Saturday, March 20, 2010

McFosters in Omaha, NE


What a welcome surprise when I found myself in vegetarian hell to come across this down to earth bar/restaurant. So many vegan options, soy cheese options, tempeh and homemade veggie burger, (although they were out of the homemade kind and offered up a commercial veggie burger), it was a delight to peruse the menu.

The choice of soups were a Carrot Cashew Cream (vegan) or vegan Muligatawany so I choose the one I hadn't had in years.

The Muligatawney soup was incredible.
Tomato broth, apples, dates, curry, coriander, caraway, and a touch of cayenne were my guesses but the flavor was so incredibly rich and multileveled. I threw in the walnuts and croutons. Great for the bone chilling cold rainy night.

I'm a sucker for onion rings so I had to try the tempura onion and red and green pepper rings w miso dipping mayo, (miso, vegan mayo, garlic, tamari, shallots and something or two else). I didn't get many of the flavors Jennifer my waitress reported were in the dipping mayo but it was still nice on the hot fried food.

The breading was a wonderful cross between beer batter and tempura and the
onions were the hands down winner. I don't think peppers have enough time in a quick fry to get as soft as the onion rings but it was nice to try ANYTHING fried.

Blackened tempeh and curried greens.
Cajun spiced tempeh with just the right amount of sear. Not overpoweringly spicy but you knew they were blackened.
Mixed spinach and collards, red cabbage, and onions in a lite curry gravy over a bed of brown rice. Great whole wheat roll with earth balance. Also there was a small cup of dipping sauce which was a combination of Braggs and balsamic vinegar.

Help! I can't stop eating!!

And the NERPS? Man I haven't heard them in so many years.

There is some chicken and fish on the menu so you can let your carnivore friends taste you tempeh and show them how tasty our food is if they insist on not going to your favorite vegan restaurant. Then again, there appears to not be any Vegan restaurants in Omaha. Enjoy what you have, it's pretty good.

P.S. The pics are from my visit in June 2010. I was a bit disappointed that the greens were gritty but the flavor was fantastic. I should have sent the dish back but ate the tempeh and rice and almost all of the greens thinking that if nothing else, there was my vitamin B for the day. Sometimes you just don't feel like the hassle.
This was also the first time I had edible flowers. It was a new addition to the plate and I think it's a novel idea but it tasted like, well, flowers. And why eat something so beautiful?

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