For the past few months, Bar Luchador has hosted an “I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan” night, and I was finally able to attend this month. They make almost everything from scratch, and a couple options are gluten-free.
We started with the seitan buffalo wings with ranch and veggie sticks. These were SPICY. If they hadn’t been so spicy, I would have loved them, but I only managed to get through two before I conceded. I’ll have to stick to the buffalo cauliflower wings at J. Selby’s, though I appreciate that they didn’t shy away from heat.
I recently wrote about my brunch at Fig + Farro, and I ended up going back a few days later for dinner with my friend Lynda who was visiting from California. We tried several dishes, and overall I enjoyed everything.
Above you’ll see the Rapini with Piri Piri sauce, cashew crema, and embered plums. This dish is complex, as all the flavors are distinct but work perfectly together. I’m guessing the rapini leaves were baked because they were mostly crisp, adding a nice texture.
My mom had a $50 gift card to Kona Grill that she wasn’t planning to use, so I happily accepted it and headed over there for dinner. I had heard there was a small vegan menu, but it’s now incorporated into the full menu. Vegan options are marked with Vg: edamame, vegetarian rolls, and seaweed salad.
If I lived any closer to The Buzz Coffee and Cafe, my wallet and my waistline would both be in trouble. Their vegan waffle menu offers over thirty sweet and savory combinations, many of which include The Herbivorous Butcher’s vegan meats and cheeses.
Rise Bagel Co. is in downtown Minneapolis, and all of their bagels are vegan. They also offer vegan cream cheese, sausage, carrot lox, and butter. It’s a cool, modern space where you order at the counter and they call your name when your food is ready.
J. Selby’s was broken into during the past weekend, and their safe was stolen. One of their doors has to be boarded up while they wait for a custom piece of glass to be remade. Stories like this make me sad because while yes, they have insurance, something like this isn’t easy on a small business. And if someone was so desperate for money that they would break into a business, hopefully whatever they got will help them however it’s needed.
My friend Jillian invited me out to brunch today, and we settled on Fig + Farro to try out some options on their new all vegan menu. They switched from vegetarian to fully vegan on November 3rd, and we’ve been anxious to check it out, especially as neither of us had been there in awhile.
Our wonderful little vegan community is not that little anymore, and it’s easier than ever to support local businesses with cruelty-free offerings. The holiday season is upon us, but these gift ideas are for any time of year.
Note: While many of these places make and sell 100% vegan goods, not all are fully vegan so double check before purchasing. For example, Urban Forage sells mead in addition to vegan cider and wine, and The Buzz has non-vegan waffle mix.
I had some extra time today, so I trekked half an hour to the Mike’s Discount Foods in Anoka. I hadn’t visited this location before, and now I know to stick with the Mike’s in Fridley. It’s the biggest of the three and thus has the most potential for scoring vegan goods.