If you do not have a dietary restriction or allergy, often times going to restaurants is very simple. You know you will be able to eat anything on the menu without too many modifications.
Being a vegan has been a pretty easy transition because I a relatively flexible. I do not identify with a certain faction inside the movement because I am an ethical vegan. I believe there are ways to be completely healthy on a vegan diet, but I also agree that sometimes a heck of a lot of sugar puts life into living.
Back to restaurants, before this past Saturday, I had never been to a restaurant where I could eat ANYTHING on the menu. I did not have to read the ingredient labels or as “can I have a dairy-free cheese?”…”oh you don’t have it? Then no cheese please…but EXTRA ketchup!!”
The Strong Hearts Vegan Café is located in Syracuse NY. I recently heard the founder on an episode of Our Hen House discussing their recent Ragnar Relay Team finish in Cape Cod. I was intrigued because I have wanted to do this type of relay for some time, and when I found out that the café who sponsored the team was in Syracuse (about an hour and a half away), I knew I wanted to go. Luckily, my friend T lives in Syracuse and we had planned to meet up that day. It was just fate that we ended up at Strong Hearts.
When you walk in, there is a huge menu and only a few tables. I think we got lucky when we went because there was a HUGE event called Taste Of Syracuse going on downtown, so many people were there. It was also a weekend night, and cafes are usually slower on the nights and busy during the day.
Even though my stomach had been off for a couple days, I knew I wanted to try something other than PB&J. (Although they do have two PB&J options in case I was still have tummy troubles.) Besides the food menu, there is also a HUGE milkshake menu! ALL VEGAN MILKSHAKES! I was in HEAVEN!
I ended up getting the “egg” breakfast sandwich with avocado. A tofu “egg” patty with two types of vegan cheese, a sausage patty and avocado on an English muffin. It was amazing! I love sausage and cheese breakfast sandwiches but the addition of the tofu egg patty was a nice touch. Two types of cheese and avocado put this sandwich over the top!
My friend got the mushroom burger melt. A mushroom veggie patty with veggies and melted cheese on a toasted bun. He could not believe everything was vegan. He was really satisfied with his meal.
Dinner would not have been complete without trying a milkshake. We decided to split a butterfinger shake. I have not had a butterfinger in a couple years, and I regret that decision. It was SO GOOD! The creaminess and taste of peanut butter really hit the spot.
We will be back!
Have you ever been to an all vegan restaurant?
If you have a food allergy, how do you deal with menus?