Wednesday, July 25, 2007
across the street.
This is a crappy picture of some delicious vegan tacos. There's a Mexican restaurant next door to our store that opened around the same time as us called Across The Street. Now, as a vegan, eating out at a Mexican joint is usually out of the question. Making vegan Mexican food at home is always easy, but it's practically impossible to find a restaurant that can make you a decent meal without the excess cheese, lardy beans, chicken stock rice, or guac that's cut with sour cream (what a cheap trick!). So we were wicked-excited to find out that the nice ladies who run Across The Street not only know that chicken stock and lard are not vegan, but they don't use them in any of their dishes either. And the kicker is.....
It's not even a vegetarian restaurant. See? Lard isn't required for kick-ass refried beans!
So anyway, Ken and I eat dinner there when we can because the food is awesome. The menu actually states "vegan upon request" on several dishes, and we usually go for the tacos. My new favorite is the fried tofu taco. It's one fat finger of firm tofu, battered with cornmeal and fried to a crisp served with pico and lettuce. We always get guac to add to our tacos for extra moisture and yum. The TVP tacos are also very good, with a soft, spicy seasoning. I like it when restaurants know how to properly season TVP, and ATS does it well. They also have tempeh tacos with pineapple salsa. These are good too, but I prefer the spicy TVP over the sweetness of the pineapple. But hey, I give them props for offering tempeh on the menu at all. Remember- this isn't even a vegetarian restaurant! Imagine if other good "omni" restaurants start offering food that is clearly vegan and doesn't involve iceburg lettuce or mealy tomatoes. Why, it's like progression or something! Oh, and their beans and rice are amazingly fresh-tasting.
We aren't drinkers of the alcohol, but if you are, they have a pretty extensive lushy section. Sangria, fresh margaritas, etc. So go there! But only go there for dinner, because they don't open until 5:00.
Now, if we can only get them to get rid of the deer head hanging in the bar room. One step at a time, I suppose.