Monday, December 12, 2011

Road Trip! 1515 Restaurant & Lounge in Walnut Creek

I was in the Bay Area over the weekend, and had dinner with family Saturday night at 1515 Restaurant & Lounge in Walnut Creek.

While there weren't many vegan options on the menu, at least the vegan options they had were interesting.  I ordered the Primavera, which was penne pasta with seasonal vegetables, walnuts, and a choice of either tomato, olive oil and garlic, or pesto sauce.  I always assume that pesto sauce will include Parmesan cheese, and I get tired of always having pasta with tomato sauce, so I ordered the olive oil and garlic.  It blended well with the vegetables, which included squash, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms.  I really enjoyed the addition of the walnuts to this dish.  The menu indicates that whole wheat penne pasta is available by request.  The menu also says that the pastas are topped with Asiago cheese, so be sure to ask your server to omit the cheese if you're vegan.

The other vegan entree is the Vegetable Medley, which consists of mandolin sliced carrots, eggplant, zucchini, and squash in a homemade tomato sauce with garlic, herbs, and spices.  There is also a salad that sounds delicious and looks like it could easily be made vegan: the Fuji Apple Salad, which includes butter lettuce, Fuji apples, plum tomatoes, pistachios, red onions, and avocado, dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette.  It is normally topped with Feta crumbles, which could be left off.

1515 Restaurant & Lounge is located at 1515 North Main Street in Walnut Creek.  The phone number is 925-939-1515, and their website address is  According to their Facebook page, they are open Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 a.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until midnight.

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