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We Are Vibrant

Photos of menu items; fruit cups, strawberry bread, and breakfast tacos are pictured alongside images of the restaurant.
Photos of menu items; fruit cups, strawberry bread, and breakfast tacos are pictured alongside images of the restaurant.

In the heart of Montrose, hidden behind a row of weeping willow trees, lies one of Houston’s hidden culinary gems: Vibrant. The aroma of freshly baked pastries fills the air, serene music echoes through the space, and the friendly servers bring carefully plated dishes to the customers. The dining experience at Vibrant is one-of-a-kind, with its delicious menu options, impeccable service, seasonal variety, inviting atmosphere, and commitment to high-quality ingredients, making it a must-visit spot for food lovers and health enthusiasts alike. 

Founded in 2018 by Kelly Barnhart, the restaurant is dedicated to promoting well-being, satisfaction, and homeostasis. The menu is entirely free from gluten, dairy, refined sugars, peanuts, soy, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and gums. The kitchen staff makes all their food in-house with local, regenerative, organic ingredients. Vibrant has a nutritionist on-site to ensure these standards are met. The restaurant attracts a wide variety of customers, ranging from college students, business professionals, athletes, and brunching grandmas. The nutritious menu satisfies the cravings of all.  

One of Vibrant’s most popular menu items is the delicious breakfast tacos. Made with egg, avocado, jalapeno-mango salsa, and an almond flour tortilla, the dish is flavorful and perfect for an early morning pick-me-up. The salsa’s tangy, original flavor perfectly complements the simple taste of the avocado. Vibrant also specializes in a signature coconut probiotic cream. This dairy-free, gluten-free cream is packed with potassium, fueling beneficial bacteria in your gut while simultaneously fighting harmful bacteria and preventing infection. It helps stimulate digestion and ultimately boosts the immune system. Served with many pastries and fruits, the nutrient-packed cream is the perfect topping, leaving customers feeling full and satisfied.

The menu also features Vibrant’s delicious house-made pecan-cashew milk, which is included in their coffees. Alongside multiple caffeinated options, they also have a variety of caffeine-free beverages. One of the most popular is their adaptogenic cacao potion, made with a simple ingredient list of cashew milk, cacao, carrot, chug, turmeric, vanilla, and cayenne. Adaptogens are plants and mushrooms that help our bodies respond to and manage stress, anxiety, and fatigue. This refreshing drink is perfect for restoring balance in our bodies after stressful experiences, promoting overall well-being.

I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional food spots. The minimalist interior and peaceful outdoor seating provide the perfect spot for a cute date night, birthday brunch, or even a quick after-workout snack. From mouthwatering savory dishes such as their sweet potato noodle stir fry and golden bone broth soup to sweet dishes like the matcha french toast and almond berry chia bowl, the menu provides customers with options for every time of day and every mood. After five successful years in business, Barnhart has opened a second location in Memorial Park, continuing to ensure that those making health-conscious decisions stay vibrant.

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Leah Selchen
Leah Selchen, Reporter
Leah Selchen is a sophomore at the Emery/Weiner School. This is her first semester writing for The 9825. Leah is actively involved in the Emery/Weiner volleyball program, playing in her third season in the coming year. She is also vice president of the Jagnation club. Outside of school, Leah enjoys hanging out with friends and traveling. 

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