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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

These veggies make me happy

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 3:30 PM

MEATY, BUT NOT:  The Philly Cheese at Green Cuisine
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  • MEATY, BUT NOT: The Philly Cheese at Green Cuisine
So yes, I have been enjoying some of the fare from Green Cuisine lately. With a traveling companion that doesn’t eat meat, I’ve been keeping my eye out for places that cater to the meat-free. The little green food trailer in the lot between 6th and 7th on Chester is becoming a big take-out place for us, and I know I’m never going to get an order that’s been pork-contaminated.

Thing is, though, Green Cuisine isn’t just some place where I can have something to eat to fill my belly. It’s not just vegetarian, it’s GOOD.

I wish, though, that the Blue Cheese Mac & Cheese was on the regular menu. A $4 bowl of it is enough to make me happy for any lunch. The sharpness of the blue cheese and those red peppers with the pasta makes a big bowl of happy for me. I could eat this every single day. Really, I could.

One of the regular menu items is the Philly Cheese Portabella Sub ($6, see it above). It eats like a cheesesteak. It really does. Big old hunks of portabella mushroom and grilled onions and bell peppers that have been seriously marinated with a slap of Worcestershire sauce and spices, served up on a hoagie with a smack of Provolone and some balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a good fat sandwich and filling, too. Better than some other cheesesteaks I’ve had in this town.

Another is the Chipotle Pineapple Black Bean Quesadilla ($6), a splendid sweet meets spicy blend of pineapple chunks and chipotle sauce with those great black beans for texture. The Cheddar in the quesadilla draws it all together for a nice hearty hand-held meal.

Another is the pasta salad, one of several side items on the menu. They make theirs with angel hair pasta, which is a departure from the usual. It’s light and of course there are no evil bacon bits about. Green Cuisine also offers a corn, black bean and jalapeno salad as well as chips, sweet potato slaw and quinoa salad.

The fun part, though, is seeing whatever’s on the specials board for any particular day. I went over last week and picked up a Veggie Pizza ($5), a tortilla topped with tomato sauce, grilled onions, grilled squash and grilled zucchini (have I mentioned how much I love zucchini?) along with some mozzarella cheese. It was light and tasty and my daughter enjoyed the tar out of it.

And then there was the other discovery that day. And if the folks from Green Cuisine are reading… this is the item I really wish you’d put on your regular menu. It’s the Vegan Chick Pea Salad Sandwich with Spicy Sweet Pickles. It’s… it’s an awesome, awesome sandwich, and if you weren’t paying attention you’d think you were having a chicken salad sandwich with pine nuts. Instead of blending the chick peas to a hummus, they’re only blended until they’re at a nice texture with bits that are crispy and bits that are soft. It’s well constructed, and those spicy sweet pickles are da bomb. Had it on wheat bread.

Thing is, Green Cuisine is great, but you have to get there in a very limited amount of time. I’ve arrived twice after they’ve closed up shop and been so bummed (just have to go over to Vino’s instead and grab a veggie calzone). It’s only there and open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. But it is worth catching them when they’re open. If you need more information, check out their website — and they do great updates daily on their Facebook page.

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