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Places and Things to Eat from Something About Food?

Food to eat and restaurants to visit from Chef Chris Clarke.

Eat This/Eat Here!

Here are some of the dishes I've made or the places where food has gone into my face.

Mostly vegan, all good. Go there, eat this, report back.

Spicy Ramen-All Day

Spicy Ramen-All Day

Ramen Hood

Finding vegan road food isn't that hard if you just take a moment to search. I ate this bowl of noodles from Ramen Hood at the Grand Central Market in LA so fast I got light headed!

THE BEST VEGGIE BURGER EVER!

THE BEST VEGGIE BURGER EVER!

Earthbelly

Omnivores and vegan's unite and go chomp into organic, flavorful food at Earthbelly, in Santa Cruz CA. I can honestly say that the Mushroom Burger was THE BEST VEGGIE BURGER EVER! Truth...

Yucatán vesion of Avocado Toast!

Yucatán vesion of Avocado Toast!

Hummus of the Gods!

Hummus of the Gods!

ZAHAV

CAFE CAPISTRANO

When you're in Philly head to Zahav. The atmosphere is warm and the hummus is life changing. Dipping into that bowl of love is the stuff of dreams.

Driving along the California coast and heading off the beaten path led me to Cafe Capistrano in Half Moon Bay, where I discovered bean filled, cabbage and pickled onion topped Yucatán panuchos. 

Mostly vegan, except for that there cornbread.

Mostly vegan, except for that there cornbread.

It's elementary, The ABC is my fav!

It's elementary, The ABC is my fav!

BEET BOX BAKERY

ELISA'S HOUSE OF PIES AND RESTAURANT

Not only does vegan bakery Beet Box in Denver bake their own bread for their sandwiches, The ABC is my go-to, but did I mention the doughnuts? And cakes? And tarts, ad infinitum....!!

When I noticed that Elisa's House of Pies and Restauranthad a vegetarian section of the menu, I had to try it out. And I am so glad I did. Did I mention there were over 10 kinds of pies? Because, yeah, there were...

All vegan, all the time!

All vegan, all the time!

A miraculous find not far off the Interstate for a road-weary, vegan traveler.

A miraculous find not far off the Interstate for a road-weary, vegan traveler.

THE PHOENIX GARDEN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

THE BUTCHER'S SON

Thanks to Google Maps, I found The Phoenix Garden Vegetarian Restaurant in Richmond VA. A menu packed with noodles, banh mi, mock meat, and very very vegan-friendly, helped me fuel up for more travels.

My family was just as impressed as I was when we dug into sandwiches and sides aplenty at The Butcher's Son in Berkeley CA. The omnivores couldn't believe their taste buds! The vegetarians had no problem with sharing and this vegan was..well I tried EVERYTHING! Reuben, "Tuna" Salad, Pulled "Pork", Grilled "Cheese", Fried "Mozzarella" and on and on...

Malaysian memories emanating from this fragrant bowl...sigh...

Malaysian memories emanating from this fragrant bowl...sigh...

Dining ala Hotel Room never tasted so good!

Dining ala Hotel Room never tasted so good!

MAIWAND KABOB

PENANG

Providence struck at a cheap hotel near the Baltimore Airport when I found Afghani food right next door. Maiwand Kabob had just what I wanted/needed. This take-out plate stuffed to the rafters with beans, greens, and other assorted fabulousness barely made it back to the hotel room. And yes, I ate it all, including the Naan. Because it was good and I wanted to. 

Oh Mee, oh my! Curry Mee, that is, found in a lovely Malaysian restaurant in Philadelphia, PA called Penang (after the food-obsessed island of the same name). And with every dreamy bite of noodles in that luscious curry broth, I was brought right back to my travels through Malaysia. 

Flower Pepper brings the Szechuan heat!

Flower Pepper brings the Szechuan heat!

Basta is never enough!

Basta is never enough!

BASTA

FLOWER PEPPER

When I found out that Basta in Boulder CO served a sauce only pizza, I was smitten. Once I also tried their roasted vegetable salad I was in love. They feed omnivores too, so everyone can tuck into legit wood-fired Neopolitan pizza without having to share... I don't!

My good friend, and former guest, Chris Huang told me to try out Flower Pepper for legit Chinese food in Boulder CO. And believe you me, that man is not wrong. I ate my vegan face off, and the veg and omnivore family and friends who have gone there with me have done the same. Spicy, lovely and now a favorite.

I legit love LOV!

I legit love LOV!

Real good veg burrito and a very funny name-Beaver Taco's!

Real good veg burrito and a very funny name-Beaver Taco's!

BEAVER TACO'S

LOV

When 70 mph winds kept me off the road to CO from Las Vegas, I found vegan food in the unlikeliest of places. And yes, this is a bean, avocado, red and green salsa and rice filled burrito from Beaver Taco's in Beaver, UT. Why wouldn't it be?

My Montreal Birthday Dinner at LOV made me believe that this "mostly vegan" can once again savor a bagel with "lox", here made from smoked tomato! Local suppliers, eco-responsible, and a home cooked menu, Superb!

Taos hidden gem, El Gamal!

Taos hidden gem, El Gamal!

I can't even describe my love for the Fresh Harvest Cafe house made potato chips...swoon...

I can't even describe my love for the Fresh Harvest Cafe house made potato chips...swoon...

FRESH HARVEST CAFE

EL GAMAL

Mostly vegan road food was found along the Oregon Coast at Fresh Harvest Cafe in Franklin, OR. I'm not 100% sure this mushroom burger was vegan, but the menu states that it is definitely vegetarian. And they have the Impossible Burger now, which is absolutely fully plant-based!

A Google Maps vegan road food search brought up this gem in Taos, NM. I am well known for my falafel and baba ganoush love, and El Gamal did not disappoint! That pita though...

Vegan Banh Mi FTW!

Vegan Banh Mi FTW!

When my toum need hits, Ali Baba Grill knows how to fill it!

When my toum need hits, Ali Baba Grill knows how to fill it!

ALI BABA GRILL

BETHLYN'S GLOBAL FUSION

There are times when vegan menu items keep the omnivores happy too. Ali Baba Grill in Colorado has just such a menu: hummus, babaganoush, falafel, ful medames (beans transported to a whole other level) and toum (garlic paste so wonderfully pungent and delicious that you all have to have it)!

Vegan Banh Mi is starting to be a favorite sandwich of mine (sorry tempeh Reuben). Bethlyns Global Fusion in Bend, OR is a food truck with a fantastic version. I mean, look at that fried tofu cutlet! Dreamy!

I just want to swim in this veg pho bowl from Pho Hut!

I just want to swim in this veg pho bowl from Pho Hut!

Compassion is in every dish at Veg on the Edge.

Compassion is in every dish at Veg on the Edge.

VEG ON THE EDGE

PHO HUT

When you find a place that is not only vegan but kosher, halal, and gluten free you share that find (even if you don't want to share what's on your plate). Veg on the Edge in Santa Cruz CA is that good. Share or don't, but go there, eat, and report back....

Pho Hut in Bakersfield, CA had a perfect example of a vegan pho noodle bowl. I Google searched and found this hidden gem when I was flying through on a road trip. Perfecto!

Veg taco's and a full heat range of salsas make this a new fav of mine!

Veg taco's and a full heat range of salsas make this a new fav of mine!

That torched saikyo miso though....oh my...

That torched saikyo miso though....oh my...

SHIZEN VEGAN SUSHI BAR & IZAKAYA

SANCHO'S GUNBARREL MEXICAN

I don't give a wasabi-filled @#$% if folks don't think that vegan sushi is a thing. It is. Look at that eggplant with torched saikyo miso from Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar & Izakaya in San Francisco. This dish blew any expectations I had out of the water. And I will be back to try more. I promise you.

Taco Tuesday just got a whole lot easier! Over at Boulder, CO based Sancho's Gunbarrel Mexican, the veggie-vegan options abound. I tell you this through tears, as the habanero salsa is searingly delicious!

 

It's right there in the name...that's why it's so damm good...oh and the powdered sugar ain't such a bad touch either...

It's right there in the name...that's why it's so damm good...oh and the powdered sugar ain't such a bad touch either...

When it is already on the menu, all you have to do is ask to have the veg burger sub for the meat!

When it is already on the menu, all you have to do is ask to have the veg burger sub for the meat!

FRIED DOUGH

We talk about it's lure in the latest episode, and if you don't know about Fried Dough, you don't know what you're missing. Head to the nearest county fair and dig into it's sweet, sweet doughy nonsense. Share or don't, you do you...

TOREY'S RESTAURANT AND BAR

I found myself at a laundromat in Owatonna, MN, as one does, and getting hungry. I trotted over to Torey's Restaurant and Bar and found just what I needed in their Salad Creation option. Requested their Black Bean and Vegetable Burger to top it and we were off to the salad races!

Burritos on a bus in Dillon MT, because of course!

Burritos on a bus in Dillon MT, because of course!

Avocado Toast never looked so good!

Avocado Toast never looked so good!

FARINE + FOUR

FIESTA MEXICANA

Oh Omaha, you know what I need. Avocado, beet hummus, watermelon radishes, pea sprouts on Danish rye TOAST! Thank you ever so much Farine + Four for making the prettiest damn avocado toast I've ever eaten. And it tasted as marvelous as it looked.

As I headed out of Missoula, my pal Marcy told me that I HAD to stop and get a "burrito on the bus" in Dillon, MT. That's the Fiesta Mexicana Bus, people. I asked for only vegetables, and I got a burrito stuffed with rice, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and flavor!

Of course I’ll have fries with that Buffalo Po Boy!

Of course I’ll have fries with that Buffalo Po Boy!

Veg sausage on the lower right for this here mostly-vegan, my omnivore pals were just as happy with their choices.

Veg sausage on the lower right for this here mostly-vegan, my omnivore pals were just as happy with their choices.

BALLYHOO

SPUTNIK

They have a sausage in practically every flavor at Ballyhoo in Buffalo NY. I was damn happy with the Reggie Veggie and my crew dug into their sausages, chili, mac-n-cheese, and gazpacho - they were not disappointed. Eat there, and I promise you will roll out the door full, happy, and knowing you'll be back!

Just because someone is vegan doesn't mean they eat only Buddha bowls, nuts, and berries. At Sputnik in Denver, veg and meatheads alike can dive into bar food. Like this glorious Buffalo Po' Bo', Mac N' Cheeze and... yeah, that's a Soul Bowl. But the rest of it is a gooey, fried, saucy mess!

Harlow know’s how to feed me right, because that mac was legit!

Harlow know’s how to feed me right, because that mac was legit!

Because San Franciso isn’t all linen table clothes. Sometimes it’s massive veg burritos.

Because San Franciso isn’t all linen table clothes. Sometimes it’s massive veg burritos.

EL SUPER BURRITO TAQUERIA

HARLOW

There are many reasons why El Super Burrito Taqueria is super duper for me. It's literally around the corner from my brother's place in San Francisco, has a humungoulous Vegetarian (vegan sans cheese and sour cream) Burrito, and their mascot is a masked, caped burro (of course...)

It's almost as easy to find vegan food in Portland, OR as it is to get a good cup of coffee. What I like about this bowl of cheezy goodness from Harlow is that it has kale, so that's healthy...right?

Oh. My. My. My.

Oh. My. My. My.

All vegan all the time over at Piante in Breckenridge CO.

All vegan all the time over at Piante in Breckenridge CO.

PIANTE PIZZERIA

MOOSE CREEK CAFE

I've got a pal who's so allergic to dairy she has never, ever had cheese before! So I tossed her into the deep end at Piante Pizzeria in Breckenridge CO. She landed nicely in this gluten-free (she's also allergic to wheat, poor gal) White Pizza. She now thinks vegan cheese is a miracle and that Piante is a dairy-free wonderland! 

Sure, at first it is only a Gardenburger. But when you toss on the grilled mushrooms, onions and green chilies you've got so much more. Thank you Moose Creek Cafe for filling me up as I drove through Walden, CO.

I do so love a bowl of noodles, and when it’s full of tasty greens that ups the ante!

I do so love a bowl of noodles, and when it’s full of tasty greens that ups the ante!

Black Bean Bao, Tea Leaf Salad and Chai are only a few of the amazing food to be found at West Side Bazaar.

Black Bean Bao, Tea Leaf Salad and Chai are only a few of the amazing food to be found at West Side Bazaar.

WEST SIDE BAZAAR

SANG KEE PEKING DUCK HOUSE

Since I was at the West Side Bazaar to interview some of the folks who work there, I just HAD to eat there. This is just a few of the many offerings from the food stalls. I've got to go back and try more!

I found Sang Kee Peking Duck House in Philly's Chinatown via GoogleMaps. After meeting her on a bench at a podcast convention, I invited Nadine O (above) to go with. Sadly, she had to work. Happily, I worked this hand-pulled noodle and vegetable soup into my face.

I will eat ALL the toum!

I will eat ALL the toum!

Tempeh Reuben, again…I can’t be stopped!

Tempeh Reuben, again…I can’t be stopped!

SHINE CAFE

AMIR GRILL

I do so love finding places to eat where omnivores enjoy the vegan food that is served. Shine Cafe in Morro Bay, CA was one such place. And yes, I had yet another tempeh Reuben because I can! This cozy vegan space is tucked next to a health food store that has been there for 40 years. That means eating healthy ain't a new idea.

Whenever I find myself in the vicinity of Golden, CO, I almost always stop at Amir Grill. Fattoush salad, ful madames with hummus and toum are my go tos. Go there, eat this!

There are so many things happening in this photo, and every single one of them is delicious!

There are so many things happening in this photo, and every single one of them is delicious!

Tofu in the middle of Nevada makes me think that road trips for vegans ain’t so hard after all!

Tofu in the middle of Nevada makes me think that road trips for vegans ain’t so hard after all!

CHINA GARDEN

HIMALAYAN KITCHEN

It's not always a sure thing that a small town Asian restaurant will have tofu or any other veg-friendly fare. China Garden in Winnemucca, NV was a very sure thing. Their Country Style Tofu has great spices and plentiful vegetables, and was just what this road-weary vegan traveler needed. And there were leftovers, which is always a good thing.

I am always on the lookout for food that gets as close as possible to my vegan-leaning ways and tastes amazing. Himalayan Kitchen in Durango CO was one such place. I mean, just look at that Nepalese Daal Bhaat! Flavors, textures, spices, and naan. Perfect.

Because even vegans like to eat a mess of nonsense sometimes! #garbageplate

Because even vegans like to eat a mess of nonsense sometimes! #garbageplate

I’ll share my falafel…sometimes!

I’ll share my falafel…sometimes!

SMALL WORLD RESTAURANT

The places where everyone finds something delicious to eat are my favorite. Like Small World Restaurant in Napa, CA where there are enough falafel to share (if you are so inclined)!

DOGTOWN

That you can find the famous Garbage Plate in Rochester, NY comes as no surprise. That you can find a veganized version is! This plate of ridiculousness was brought to me by DogTown. And when I say they brought it, I mean they really really broughtit. Crazy, wonderful, messy... everything a garbage plate should be. 

Huge burrito? Yes please!

Huge burrito? Yes please!

Falafel love for ever!

Falafel love for ever!

CARAVAN MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD

HABENERO GRILL

Telluride, CO has a reputation for being a little weird. I adore the place. I've got friends who've lived there since forever and know all the best places to grab a bite to eat, like Caravan Middle Eastern Food. Their food truck shares patio space with a Mexican restaurant because it's Telluride and they don't have to do anything the way you think they should!

Although the place is tiny, the menu at Habenero Grill in Aztec, NM is massive! There is a burrito for every taste, mood and time of day. I could only eat half of the vegetable-packed Vegginator, which meant LEFTOVERS! Their salsa was fresh. Their beans were perfect. I was very very satisfied. Great, now I'm craving one. Road Trip!

Hello potatoes, how you doin?

Hello potatoes, how you doin?

All veg, all the time!

All veg, all the time!

META BURGER

SOUTH SIDE WALNUT CAFE

My veggie niece wasn't so sure she could eat anything at Meta Burger in Denver. Until I pointed out that every dang thing on their menu is plant-based, as in VEGAN! I got the Buffalo Chicken, she got the Classic Burger and we were both filled with veggie happiness. I have to get back to try one of their shakes! Who's with me? 

When you find a neighborhood joint that has something for everyone, you hit that place up every time you are in town! The South Side Walnut Cafe, in Boulder CO, is just such a place. Look at that tofu scramble, side of home fries and vegan sausage...hearty vegan breakfast done right. And their other omnivore offerings will keep your family and friends just as happy.

This is the saag dreams are made of…sigh…

This is the saag dreams are made of…sigh…

Now that is what I call The Full English!

Now that is what I call The Full English!

THE AULD HOOSE

ARIANA KABOB CAFE

I had pinned The Auld Hoose in Edinburgh Scotland on my Google Map even before I left the US. I had to go because of the name, of course, and because they have a Vegan Full English Breakfast. Their vegan haggis stands in for traditional blood pudding, their beans were perfect and don't get me started on those hashbrowns!

I love a buffet because you get a chance to taste so many things... and it's all you can eat, of course. Ariana Kabob Cafe in Aurora, CO has an Afghani buffet and a proprietor who made our naan fresh. Did I mention the saag is ridiculously good? Go there, eat things, and be very very satisfied. I did!

So there I was in Reykjavik eating a vegan scone….you know…as one does…

So there I was in Reykjavik eating a vegan scone….you know…as one does…

After I ate this gorgeous tofu salad I had ice cream because BALANCE!

After I ate this gorgeous tofu salad I had ice cream because BALANCE!

MALEE THAI

EMILIE AND THE COOL KIDS

It's a comfort to know, as the weather heats up, that Malee Thai is in my Longmont, CO neighborhood. They have vegan options in their salads and house-made VEGAN ICE CREAM!!!! Hell yes....

It was 6 am in Reykjavik and I had a 10-hour layover ahead of me. Rather than waste time at the airport, I headed into town to wander. I stumbled upon the Emilie and the Cool Kidscoffeeshop. A vegan scone and oatmilk with my tea and all was well... sigh...

I want ALL the waffles!

I want ALL the waffles!

CITY O’CITY

I've been hitting up City, O'Cityin Denver for years. It has vegetarian and vegan food o'plenty. When my exec producer was in town we grabbed his oldest kid and headed over for power waffles, "chicken" and waffles (bourbon-brined chicken-fried cauliflower), and tempeh bacon hash. All good, but that cauliflower was O'SO GOOD!