ETW: Zest, Downtown SLC

I did not intend to review this restaurant. It had good reviews on Yelp. How I wish I’d brought a better camera.

Can I just put this out there? Just because I’m an herbivore DOES NOT mean I need small portions. Contrarily, I need MORE food.

Zest Kitchen & Bar

Zest Kitchen and Bar Eat. Drink. And be healthy. (Emphasis on the drink part.)
Menu
275 South 200 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801-433-0589

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Set the scene: I got a babysitter, a miracle in and of itself. I’m paying her by the hour. Located in PF Changs back closet, it’s hard to spot. The only sign is less than a foot in diameter on the glass door. I guess you have to be “in the know” … hard to find joints are hip, right? Fortunately, we’d been to the location when it was a hipster burger joint after I was sworn-in 5 years ago.

Upon Arrival: The space is small and dark. Half is a standing bar with high tables and half is a dining room. We waited about five minutes as all four of the on-floor employees whiled away their time talking to each other. Finally someone greeted us, carded us (that’s weird but cool, I guess) asked us how we found the place, and then ignored our answer. We were abruptly seated with a smile straight off a sitcom. Five minutes later, our hipster waiter with a cartoon character on his shirt, beefy arms and almost no idea what the menu included, asked for our drink order (water) and he left. Five minutes later (or more) he returned with our water – apparently our non-drink buying was a deterrent. His other two tables were getting loaded (read – much better tips).

Upon Ordering: As usual, I asked  for recommendations, and while he couldn’t really tell me, his aloof demeanor was, again, right out of a sitcom. The table to our left (a tipsy older couple on a blind date) just had to tell him during our ordering (because they hadn’t seen him for 20 minutes) that the stir-fry was, “I kid you not, the best I’ve ever had!” So we ordered it. ($7)  He came back 10 minutes later dropped off the stir-fry in cereal sized bowl. After we finished it, he came back to get the rest of our order. Stuffed mushrooms with cashew cheeze ($8), the salad special (7?), and the stuffed avocado w/spicy seasoned walnuts, lettuce salad, salsa & cashew sour cream ($13).

The food took a while to come out. One. Plate. At. A Time. Let’s just say, the service was hilariously bad. It’s like they were trying to be bad because that’s hip.

mygoodcleanfood.comAnd now, the food.

I am not terribly picky, I’m really not, but consider the prices as I give you a rundown.

Stir-fry. $7, probably 1 cup of vegetables. No rice. Tasted like Rumbi teriyaki but with garbanzo beans in it. We kept looking for something to dip in the sauce. DEFINITELY not the best I’d had. In fact it wasn’t as good as the mountain of stir-fry I’d made the night before for the ruffians with the stuff in my fridge.

mygoodcleanfood.comStuffed Mushrooms. $8. Quantity 5. Seriously – five is the worst number for almost any table except one of, well, five. Said served warm, more tepid, and the flavor was uninspiring. And maybe it’s because I make cashew cheeze that I wasn’t blown away by the vegan-ness.

Salad. $7? It was small. The tomato vinaigrette was good. But it was half red onions and to say they were thinly sliced is like that guy at the gym telling you it’s all muscle. Big bites of spicy onion, standard mesclun mix, and three slices of a baby cucumber … three? Really?

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And then, my favorite, the stuffed avocado. $13 Admire the above pictures. There may have been the equivalent of a whole small avocado on the plate. A large tablespoon of walnut stuffing with flavor that didn’t seem to land anywhere. Now, look closely at that awesome avocado. The bottom was cut off and still the big, fat bruise on it was visible. It was cold, always weird for avocado.

And still, after all four dishes, I was starving but unwilling to wait another hour or pay more money for mediocre food. We came home and had dinner.

There is a positive spin … it’s a gluten-free restaurant with raw dishes, and that’s cool, right?

Can I tell you the last part which is actually pretty funny? During the time our waiter took a year an a half drop-off, take and return our check and then return my phone which he’d left by the bar (I still feel uncomfortable with that), the slightly tipsy couple on the blind date  was ALSO waiting for Hipster Waiter guy, so they joined us. Literally, they pulled their chairs up to our table and divided my husband and I – just what I need on my once-every-few-months-date. The lovely woman thought the giant photograph of a cippolini onion looked like, well, it made me uncomfortable. I won’t even hint at her thoughts on the bell pepper.

 

ETW: Fong’s Fine Chinese Dining

This photo sums up my entire post- maybe it was serendipitous that we happened to sit down at the happiness table.  It was exactly what I needed after a long, busy day that involved being on my feet for the 14 hours before I finally got to eat dinner.  I was truly famished and ready to eat anything vegan the restarant could throw at me.  These were my options: (happy day indeed!)

I went with the Buddha Supreme, add tofu, spicy and served with brown rice.  Plus many glasses of water and lemon wedges.

I devoured it!  With grace of course.  Enjoyed every delicious bite.  And left a very happy, very satisfied girl.  Two thumbs up from this hungry vegan.

ETW: Kneaders Bakery and Cafe

I used to LOVE Kneaders! What’s not to love about gourmet crispy artisan breads, insane amounts of delicious desserts, scrumptious sandwiches, soups and salads?!? Top that off with a cozy, cutesy, Utah atmosphere (ok, maybe not my style), but our location does have a lovely fireplace.

Um, all the love was before I went vegan. Aside from all the delicious breads, now there are only 3 things I can order off the menu and even two of those I have to customize. Now I just kinda like the place. Especially since during a recent drive thru visit I ordered a sandwich and got home to find it had huge chunks of turkey breast all over it. Boo! Although I have to hand it to them, they did remedy the situation and replace my sandwich.

My visit this week was free of any of that drama. 😉 I met my husband there for lunch without the kids. A rare treat! I ordered the Veggie Avocado Sandwich for $5.99 (same one I always order, it’s still a mystery how the turkey appeared on it the last time).

I ordered it on the Hazelnut 12 Grain Bread, which is every bit as good as it sounds. I add cranberry sauce (free, bonus!), and dijon and leave off the kneaders sauce (mayo based) and provolone. If you ask nicely, they will put cucumber slices on it too, but I forgot this time. It’s a really good sandwich, but usually leaves me a bit hungry and wishing I had asked for one of their tasty dill pickles on the side. (Hey, I’m like Amanda, I eat like a horse).

My husband ordered the Large Green Avocado Salad: here’s the menu description:

LARGE GREEN AVOCADO
$7.19
MADE FRESH TO ORDER, SERVED WITH SIDE OF BREAD, CROUTONS OR ROLL. Spring mix, ranch dressing, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, red onions, avocado.
Of course we ordered it without cheese, and we substituted their poppyseed dressing for the ranch. I’ve got to figure out a lower cal-version of the poppyseed goodness, I’ll let you know when I do!
The salad was everything that was described, however it was a bit small, especially for a salad with LARGE in the title, too small for the $7 + bucks we paid for it and it was really quite plain. Kneaders has heaps of veggies and fruits in their kitchen, this salad could really use a revamp since it’s their only salad without meat on the menu. Grapes, orange segments, sunflower seeds, broccoli and roasted bell peppers were ingredients I saw elsewhere on the menu that would have added nicely to this salad. My husband found himself so bored with it that he ended up eating half my sandwich (which is probably why I left hungry).
I really had wanted to order this:
PANINI | PORTABELLA GRILLE ON CIABATTA
$7.59
SERVED HOT WITH PICKLE AND PARMESAN CHIPS. WHOLE SANDWICHES ONLY. A fresh portabella mushroom, zucchini squash, red peppers, red onion grilled with lemon garlic sauce, ricotta and parmesan cheese.
I asked for it without the cheeses and parmesan chips of course, but apparently the Panini’s are pre-made and they were unwilling or un-able to make one as a special order for me. Bummer, sounds stinking delicious.
The other menu item that is vegan that we could have ordered was the No Dairy Berry Smoothie, but we couldn’t be bothered and found ourselves ducking out to Roxberry’s afterwards for double wheatgrass shots instead.
I would love to see Kneader’s get more vegan options on their menu (including desserts PLEASE!). Also, their menu titles could use some re-tooling, their Orange Citrus Salad sounded delightful, but when I asked what was on it, I found it contains chicken AND three cheeses AND bacon, in fact their on-line menu mentions bacon twice…..

ETW: Silver Fork Lodge

Oh, where to begin on this one? Silver Fork Lodge is located up Big Cottonwood Canyon just before you get to Solitude on the south side of the road. I give you this preface so you can know it is located in one of the most beautiful places on earth – of which I have no pictures. Lame. I know, I’m sorry. Just know, that at least once a summer, we go up here for breakfast and sit on the patio in our jackets and watch the hummingbirds come in. This time, we were not disappointed. And in case you’re wondering, all four species of hummingbirds that come into Utah  – Broadtailed, Black-chinned, Rufous, and Calliope – came into their feeders the morning we went. I know this only because I’m married to a formerly avid birder (formerly since he now has a real job, three kids, and busy church responsibilities).

So, you now know, we love the location. On this particular occasion, we were celebrating, so after being seated we ordered two cinnamon rolls (not within the confines of a traditional plant-based diet, but so delicious, right?). We were told they were running late, but that they should be out of the oven by 9 (it was 8:50 – no biggie). We figured between these (they’re huge) and sharing our breakfasts, the kids would have plenty to eat.  The menu has few options for us plant eaters, but we know how to work around so I figured we’d be fine. I should have been warned when I saw the Sysco truck outside.

We were still waiting for our Cinnamon Rolls as we perused the menu, but our server came back and said – well, actually, those cinnamon rolls might be a little longer, but should be soon (there was a more specific excuse but I can’t remember exactly what it was now). Huh, well, I guess that’s okay. So we ordered the rest of our food. I ordered Guru Dave’s Power Spuds without dairy and add extra vegetables (easy – the omelets had a huge variety of veggies, they could easily choose some of them to add to it). Matt ordered the Huevos Rancheros without dairy with extra veggies and with scrambled eggs for the kids.

When our server brought out our food, we were then informed that the cinnamon rolls would not be coming since nobody took them out of the freezer the night before. Great, awesome, my kids are starving and we have some scrambled eggs to tide them over? So we ordered some pancakes that took 20 minutes from ordering and my kids complained the whole time – super-celebratory, right (part of my very veggie birthday)? And the verdict on the food?

My “Spuds” were passable – oily Sysco hashbrowns with NO extra veggies and some of the scariest looking onions and mushrooms I’ve ever seen.  And there was just enough food to be a side dish, clearly not enough food to call them a meal, especially without more veggies. We’re still trying to figure out what sort of a Guru Dave is. Matt’s Rancheros were essentially just beans and potatoes with some salsa – no extra veggies. I know, I know, we’re so demanding.

The pancakes were pretty good, but totally insufficient for myself (still hungry, thanks) and my now starving children who waited forever to eat – tables turned over more than once in the time we waited (we had to keep them from eating the jam packets). When we finally finished eating, our server gave us the last and final excuse, that her manager had been planning on making the cinnamon rolls himself, but it got too busy so he decided against it. Really?

Happy birthday to me. I’m still torn – I love the hummingbirds that come in,the cool fresh air, but next time we might just bring our own food and order some juice.

ETW: Cafe Supernatural & my copycat Machu Picchu recipe!

The night before my birthday we got a babysitter and hit the town. I sometimes forget how awesome life is with just two until three seems more awesome than five and I wonder what the two of us alone would be like…

I digress. Upon hitting the town, or rather just after we walked out the door, we did as all good married couples do and looked at each other and said, “Huh, what do you want to do?”

“I dunno, leaving the house was a good first step. You hungry?”

“Come to think of it, yeah. Did I eat yet today?” (That was me, if you couldn’t tell – the bottomless pit.)

And then we ended up (after wandering around Trolley Square for 15 minutes) at Cafe Supernatural. Just FYI, so as to spare you the random phone call asking where they are – it’s on the west side, outside of the main building adjoining a yoga studio.  Cafe Supernatural is Chef Ian Brandt’s fourth plant-based venture, following after Sage’s Cafe, Vertical Diner, and Cali’s Natural Foods.

The atmosphere was pleasant, though it made me wish I was going to a yoga class as people came and went. It’s a walk-up and order, sit down and wait kind of place, nice enough without being too pretentious. The menu is relatively small, probably half cooked and half raw, but the brevity didn’t help me decide. So, after telling her I was starving and a nursing mom, upon the recommendation of the girl behind the counter for heartier options, we got the Machu Picchu and the Mesa Azul, and a ginger lemonade. We ordered our Machu Picchu with potatoes AND quinoa (I know, we’re rebels), just so we could try them both. From the menu:

Machu Picchu

Steamed potatoes or quinoa served with steamed seasonal vegetables and roasted chili cashew cream sauce 8.75

Mesa Azul

Two blue corn winter squash tamales with pumpkin seed-tomato mole and baby greens 9.75

Like any good food paparazzi reviewer, we snapped a few shots with the phone. (Why do I always feel so dorky when doing this?) And we were about to eat when the girl behind the counter stopped by our table to mention that I shouldn’t eat the husk on the tamale. Come again? And she was dead serious, and I thought that was hilarious. She was sincerely concerned that I might try to eat the dry papery thing on the outside of sweet succulent goodness. Did it often happen that people tried to eat the husk and she hadn’t warned them and felt bad? Had they been sued? You laugh, but I went to law school and that’s not too far fetched.

Anyway, back to the food. It was fantastical, delicioso, and marvelous – the kind of food that just feels good to eat. But, it had the same problem that Omar’s had, that I was still very, VERY hungry afterward. Two small tamales and a salad (both extremely delicious, mind you, and I would eat them again in a heartbeat) did not a sufficient meal make. Nor did a bit of quinoa, veggies, potatoes and a luscious cream sauce. I wish my meal had been 50% bigger. So, again, we found ourselves elsewhere – Whole Foods this time – looking for a second dinner.

I’ve heard that as we get older, our need to eat reduces (my neighbor told me that today), or maybe we’re supposed to order an appetizer and dessert too, or maybe I’m just so accustomed to “other” restaurant’s meals that I want MORE! Either way, I’ll still probably go back and order those tamales with that amazing mole again. I think about them in my sleep.

But, after what I did tonight, I probably won’t go back for the Machu Picchu, because I recreated it for a fraction of the price and I can eat until I’m full.  And it made enough to feed our new plant-based neighbors (score!). And it will go into the regular rotation because, even with my kids, I think it took me just over 30 minutes to make (plus cashew soaking time), everyone ate it and loved it, and it felt so, so good to eat.

The Machu Picchu Knockoff

  • Assorted Seasonal Vegetables, steamed
    • I used 4 carrots, 1 summer squash, half a bunch of broccoli
  • Thinly sliced potatoes, steamed (I used those ever-present garden ones, probably 10 or so, not quite 1/4″ thick)
  • 3 + c. cooked Quinoa (I started with 1 1/2 c. uncooked and used the open pan-1/2 to 1″ of water above-simmer until cooked method)

Cashew Chili Cream Sauce

  • 1 to 1 ½ c. raw cashews, soaked in water for at least a few hours
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 T nutritional yeast
  • 1 t. chili powder
  • 1 ½ c. veggie broth (I used 1 t. vegetable base + 1 ½ c. water)
  • Salt, to taste

Drain the cashews, tossing out the water. Place all ingredients in blender and rip until smooth. Cook over medium heat to thicken for a few minutes, stirring regularly or it will burn. Taste, adjust seasonings, and try to not to eat it all. I found that enough salt was the key to making it ever so amazing.

To serve: top cooked quinoa, vegetables and potatoes with cashew chili cream sauce and eat. And eat. And then as you’re putting it away, lick the spoon, scrape the bowl, etc. And you’ll still have enough for lots of leftovers.  Or for the neighbor that just moved here from another continent whose stuff hasn’t arrived yet and is hardcore plant-based. I am SO excited to get to know them.

ETW: Mountain West Burrito, 1796 N 950 W Provo Ut

Rating: **** not too pricey, actually cheap

My dad had open heart surgery last week so I have been in the hospital a lot. I went to the cafeteria for dinner with my mom the second night and was looking forward to something healthy based on my mom and (vegetarian) sister’s recommendation. My choices included,

  • fried meat,
  • processed meat,
  • processed cheese,
  • more processed cheese with a little fruit,
  • processed meat, cheese and bacon with some lettuce on the side labeled “salad”
  • worst of all there was, what appeared to be a fruit dish, but not so, I picked it up to reveal stacks of processed meat and cheese hiding under the 10 grapes

I had already been crying, now I felt like crying more and screaming out loud (cover your children’s ears):

“you sasafrassin*^##^^!! Poo#&*!%* idiots, don’t you know this is why our loved ones are in here?!!  How are our only choices so unhealthy?!”

Don’t worry, I didn’t say it out loud, only in my mind I sounded like a serious, crazy, activist.

My mom took one look at my face and suggested we leave the hospital for dinner. We found a little hole in the wall next to the smoke shop called

Mountain West Burrito (Angel’s singing here)

1796 N 950 W Provo Ut

It is a strange little hippy joint, that serves Tex-Mex.

Everything is organic, local, fresh.

I got the Grilled Veggie Burrito on a whole wheat tortilla, stuffed with organic brown rice, salsa, pinto beans, grilled summer squash (I am sure the veggies change with the seasons). $6

Delicious!

They even had vegan sour cream! My mom ordered a chicken and veggie burrito. Even their meat was organic and local. The burrito was HUGE, I couldn’t finish mine. I also got to try a weird health drink called kombucha, which kind of tasted like carbonated vinegar, but I liked it.

ETW: Omar’s Rawtopia (Take 2)

Yep, we tried again. We wanted Omar to have a second chance, since his first chance was just a piece of delicious pie made of gold. I had Matt order dinner and pick it up one nigh when I thought I couldn’t do another thing and still keep my hair attached to my head. [In review, Omar’s is SLC’s first and maybe only as of this post, fully raw and organic restaurant.]

Matt asked what the BEST items were and he was informed the Bean Burrito and the Nut Burger were two excellent choices. Or at least that’s sort of how he remembers the conversation going. Obviously we would have loved to try everything, but when they ask for my second child in payment, I have to draw the line somewhere. (I know, I know, organic and live foods are what they are and that’s expensive, and I TOTALLY respect that. I just can’t justify the expense most of the time. I even dream that I will one day fill this hippie role better in my own life…)

Menu Descriptions:

Nut Burger … $15
A wonderful brazil nut pattie put in cabbage or on greens
topped with nut mayo, ketchup, mustard sauce, onions, tomatoes, avocado, and lots of love.

Bean Burrito … $15
Beans consist of a purée of Tahini and sunflower seeds mixed with Mexican herbs, and spices. Topped with macadamia nut sour cream, sprouts, and served wrapped in collard greens, or with crackers, lettuce, cabbage, and love.

First, taste: The Nut Burger was fantastic, really and truly. It wasn’t as pretty as their picture, but I could definitely eat it again when I’m feeling spendy. The Bean Burrito was okay – not fantastic, and definitely not the flavors I was hoping for for the price.

Second, presentation:

This:     doesn’t look like this, does it?

I don’t mean to be hard on them, but when I order a “burrito” and intend to eat it with my hands, I have hope that it will be put together for me.  Underneath that random piece of romaine, it looked like this (which is apparently an option on the menu and not at all burrito-like) :

The Nut Burger looked more like what I expected but still not quite as amazing:

or

Yes, mine looked much less appetizing (and the photography was part of it).

Obviously there was a communication breakdown. Clearly, the menu offered two options for how the burrito would be served and we didn’t clarify we wanted the first one listed. I probably sound awful and really mean, especially for a place with so much LOVE, but I just remember it being a day I wanted someone else to make my dinner and that I ended up being disappointed.

Third, satiety: Probably most important for me, was that after I finished, I felt like I hadn’t eaten anything. I was STARVING still. Yes, truly, the food “felt” good as all good raw meals do, but after going plant-based, my husband and I have found that we need more food than ever so skimpy vegetarian portions are troublesome. And it doesn’t help that I’m a nursing mom. So, after eating Omar’s, we scavenged through the house for a second dinner.

ETW: Sage’s Cafe – I probably don’t even need this post

Sage’s is iconic. I don’t even know why I’m bothering posting this since there are a bajillion reviews that are MUCH better than mine. It has to have been the first “vegetarian” restaurant in the valley. And I first went there with friends LONG before we considered vegetarianism, let alone a plant-based diet. I’m pretty everything on their menu is plant-based, but the desserts say “ice cream” and so instead of asking and because we don’t usually get dessert, we didn’t bother worrying about it. But may I just say, I could eat there all the time. And every time we go, we send a picture of the Carrot Butter appetizer to our friends who first brought us there but now life in NOLA. I think it’s our revenge for them leaving us here.

Sage’s is located at 473 East 300 South, another downtown-er. Sorry, I know, we need to get into the outside-of-downtown SLC realm. I should say, they try to source locally (great seasonal veggies for most of the year) and organically, and out front is a great big herb garden that you just know they’re using – or at least hope, although I’m still not sure what anyone could do with that much tarragon.

And can I also say that I am thrilled that they had a Google Offer a few weeks ago since it made our meal $10 cheaper?

Anyway, you can eat anything on the menu. I have a friend that ALWAYS gets the tacos with portabello/as. The bruschetta and carrot butter crostini (a recipe I would LOVE to have) appetizers are wonderful, but not as thrilled with the mushroom escargot. For sandwiches, I have friends that love the Philly Cheeze, and I’ve tried the nut burger and the guac-n-roll, which were good, but not standouts. The Soba Salad was very fresh, but I wanted more veggies on it. On our last visit, we got the Picadillo Vegetariano with Tofu and the Magical Wok with Tempeh. I think we both liked the Magical Wok better, but that was partly because we had fajitas the night before and the Magical Wok was so different from that.  We often try the specials because they are almost always remarkably good, but this time we stuck to the menu -boring!

The last friday of every month is raw night, and while we’ve only been once, it was super. Our friends say that Tuesday nights when they have all-you-can-eat pizza, there is standing room only. Mondays from 3-6pm are Meatless Mondays and you can take 25% off your whole meal. I mean, the place has a bunch of reasons to go.

And if you’re not avoiding sweets (bless you if you are) their Peanut Butter Brownie is out of this world (we ate it too fast to get a picture of it). And though I haven’t tried it (it’s that whole coffee and alcohol avoidance thing), their Tiramisu gets amazing reviews.

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ETW: Hogle Zoo – a very short post

It should come as no surprise that I don’t have much to say on this, but that I have something to say at all, I find incredible. Utah’s Hogle Zoo has a cafeteria type restaurant, the Beastro, with a vegan burger, wraps that could probably be vegan, and salads. These aren’t on the online menu, nor did we find them in time for use ourselves, but now you know.  If you find yourself needing to eat at the zoo or with food vouchers – like we had, just go to the Beastro an you won’t be stuck with french fries, pretzels or white rice – like we were.

ETW: GCFGNO Edition – Blue Plate Diner

For some reason, I have a thing for acronyms. I think it was law school, although I can’t remember what any of them were or meant, only that they sounded like perfect gibberish and speaking in acronyms made sense to me. Another life…

Anyway, we love this one : GCFGNO – GoodCleanFood Girls Night Out. And it was our first. Ever. And for at least Erika and I, the first time we met Lovely Carolyn. The gathering was fabulous, we chitted and chatted, discussed, planned, bemused, and even bemoaned. Pancho was relatively benign, though it was obvious he would have preferred being home and not passed around. We would do it again weekly if we didn’t have kids or husbands or other responsibilities, but then we’d be sad, so let’s not. And forgive me if I don’t think that’s the most flattering picture of all of us – we are all much, much hotter than this would lead you to believe.

So… the food. We ate at the Blue Plate Diner in Sugarhouse. My family and I had been there before, having tried the tofu scramble, the vegan burger, the vegan burrito, and other non-vegan items in our former lives (I’m sorry, but their pancakes and the Reuben are pretty fantastic). The Vegan Burger is what got us there initially after my husband met a guy on a plane (another story, but let’s just say it was apparently life-changing for us). The menu is not replete with vegan options, but there are enough to satisfy a mixed crowd. The rest is typical diner food, with daily specials always available, a soda fountain bar, and lovely staff to help you out. Warning – the online menu doesn’t exactly match the in-shop menu, so your options are greater than you might think – vegan pancakes and a vegan lasagna are added on.

Highlight the Vegan Apple Pie, or so she said it was anyway. I’m not sure any of us would have cared if it was loaded with butter, because it was delightful, and I think our server even gave us an extra piece so we’d all get enough to find it satisfying, not just tasty.

Lowlight – for some reason, three of us ordered the same thing. I think we must have had a hankering for lots of veggies with a mexican flair. We ALL got the vegan breakfast burrito on steroids – we added their vegan sausage (which I think is fantastic – good flavor and chew), and extra veggies to the tofu, black beans and rice/potatoes already inside. So much potential, but it flopped, I think. There was something about the thick (probably homemade, but totally white flour) tortilla and the salsas on top that were not super tasty. The tofu was also left unseasoned and would have been INFINITELY improved by throwing it on the grill for a quick minute with the veggies. It looks amazing, though, doesn’t it?

Midlight – Somer, being the rebel, got the Vegan Burger, with added hummus and barbeque sauce, which is enormous and a bit squishy, so like most good vegan burgers it falls apart. Props: there seemed to be some whole grain action going on in the bun. Between her reaction to it and my husband’s memory, I’m guessing it wasn’t too memorable though okay, and no, if you’re wondering, they do not have Vegenaise or anything like unto it, hence the barbeque sauce. She got the spicy fries which were apparently doused with cayenne and lacked any other real “cajun” flavor (garlic powder, salt, anything?)

But, all in all, we had a marvelous time. Carolyn had to bounce soon after eating (she’s a popular woman, that Carolyn), so Erika, Somer and I hit the town in my gold not gold minivan – don’t be jealous because my ride is AWESOME! We tried to stop a few other places…BUT THEY WERE CLOSED!!! So, look forward to a future review of Cakewalk Baking Company and this place, though I may not need to since they do a great review – I love their vegan bucket list down the side of their website!