A veggie road trip: Three must-stops for meatless nomads
For 40 years, we have done our part to celebrate “the glory that is American food,” and “wow, have things changed,” said Jane and Michael Stern in Roadfood: Tenth Edition (Clarkson Potter). Back in the 1970s, before we published our first eater’s guide, a lot of our readers hadn’t even heard of buffalo wings. But while many folks have since gotten wise to America’s casual culinary treasures, the vegetarians among them have always had to look harder. Here are three spots they shouldn’t miss.
Green Vegetarian CuisineSan Antonio. In meatmad San Antonio, there seems to be only one place to turn to for a good vegetarian meal, and “it’s a doozy.” Chris and Mike Behrend’s diner serves dense veggie shakes, an “extremely hearty” veggie chili, and many standout meat substitutes. The smoky mock ham is the undisputed star of a “tremendously satisfying” sandwich stacked with avocado, tomato, onions, and jalapeño jelly. 200 E. Grayson St., Suite 120, (210) 320-5865
Little Cafe Poca CosaTucson. Not all the dishes are meatless at this vegetarian-friendly breakfast-and-lunch joint, the sibling of a superb Mexican restaurant down the road. But Sandra Davila’s gazpacho is a must even for carnivores, and we can never resist her tamale de elote, a “soufflé-like” swirl of sweet corn, cornmeal, chiles, and cheese stuffed into a corn husk. 151 N. Stone Ave., (520) 622-6400
The CupboardMemphis. Charles Cavallo, the owner of this Music City down-home institution, is a fresh-food fanatic, so every tomato and sweet potato and especially his meatless turnip greens taste like they’ve just arrived from the farm. You can even buy local produce on your way out. 1400 Union Ave., (901) 276-8015 ■