Omaha's Un-Meat Eats Festival #1
On Monday, my husband and I went to Omaha's first Un-Meat Eats Festival, a treat for vegans. It was held at the House of Loom (a bar that sits across from the famous Durham Museum), and sponsored by Yelp Omaha. I didn't even know they had a division of Yelp here, huh, go figure.
Anyway, for a suggested donation of $10 to Homeward Bound in the Heartland, a no-kill shelter, we got to sample vegan foods from a handful of vendors and restaurants here in town. Some I had eaten at before, some I had not, and one I had been dying to try for quite some time. I wasn't disappointed in anything. Let's get started.
When we arrived, we first got samples of Nacho Kale Chips and vegan cheese sauce with carrots from the High Vibe Cafe down in Aksarben. Those kale chips were to die for, and the cheese sauce was a perfect cashew cheese with a kick. I devoured mine instantly, as I was hungry and it was the first table, so I wasn't able to get a picture. What's wrong with me? ;) For more info, click here.
The picture you see actually depicts half a Currywurst Brat and some Cucumber Slaw from Blatt Beer and Table on the left. I love BB&T! The Currywurst Brat and a heavenly Beet Root Burger are permanent fixtures on their menu, and I've had both. They have a main location, and then another one at Flagship Commons, which is a modern-kind of Food Court at one of our Malls that has vegan options at each restaurant. For more info, click here.
On the right is a sample of a Veggie Burger from B&G Tasty Foods. This was another restaurant that I had no idea had a vegan option. It's a standard veggie burger, nothing special, but if you are out with friends/family at this restaurant and you're vegan/vegetarian...you have an option. For more info, click here.
Here's the Fauxmaha Hot Dog stand. This was the one I've been dying to try. I got a third of a dog that I slathered with onion, relish, jalapenos, and sriracha. Yum! If you go to their cart on a regular day, you can get a Banh Mi dog, one of a couple of standard selections. For more info, click here.
This is a shot of the Cantina Laredo tent, a restaurant located in Midtown Crossing. I have eaten here before, but when I say eat, I mean eat their awesome chips and salsa while chugging down some cervezas. I knew they had some vegetarian items, but since I'm a vegan, it had never been a real option for me before. They served chips with guacamole, and small tacos filled with black beans, sauteed mushrooms (I believe they were reduced with either brandy or wine, but I can't remember for sure), sauteed green onion, and toasted pepitas.
It was delicious, and I asked the manager (who was running the stand), "I didn't know you served vegan options!" He said, "We have vegetarian options, but we can make you vegan food." He was nice and serious about it, so I found that really cool. It's nice to see that there are more options out there for when I want to dine out. For more info, click here.
Here we have Vegan Mouth. She makes cheesecakes that I can say from my sample is delicious. She also took our trash to recycle and had her two cute sons with her. She sells her wares at Natural Grocers in Omaha, and I believe she's available for events as well. For more info, click here.
Stickalicious Pops are frozen sweet treats, kind of like a popsicle, or is a popsicle. I'm leaning towards the latter. We didn't have any, because we were pretty full at this point, but if you want to know more, click here.
Oh looky! It's me chowing down on my Fauxmaha Hot Dog. You can actually see the backside of me a moment before in Yelp's blog about the event. Click here to see me behind the standing men. I'm the one in the grey and black striped sweater! It's also a good place to read about the event.
Overall, we had a great time eating yummy vegan food and drinking some good drinks. We wished it were a Friday as opposed to a Monday, but, hey, that's the plan for next year! Have a great weekend.