Sunday, November 25, 2007

Vegan MoFo: Bad Vegan Blogger

Alright, I lose. I missed two days in a row. See, I'm in DC without my computer, and while I stored a bunch of pictures and things online so that I could put them on the blog without my computer, the computer that I'm using instead of my computer might as well not be a computer at all, because it won't post photos that I already put online. Whew.

So, I didn't do Friday or Saturday. I didn't have much to talk about any way: I've been eating salads (without complaint--I like salads!) and rolls from Whole Foods while I've been here and seeing plays--exciting on an intellectual level, but not too exciting on the vegan front.

But it did occur to me that vegan restaurant reviews can be lacking, and maybe that's where I can be of use. Now, I'm not such an epicure as to talk about mouth feel and bouquet, but I can tell you what I thought of the few places that I ate out here, and I can make it short, sweet, and accessible.

Sticky Fingers Bakery: I wouldn't miss any vegan bakery anywhere, given the chance to go. I'm so happy that they exist that I'm generally always willing to fork out $15 (which is what I spent on lunch) just to be able to order anything on the menu. That said, Sticky Fingers didn't knock my socks off. Don't get me wrong, everything I had was good, but nothing was great. The cinnamon roll was actually a little disappointing--I am a HUGE cinnamon roll afficianado, and I had kind of hoped for the overly-sweet, truly sticky Cinnabon type of cinnamon roll, rather than a more traditional, fluffy, gently sweet one. I suppose it's for the better--Cinnabon always made me sick, anyway.

Busboys and Poets: I gorged on leftover Tofurkey before eating here (not because I thought I wouldn't be able to find good food--it's just that the leftovers were taunting me), so I didn't have much of an appetite before I arrived. It's a pity, though, because they had a large, varied menu. My one complaint is that they marked their vegetarian items, but they could have been a lot clearer about which items were vegan. The servers seemed pretty well-informed, though, so I guess it could have been worse. Actually, I overall give this place two thumbs up. Considering how much I ate before I went, it's pretty impressive that I managed to put away soup, a mojito, and a vegan cupcake. Yum.

Cafe Asia: There was only one vegan item on the menu, but they were clear about it (what I originally tried to order contained fish--I'm so glad that the waiter warned me!). So, they're not great as selection goes, but I must say, that the one item--I don't recall the name, since I told the waiter that I would order whatever the purely vegan meal was--was delicious. It was a lightly fried tofu in panko with carrots and broccoli, in a completely divine sauce.

I would go to any of these places again. In the meantime, though, I clearly need to make my own cinnamon rolls.


bazu said...

my mom lives right outside of d.c. and I've never been to Sticky Fingers bakery... I'll make a point to go there next time, though (next month).

Ever since VeganMoFo ended, I haven't been able to get it together and blog. I need my veganmojo back. HA.

Garshley Entertainment said...

That's good to know. Next time I'm in DC I'll check them out. Thanks for sharing.