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Green Owl Deli
The Green Owl Deli offers a variety of Vegan dishes.
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Green Owl Deli
Raquelin De Alba named her restaurant based on the owl representing wisdom and green representing life, thus “the wisdom of life.”
“Let your food be your medicine,” the famous quote by the father of medicine Hippocrates, is also the slogan of The Green Owl Deli, a Vegan restaurant located in McAllen. Owned by Raquelin De Alba, it opened its doors back in 2014. De Alba named her restaurant based on the owl representing wisdom and green representing life, thus “the wisdom of life.”
The restaurant offers a variety of Vegan dishes such as the Lentil burger that is made out of lentil beans, or one of their more popular dishes, such as the lasagna made with no pasta. Instead, they use eggplant, zucchini, black beans, lentil beans, vegan cheese that is tapioca based. The restaurant not only appeals to Vegans of but also offers dishes including their chicken chilaquiles or their pork paninis.
The Green Owl also offers a variety of cold-pressed juices that are extracted by crushing the fruits and vegetables and pressing them to obtain the highest amounts of liquids and since the process does not create a lot of heat, the nutrients found in the products stay intact.
“We were not taught to read food labels,” De Alba said. “Until recently, I have taken so many classes because I wanted my kids, husband, and my parents to do well like knowing little things like what is in salts and how different foods have preservatives. That is why our grandparents lived so long and lived better than we are living right now.”
The restaurant targets younger people who are typically more conscious about the foods they consume in hopes that they bring their families so that they also can enjoy the various items the establishment offers.
“There’s a lot of vegan people that come here and I have to explain and be very clear that not because somebody says they’re vegan means they are healthy, no, that only means that they don’t eat animal protein,” she said. “There are healthy vegans and not so healthy vegans.” They cater to everyone and they work with any ingredients you might request them to use.
The restaurant itself looks like a very earthy natural place in which the decorations and the wall paintings makes the meals more enjoyable. The restaurant obtains most of their ingredients from local sources and are actively engaged in the farmers market, where they also sell their products at 201 N 1st St., McAllen that takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon.
By Eric Ortiz