Monday, April 1, 2013
I stopped in for lunch over the weekend at Wayside Noodles, a Northern California restaurant chain serving Vietnamese food. While the restaurant doesn't offer much, if anything, that's specifically vegan, there are numerous dishes on the menu that can be made vegan by substituting tofu for animal protein, or rice noodles for egg noodles.
I ordered the Beef & Broccoli, substituting tofu for beef, from the Wayside's Noodle-o-licious section of the menu. It consisted of tofu, ginger, carrots, broccoli, and mushrooms served over thick rice noodles. The portion size was generous, and the dish was very good. In addition to the noodle dishes, tofu can be substituted in many of the rice paper rolls, salads, or rice plates. Wayside Noodles also offers a garlic tofu banh mi sandwich, but you'll want to have them leave off the mayonnaise.
The location I visited was at 828 J Street in downtown Sacramento, but Wayside Noodles also has a restaurant in the Natomas Marketplace shopping center. More information about the Wayside Noodles restaurants is available on their website at http://waysidenoodles.com/ or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WaysideNoodles.