OK, Cleveland. Home of Mr. Pork, Iron Chef Michael Symon. (I actually stopped by Lola's Bistro to ask about vegan options and they said if I called ahead the chefs might be able to make something special. I've had this response before and had some pretty amazing meals prepared for me but without advance notice almost everything had dairy or cheese in it so dinner would be sides and a salad should we decide to take out second mortgages and eat here.)
Luckily Cleveland has the Flaming Ice Cube. I had no idea what a Flaming Ice Cube is. Oxymoron? Juxtaposition? An effeminate solid block of water?It's a good little vegan quick and easy, mellow, (did I mention vegan), sandwich shop in downtown Cleveland and I wish I had one around the corner from where I lived.
|Pages and pages of menu in plastic covers.|
The place is a happy bright half display counter full of Sweet and Sara's Marshmallows, cupcakes, muffins and delightful sweets, and half dining room with 20 seats plus a few outside tables. We scored a window seat and watched Cleveland walk by without melting. OK, it wasn't that hot today.
|Door to the left and many more tables to the right.|
There were so many choices I asked our waitress Julie for a suggestion and she steered me to the Pesto Burger or Buffalo Panini. I didn't want to roll with garlic breath while exploring and the Chick'n on the menu is Gardein based and that included the Buffalo Panini. I wanted a taste of what this place had to offer so went with the Mushroom Burger, side of Black Bean and Corn salsa and as a starter, the Lettuce Wrap. I started the meal off with a cup of excellent coffee served with Silk creamer. Sometimes a cup of coffee is the hinge-pin of a meal, either as a summation or first taste. This was a good cup of coffee.
|Soup of the day was a Chili.|
|For the DIYer. Here are all the components now you build it yourself.|
|Holding capacity is limited because of the thin width of the romaine and it's a hard lettuce to actually "wrap" around the filling but couldn't escape our hungry maws.|
|What an inviting plate!|
|This is vegan?|
|Packed with flavor, the corn, beans, peppers and scallions added a nice contrast, both in taste and texture to the burger.|
|Peanut butter, Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate and Corn Flakes for a crunch made this a nice sweet bite for dessert.|