It blew my mind that there could be such a vegan-friendly place in So-Mpls of which I had never heard. Then their fried tofu extra-blew my mind. I was not left with a lot of functional brain cells by the end of the night, to be honest.
4244 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
The menu has a boxed v next to their vegan options. We ordered three of 'em. How can you not order something called Southern Fried Tofu? Seriously. Tell me. Because I don't know.
The aforementioned Southern Fried Tofu runs you $6.25, but you can't put a price on knowing you're about to devour something that smells exactly like a Green Mill mozzarella stick. It even tastes kind of like a mozzarella stick - the crispy, herb-encrusted surface is full of in-your-face spices, and it protects a flavorful, chewy interior. The BBQ sauce adds a spicy, tangy layer; smokey without tasting like smoke, and packing heat. That's right. It was full of GUNS.
Becca's Pinto & Quinoa Veggie Burger for $8.75 came with fries. Super good and greasy ones. You know. The addictive, really not that great for you kind. The burger was good with its simple flavors - other than pinto beans and quinoa, there wasn't a lot of stuff in there. It was kind of crumbly as a result. Better with mustard, for sure.
My Fried Tofu Sandwich for $8.75 came with a side salad of fresh, crisp mixed greens in a subtle vinaigrette. The sandwich was jam-packed with shredded cabbage, sliced jalapenos BBQ sauce, and... the same fried tofu from the app! Score! The jalapeno was too much for me, I admit - I threw it out. Otherwise the heat from the BBQ sauce went really well with all the components, and the bun made it more subtle, in a nice, I-can-eat-a-whole-sandwich-of-this kind of way. A very well-constructed meal.
We were so lucky. We got to eat our vegan food under the eyes of this sweet little deer.
By little, I mean huge, and by sweet, I mean painted on the wall. Aw.