I knew what I was getting into when I set my reservation. Good people, good service and a chance to congratulate Melanie and visit her new spot. I also knew the food would be good because I had the privilege to help taste test some of her future menu offerings. What I did not know is how this spot would look. Clear chairs, white walls and tables with a touch of navy and tan, seat pillows and honeycomb wall designs spoke to me in a serene way. Light bulb fixtures weren't just any ordinary light arrangement. They were different. This spot wasn't trying to be just upscale, modern or cozy. It was a combination of all three, and the food matched the aura with a touch of variety. Quick note: this spot seats maybe 20 people, but a patio is in the works so stay tuned on their instagram.
The vegan arancini crispy lemon risotto with a bright tomato sauce (which we GLADLY dunked, slathered and covered on this arancini) was perfection, The outer crust was lightly breaded, and it was prime. Colleen and I both appreciated the lemon and risotto and its ability to stand out amongst the many flavors in this dish. There were also other small plates including a cauliflower dish and lima fries, which we were told have already been a big hit with customers.
Entrees range from chickpea and kale caesar salads to a soul food option that comes with baked beans, coleslaw and vegan mac and cheese. For dinner on this night, I went with the Korean tacos ($12) that came with fried tempeh, kimchi, gochujang slaw with togarashi corn and miso butter. I loved the flavor of the taco, as it was something I had not experienced before in a traditional taco kind of way. I will say I wish it was more of the hot sauce or another kind of sauce on the taco since the doubled corn tortillas (street style, baby) and fried tempeh are on the drier side. Regardless, the flavors were present when I ate this dish, and I wasn't sleep. This option is also gluten free! When I say that the corn on the cob was the best corn I have ever had in my life, I'm not joking. The miso butter lathered this corn perfectly and had me in vegan heaven. But actually. Colleen went with community bowl (around $10) that came packed with quinoa, smokey tempeh, onions, summer squash and sesame chili drizzle. She was satisfied with her meal as well and thought everything had a lot of flavor. The bowl was a nice size too, and there was not any skimping going on at this spot.