Growing up in Chicago we had Kolaches, usually a dish on the dessert platter when you got together with family or friends. (Kolaches are little pastries, either fruit or cream cheese filled, served hot or cold, and topped off with powdered sugar) I haven’t had any since moving away, Eastern, Southeastern and Southern have a pastry they call a Kolache but it’s totally different. This weekend we stopped at Denver’s Kolache Factory and it’s almost the same as in Chicago. Two exceptions, here they’re bigger and no powdered sugar, but the taste is just the same. My favorite is apricot (and I’m not even a fan of apricot normally), if you haven’t had one and you visit the windy city… go to a small local bakery and sample a few.
We drove through Eugene and stopped at a local food cart for lunch. Tried two things we’ve never had, the burger (we’ve had veg burgers but none like this one) it was more like a steak burger (and really good) and a vegan gyro, first time we’ve seen that anywhere. Tiffany favored the burger (and ate all of it but the one bite I tried) but I loved the gyro and was happy to have it to myself. I always wondered why out of all of the veg places we’ve been to no one ever had one on the menu. Great place to stop if you find yourself in Eugene, they make it as you order so go with a little extra time, 15-20 minutes at least.
We found a great vegan burger in Boulder.. plus tempura style onion rings..
if you know of any other good vegan spots let us know, we only saw this one.
While exploring the countryside around Austin we went through the tiny town of Kyle. This one little mexican place was packing them in so we joined the crowds. It’s a very tiny place, the drive-thru stays backed up to the street and the menu is extensive. I tried the fish tacos with true spanish rice & black beans (which I ended up not able to eat because they have pork in them). The tacos hit the spot, I do wish I had ordered the shrimp tacos which were grilled as the fish was fried. Great locals hole in the wall.
South Congress in Austin is an explosion of food carts. I stopped by The Mighty Cone twice, on day one I needed a power snack and got the french fry cone with home-made ketchup, on day two I needed a heartier snack and got the sweet chili shrimp cone with the the (optional) fried avocado topper.. a definite must. When I took my first bite it was good, but I thought it was off, turns out what I thought was the fried avocado was really fried chicken (first bite of chicken in about 5 years) turns out my order and the guy after me got switched. Only one bite though and I had my shrimp cone. The prices are great, the fries were $1.50 and the shrimp cone was $5.95 + extra for the fried
We looked forward to going to Follow Your Heart first and foremost because they are the genius creators of Vegenaise, the only “mayo” vegan product to eat (whether you’re vegan or not), this stuff is amazing. They also make the only vegan ranch dressing that I’ve ever eaten that’s good, its not only good but compares to restaurant quality buttermilk ranch dressing and that is saying a lot. (I’m very picky about my ranch)
It’s a simple restaurant, you walk through the store to get to the cafe in the back and it’s just what you would expect from four hippies in the 70′s. I can’t imagine that it’s changed much since then. Tiffany had the Reuben, of course, (she’s in search of the same quality as the one at The Chicago Diner) it’s the third we’ve had and was the best by far. I got the chicken club. My favorite sandwich, always, (when I ate meat) was a chicken sandwich, so I had high hopes. It was everything I expected and more. Even though it wasn’t one thick chicken breast (thin slices instead) it surpassed my expectations. And if you see carrot cake on the menu be sure and try it, of all the places we’ve been only two have offered it.
Real Food Daily in Santa Monica (all vegan) and the thing you need to know is..
the BLT is the best you’ll ever eat.
We’re always hoping for a really good burger, one that actually tastes like a grilled burger. This was the best one we’ve had yet (and the owners were some of the nicest people we’ve met) and whatever their secret is works, maybe the sauce? Whatever, it’s a really good spot if you’re in Ojai.
We stopped in Cruzers for take out vegan pizza, our first & only all-vegan pizza place, it’s take out only,
so while we waited stopped in next door at Desert Rose.. good spots just off of Hollywood Blvd.
The only vegan place in the Phoenix metro area is Green Restaurant in Tempe by ASU. The real reason to go, the betterfinger ice cream. Didn’t have room for it, didn’t matter. In 85 degree weather, made us drive all the way back the next day for more. The hot artichoke dip was so good I could eat it like soup or as a topper on anything. The mock crab rangoon tasted just like the real thing. We both wanted to go back the next day and we’d like to go everyday for the betterfinger.