I’d like to think I’m pretty on top of the Vegan scene in Omaha. Between the Meetups and meeting new people, I ‘d say I have my ear to the ground for new spots to eat. Well, I was taken aback last month when someone from The V contacted me and told me they had not just one, but four Vegan entrees. Come to find out, The V is a Bowling Alley/ Arcade/ Laser Tag/ Restaurant. How cool is that! So I scadoodled down there as fast as I could to check it out.
The restaurant is quite large and very nice. We were seated quickly and checked out the menu. Sure enough, four Vegan items! Slow Roasted Stuffed Portabella, Orange Tofu, Pomodorro Pasta and Quinoa Stuffed Pepper. It goes without saying that this menu is superb for a bowling alley/entertainment center.
My favorite of the Vegan entrees was the Orange Tofu. The flavor and presentation were excellent.
Quinoa Stuffed Pepper. This one had Indian flavors.
Slow Roasted Stuffed Portabella. A Mediterranean vibe.
Pomodorro Pasta. Obviously Italian!
And a secret Vegan item on the menu is the pizza without the cheese. Load up with veggies and sauce. Don’t forget the potatoes!
If you are looking for a place to take the kids or even just a spot in West O with more than one Vegan option, give The V a try!
Vegan treats were abound at the Bliss Bakery/ Aromas Coffeehouse Vegan Social! Thankfully it was a cool October day, perfect for hot coffee and Vegan baked goods. Cupcake madness! With three Vegan cupcakes to choose from, I didn’t know what to do. We had a red velvet cupcake, white cupcake with white frosting and a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. And so you know, Bliss normally has Vegan cupcakes. Just ask at the counter and they’ll hook you up!
If cupcakes aren’t your thing, Bliss also had cookies and brownies! The brownies might look familiar, because you can also find them at The Tea Smith in the Old Market. They’re sooo good. On the cookie end, we had Lemon Coconut Cookies and….
Peanut Butter Pistachio Cookies. Both of them were delicious and begging for the accompaniment of a warm drink. Thank you so much to Bliss, Aromas and Julianna for putting together such a cool event!
So many new and awesome Vegan-friendly places have opened this year! Carrying on that streak is Two Birds Bakery in Elkhorn and Culprit Cafe & Bakery in Downtown Omaha. I’ve been anticipating both openings for some time. As you may recall, Two Birds Bakery donated a ton of goodies to the Bakesale for Japan and Culprit was responsible for supplying Caffeine Dreams with Kolaches and Cinnamon Rolls. So both have been active in the Omaha community for awhile and now it’s their time to shine!
Two Birds Bakery
Two Birds Bakery is run by Megan Thomas and Trilety Wade. They operate out of the old Elkhorn Post Office, which was built by Trilety’s Maternal Great-Grandfather (how cool is that!) But there is no doubt that this is a modern bakery.
On the Saturday morning I visited, there were four Vegan muffins and one Vegan cookie. Trilety and Megan said they will always have multiple Vegans options on hand. Their muffin schedule is Tuesday/Wednesday- Vegan Ginger Blue & Vegan Sgt. Peppers and Thursday/Friday- Vegan Coffee Cake and Vegan Curry of Kali. So make sure you get up to Elkhorn to check it out!
Two Birds Bakery
Vegan Ginger Blue Muffin, Vegan Sgt. Pepper’s Strawberry Fields Muffin, Vegan Curry of Kali Muffin and the Vegan Coffeecake Muffin
Culprit Cafe & Bakery
Luke Mabie is the Kolache king. If you’ve been to Caffeine Dreams in the last two years, you know what he can do. Also, he made those Vegan Cinnamon Rolls I’ve been dreaming about. So you can deduce that I’ve been eagerly anticipating Luke’s new endeavor! He is all about the details; simple ingredients with no shortcuts. Luke wants Culprit to be all about coffee, water and flour. Fresh bread is out of the oven at 3pm, just in time for supper.
On my visit to Culprit, I dined on the Open-Faced Veggie Sandwich, Mediterranean Soup and the Hummus Plate. They also had a Vegan Double Chocolate Muffin! Luke promises he’s going to keep the Vegan goodies coming with the triumphant return of the Vegan Cinnamon Roll and a new Vegan breakfast option. Also, good news for us Amsterdam Falafel fans! Luke is going to start making the new Amsterdam Falafel bun and it will be 100% Vegan.
Luke perfecting his art
Loving this lunch! Open Faced Veggie Sandwich with Breaded Eggplant and Mediterranean Soup
Hummus Plate on the go…
Double Chocolate Muffin, mmm!
Congrats to Two Birds Bakery and Culprit Cafe Bakery for two successful openings! We appreciate all of the Vegan options and we promise to visit often.
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Kitchen Table is a new farm to table restaurant in downtown Omaha. They always have Vegetarian options and most of those can be made Vegan. I knew from the first meal I had there that it would make a perfect place for a Vegan Omaha Meetup. The owners, Colin and Jessica, were super receptive and ready for our Vegan mob.
The menu for the night was Latin American Feast. Let’s explore it!
Before the food was brought out, everyone was treated to homemade Horchata. This was seriously one of my favorite beverages ever. It’s a creamy, refreshing drink made from almond and rice. It was almost like drinking ice cream.
The first course was a trio of Guacamole Tacos, and instead of tortillas, they used thinly sliced kohlrabi as the shells. So crisp and yummy! Also on the plate, Chili Rellenos and Stonefruit Mole. The perfect balance of hearty filling food and light and fresh food.
The second course was Papusas (which are like a fluffy tortilla.) Kitchen Table stuffed them with mushroomy stuff. So yummy! Loved the cole slaw and salsa too.
Dessert was made by Isa Chandra Moskowitz! Isa and the Kitchen Table crew had a fun time plating. The cake is a Spicy Chocolate Zucchini Bundt. It was served over a fun drizzle of Dark Chocolate Sauce, with some Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream (using cashews as a base.) All of the flavors were great together.
Thank you, Jessica and Colin! We hope to have another Meetup with you soon, and of course everyone will be visiting for your daily vegan offerings.