On Thursday, we ate at the Chicago Diner for lunch. It's all vegetarian and
mostly vegan. I'll look up the location information later.
I started with a chocolate chip cookie dough "milk" shake. Can't say I've ever
had one of those before. Real good.
My meal was Roasted Root Vegetable Hash. Their hash is a mix of potatoes and
tempeh, and this version included roasted beets, turnips, and some other
anonymous root vegetables. It came with biscuits and gravy, and scrambled tofu,
and I added a side order of seitan sausage.
I thought the scrambled tofu would be like a side. In fact it was over a half
pound of tofu. This is nearly a meal by itself --- at home for a quick meal for
two I often make breaded and fried tofu using one pound, and serve it with
cooked collard greens. It's a light dinner for two, but it's a dinner. So, over
a half pound of tofu is a lot of tofu to eat for one person, especially when it
comes with about the same weight of hash, not to mention the two biscuits with
gravy and a seitan sausage round the size of two veggie burgers stacked on top
of each other.
Their tofu scramble is plain; not much in the way of veggies. It's seasoned and
heavily seared. Wouldn't be that exciting by itself, but it was a good
accompaniment to the rest of the plate. The hash was good, the biscuits were a
little dense but good, and the gravy was like momma use to make or
whatever. The only disappointment was the seitan sausage, which was a) way too
big and b) way too dry. The spices and the flavor were right, but the texture
was a problem. (The leftover sausage tasted much better, since it was steamed a
bit while reheating.)
I ate about half the plate and stopped to save room for dessert, which was a
slice of Boston Cream Cake. No complaints here, it was great. S had the Cookies
and Cream Cake, also great. We liked the desserts better than the desserts at
the Candle Cafe in NYC, which is saying a lot. The cake was much lighter. I
think it's better to give in a bit to crumbs than it is to be as dense as they
do it at the CC.
Anyway, I'm sure we'll be back, a lot. There are still about thirty things on
the menu I'd like to try. BBQ Wings!