Vegan Restaurant Information of the Week: Jolly Jack-o'-Lantern Lattes, Spooky Burger Specials, and Extra

The times of boring salads are formally behind us with thrilling vegan restaurant information cropping up each week. The basic fall combo of grilled cheese and tomato soup simply acquired a Slutty Vegan spin. Halloween is creeping in on menus at Subsequent Stage Burger and Gregorys Espresso, which have each launched spooky and scrumptious specials to have fun the vacation. And Monster Vegan—the place Halloween is the theme all yr spherical—simply turned the primary restaurant in Philadelphia to serve Chunk Meals’ practical vegan steak. Learn on for extra. 

1Simply Salad launches vegan Caesar

Conventional Caesar salad options animal-derived elements comparable to anchovies within the dressing and is commonly topped with Parmesan. Nevertheless, getting these umami flavors from plant-based elements isn’t solely attainable however could make for a wholesome twist on the basic Caesar.

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This week, nationwide chain Simply Salad is proving simply that with a brand new menu merchandise developed by wellness educator and entrepreneur Mona Vand. 

Known as “Mona’s Dreamy Caesar,” the brand new limited-time salad options elements chosen by Vand to assist intestine well being, scale back irritation, and supply important vitamins. 

“I imagine that meals is a robust drugs, and I dwell by that philosophy day by day,” Vand mentioned in a press release. “This salad is precisely the way in which I prefer to eat—it incorporates a wide range of wholesome elements that every one add their very own distinctive dietary advantages, whereas being extraordinarily clear and filled with taste and texture.”

Accessible throughout Simply Salad places till October 31, the salad consists of a mix of romaine and tremendous greens, shaved broccoli, cucumbers, Tajin spiced pumpkin seeds, natural chickpeas, avocado, and Mona’s Vegan Caesar dressing. 

“We’re proud to accomplice with Mona Vand to share our mixed ardour for contemporary, clear, feel-good meals,” Jhonny Castro, Culinary Director at Simply Salad, mentioned in a press release. 

“At Simply Salad, we’re all about pushing culinary boundaries whereas making well being accessible, and this partnership exemplifies our dedication to offering clients with plant-powered recipes that commemorate taste and wellness,” Castro mentioned. 

2Slutty Vegan will get into fall with a basic combo

Because the climate will get just a little cooler, nothing feels higher than the combo of dipping a grilled cheese sandwich into tangy tomato soup. This week, Atlanta-based Slutty Vegan is placing its personal spin on the combo with the addition of Tacky Heaux in a Hawt Tub to its menu. 

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The Tacky Heaux in a Hawt Tub is a twist on the basic grilled cheese, that includes Texas toast buttered to perfection. The sandwich comes with a aspect of tomato soup enhanced with coconut milk and a mixture of African spices. Priced at $9.99 for the combo, the sandwich and soup may also be bought individually at $4.99 and $5.99, respectively.

The brand new providing will likely be accessible beginning Friday, October 6, with early entry supplied to Slutty Vegan Rewards members on Thursday, October 5. The menu addition excludes the Truist Park location.

3Spooky burger specials

With Halloween simply across the nook, we’re prepared for just a little extra spooky enjoyable in our lives. Fortunately, so is vegan chain Subsequent Stage Burger which simply launched two menu objects impressed by the ghoulish season at its 10 places nationwide. 

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The Imply Inexperienced Frankenburger options an Precise Veggies vegetable patty, crispy onion rings, smoked gouda cheese, natural lettuce, and tomato, and is topped with housemade black garlic mayo. The burger is served on a butter-toasted pretzel bun and is priced at $14.95. 

Complementing the spooky burger is the Soiled Jack-o’-Lantern Shake, which consists of both natural soy or natural coconut soft-serve ice cream blended with natural pumpkin puree, fall spices, and gluten-free chocolate cookies. 

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The shake is topped with whipped cream, natural chocolate sauce, cookie crumbles, and bitter gummy worms, with costs starting from $7.45 for a small, $8.95 for a medium, to $11.45 for a big. A particular supply is obtainable on Friday the thirteenth, when friends can get the shake as a BOGO deal all day lengthy. 

4Jack-o’-lantern lattes

Whereas all of us wait on Starbucks to veganize its PSL, a spooky pumpkin beverage has launched at espresso chain Gregorys Espresso. From this week till November 7, the Jolly Jack-O is obtainable at 37 Gregorys Espresso outlets in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Washington, DC.

Created in partnership with leisure firm VeeFriends, the seasonal drink blends chai tea with pumpkin spice and is enriched with Gregorys Espresso’s signature pumpkin sauce.

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Right here, clients on the lookout for a vegan drink are in luck as a result of the Jolly-O was made with them in thoughts. The beverage could be ordered fully plant-based with the straightforward request for vegan milk at Gregorys, which incorporates selections comparable to Táche Pistachio, Califia Oat, Califia Almond, and Califia Unsweetened Almond and Soy.

The drink additionally options customized VeeFriends-themed espresso sleeves, full with a QR code that unlocks unique content material and an opportunity to win $1,000 price of reward playing cards from each firms. Choose places may even supply particular Jolly Jack-O stickers with scannable QR codes, serving as a souvenir for the beverage.

5Monster Vegan’s brief rib ragu

This month, Chunk Meals—recognized for its celebrity-backed vegan steaks—made its solution to Philadelphia, PA for the primary time by means of Monster Vegan, an eatery that embraces the spooky vibe of Halloween year-round. 

“Bringing Chunk steak to Philadelphia at Monster Vegan is a momentous event for Chunk Meals,” Amos Golan, Founder and CEO of Chunk Meals, tells VegNews. “We’re excited to introduce the colourful Philadelphia meals scene to our plant-based innovation. 

“At Chunk Meals, we imagine that everybody ought to have entry to scrumptious eating choices, and this partnership with Monster Vegan is a big step in direction of that imaginative and prescient,” Golan says. 

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Monster Vegan will add Chunk Meals’ plant-based steak to its menu as a everlasting merchandise, initially that includes a dish known as Chunk Brief Rib Ragu. Priced at $30, the dish consists of a 24-hour slow-cooked ragu, merlot-braised Chunk steak, contemporary bucatini pasta, and shaved parmesan. 

“Chunk instantly embodies what Monster Vegan stands for: ‘Eat what you need, simply depart animals alone,’” Monster Vegan Chef Ron Tadeo tells VegNews.

“We’ve come a great distance in making plant-based alternate options extra accessible, and Chunk is the holy grail of vegan steak,” Tadeo says. 

This inclusion marks a milestone in Chunk Meals’ nationwide growth and highlights the corporate’s proprietary expertise that provides an genuine steak style and texture. 

The vegan steak joins quite a few toothsome objects on Monster Vegan’s menu, together with cheesesteaks made with shaved seitan (or Unattainable Beef, if clients desire); clams and linguine (the place marinated oyster mushrooms function seafood stand-ins); and beignet sundaes (which characteristic both nut butter- or Oreo-flavored beignets).  

“I’ve at all times liked meat and luxury meals like Italian sandwiches and pasta,” Tadeo says. “After I went vegan, it was the belief that whereas I like cooking and having fun with every kind of meals, I like animals much more. I wish to present precisely what you crave and bear in mind, with out inflicting hurt to any mates within the course of.”

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