"The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man."-Charles Darwin
When some people hear the term "vegan", they immediately think of bizarre seeds, crazy grains and generally unappetizing food (can we say a 1001 ways to prepare tofu?). Spiral Diner, a vegan, organic restaurant and bakery is proof that absolutely delicious food can be free of animal sources. The Fort Worth Star Telegram says, "Understand that you need not be a vegetarian to enjoy the meals at Spiral Diner. The only requirement is that you have an appetite for fresh, healthful food--that more often than not is packed with flavor." The flagship diner is located in Fort Worth, Texas with another location in Oak Cliff near South Dallas.
Spiral Diner offers an expansive menu from migas, burritos, sandwiches, salads, and pasta to unlimited brunch pancakes and tasty non-dairy ice cream. The beauty of the logic behind Spiral Diner is the simple understanding that in order to get people to consider a Vegan lifestyle (or meal), you need to provide them familiar food options. As a result, the diner offers several comfort food classics (meatloaf, spaghetti and "meat"balls, chicken salad (chik'n-less salad) sandwich) that anyone (vegetarian, vegan and none of the above) would find delicious. Spiral Diner also concentrates on utilizing ingredients that are fair trade, and is committed to using recycled, earth friendly materials.
Beyond providing yummy vegan fare, the establishment also offers select cooking and baking classes. SD and I attended the June desserts class and were delighted (and a little surprised) by the vegan sweet delights (chocolate moose, brownies, blueberry and apple pie) covered in the class. Although the class participants do not bake during the two-hour session; the class was still interactive and very informative in terms of techniques and key ingredients and even brand recommendations. Executive chef James M. Johnston (his wife Amy is the owner) started off the class by answering the one question that everyone who bakes wants to know: how in the world do you bake without the eggs? The secret was surprising simple – just don’t use eggs, and the results were delicious. The best part of the class was a sampling of the desserts (including a blueberry pie that I am still dreaming about). We left the class armed with recipes for us to recreate and an understanding that animal sources were not a requirement for delicious baked goods. The July class is comfort foods, supper style and includes meatloaf and gravy, mac and cheese, stroganoff, rolls and corn bread and will be held on July 26 in Dallas and July 27 in Ft. Worth. Sign up by phone or at the diner.
PR rating: A manicured thumbs up. Regardless of your eating lifestyle, delicious food simply has no label. Try a meal and if you looking for a fun activity, try one of the upcoming classes. Sign up soon, they fill up quick.
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