When we got to Dallas late Saturday afternoon (this was the first weekend in June, if you recall), we were ready to eat. I’d decided I wanted us to try some new restaurants this time (it’s hard to stay away from Spiral Diner!), so we started with Café Elite in Plano.
Here’s Matt showing off his “I’m proud to be vegan!” pose.
Café Elite is owned by followers of Supreme Master Ching Hai, the lady that started the Loving Hut chain, so its menu is very Loving-Hut-like. Matt was starving, so he ordered some spring rolls first: carrots, cabbage, and vegan ham in crispy wrappers, served with Café Elite’s signature sweet and sour sauce.
He also had a garden salad.
Matt’s main meal was the Chick’n Parmesan with Daiya cheese, fettuccine marinara, and garlic toast.
I got the lo mein: wheat noodles with sautéed tofu, broccoli, and carrots. Simple yet satisfying.
The decor inside is swanky, and their create-your-own-enchiladas menu is super vegan-friendly.
We got some beans and rice to start, but we probably didn’t need to; the meal portions were pretty huge.
We each had two enchiladas.
Matt got one with the ‘vegan especial’ filling (that day, it was mashed sweet potato!) and tomatillo sauce in a blue corn tortilla, and the other with spinach, mushrooms, and tomatillo sauce in a wheat tortilla.
My two enchiladas were equally mouthwatering.
I got one with the ‘vegan especial’ sweet potato filling with amarillo (yellow chile) sauce in a blue corn tortilla, and the other with seasoned tofu and quinoa, ranchero (red chile) AND avocado sauces in a wheat tortilla, PLUS a side splash of mole sauce.
Oh my gawd. Perfection. We left stuffed and happy.
Matt and I spent the afternoon at the home of Seth Hayhurst, a filmmaker and fellow 105degrees Academy alum, filming an interview for Seth’s forthcoming documentary Average Joe On The Raw. I hope my footage makes it into the movie! Click here to check out the film’s website, watch the trailer, and preorder your copy of the DVD!
Many hours later, when our tummies were ready for more food, Matt and I headed to Pizza Lounge. This place caters extensively to vegans, providing TONS of faux meat topping options, Daiya cheese, and even vegan Parmesan for sprinkling.
We started with the Roasted Cauliflower & Cannellini Bean UN-Hummus: roasted cauliflower, garlic, and jalapeños blended with white beans and served with garlicky flatbread. Unreal. I WILL be recreating this at home!
I must admit, we barely had any room for pizza after that.
Nonetheless, we each had at least a slice or two of our pie, made with Daiya mozzarella AND cheddar cheeses, vegan pepperoni, and Tofurkey Italian sausage. Quite greasy and junk foody, but hey, we were on vacation! The leftover slices were even better cold the next day.
As if that weren’t enough, I still have one more Dallas post to go!