Last weekend, my family and I finally got a chance to visit a local vegan-friendly establishment, and spend the Sunday of our three-day weekend eating out. Our appetites were certainly raging!!
Vegan Paradice is a mom-and-pop establishment, and is literally run by two people: a husband-and-wife team. The menu has a good variety of burgers, wraps, chili dogs, and desserts. Everything that is served at the restaurant conveniently fits on a singular sheet of paper, front and back, so deciding on what to eat is relatively simple…unless you come in wanting to eat everything!
The menu is (mostly) resonably-priced, but I felt better about spending the money anyways since we were supporting a local business.
Once we ordered our food, we had to wait about 20 minutes for all of our dishes to get ready. Even though the wait was long, I could understand that there was no way around it since there were only two people cooking, cleaning, cashiering, managing—you get the picture.
Even so, our meals came out presentable and ready to be devoured.
I ordered the Surprise Me! Chili Dog, and was drooling on the table (okay, not really) by the time it was ready for pick-up.
The dog is basically a grilled (and fantastically seasoned) juicy carrot in a sprouted whole wheat bun, topped with meatless crumbles, vegan cheese (or cheez), onion, vegan mayo, ketchup, relish, and this yellow rice topping which I found irresistible!
My sister really took a bite out of the Ranchy Chik’n Wrap, one of the more popular items of the establishment. It’s basically chik’n, avocado, ranch sauce, lettuce, sprouts, olives, tomatoes, and onions that are wrapped up in a hefty whole wheat tortilla.
Which was totally demolished with the power of a plastic fork! (Don’t worry, the soaked bun was scarfed down too…the best part ;)!)
My Dad had the All Beafy: a burger with everything BUT beef.
Thanks to my Dad’s super awesome phone ninja photo-taking skills, he was able to get a pic of the burger behind the counter :P. I also had a bite of this packed burger, and to be honest, it didn’t strike me as an exemplary burger. I do appreciate the time and care that was spent in crafting this burger however…you can tell by the subtle addition of the olive on top ;).
Vegan Paradice is also well-known for their vegan softserve, which I was hoping to try during our visit. Unfortunately, the machine wasn’t up and running so I would have had to wait another 10 minutes for some good ol’ vegan ice cream.
But the donut/cake display was very tempting. So tempting, that each of us decided to get a different donut/cupcake and split them among the three of us. I picked out the carob donut, Dad the raspberry donut, and Sis the nut-paste (most likely walnut) frosted cupcake.
Everything was bursting with sweetness, and while it was a bit much, it wasn’t too overpowering. My favorite was the raspberry donut because I could truly taste the flavors of raspberry and visually see the specks of raspberry gleaming through the glaze.
The overall visit was a wonderful one, since I got to spend a lovely Sunday afternoon with my family eating delicious and nutritious comfort foods that were all prepared for the vegan appetite. The restaurant had a small, local feel to it, and even though it wasn’t as elaborate as say, my darling love Native Foods, just having this restaurant in the vicinity makes me feel like I can indulge in vegan restaurant meal cravings anytime.
Plus, I have an excuse for coming back…I still need to try the soft serve ;)!
Have you dined at an all-vegan/all-vegetarian restaurant?