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bakedrootsbar.com

As the demographics of the inner eastside changes, so do the appetites of the people living here. Two cousins, who come from a family of traditional restaurateurs in Brooklyn, recently opened Baked Roots Bar.

The cuisine speaks to the growing group of people choosing veganism and a non-gluten diet. As soon as Baked Roots Bar opened their doors a few weeks ago, vegans and restricted diet types were able to enjoy eating  someplace where they cane dine without having to question the ingredients. Now Sade Perez and Elvira Raposo hope to educate the general public on how tasty vegan cooking can be.

Sade and Elvira knew they wanted to build a business together. It seemed like a natural to go with the restaurant business since their families had been working together in this field all of their young lives. The decision to provide vegan food came about from a personal journey towards wellness that originally Sade was pursuing. When Elvira decided to try eating this way too and she experienced drastic health results, it prompted her to make this a life commitment too.

A simplified explanation of veganism is abstaining from use of any animal products in the diet.

It took a year of planning and experimenting to decide exactly what to do and how to do it. Their goal was to create a menu that used 100% whole foods, was vegan and oil-free. “At first we wanted to do a full-service restaurant but then we decided on a simpler grab-n-go menu,” said Elvira.

The main course is their special ten-step shoe string, Russet potato fries, Yukon gold fries, yucca fries and sweet potato fries. The magic of making their crispy baked potato is a secret they won’t divulge, but they have managed to capture the traditional french fry texture. Each choice comes with a couple of sauces and several toppings to give it the flavor that lives up to their individual nomenclature.

The Southeast Examiner tried the Bill of Rights – russet fries covered with a creamy ranch and house buffalo sauce topped off with breaded Cajun Cauliflower, shredded carrots and celery. For a first time vegan food customer, it was delicious and very filling and served in to-go packaging so you can make it two meals.

The individual French fry menu features unique flavors that are associated with different countries in the world. “We spent hours experimenting with ingredients to bring a distinctive taste to the sauces and spices we use,” Sadie said. Not only do the flavors of the dish correspond to the location, but the names have a powerful meaning too. Libertadores acknowledges South American; Round Table, Mediterranean; Ubuntu, Africa; Holism, Japan and Moiety, Australia.

Owners Sade Perez and Elvira Raposo

An example of the meaning of things, Moiety is the name the native tribes of Australia used to describe the division of each tribe into two “moieties.” They were understood to balance each other. It’s their version of the interconnectedness between people, animals and nature.

For dessert they make Glaciology – the study of the internal dynamics and effects of glaciers – chocolate, peanut butter icebergs submerged in fizzing root beers. In keeping with the theme, the beverages Baked Roots Bar serves are root beer, ginger beer and water.

For those choosing to dine in you can sharpen up your geographic knowledge with the mural of the map of the world and the little globes on each table. Does any know where Kazakhstan is?

They work with Grub Hub for anyone wanting a home delivery.