos.

La Botanica Vegan Restaurant Bar, 2911 N St Mary’s St

For brunch, you can get these vegan barbacoa tacos.


Photo: Arlene Mejorado

Amaya’s Tacos and Bakery, 1502 E Commerce St

A renovated former gas station that seats a couple dozen diners at most
would seem an unlikely venue to rethink San Antonio classics. Nevertheless, is invigorating the tradition-bound home cooking of South Texas one taco at a time. less

Amaya’s Tacos and Bakery, 1502 E Commerce St

A renovated former gas station that seats a couple dozen diners at most would seem an unlikely venue to rethink San Antonio classics. Nevertheless, is invigorating … more


Photo: JERRY LARA /San Antonio Express-News

Alchemy Kombucha and Culture, 1123 N Flores St

Fresh and lightly pickled vegetables, served with hummus and artisan pumpernickel bread make the crudités.

Alchemy Kombucha and Culture, 1123 N Flores St

Fresh and lightly pickled vegetables, served with hummus and artisan pumpernickel bread make the crudités.


Photo: Kin Man Hui /San Antonio Express-News

Alchemy Kombucha and Culture, 1123 N Flores St

Kat Sees created a celery sorbet with peanut butter and blueberries as a vegan dessert.

Alchemy Kombucha and Culture, 1123 N Flores St

Kat Sees created a celery sorbet with peanut butter and blueberries as a vegan dessert.


Photo: Courtesy Photo

The Cove, 606 W Cypress St

Known for its belt-busting burgers and long list of craft beers, the Cove also plates the Lisa’s Special: a baby spinach salad and two grilled fish tacos for $10.

The Cove, 606 W Cypress St

Known for its belt-busting burgers and long list of craft beers, the Cove also plates the Lisa’s Special: a baby spinach salad and two grilled fish tacos for $10.


Photo: JOHN DAVENPORT, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

The Cove, 606 W Cypress St

Organic eats include this portabello mushroom and spinach quesadilla, $9…

The Cove, 606 W Cypress St

Organic eats include this portabello mushroom and spinach quesadilla, $9…


Photo: Juanito M. Garza, San Antonio Express-News

The Cove, 606 W Cypress St

and an avocado kale salad, $8.

The Cove, 606 W Cypress St

and an avocado kale salad, $8.


Photo: Juanito M. Garza, San Antonio Express-News

Earth Burger, 818 NW Loop 410

This veggie-burger stand made headlines when it opened as “Texas’ first plant-based fast-food restaurant.”

Earth Burger, 818 NW Loop 410

This veggie-burger stand made headlines when it opened as “Texas’ first plant-based fast-food restaurant.”


Earth Burger, 818 NW Loop 410

The Earth Burger is served on a whole wheat bun with secret sauce, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions.

Earth Burger, 818 NW Loop 410

The Earth Burger is served on a whole wheat bun with secret sauce, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions.


Photo: Jennifer McInnis / San Antonio Express-News

Green Vegetarian Cuisine, 200 E Grayson St #200, and 10003 NW Military Hwy #2115

Some of the smoothies and fruit drinks available at Green Vegetarian Cuisine and Coffee include the Strawberry Banana with soy milk (top, left) the Green Machine (top, right) with kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, ginger and green apples and the Tropical Cooler (bottom) with banana, orange juice, grapes and ice. less


Photo: JOHN DAVENPORT, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Green Vegetarian Cuisine, 200 E Grayson St #200, and 10003 NW Military Hwy #2115

The kale salad at Green is gluten-free.

Green Vegetarian Cuisine, 200 E Grayson St #200, and 10003 NW Military Hwy #2115

The kale salad at Green is gluten-free.


Photo: Billy Calzada, San Antonio Express-News

Moshe’s Golden Falafel, 3910 McCullough Ave

Nosh on a falafel pita from Andrew Weissman’s new venture, Moshe’s Golden Falafel, which opened last summer.

Moshe’s Golden Falafel, 3910 McCullough Ave

Nosh on a falafel pita from Andrew Weissman’s new venture, Moshe’s Golden Falafel, which opened last summer.


Photo: William Luther, San Antonio Express-News

Moshe’s Golden Falafel, 3910 McCullough Ave

The falafel plate with everything is seen with lemonade, left, and hibiscus tea.

Moshe’s Golden Falafel, 3910 McCullough Ave

The falafel plate with everything is seen with lemonade, left, and hibiscus tea.


Photo: William Luther /San Antonio Express-News

Moshe’s Golden Falafel, 3910 McCullough Ave

Falafel plate with everything

Moshe’s Golden Falafel, 3910 McCullough Ave

Falafel plate with everything


Photo: Edmund Tijerina, San Antonio Express-News

Señor Veggie, 620 S Presa St

Jackfruit plays the part of carnitas in the Veggie Street Tacos, a tasty dish that can appeal to vegans and omnivores.

Señor Veggie, 620 S Presa St

Jackfruit plays the part of carnitas in the Veggie Street Tacos, a tasty dish that can appeal to vegans and omnivores.


Photo: Tom Reel / San Antonio Express-News

Señor Veggie, 620 S Presa St 

Buffalo tofu po-boy is one of the vegan dishes at Señor Veggie.

Señor Veggie, 620 S Presa St 

Buffalo tofu po-boy is one of the vegan dishes at Señor Veggie.


Photo: TOM REEL

Señor Veggie, 620 S Presa St 

The fava bean hummus is plated with pita and crudités, $7.

Señor Veggie, 620 S Presa St 

The fava bean hummus is plated with pita and crudités, $7.


Photo: For The San Antonio Express-News

Sweet Yams, 218 N Cherry St

The Dignowity Hill serves up organic, gluten-free Southern-style food like these roasted drumettes.

Sweet Yams, 218 N Cherry St

The Dignowity Hill serves up organic, gluten-free Southern-style food like these roasted drumettes.


Photo: Juanito M Garza, San Antonio Express-News

Sweet Yams, 218 N Cherry St

The Lil’ Shrimp Boy features sauteed shrimp on gluten-free bread.

Sweet Yams, 218 N Cherry St

The Lil’ Shrimp Boy features sauteed shrimp on gluten-free bread.


Photo: Juanito M Garza, San Antonio Express-News

Sweet Yams, 218 N Cherry St

Their organic greens can be a comforting detox.

Sweet Yams, 218 N Cherry St

Their organic greens can be a comforting detox.


Photo: Juanito M Garza / San Antonio Express-News

Urth Juice Bar, 5317 McCullough Ave

Beetox, Hot Lei and Grass Knoll are just a few of the juices they whip up with locally sourced produce.

Urth Juice Bar, 5317 McCullough Ave

Beetox, Hot Lei and Grass Knoll are just a few of the juices they whip up with locally sourced produce.



San Antonians will soon have another healthy eating option to add to their lists. 

Coolgreens, a healthy lifestyle eatery based in Oklahoma City, recently announced a franchising opportunities and one of their first areas to be developed will be the Alamo City. With a menu featuring most items at 600 calories or less, the new restaurant promises to bring something unique to San Antonio. 


“Is it more than a salad bar? The answer is yes,” Clay Carson, CEO of Coolgreens told mySA.com. “We live for the opportunity to take very classic types of cuisines and put a healthy twist on them.”

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From Thai chicken quinoa bowls, Florentine style flatbread or an Ahi tuna steak sandwich, Carson said that Coolgreens has dug a little deeper to set the eatery apart from other salad concepts. 

The restaurant does still incorporate a build-your-own salad and wrap component with more than 60 ingredients to choose from like mango salsa, toasted coconut, tofu, goat cheese and candied cashews. 

Carson said they were motivated to begin franchising in San Antonio because of the “good vibe.”

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“What makes San Antonio very appealing, is San Antonio has always been a very food orientated city,” Carson said. “It’s young, educated thriving and growing. It has the right mindset. It makes a great market for us.” 

Bexar County can expect locations to pop up in La Cantera, Stone Oaks, Ingram Park and other sub-market areas, he said. 

Anyone interested in franchising with Coolgreens can visit their website for more information. 

jthorpe@express-news.net

@jerilynnthorpe

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