Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Vegan in Rochester, Emphasis on the "Non-Fanatic," II

Breakfast the next morning was provided by the Holiday Inn Express Irondequoit. I have written affectionate sonnets for the Holiday Inn, but this was not the best representation. A limp english muffin with peanut butter, applesauce, and watery orange juice was the best I could muster. Come on Holiday Inn! You’re better than that! Friday’s highlight was The Owl House. One of two restaurants in Rochester with the word “vegan” on the menu, it’s open to all preferences, vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore. Located in an old house, it was charming and quirky, with an extensive cocktail menu. Yes, vegans can drink alcohol. Hooray! Even though they had several appetizing options, including something with a side of polenta fries (yum!) all the vegans at our table ordered the !Viva Verde¡ Tacos, and were not disappointed: “Three Soft Corn Tortillas with Smoked Tofu, Salsa Verde, Guacamole, Cabbage Slaw, Black Bean & Sweet Corn Salad.” I don’t know how you smoke tofu, but it was genius. Everyone at the table seemed delighted with their dish, and it’s not easy to find one restaurant that equally pleases me, my teenage sister, and my 87 year old grandmother. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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