Monday, May 26, 2014

Tres Hermanas

At a fundraiser for Alchemist Community Development Corporation earlier this month, I won a gift certificate for Tres Hermanas, a Mexican restaurant in Midtown. This was a particularly welcome prize because I'd never blogged about Tres Hermanas before. So my husband Phil and I headed over there for dinner Saturday night.

As a vegan, I always find the menus at Mexican restaurants to be especially difficult to navigate, since there are so many opportunities for non-vegan ingredients to find their way into dishes that seem like they ought to be vegan. With that in mind, I emailed the restaurant's staff ahead of time to ask a few questions in order to streamline the ordering process.

The dinner menu included a few items that could easily be made vegan, including Veggie Fajitas (order without sour cream), the Ensalada Nortena (but stay away from the cilantro dressing), and the item I ordered, the Achiote Grill. This delicious dish consisted of grilled chayote squash, zucchini, onions, and red and green bell peppers, seasoned with garlic and achiote seasoning (a spice made from the red seed of the annatto tree). It was served with guacamole and tortillas, and I asked that the sour cream that usually accompanies it be omitted. It also came with a choice of soup or salad, a choice of three different types of beans, and rice. The beans are all vegan, but you'll want to ask for the vegetarian rice. The soup served Saturday night was not vegan, so I opted for the salad instead. As nearly as I can tell, only the Italian dressing is vegan.

The lunch menu includes a couple of other options that can be made vegan: the Burrito de Vegetales, if ordered without the cheese or crema, or the Tostada Vegetal, which doesn't appear to include any non-vegan ingredients. I find that it's always best to specify that I don't want cheese on anything, just in case it's used as a garnish.

Tres Hermanas is located at 2416 K Street, and their phone number is 916-443-6919. The restaurant's website address is and their Facebook page can be found at Tres Hermanas is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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