Sunday, September 14, 2014
Memphis Restaurant Review: Imagine Vegan Cafe
It's Vegan Mofo Week 3, which I will deem RESTAURANT WEEK! I have had some tasty meals lately, so I thought I would share. Those of you that don't live in the area can rest easy knowing there are good vegan eats in the Mid-South.
Before I tell you about this amazing, all vegan restaurant in Memphis, I have some news. I am a big fan of the Arkansas Times, a local weekly paper here in Little Rock. One of my favorite sections is their Eat Arkansas blog, which details local restaurants. I often hear of a place that sounds good, and I suggest to Josh that we check it out. Most of the time, though, I have to guess as to whether or not there is going to be vegan options on the menu, as most of the reviews focus on meat. Not anymore, though! I am going to be the newest columnist on the Eat Arkansas blog. I will be bringing (hopefully) weekly reviews of places around town, from a vegan/vegetarian perspective! I'll be adding the articles to the "Featured" tab at the top of the blog, so check it out! My first article went out last week on The Veg LLC and Solfood Catering.
Ok, back to vegan food. So, for years I have been reading Vegan Crunk, and Bianca has been detailing some amazing food from Imagine Vegan Cafe. So, naturally, I have been dying to try this place. Little Rock is 3 hours from Memphis, but my parents only live about 45 minutes away. Finally, on Labor Day weekend, I got to try this vegan mecca.
Imagine is located in this cute house on Young Avenue near the Mid-South Coliseum. Bianca met us for lunch, and we chowed down on some amazing food.
The first thing I noticed was how huge the menu was. There were so many things I wanted to try. Luckily, I brought a ton of girlfriends, my sister and my mom with me, so I got to try all of their food, too!
I decided on the Buffalo Chicken sandwich, which had chick'n strips coated in buffalo sauce and served with the most amazing ranch dressing I have had.
As a side, I got the vegan white mac and cheese, although they had a yellow mac and cheese as well. I asked Bianca which to get, and she said they were both good, but the white was made in house with a cashew cream sauce. It did not disappoint. This got passed around and devoured by the table.
Is that a giant plate of biscuits and gravy, you might be asking yourself? Why yes, yes it was. My sister ordered it, as biscuits and gravy are a favorite of hers. The plate came out with a massive amount of food, so I helped her a bit.
This was great, down home Southern cooking, vegan style. The biscuits were perfect, and the gravy is everything I remembered gravy could be. This also comes as a slammer plate with tofu scramble, but I think it might take three people to eat it!
Both ends of the table ordered an appetizer sampler, which was delicious. My personal favorite item was the "pig" in a blanket. The vegan hot dog was wrapped in fluffy dough, and it when dunked in the ranch, it was heaven.
Bianca got super tasty stuffed peppers, which she blogged about on her most recent Stuff I Ate post.
As you can tell, I enjoyed every bite at Imagine. I definitely look forward to going back and trying out more of their vast menu. I love how there is a variety of good ol' vegan comfort food and healthy options.
As it was my birthday, I snagged a few piece of their chocolate cake to take home and share. I had devoured most of one slice when I remembered I needed to take a picture of it! This cake was unbelievably good. The baked goods are a must try for sure! If you find yourself in Memphis, do not miss out on Imagine!