Anyone who assumes vegan food is going to taste gross should have been at Soul Vegetarian East on Sunday.
I attended a birthday celebration at this all-vegan restaurant on the South Side of Chicago, and the food was phenomenal.
On Sundays one meal is served to everyone. Called "The Dinner," I think the particulars of the meal change each week.
But we started with a salad with a choice of three dressings. The house specialty was something called "Prince," and it was fantastic! We also got wheat rolls with a hint of buttery flavor.
Our main course consisted of a heaping plate of chicken-fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and greens. I ate every bite and licked the plate -- via my finger -- afterward.
My friend's 73-year-old meat-eating mom couldn't believe how good the chicken-fried steak was. She asked, "Are you sure this place is all vegan?" more than once.
Not much of a dessert person, I ate my piece of apple pie right before I felt stuffed. All this -- plus tax and tip -- for only $15.
Cruelty-free, economical and freakin' delicious -- you can't beat it!
(Photo of our dinner courtesy of John White.)