Let’s get right on with it! Here’s the continuation of my pre-birthday Day of Fun in Lawrence that began in yesterday’s post (though it actually happened way back in July).
Tenth Street Vegetarian Bistro didn’t exist when I lived in Lawrence, and although there are numerous veg-friendly places to be found in that town, I had to see what the new guy had to offer this year.
Its teeny dining room is really quaint and cute, not to mention cozy.
Matt and I actually shared an entrée for our appetizer: the Arancini (mistakenly called “aracini” on the menu), Italian white rice balls rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs served atop sautéed veggies. It came with a choice of spicy marinara sauce or curry sauce. I say, why choose? I asked to try both, and they obliged. Matt preferred the marinara, while I finished off the bowl of curry sauce with a spoon.
Oh yes, and the arancini themselves were good, too. A tad underseasoned, but that just allowed the sauces to shine even more brightly.
For his main dish, Matt got these huge fillets of fried faux fish with a small salad and a pile of sweet potato fries. These fries were super salty (just like I like ’em), and had the most astonishingly crisp outside while retaining a tender, almost creamy inside. I told the chef they were probably the best sweet potato fries I’ve ever eaten. No joke.
I ordered the “shrimp” and tofu fried rice. For some reason, I always get a kick out of mock seafood, maybe because I see it so seldom. This was all delicious, including the sweet soy glaze on the rice.
For dessert, we shared I dish I’d never had, or even heard of, before: Banoffee Pie (also misspelled on the menu, I’m afraid!), described as “a rich caramel, banana, and honeyed cream pie.” It was a graham cracker crust topped with sliced bananas and light-as-air honey-whipped cream, plus a generous drizzle of caramel syrup. It was so fluffy and light that it seemed to be gone in only a few bites, but it was spectacular. Overall, my verdict on Tenth Street Vegetarian Bistro is that it’s a tremendous addition to Lawrence’s veg scene!
Matt and I concluded the night by seeing a play at Liberty Hall, a wonderful end to a wonderful pre-birthday Day of Fun.
I still have some more belated birthday stuff to show you, so watch out for that next week. I’ve also got a number of cookbook reviews coming up, including some giveaways! Stay tuned.
I’m sad to say I received an email from Kathleen, the wife of Matt Poulton, who was the chef at Tenth Street Vegetarian Bistro. She has informed me that the Bistro closed last month. 🙁 Damnit! And I was so looking forward to going back. R.I.P. Tenth Street Vegetarian Bistro.