Regular readers know that I am an unabashed carnivore. Still, I think that if I cared enough or wanted to subject myself to misery, I could definitely be a vegetarian. But vegan? That's going too far. Yet after tasting Nicole Marquis' food at HipCityVeg, I'm amazed at how vegan ingredients can be deliciously transformed.
So after one weekend filled with 10+ course tastings, the GF and I decided to go vegan - for a night.
Crispy HipCity Ranch ($8.50)
Battered chick’n, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, peppercorn ranch
I don't know what was in that patty (nor do I want to), but I could easily eat this every night. I was amazed at how crispy and moist this "chick'n" was. The peppercorn ranch and pickles added a nice salty, acidic element to each bite.
Ziggy Burger ($8.50)
Classic veggie burger, smoked tempeh, special sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles
Easily one of the best veggie burgers I've had - the black bean patty was well-seasoned and juicy. The tempeh bacon wasn't especially crispy, but added a nice smoky element to each bite. The wheat bread was the perfect vessel for the burger innards as well.
Sweet Potato Fries ($4)
Cilantro-black bean dip
A must order at Hip City Veg? The sweet potato fries. They're crisp, sweet, and gluttonous, with the black bean hummus providing a nice acidic dip for each fry.
Hip City Veg also takes Level Up and for every $100, you get a $10 credit - nothing wrong with that! So if you feel like you need some clean living, there's no place better to get casual vegan that doesn't taste like you're eating dirt and soil - far from it.