First things first. Readers, Scout. Scout, Readers. She is the best dog in the world, and will show up here periodically when I need a photo and because she's so awesome. I know you think your dog is the world's best, so let's just agree to disagree.
We had a full weekend of friends, live music, and good vegan food. Here are a few local restaurants with vegan options.
Terrene is one of the vegan friendliest restaurants I've found here. There is always a vegan entree, currently a spicy tofu lemon curry. During the winter, I had a delicious seitan stew with a vegan biscuit nestled in the center. Yes, I said vegan biscuit. Each time I've visited, the daily soup has been vegan. And I haven't even mentioned the small plates yet. I can never skip the Tofu on a Stick with Cashew Dipping Sauce. Plus, they have special happy hour prices on cocktails and small plates weekdays, 5-7pm, in the bar. They focus on seasonal ingredients, and have outdoor dining too. Obviously, they rock.
After Terrene Friday, we ventured out to the County for live music at The Natural Fact Deli. Will and Laura Scherer opened with some great bluegrass tunes, followed by Brothers Lazaroff. What a fun show. Keep a lookout for the Brothers' new cd coming soon. The Natural Fact serves tasty hummus, and I'll explore more vegan possibilities next time I'm there.
Saturday night found us at El Scorcho. I ordered the taco salad, with veggies added and no dairy. They tend to put sour cream on the plate, even when not mentioned on the menu, so I specify that they can hold the sour cream and cheese for my orders. The server was very accommodating. This was a tasty and filling dish with chips, black beans, mixed veggies, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, and salsa. I've also had the burrito with added veggies and no dairy. They offer a variety of creative salsas ranging from mild to super spicy, in beautiful hues of orange, red, and pale green. They recently expanded, so there's more seating and the atmosphere is funky and casual.
If you have other good vegan dining experiences in St. Louis, feel free to share them with me!