St. Louis is actually my adopted home, being originally from SC. So it's been fun over the years to learn about dishes unique to St. Louis. Some I took to immediately (Gooey Butter Cake- wonder if there's a vegan version out there?). Others never caught on with me (provel cheese pizza). The slinger is another St. Louis original, apparently popular with the diner crowd at the end of a late night out. I'd never had a slinger, and assumed that my chances of trying this culinary specialty were nil once I went vegan. Not so. The Shangri-La Diner has us vegans covered.
The Shangri-La Diner serves a vegan slinger that includes tofu scramble, hash browns, vegan chili, guacamole, and multi-grain toast. I knew this would be a lot of food, but hey, how can I call myself Show Me Vegan and pass up a vegan slinger? It was delicious. And with all the vegan menu options, I felt like I'd found a vegan paradise. Next time, I must go for the vegan French toast. And I'll be back another day for the BBQ plate with vegan pulled pork sandwich and baked beans. Vegan shakes and dessert specialties too? I might have to move next door.