|Perhaps the most fun video game ever conceived.|
Home Grown Cafe is perhaps one of the most vegan friendly restaurants I've been in. They really get how easy it is. Just take out the dead animals and put in tofu, portobello, or (Praise the heavens), home-made seitan. Really, what's the big deal world?
Home grown is a casual bar/restaurant a few blocks from the college and has quite a mix of patrons. They have a nice beer list and of course, barnivore.com to the rescue to see which are vegan. I started with a Sierra Nevada Rye IPA which had a flavor you could call bold or certainly present. I am not a beer maven but don't think there's ever a time or place, (work excepted of course), that a beer doesn't fit in and I've disliked very few that I've had. I don't like "thin" or watered down tasting beer and although this wasn't "thick" like a stout it had substance.
|In case anyone has a requirement for one of these, the Home Grown has a wall. |
Sitting at the bar shooting the entrance and dining tables.
|Bar area and dining room beyond.|
|Sitting at the bar, shooting outside, the other dining room.|
|What appears to be a sex toy, (did ya just forget to take it with you?), on the bar but is actually the bar menu turned almost sideways.|
|Seitan Buffalo Wings with Sriracha aioli|
**Boneless “Wings” 9.5
Your choice of breaded fried Chicken or Seitan tossed in our house made Buffalo sauce. Served with carrots, celery & blue cheese dressing.
The seitan was once again perfectly fried and crispy/meaty. The sauce was asian inspired with a soy, sweet profile. It was good enough to order again although not good enough ... well, not so unordinary as to dream about. I was totally puzzled by the noodles. They were fried and had a consistency between crispy and just plain hard. There was little if any flavor they brought to the party and eventually the sauce softened them up and they became the starch of the meal but before that I saw no point in eating them.
The beans were perfectly cooked with just the right amount of snap but I thought they also needed a small excursion into the sauce to finish them up.
|Crispy noodles, black and white seitan and green beans.|
**Black & White 17
Tempura Chicken, Tofu or Seitan
with rice noodles, green beans & an Asian sesame sauce.
|Coconut and Rum cake.|
If you're in the Newark/Wilmington area this is a must stop for either lunch or dinner if you want anything more complex than a pita/hummus/babaganoush and is probably 10 or 15 minutes off of route 95. They validate parking so you can park in the municipal lots, (street parking is metered until 1 am if I remember and who wants to run out and put more quarters in the meter every hour?), which are a block or 2 away.