Fuel Cafe, known for its motorcycle-friendly environment and providing hearty vegetarian and vegan eats. was my restaurant of choice a few weeks ago with my friend Morgan. I had eaten dessert at Fuel (was not crazy about their cake, somewhat dry) and met with someone for food-related business, and finally got a chance to try this spot out for dinner.
When you walk into Fuel, the interior is something that caught my eye immediately. A large red orange sign that read "FUEL" was bold and let you know that you had arrived to this cafe in the Walkers Point area next to Hotel MadrId, La Fuente and a host of other well-known spots. Televisions display motorcycle races instead of your usual basketball, baseball and football fix, and this restaurant's consistency with its theme and appeal to bikers was apparent. Fuel Cafe has a grungier spot in Riverwest that serves as its original location, but this spot located on 630 S 5th Street is much bigger and has an even bigger menu. Also, there drink menu is massive and is one I'd consider studying for at least ten minutes or so before ordering. Likewise, there are lots of spot for outside dining and garage doors and windows that open up when the weather is nice outside.
When I got to Fuel I already knew that I wanted to try their Vegan Sloppy Joe. I had scanned their menu numerous times If you are curious what this consisted of it included soy protein (great when crumbled up) barbecue sauce, peppers and onions and no grease. (That was shade toward its beef sloppy joe counterpart.) It is interesting that a side salad comes with most dishes versus french fries, which made me feel good about myself and coming to Fuel Cafe. Fuel's menu is PACKED with breakfast eats all week and lunch and dinner options until 10PM.
My first bite into this sloppy joe was just that-sloppy, and extremely flavorful. The bun was strong, but the amount of meat outweighed its protector by a ton, but I was fine with that. I was extremely full, especially when paired with a pickle and my salad that was topped with balsamic vinaigrette. (all priced at $11) Morgan opted to go with the Lathers, which is a chicken sandwich that comes on a jalapeno cheddar biscuit, spinach, poached egg (dollar extra) mayo, and bechamel. She said her biscuit was delicious and was not dry (which can be an issue with biscuits in general) and was pleased with her meal overall, coming in at $12. Fuel Cafe's prices are very reasonable, especially considering the portion sizes are very generous.
My one mishap at this restaurant was due to my own fault, as I was eating a pickle and somehow inhaled vinegar or vinaigrette down the wrong pipe. Fuel workers checked on me to make sure I was fine, as they did throughout our entire meal. Service here is very good, and waiters all know their stuff when it comes to best dishes to get for people who enjoy vegan eats. Overall, my third visit to Fuel and first time eating some of their food with my friend Morgan was extremely pleasant, as we sat right in front of the open garage area right next to the outside seating area. When it's time for me to fuel up on good breakfast, vegan eats or their brunch (served on weekends), I think it's safe to say that I'll definitely consider Fuel Cafe.