Sunday, June 11, 2017

Station 16 Seafood Restaurant & Bar

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed recently and saw a post that said "If you don't know yet, we also cater to all vegans...", from a restaurant I'd never visited before. Which is how I came to have lunch the very next day at Station 16 Seafood Restaurant & Bar in midtown.


When I walked in the door, I told the hostess I'd read that they had vegan options. So she handed me a separate menu listing the vegan and vegetarian menu items. There were only three listings for vegans, but they all looked like things I'd be happy to try. I ended up ordering the Noodles Delight, which was a bowl of rice noodles, bean sprouts, green beans, and fried tofu, topped with slivered almonds and toasted sesame seeds. It was simple, but very, very good. I expect to go back there for it often.




Station 16 Seafood Restaurant & Bar is located at 1118 16th Street, and their phone number is 916-228-4042. Their website address is http://www.sacstation16.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/sacstation16/. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; for brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and for dinner every day beginning at 3:00 p.m.




Monday, June 5, 2017

Tirupathi Indian Vegetarian Kitchen

I click on vegan Facebook posts all the time and have a Sacramento Vegan Facebook page, so I'm guessing that's the reason ads for Tirupathi Indian Vegetarian Kitchen suddenly began showing up in my news feed. So I made the drive up to Folsom a few days ago to try it out.


The restaurant has a very extensive menu, and all of the vegan items are clearly marked. Whenever I go to an Indian restaurant, I always have to order samosas, fried pastries filled with a mixture of seasoned peas, potatoes, and onions. The samosas at Tirupathi were excellent, and I could happily have just eaten another plate or two of them and called it lunch.




That wouldn't have made for much of a blog post, though, so I thought I'd better order a main course too. Among the specialties at Tirupathi  are dosas, which are described on the menu as a South Indian savory crepe. I'd never had dosas before, so I decided I'd give them a try. The problem was that there were so many different types of dosas listed on the menu, and not all of them included a description to explain what they were filled with. I ended up ordering the masala dosa, which was filled with a potato and onion mixture. It came with a variety of chutneys, as well as a lentil dipping sauce.


 

The menu at Tirupathi included many different items I've never had before, so I hope to go back and check out some of their other vegan options in the future. For example, they have a dish called uthappam, which they describe as a thicker version of the dosa, cooked on both sides, and resembling a pizza.


Tirupathi Indian Vegetarian Kitchen is located at 1870 Prairie City Road, Suite 500, in Folsom, and their phone number is 916-351-9990. They don't appear to have a website, but their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Tirupathifolsom/. I was unable to find a copy of their menu online, so I took photos of each page, which are posted at the end of this article. The restaurant is open daily and serving meals during these times: breakfast -- 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; lunch -- 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; snacks -- 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and dinner -- 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.




Monday, May 29, 2017

Garcia's Mexican Restaurant

I love social media. Without Facebook, I would never have known that Garcia's Mexican Restaurant on Madison Avenue has a vegan menu. But armed with that information, which had been posted on the Sacramento Area Vegans page and shared by Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge, I drove up to Carmichael for lunch last week to check it out.


I requested the vegan menu from the hostess and was happy to see a nice variety of items listed. The first thing I ordered was the vegan happy roll appetizer, which was refried beans, hot sauce, and red peppers rolled in a flour tortilla and then grilled. The rolls were spicy, but good.




Next, I ordered the tasty taco salad, which came in a crispy flour tortilla bowl. It was filled with lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, and black olives, then topped with guacamole.




By the time I finished the salad, I'd had plenty to eat, but when I saw that Garcia's offered a vegan dessert, I had to try it. The apple flautas consisted of apple pie filling rolled in a flour tortilla, then deep-fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar. What a delicious way to end a very satisfying meal!




Garcia's Mexican Restaurant is located at 6049 Madison Avenue, and their phone number is 916-344-3177. Their website address is https://www.garciasmexicanrestaurants.net/ and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Garcias-Mexican-Restaurant-113955535292744/. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.



Monday, May 22, 2017

Selland's Market-Café

Selland's Market-Café opened a new location on Broadway recently. I waited several weeks to check it out, hoping that the newness would wear off and the lines of people waiting to order would start to die down. I should have known better -- Selland's in East Sacramento has been a local favorite for a long time, and it appears that Selland's on Broadway will follow the same pattern.


I visited Selland's on Broadway twice last week. I checked the menu online ahead of time to make sure there were vegan options, and I found a separate vegetarian menu. While there aren't any hot dishes or desserts that are vegan, there is a very nice selection of vegan salads.


During both visits, I ordered a salad trio. For the first one, I chose the roasted beet, roasted cauliflower and chickpea, and Asian noodle salads. The beet salad consisted of beets, chard, red cabbage, green onion, sunflower seeds, and a maple-sherry vinaigrette. The cauliflower and chickpea salad included arugula, and was tossed with a lemon-tahini dressing. In addition to the noodles, red bell pepper, carrots, green onion, cilantro, and a peanut dressing made up the Asian noodle salad. All three salads were excellent, which made it hard for me to order something different the next time I visited.




However, I wanted to be able to show you a more complete picture of Selland's vegan options, so I did order a couple of different salads for my next visit. I stuck with the Asian noodle salad, but I added the seasonal fruit salad and the roasted broccoli and red pepper salad, which was tossed with olive oil, garlic, and lemon.



I notice that, in addition to these vegan side salads, there is also a vegan super greens signature salad, consisting of spinach, kale, chard, roasted beets, red cabbage, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and maple-sherry vinaigrette.


Selland's Market-Café is located at 915 Broadway, and their phone number is 916-732-3390. Their website address is http://www.sellands.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/sellandsmarketcafe/. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.