On Saturday, my husband and I celebrated Valentine's Day. While not a holiday I care for, I'll take any excuse to have a reason to drag my husband to Longwood Garden's for Orchid Extravaganza. This is our third time going, and I always enjoy it. I love flowers, and nature in general. I feel comforted being surrounded by all of it. The colors are so beautiful, and they smell amazing despite the fact that they make my nose run (thank you allergies!) We had a blast looking at all the beauty the garden had to offer, took a boatload of pictures, and worked up an appetite! After a lot of decision making, we decided (by we I mean my husband since I can't even decide what I want to eat), that we would check out The Greyhound Cafe. I knew from the vegan group they had their soft opening last night, so I was excited to check them out since they were open. And when I hear of new vegan restaurants opening, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. Being able to go to a place where I can eat EVERYTHING on the menu is so exciting. They're an all vegan restaurant which offers primarily Mexican, Italian, and Pizza. What a mix huh? Guaranteed between those three options alone, you can make anyone's taste buds happy, even my carnivorous husband.
They're a tiny little space in a strip mall full of stores, but I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped inside. They had a brick oven, and a cute area for sitting. Plus, greyhound art.. so appropriate! I love the rustic wood tables, and the tea lights on each table really added an extra layer of coziness to the room.
My husband and I started with guacamole and corn chips as our appetizer. My husband, who doesn't even like avocados, ate more of the guacamole than I did. He loved it. I was OVER THE MOON because it's the first guacamole other than my own that I've ever had that doesn't have onions in it! 🙌🏼🙌🏼 I'm repulsed by onions. GROSS! They instead used lettuce to get that crispy crunch the onions give. It's one of the best guacamole I've ever had. I didn't take pictures of it because A) it didn't last long enough to take a photo and B) I was too busy chatting with our super sweet waitress Grace. She's also a vegan, just became one about a year ago, and she was a pure joy to talk to. It's very refreshing to be able to chat with a like minded individual who gets it. And she was so sweet! She said pretty much everyone who works there is vegetarian or vegan, which I think is really awesome.
After our chat we placed our order. My husband ordered the "Beef" Enchiladas and I got the Melanzane Alla Parmigiana which is essentially eggplant parm. While we were waiting for our orders, the owner came over and introduced himself to us. The menu, as you can see, doesn't call anything "mock," it just chicken or beef, so it kind of threw me for a loop at first. But I really like that, it's all inclusionary.
I tried a bite of my husband enchiladas, despite not like faux meats at all because they make me gag. It was good, but I would've like it better if it was just rice beans and the tortillas without the meat lol. My husband however absolutely LOVED it. He finished the entire plate, and it was a lot of food, even for his standards. I wish I had my phone recording at the time, because he said, and I quote "if all fake meat tasted like this I could go vegetarian." You guys, THAT IS HUGE. My husbands one of the biggest meat eaters I know, so for him to say that, I know those enchiladas were good. It made my heart happy.
My eggplant parm was amazing. I chose the grilled eggplant over fried since I'm not a fan of fried food in general. It also had penne, homemade marinara sauce with big hunks of tomatoes (just how I like it), and their own house made mozzarella cheese topped with a little pinch of parsley. Grace told me all of their cheese is house made, as well as mostly everything else. I love that, since it's an extra way to ensure it's definitely vegan. The penne was cooked perfectly al dente. The eggplants was tender and grilled just right. I loved the sauce. And their mozzarella was delicious. It had an almost lemony flavor to it, which only enhanced all the other flavors. It's funny because a few different times throughout the night, I could've sworn Grace was reading my mind. I was a few minutes into eating my pasta, and I was thinking "I could use some more sauce" since I'm a sauce girl. Within a second, here comes Grace with a whole side dish full of extra sauce. I didn't even have to ask, she just knew! I got stuffed halfway through but it was too good not to finish it, so I devoured the whole thing.
At this point, we're both stuffed, but I see cheesecake on the dessert menu and I have absolutely zero self control around cheese cake. So I ordered it for dessert. The menu said it came with a pecan caramel sauce. After I ordered it, I started thinking about how I miss Bertucci's cheese cake, which was my favorite. It had a raspberry sauce on top that really made it out of this world. With her mind reading powers, here comes Grace telling me they have an option for a raspberry sauce instead of the pecan sauce, and I was just over the moon! Again I was like, how did she know?!
This no bake cashew cheese cake with the date and walnut crust and raspberry reduction was AMAZING! So creamy and thick, it tasted just like cheesecake. Why started off as me planning on taking a bite and getting a doggy bag for the rest quickly turned into me devouring the whole thing and being half tempted to lick the plate. It was THAT good.
Also, as far as drinks. They've got some sodas, fresh brewed ice tea, coffee and hot tea, and San Pellegrino water. There's no alcohol, but I believe I heard someone say it's BYOB, but I would check before you go. My husband got the Mexicane Cola which legit tasted just like Pepsi, and I got the fresh brewed ice tea which was great. It was unsweetened and I asked Grace for some came sugar and she brought me a cute little cup with a spoon in it to add as much as I'd like. Our refills were free. I was almost half way done mine and I was thinking I needed another glass soon and again, here comes Grace to fill up our drinks. She was such a great waitress, we gave her a big tip.
Overall, we had a wonderful experience there. The atmosphere, the menu, the people, the food.. all A+ in my book. I'm so happy to find a place that my husband and I can both enjoy a good meal together. Often times, I'll go somewhere with him and not eat, or vice versa. And this place will probably be our new date night spot. They remind me kind of like Vedge, but a little less fancy, and definitely more affordable and more realistic food choices. Vedge makes beautiful fancy meals, but you have to have a certain palette to appreciate them. This place is for the real food lovers. Our bill was about $50, which was about what I expected. I think the prices are fair, considering the portion sizes and quality of food.
If you're looking for a new place to check out, give The Greyhound Cafe a try!