When most people think of vegan food, they think of rock-hard, sawdust-textured crackers, bitter, slimy veggie smoothies, and calorie-deficient iceberg lettuce salads. After all, what’s left to eat when you take out meat, dairy and eggs?
Quite a lot actually. Surprised? One meal at Vedge, the new vegan restaurant on 1221 Locust Street, will surely convince you that veganism does not mean deprivation. Start your culinary adventure with a plate of crispy cauliflower – the once tasteless vegetable is transformed into a savory, popcorn-like crunchy appetizer. Then, dig into a velvety, rich garbanzo crepe filled with curried golden lentils. Satisfy any remaining meat craving you may have with grilled seitan smothered with horseradish cream sauce. For dessert? How about a sticky toffee pudding that melts and envelopes your mouth with rich caramel flavor, topped with vanilla vegan ice cream.
So venture down to Center City and give Vedge a try. Be aware though – this dinner will be a bit of a splurge. But the price is totally worth it. “Vegetables” never tasted so good.