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Stop for lunch inside Saks Fifth Avenue seven days a week, or just drop by for a marvelous Meatless Monday.

As satisfying as a slice from Sbarro may sound after hours of retail therapy, a meal at the Galleria's food court may not be the most ideal way to end a day of high-end shopping. Sure, a place that smells like freshly baked pretzels where you can also score a $6.99 Chinese food combo plate (all while watching a skating rink) sounds like heaven in theory, but some shoppers may prefer to dine somewhere a bit more intimate.

Neatly tucked inside Saks Fifth Avenue, 51fifteen Restaurant & Lounge serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers a variety of meatless selections at both meals. The upscale restaurant overlooks Westheimer Road from above and offers diners a relaxed experience with dim lighting and soft piano music.

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Roasted poblano soup stuns in a vibrant shade of green.

Image: Megha Tejpal

The white-tablecloth restaurant begins with a bread and butter service that includes sweet and savory breads. Roasted poblano soup and goat cheese salad with apples and jicama are notable meatless starters, while the roasted portobello sandwich with jumbo sweet potato fries is a vegetarian favorite for lunch or dinner. The 51fifteen seasonal vegetable plate changes with the seasons— its contents are created from whatever fresh veggies grace the kitchen each day.

51fifteen is a hidden gem in the truest sense. It's nestled in the women's dress department on the upper level at Saks Fifth Avenue. And its vegetarian dishes are treasures worth searching the racks for.

51fifteen, 5115 Westheimer Rd., 713-963-8067, 51fifteen.com

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