|I wonder who has walked on this hundred year old tile floor.|
|This isn't hidden in a little box on the bottom of the menu. The owner is ADVERTISING his vegan menu.|
"From soup to dessert"
|A hundred years of wax?|
The menu is impressive, and honestly, what I dream is that we can find a menu like this in every single restaurant sometime in the future. This isn't a menu of omission, pawning off spaghetti and meatballs sans meatballs as their original vegan creation, this is a menu DESIGNED FOR US!!
|Options like you normally don't find. Enlarge this and see what is offered.|
I started with garlic bread. I know it's made with olive oil in many places but butter still can be an ingredient and it's nice to just say "vegan" and be done with it. I still said "vegan" a lot since there is a whole lot of cooking going on that I don't care to indulge in and really really really didn't want to be writing about mistakes during this dinner. (There were none made. Yay).
The caesar salad had baked shitake mushroom chips. Mike, the owner, told me they were soaked in soy and then baked. They added a nice smokiness and crunch to the salad. The dressing had a bit of seaweed in it. Although nothing can duplicate the exact taste of a true caesar made with raw eggs and anchovies, this dressing came close. Creamy and sea salty, it hit a certain mark. I still think $9.95 is steep for a salad but I really don't know how much a caesar salad is since I don't order salads in restaurants. In any case we tagged almost 30 bucks onto the bill in salads.
|Vegan Caesar Salad and Vegan Garlic Bread|
|Seitan alla Rosa|
|Seitan Alla Rosa without the flash.|
My wife ordered the Seitan Parmigiana. Usually she goes for the "formerly living creature" parmigiana so this was an incredibly welcome change. That and she loved the seitan. Since she eats cheese she told me she'd order the seitan again but with real cheese. I say, "kudos," and one step at a time. I'm always happy when a non vegan validates my claim of goodness. I know my palate has changed over this last year
|Seitan Parm with Daiya|
|Closeup of the seitan.|
Now we get to desserts. Oh man, this is where I lost all control and self worth. I never had Lula's Sweet Apothecary Ice Cream before and I may have to restrict myself to a 500 calorie a day diet of real food now that I know this stuff exists. Good Humor trucks beware! If someone finds an old ice cream truck and a block of dry ice this city will lose all roving ice cream vendors. This stuff was so rich and delicious and had that crunch of the chocolate chips. Amazing.
|Chocolate Chocolate Chip.|
|No, no, of course one flavor isn't good enough.|
|Cash or check only.|