Friday, October 4, 2013

Sacramento Vegan Chef's Challenge 2013 -- Evan's Kitchen

I was so eager to get out and start sampling the vegan dishes local chefs are preparing for this year's Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge that I just couldn't wait for dinner. So I headed over to one of the few participating restaurants that offers special vegan items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner: Evan's Kitchen.

Chef Evan participated in last year's challenge too, and he's included vegan options on his menu ever since. I stop in for breakfast from time to time just so I can have his delicious vegan French toast. When I saw that the special breakfast item he was offering for this year's challenge was Rice Crispy French Toast with Strawberry Compote, I couldn't wait to try it.

I was not disappointed, to say the least. The toast had been dipped in a sweet vanilla-flavored batter, and then dredged in crisped rice cereal to give it a satisfying crunch. I usually want maple syrup on my French toast, but the strawberry compote was the perfect complement to this dish. I hope Chef Evan adds this item to the menu permanently!

Evan's Kitchen's Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge menus for breakfast and lunch are available at this link: The dinner menu can be found at

Evan's Kitchen is located at 855 57th Street at the 57th Street Antique Row, and the phone number is 916-452-3896. Their website address is and their Facebook page can be found at The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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