I had only eaten at Old Chicago once, years ago, so I didn’t know what to expect going back. I ordered a small thin-crust (which was not thin at all, but that’s ok with me) pizza with garlic, red pepper, and roasted green chiles. I asked for extra sauce and very light cheese. What they gave me wasn’t exactly light on cheese in my eyes, but compared to their regular amount, it was sparse. That’s alright. It was tasty; I especially liked the crust.
I finally got to try Taste, a newish tapas bar in downtown Overland Park. When I hinted that I was looking for vegan fare, they actually had the chef come out to talk to me, and he designed a meal for me on the spot. I started with the hummus.
They kinda sorta forgot to leave off the feta cheese. Oh well; I just picked it off. I liked the olive garnish, and the pita was nice and tender. Next up, I had white bean salad with toasted baguette slices.
The dressing was vinegary and slightly sweet; not my favorite, but still good. Next, they made me a mixed vegetable “curry” of sorts. The veggies were bathed in a spicy-sweet chile peanut sauce. This was the surprise highlight of the meal—the veggies were so nicely cooked, the flavors SO full and savory, that I wished they had given me twice as much.
Mouthwatering! I also had a side of sweet potato fries; can’t go wrong with that. It was a fantastic meal overall, and I’d definitely recommend giving the place a try if you’re local.
Here’s a fast, easy weeknight meal—Boca burgers on whole wheat buns, with oven fries (white potato on the left, sweet potato on the right) and…Kool-Aid! How All-American of me.
I had been craving Bo Ling’s since last September (seriously) and finally went there again. Their spring rolls are good, but their spring roll sauce is AMAZING!—it’s thick, super-sweet, and a little peanutty, but the boldest flavor in there is (I swear) chocolate. Strange but true.
I drank some “king’s oolong” tea, and dined on tofu and mixed vegetables in black bean sauce with brown rice. Exactly what I’d been waiting 8+ months to eat again.
Here’s another odds-defying vegan meal, this one at Ted’s Montana Grill. Green beans, broccoli, asparagus, a baked sweet potato with cinnamon sugar, and a dinner roll, all sans butter or cheese.
Who knew that one of my favorite bars, Velvet Dog, had such a divine hummus plate? My friends and I shared one on a Saturday night out. It had 3 kinds—black bean, roasted red pepper, and original. Everyone agreed the black bean was the best.
Lastly, there’s a new restaurant in Leawood called Pizza Fusion. They’re organic, environmentally conscious, and vegan-friendly; very cool.
I ate a pizza with whole grain crust, red sauce, just a sprinkling of vegan cheese (I like my pizza extra-light on cheese even when it’s vegan!), roasted garlic, and red/yellow/green peppers. It was really good; I loved the sauce especially. It’s a place I definitely hope to revisit.