Thursday, November 19, 2009

VegiTerranean Thanksgiving

One of Akron, Ohio's claims to fame is being the home of rocker Chrissie Hynde. About two years ago, claiming a lack of veg dining options, she opened a vegan restaurant in a newly revitalized section of downtown, called VegiTerranean.

I've been meaning to check it out, but for some reason, until tonight, it didn't happen. Tonight I went to check out the vegan Thanksgiving menu - appetizer, salad or soup, entree, dessert and two drinks for, get this, $28. And I am just as stuffed as if I had Thanksgiving dinner.

Appetizer was a delicious triangle of crispy polenta, topped with saute of wild mushrooms and baby arugula.

The soup option was celery root, which sounded yummy, but I opted for the baby arugula salad with fresh oranges, almonds, figs, and a maple balsamic vinaigrette.

The main attraction was a Gardein Turkey with Wild Rice and Cranberry Stuffing with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Sauteed Greens. The Gardein Turkey had a nice, crisp exterior, and meaty texture. The sweet potatoes weren't too sweet and were excellent. The gravy tasted like it had a bit of Braggs Amino and was also very good.

Dessert selections were Tiramisu, which my friend Cassie opted for. I only had a tiny taste, but the espresso flavor was outstanding.

I had the carrot cake which was dense, loaded with golden raisins and a light frosting. Couldn't finish - too full!

They are running the Thanksgiving special menu again next Friday and Saturday. It's a great deal for an outstanding price. (I'm going back next Friday...)

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