Wednesday, September 12, 2018

deVere's Irish Pub

I missed out on most of the action during the Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle in June because of out-of-town guests and travel. One burger I was very sorry to have missed was the Beyond Burger that de Vere's Irish Pub was dishing up. It received rave reviews from many people I follow on social media.

I'm happy to report that de Vere's still has a Beyond Burger on their menu, although I don't think it's the same as the one they offered in June. Nevertheless, my husband Phil and I stopped in for lunch today at de Vere's so I could try it. This particular Beyond Burger patty is served on a ciabatta bun and topped with a smoky chickpea spread, arugula, toasted cumin vinaigrette, avocado mousse, pickled vegetables, and tortillas, and it was outstanding. Of all the Beyond Burgers I've tried, this one was my favorite.

The Beyond Burger isn't de Vere's only vegan option. On the table, there was a small menu called "The Vegan Side of Ireland," listing roasted cauliflower, pakoras, and avocado toast. These items will be available through September 30th. I knew I'd be too full to have any of those dishes along with my burger, but since I love cauliflower, I ordered the roasted cauliflower to go. It was great!

de Vere's Irish Pub is located at 1521 L Street, and their phone number is 916-231-9947. Their website address is, and their Facebook page can be found at The restaurant is open Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to midnight, Monday and Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to midnight, Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Origami Asian Grill

A new Asian fusion restaurant opened in East Sacramento recently, and they’ve got lots of vegan options. Origami Asian Grill offers several made-to-order dishes for which you can pick your protein, and one of the protein choices is marinated tofu.

I stopped by for lunch a couple of days ago, and after a few moments spent contemplating the menu, I decided on the rice bowl. I asked for brown rice, marinated tofu, a vegetable mixture containing green beans, corn, and peppers, and the fermented chili miso sauce. It was a simple but thoroughly satisfying dish.

I also ordered the sunomono, an appetizer made of cucumber slices, garlic, chili, and sesame seeds. It was the perfect accompaniment to the rice bowl.

Other Origami entrées that can be veganized are the ramen (ask for the vegetarian broth), banh mi sandwich, cold noodle salad, and mixed baby green salad. All three of the sauce choices are vegan – charred onion glaze and house hot sauce, in addition to the fermented chili miso.

Origami Asian Grill is located at 4801 Folsom Boulevard, and their phone number is 916-400-3075. Their website address is and their Facebook page can be found at The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. They are closed on Sunday.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Pressed Juicery

With so many things happening in Sacramento these days, it’s hard to keep up with all the new restaurant openings. Case in point: if I hadn’t been scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day, who knows when I might have found out about Pressed Juicery, which opened in the Ice Blocks building last December.

As the name suggests, Pressed Juicery offers a variety of cold-pressed juices. They have juices made with greens, roots, citrus, or fruit. They have juice shots, refreshers, cleanses, tonics, and premium waters. They even have lattes made with vanilla almond milk.

But what caught my attention on Instagram was a photo of one of their dairy-free, soft-serve freezes. Since it was a hot day, as they have all been lately, I drove right over to get one. The one I wanted was the one I saw in the Instagram photo – a vanilla freeze made from water, dates, almonds, vanilla extract, and sea salt, then topped with semisweet chocolate chips. It was the perfect mid-afternoon snack!

It was so good, in fact, that I went back the next afternoon to try a different flavor. This time, I got the creamy coconut freeze, made with water, pineapple, coconut, vanilla extract, and sea salt, and I had it topped with shredded coconut, shaved almonds, and strawberries. So good!

Everything at Pressed Juicery appears to be vegan, with the following exceptions: honey (an optional topping for the freezes), granola (another optional topping, which contains honey), and the charcoal lemonade, which also contains honey.

Pressed Juicery is a chain restaurant. The address of its Sacramento location is 1710 R Street, Suite 170, and their phone number is 916-497-0702. Their website address is, and their Facebook page can be found at Pressed Juicery is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Bambi Vegan Tacos

I’ve been hearing for a few weeks about Bambi Vegan Tacos from friends who frequent the Oak Park Farmers Market. A food truck devoted exclusively to serving vegan tacos – can you imagine?! Today, I finally had a chance to check it out myself.

The menu listed three different types of tacos, as well as a taquito plate. After taking forever to make up my mind, I finally settled on the barbacoa taquito plate, since it came with guacamole. I had overheard the woman taking the orders telling another customer that the “meat” in the taquitos was made from mushrooms and jackfruit, which sounded good to me. And it was good! Served with spicy crema slaw, in addition to the guacamole, the taquitos really hit the spot.


I ran into a few fellow vegans there, including Meghan, who hadn’t yet taken a bite of her tacos. Thanks for letting me photograph your chorizo and potato taco, Meghan! Mostly hidden under the paper in the container is a crispy Bambi taco.


The Bambi Vegan Tacos food truck can be found at the Oak Park Farmers Market in McClatchy Park on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and at the U.C. Davis Med Center Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. They also serve food from time to time at B-Side and Old Ironsides. Their website address is, but you may also want to follow them on Instagram to see where they’ll be next.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle -- Hook & Ladder

I was concerned going into Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. for lunch today. Before the start of the Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle, the Impossible Burger at Hook & Ladder was my very favorite burger in town. The Jule's cheese sauce, sautéed mushrooms, and especially the whole grain mustard really made that burger, and I seemed to be in there every week to get my burger fix.

So I was worried that I wouldn't like burger they'd created for this month's burger battle. It couldn't possibly be as good as the other one, could it? The answer is yes, it could and it is. The patty is still the Impossible Burger, but the other goodies on the bun are vegan mayo, pickled red cabbage, and smashed avocado. If you'd like a little heat with your burger, you can add pickled Fresno chilies for a dollar. I wasn't that brave, but the burger didn't need them. It was fabulous without the chilies.

Hook & Ladder is located at 1630 S Street, and their phone number is 916-442-4885. Their website address is, and their Facebook page can be found at The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle -- VEG

Oh, my goodness, I just had such a good burger at VEG! They are offering several different burgers during this month's Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle, which made trying to pick just one really difficult.

After much deliberation, I chose the Far East Burger, which consists of their version of the Impossible Burger (it has a different combination of spices than other Impossible Burgers I've had), ginger tamarind cabbage slaw, mushroom bacon, pickled radish, and black garlic hoisin sauce, served on a really good bun. I often find myself poking through my burger because there's something or another that I want to take off of it (usually onions), but with this burger, I loved every part of it.

If this one doesn't tempt you, check out their falafel burger, or one of their other three Impossible Burger creations.

VEG is located at 2431 J Street, upstairs from Thai Basil, and their phone number is 916-448-8768. Their website address is, and their Facebook page can be found at The burger battle menu is available Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and only for dinner on Saturday.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle -- Crocker Cafe

On my to-do list for today was to visit one of the restaurants serving a Portobello burger for the Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle. The Crocker Café, inside the Crocker Art Museum, seemed like a good bet, especially since I'd really enjoyed the smoked Portobello mushroom slices on their tree-hugger BLT when I was there last week.

Lunch at the Crocker Café turned out to be a great choice, as I really, really liked their Vegan Crocker Burger. In addition to the wonderful smoked Portobello, there were lots of other good things on the bun -- roasted red pepper, watermelon rind pickle, arugula, chimichurri, Vegenaise, and shredded Daiya cheese. The Asian noodle slaw that came with it was flavorful, if spicy.

One caveat: it is not possible to eat this burger without making a gigantic mess, so be sure to load up on napkins when you order it. The two napkins I optimistically picked up weren't even close to enough.

You don't have to pay admission to the museum in order to visit the Crocker Café, but you'll have to pay if you want to see the art. I have an annual membership, so I could have stayed to look at the exhibitions after lunch, but I was running short on time. I did take a few minutes to admire the gorgeous Chihuly chandelier right above the entrance desk, though.

The Crocker Café is located at 216 O Street, and their phone number is 916-808-1865. The food is prepared by Supper Club Fine Catering, whose website address is The Facebook page for the Crocker Café can be found at The Vegan Crocker Burger is available only when hot food is being served at the café, which is Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.