We were in Ohio for the Cleveland Vegfest recently, and on the first night there was a meet and greet for all of the speakers, volunteers, and Cleveland Vegan Society members. My husband, daughter, and I attended, and the food was phenomenal. The event was held at Taza A Lebanese Grill, and it was the first time I had ever eaten Lebanese food. The food was extraordinary, and we went back the next day for lunch! We had Fattoush, Mujadara, and Grilled Veggies. This placed rocked my world!
I perused the menu, and ordered the fattoush salad. It consisted of shredded romaine mixed with chopped tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, parsley, seasoned pita chips, lemon, garlic, olive oil, and a hint of sumac. The combination of ingredients was light, citrusy, crisp, and fresh. The flavor was out of this world! The crunch of the pita chips along with the tartness of the sumac combined with the zesty, citrus elements made for a truly sensational salad!
My husband ordered the Mujadara and the grilled vegetables. The portions were quite substantial, so after he polished off the grilled vegetables, I happily helped him with the Mujadara. It consisted of a bed of steamed lentils and rice topped with Lebanese Salata. It was garnished with fried onions. Oh my goodness. I can't explain to you how delicious this food was. Now, this right here is happy tummy, feel-good, comfort food!
When I saw grilled veggies entree on the menu, I totally skipped over it. It was a mistake. I kept eyeing my husband's plate, but I was having a hard enough time finishing my super fattoush salad and tending to our daughter. The next time I looked at his veggie plate, it was empty. The fresh veggies were marinated and served with Lebanese rice, vegetable bulgar, and the choice of garlic or tahini sauce. Once again, this was a hefty, hearty, aromatic, delectable plate of food. My husband raved about it.
It's one thing to find a restaurant with great food, but the staff at this restaurant is just as stellar as the fine cuisine. We cannot say enough about Clair. She was so informative, patient, and hospitable.
When we go back to Cleveland, Taza A Lebanese Grill will be one of our first stops. Thank you, Clair for such an outstanding dining experience and for sharing your amazing Lebanese vegan dishes!
The Flying Biscuit is an award-winning cafe with Southern hospitality and charm. It's known for delivering great food and a welcoming atmosphere. Although the Roswell location is very close to me, I am ashamed to say I have only eaten there twice in eight years. The first time I ate there was about five years ago, and I was not vegan at that time.
Last Friday I had a day off from work, so I decided to try breakfast at The Flying Biscuit. The menu has many different selections, but I was curious about the vegan options. I scanned through the menu, and the Tofu Scramble caught my eye. Of course, when the waitress took my order, I asked if the biscuits were vegan. She replied, "I think you're the first person to ever ask that!" Sadly, they were not, but she quickly offered me a vegan option, wheat toast with no butter.
I finally decided on my order: Tofu Scramble, Oven Roasted "Moon Dusted" Potatoes, and whole wheat toast, no butter.
The ingredients of the Tofu Scramble include: tamari-marinated tofu scrambled with red and green peppers, onions, spinach and mushrooms. Tamari is a rich, gluten-free, naturally fermented soy sauce. I tell you this, the Tofu Scramble is absolutely delicious! The flavor of the tamari and the peppers and onions really takes the tofu to another level. The spinach and mushrooms make it a flavor packed, filling, hearty dish.
Oven Roasted "Moon Dusted" Potatoes
The potatoes are the perfect compliment to the Tofu Scramble. They are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and dusted with a tasty blend of herbs and spices.
The portions of food were very substantial. The Tofu Scramble also comes with fresh fruit. I highly recommend this dish. The Flying Biscuit got this one right, and I will be back soon!
Before I order food from a restaurant these days, I peruse the menu in search of vegan selections. Today we ordered take out at my place of employment. After looking at the menu, I finally settled upon the Acapulco Salad from El Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Sandy Springs. The salad normally comes with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, onion, bell pepper, shredded cheese and a choice of chicken, tilapia, or shrimp, so I made a few substitutions.
I requested an addition of black beans, no avocado, and a side of pico de gallo and guacamole. They said it would be no problem for the changes.
I have encountered several restaurants that will not modify their menu, and I have also ran across a few that claim to have "vegan" options, only to find out that they really don't understand what vegan food is...very frustrating!
I didn't know how my food would look, or if the modifications would be correct, but when I opened the container I was pleasantly pleased. The presentation was beautiful! In addition to making the changes, they also included fresh sliced carrots, sliced avocado, and purple radish. There was an equal amount of all ingredients instead of it being mostly lettuce. The pico de gallo provided the perfect amount of zestiness and heat, and the fresh guacamole was authentic, creamy, and flavorful.
This healthy, hearty, vegan version of the Acapulco Salad should definitely be on the menu, and I will be ordering it again in the near future!
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About Tabatha James
Tabatha James is a wife, mom, and children's book author navigating her way through a vegan way of life!