Meat-Free Week Preview: Casa Oaxaca

 

Starting next week, February 6, through February 13, Casa Oaxaca and sister restaurant Guajillo Grill are celebrating Meat-Free Week!  They have created a delicious menu featuring “The Three Sisters” — corn, beans, and squash — the basic ingredients of indigenous  Mexico.

Patrons joining Casa Oaxaca and Guajillo Grill during Meat-Free Week will enjoy a three-course menu, featuring items like grilled cactus paddles, black mole enchiladas, and hot chocolate thickened with masa and flavored with cinnamon and brown sugar.  Personally, we can’t wait to try the Tres Leches cake, which Casa Oaxaca calls a “twist on our traditional sponge cake, soaked in coconut milk.”  Mmm!

See the full Meat-Free Week menus for Casa Oaxaca and Guajillo Grill here, and don’t forget to check out the full line-up for Meat-Free Week here!

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DC Restaurant Review: Meridian Pint

Lentil Barley Burger

Tim, Emily and I ventured to Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights last week to size up the restaurant’s vegan fare. After scanning the menu, I noticed there were a few selections to choose from, including:

  • Fried Tofu with chili sauce as an appetizer
  • Fresh Vegetables with walnut and white bean dip as an appetizer
  • Three Bean Chili with roasted peppers and corn bread (must request no cheese)
  • Seasonal Salad with roasted butternut squash, apples, toasted pumpkin seeds & creamy cider dressing
  • Tofu Skewers with a ginger soy glaze
  • Grilled Polenta with wilted arugula and lentil & walnut salad
  • Grilled Tofu Sandwich marinated tofu, portobello, eggplant with roasted garlic aioli
  • Lentil Barley Burger house made vegan burger topped with caramelized onions and vegan cheese
  • Tofu Scramble with roasted potatoes for brunch

In addition, this restaurant offers a Meatless Item of the Day, which happened to be sweet potato quinoa cakes with ginger tomato compote. Since tofu, raw cut-up vegetables and vegetarian chili are easier to come by (and cook-up myself), I opted to order the lentil barley burger. I can appreciate a kitchen who cooks up its own vegan burger instead of keeping a frozen box of Boca burgers on-hand.

Overall, the meal was good – the burger fell a part and wasn’t incredibly flavorful but not bad at all for bar food. In addition to the house made burger, I ordered a side of sweet potato fries, which were incredibly yummy. What I really liked and appreciated about this place was the extensive beer menu and bar atmosphere. If you’ve ever struggled to find a hangout spot where both you and your meat-eating friends can eat and drink beer together, then this is the spot. The selection of vegan items to choose from on the menu is pretty robust compared to most bar hangouts, and I’m excited to try out more of the options next time I go.

Have you ever been to Meridian Pint? If so, what did you order and think about your meal?

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