Monday, April 30, 2012

Green - Vegetarian Cuisine and Coffee

Last night, the Engineer and I finally ate at Green, which I’d been meaning to try for a long time. It’s a vegetarian restaurant, though most dishes either are or can be made vegan, and it’s certified kosher (and therefore closed on Saturdays). Nut allergies would be a concern, I think, because there are nuts in several dishes, but people with gluten-intolerance will find quite a few dishes on the menu certified gluten-free. There are now two locations, and we went to the one on the NW Military Highway. The restaurant itself is very laid back and its mission is “to serve delicious and affordable comfort food” to vegetarians, vegans and omnivores alike. I’d like to announce that they have succeeded!

I actually had a lot of trouble choosing from the menu, because so many dishes appealed to me. I ended up with the protein salad: kale, spinach, chickpeas, quinoa, flaxseed, raw pecan humus, carrots, tomato, avocado and charbroiled tofu. I have to say that the tofu was probably the best I’ve ever had, and it really made me want to learn how to cook it properly once and for all. The kale had a great dressing, and come to think of it, there isn’t anything I didn’t like in that salad; it was fantastic. The Engineer had the falafel burrito, which I’ll consider next time because the falafel was absolutely delicious (better than either falafel recipe I’ve made lately, as it had both the right taste and texture). I cleaned up the pieces of falafel left on his plate, I liked so much. There are also dishes with meat substitutes. But FYI, it’s not like it’s all super healthy, because they do have fries and onions rings; it’s just that the healthy options far outnumber the not-so-healthy ones, and they are delicious to boot.

For dessert, we tried a vegan chocolate chip cookie and two kinds of vegan cupcakes, the s’more and the blueberry-lemonade (flavors vary each day). They were pleasantly dense, moist, flavorful, everything you’d want from a cupcake. And knowing I can eat the frosting without a care in the world… that’s priceless. We look forward to going back!

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