When G was guest posting, he made it a point to show you Paradis (which I've also talked about before many a time) and said that they have a vegan option every day. He then proceeded to eat a sandwich with cheese in it, but whatever, that's his deal.
What I took issue with was the "vegan option every day" because I
feel like I've gone in there and ordered a supposed vegan meal to find
that it had one random piece of cheese in there - and they are usually
pretty thorough with listing the ingredients on their daily menu, or
seen perfectly delicious meals dairy-fied and thereby RUINED by a small
sprinkling of cheese.
Anyway, I made a bet with G that over the course of one week,
there would be at least one day in which there was not a vegan option.
And, **although there is one iffy day in which I saw a supposed vegan item
on the menu, but didn't see it in the case and it was too busy for me to
get a better look,** I GUESS I lost the bet, WHATEVER I'm not mad.
So the other day I bought G and I both lunch from "vegan-friendly" Paradis. And it was tasty.
I got roasted broccoli, lime scented black beans with sweet potato salata. There was a bit of cumin and carmelized onions as well. Kind of a repeat dish, but delicious as ever.
And here's G's roasted vegetable sandwich with butternut
squash and cheese.
A repeat for him too; I guess there's a reason for
that. It looked good.
He also got a brownie, which wasn't vegan but is very pretty.
Just because I do not go softly into any good night, I will restate that using cheese as a garnish is really
stupid. I'd almost rather they make an entirely non-vegan dish. Pretty
sure salads are still delicious without Parmesan on top. Secondly, I
really wish they'd make it more obvious which items are vegan. They
usually mark the soups as specifically vegan but patrons have to fend
for themselves with the salads. I'm really awkward and shy about asking
questions and I'd be a lot more likely to buy something if it was stated
vegan. ALSO (and this is just a personal preference) often their vegan
option is a pasta salad (orecchiette or orzo with kale or something) and
that's not something I usually enjoy so I wish they would branch out a
little in that respect.
Also, bring on the vegan baked goods, geez!
That said, when they are on point, they are 110% on point. The
employees are friendly, the prices are fair, and I love the
variety. I am also pretty sure that the owner/chef sources the food
locally. It is always wonderfully seasonal and fresh.
Are you happy now, Greg?