Category Archives: Eating Out

South, a Latin Restaurant in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, WA

Interestingly enough, in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, nestled adjacent to the Alpine Hills of northcentral Washington State, one can find dining choices besides what is normallySouth Latin-Style Restaurant considered Bavaria, or German, faire. In fact, one of the finest restaurants around is an excellent Latin-syle eatery, which also offers Vegan choices, and excellent ones.

South, billed as offering “Fresh, Modern, Latin Food and Drink”, offers dishes in a variety of cuisines, including Cuban, Argentinian, Peruvian, Brazilian, and more, and features a Fresh Salsa bar, with a variety of types of salsas, with varying heat levels.

Many Mexican restaurants and restaurants that offer other Latin cuisines can prepare a Vegan dish, usually based on grilled vegetables, and little more. It’s been my overriding experience that among the two staples of Latin cuisine side dishes, rice and beans, the vast majority of such restaurants use chicken stock in their rice, and in most of their bean dishes as well. Thus, rice is usually unavailable to a Vegan in a Latin restaurant, and the usual situation is that beans are available, but that their only method of Vegan preparation produces a totally bland, unflavored and generally uneatable result. Continue reading

München Haus in Leavenworth, Washington

In the Bavarian-style Village of Leavenworth, nestled adjacent to the Alpine Hills of northcentral Washington State, one can, surprisingly, find vegan options that are so good to merit a trip to this quaint village, even despite the icy, snowy conditions of the mountain roads leading to the village, and its own 14º temperature that I faced this past week. Populated by small hotels,Map of Seattle to Leavenworth, WArestaurants, bars and beer gardens and a plethora of touristy shops, primarily dedicated to the Bavarian culture, one can also find shops dedicated to selling olive oil and vinegar, soaps, taffy, fudge, tea or cheese, as well as those offering locally crafted beers and wine tasting rooms. And they even have restaurants featuring other ethnic cuisines, but more on that note in my next post.

I first traveled to Leavenworth about four or five years ago, and my fondest memory from that trip was lunch at an establishment named the München Haus, billed as a “Bavarian Grill and Beer Garden. Continue reading

One World Vegetarian Cuisine, in West Covina, CA

One World Vegetarian Cuisine is a vegetarian, thought primarily vegan, restaurant, located very close to us in West Covina, CA. We have gone there periodically for several years, when our daughter and son-in-law have been on visits here. Since our conversion, MrsHound and I have gone a couple of times, the last time, just before our trip to Seattle, for their once-a-month mid-week buffet.

One World Vegetarian Cuisine Buffet

One World Vegetarian Cuisine Buffet

Our past meals there have been hit and miss, some dishes very good, others, not so much. However, the buffet, that featured all vegan dishes, was excellent, and was complemented by friendly and professional servers.

The buffet included several standard-type dishes, including our long-time favorite One World appetizer, their Golden Crispy Rolls, along with brown rice, and what they call their Autumn Salad, which is a really interesting mix of exotic greens, beans, corn kernels, and more. They also served an excellent and understated Curry Fried Rice (much preferred by me to the brown rice) and a couple of real vegetable dishes, which I mean to indicate vegetables being vegetables, not pretending to

One World Vegetarian Cuisine Buffet

One World Vegetarian Cuisine Buffet

be a rib eye steak or a Cornish Game Hen. These included their Imperial Eggplant, that had a tasty array of other veggies as well as the well-prepared eggplant, and Vegetable and Tofu, which was highlighted by the well-cooked broccoli, and other veggies, rather than the tofu. I would say that this was my least favorite of the buffet selections.

On the other hand, my favorite, and a dish that was vegetation masquerading as something else, was their Veggie Quail. That was excellent, with a “quail-ly” taste, and a firm but not tough texture.

Topping off the buffet, was their dessert, one of the fresh-baked vegan cupcakes, which have always been moist and flavorful. That night’s selection was a lemon poppy seed cupcake, and it was a great finish to the meal.

There was not a large selection on the buffet, but what was presented ranged from good to excellent, and we look forward to the next buffet.

Dining at Seattle’s Wayward Vegan Cafe

On our trip to Seattle, we had two meals at the Wayward Vegan Cafe – and they were two of the best vegan meals we’ve had, anywhere. The Wayward is located in what I’ve previously described as the Vegan Center of Seattle, on University Way at 52d St, and its been there a few years. On prior trips to Seattle, while eating vegan with our daughter and son-on-law, we ate at many vegan restaurants, but somehow, never Wayward.

Wayward Vegan Cafe Club Sandwich

Wayward Vegan Cafe Club Sandwich

I had been warned that Wayward can be really crowed, so for our first meal there, lunch, we went in the late afternoon, and were able to get in without a wait, and enjoy a leisurely meal. I had their Club Sandwich, a delight combining vegan bacon, turkey and ham, on three slices of French bread, with lettuce, tomato, vegan mayo, and to which I also added mustard, and served with French fries. It was exceptional, and probably the best vegan sandwich I’ve eaten. The fries were great, also. MrsHound thoroughly enjoyed her faux pulled pork sandwich, the “Pull No Pork”, composed of shredded grilled seitan and a great barbecue sauce, on a bun.
Wayward Vegan Cafe Monte Cristo Sandwich

Wayward Vegan Cafe Monte Cristo Sandwich

Our son-in-law had the Monte Cristo, which was very good as well. At a later point on our trip, I was able to sample a piece of leftover Monte Cristo, and wow, it WAS great. It combined grilled faux turkey and ham on French toast, and when, before we left Seattle, we retuned to Wayward early in the morning (we actually got there before they opened and waited patiently outside in the brisk but dry Seattle air) for breakfast, I had to have a full order of the French toast, which I had with a side order of hash browns.

Wayward Vegan Cafe Pull No Pork Sandwich

Wayward Vegan Cafe Pull No Pork Sandwich

MrsHound had pancakes, and she loved them. An order of two was gigantic, and she enjoyed her leftovers for several days, including on the plane on the way home. Our son-in-law had an omelette, full of vegan meats and covered in faux cheese, and our daughter had her regular breakfast, a bowl of oatmeal with hot sauce. No comment there. I think we all had the excellent coffee served at Wayward. The place filled up quickly, and we were glad we had gotten there so early.

We’ve been to quite a few vegan restaurants now, and it seems that even the best are somewhat spotty – some dishes excellent, but other, not so much. Of four people each having two meals there, everything seemed to be equally good, and all were dishes I would not hesitate to order again or to recommend thoroughly. The breads and buns were all fresh and substantial, not fluffed up with the main ingredient of air. The vegan meats were all tasty and chewable, unlike many that defy being able to be bite into, and the vegetation was all fresh and crisp.

The service was efficient and friendly – you order at a counter and they bring the food to your table, but you get your own coffee and water.

All in all, on future trips to Seattle, a meal at Wayward is an absolute must.

Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza from Lazy Dog Cafe

The Lazy Dog Cafe opened up near us about a year ago, and we enjoyed many of their meals for carnivores, not to mention their fine beverage selection. I especially like their microbrew, Lazy Dog Red, but I digress.

Lazy Dog Flatbread Mediterranean Pizza

Lazy Dog Flatbread Mediterranean Pizza

When we first returned there after our conversion, we basically went with some of their vegetarian-type selections, such as their stir fry with tofu. Unfortunately, they do not do tofu well. It seems they buy semi-firm tofu in squares, and when they do their stir fry, it gets semi-crispy on the outside, and stays mushy inside. Not good. I’ve also tried the cucumber salad, but the dressing is way too light on the vinegar.

But then the last time there, I looked more carefully at the menu, and found some items that can easily be done vegan. My choice was their Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza, that is a thin crusted “flatbread” made into a pizza. It comes with a really good array of veggies, and cheese. The staff was more than accommodating, and prepared mine with no cheese, but with their excellent marinara sauce instead.

The result was an excellent dish that I am sure to order again.

On the Hound scale of 1 to 10, a 7.5.

Dawg lovers, besides their indoor seating, Lazy Dog Cafes also feature outdoor patios where your dawg may accompany you as you dine.

And Pizza lovers, take a look at this.