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Allie’s Vegan Cafe & Pizzeria – Review

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As I travel the country I try to sample the areas Vegan restaurants and sometimes I find the most outstanding Vegan restaurants, and some times not so outstanding Vegan restaurants. But when I find those outstanding ones I like to tell everyone about them and so it is with Allie’s Vegan Cafe and Pizzeria. Opened March 2015

“Allie’s is a family owned, born out of passion to share delicious, healthy food. The entire menu is vegan, locally sourced and organic whenever possible, with many gluten free options.”

All cheeses are made in house.

“Cheeses are made by hand in small batches. This yields a firm cheese that can be grated and melted onto pizzas.”

The plant-based meats are Gardein brand. The Ranch & Caesar dressings are also made in house and soon the ranch will be bottled for sale due to the demand.

Allie’s to my knowledge is the first Vegan Restaurant in Spokane Washington! Congratulations, this town really needed some Vegan options. Spokane is a large hunting hub for the northwest. Allie’s had a lot of bests for me. Best vegan pizza, Best vegan sausage gravy and best chocolate chip cookies.

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How did I find Allie’s? Well, the story goes like this: It was dinner time as I drove into the town of Spokane. And, so I did what any self respecting Vegan does when they are hungry and in a unfamiliar city, I Goggled “Vegan restaurant in Spokane Wa”. I was not really expecting much to come up because I had been there before and had not found any Vegan restaurants. But to my stomach’s wonderful surprise I saw a listing for Vegan pizza. It was not only a listing but a listing with 5 stars from 19 reviews, you hardly ever see that! This led me to quickly go to Allie’s Pizza on Yelp and look them up, finding a average of 4.5 stars from it’s 31 reviews.

The Pizza / Food

So of course I quickly called in an order for a half Italian “sausage” and half BBQ “chicken” pizza. 15 minutes later I was sitting down eating one of, if not the best Vegan pizza I have ever eaten. And I have eaten a few Vegan pizzas in my life. It struck me soon after I had devoured the pizza that I should have snapped a quick picture of the pizza, but it was too late. (Check out the food photos on Yelp)

The crust on this pizza was wonderfully, thin but not too thin, golden and delicious, a quality product.

“Dough is made daily and allowed to cold ferment for two days for best flavor and texture. Hand tossed then baked in a brick oven”

The sausage was so close to the real thing that if I did not know it was Vegan I would swear it was the real thing. The BBQ “Chicken” pizza had a smokey sweet BBQ sauce on it and the Gardein chicken was warm & tender. And for all of you who want a gluten free pizza they have that also. I will have to get back soon to try all their other Pizzas they offer like the Mac & Cheese pizza and Thai pizza along with a few others.

They also offer salads & bread sticks. Beverages include, fresh organic juices, lemonade & iced tea as well as espresso using almond, soy, hemp, coconut and rice milks. They also offers local craft beer on tap as well as wine. Oh! And don’t forget the desserts! Homemade cheesecakes & fresh baked cookies. The chocolate chip cookies are to die for! I must say that they are the best tasting vegan chocolate chip cookie I have ever eat’in.

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Sunday Brunch

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On Sundays between 10 AM & 3 PM they only offer a brunch menu. I went back two days later on my way back home and ate brunch there.

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We had the fried “chicken” with sausage gravy accompanied by rosemary potatoes.

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Pumpkin Pancakes topped with a fruit compote and whipped “cream” accompanied by tofu scramble. (not shown)

The food again was very good. The sausage gravy was so naughty good! Yes.. I said naughty.

The Cafe

The cafe is located at 4803 N Nevada Street in Spokane Wa. 509-321-7090

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                                                                                        Atania Gilmore

Atania Gilmore is the owner of Allie’s. As Atania and I talked she explained her passion for healthy vegan food and her hopefulness of helping people become more educated and healthy eating and living a vegan lifestyle. She also talked about the benefit to the earth and animals.

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She even has a small book store on one wall of the restaurant where she sells vegan cookbooks and books on health.

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The main seating area is bright and inviting with wooden floors and local art that is for sale displayed on the walls.

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So if you are ever in Spokane Washington and need to fill your stomach with some great vegan food, stop in and say hello to Atania and family. They will take good care of you and your taste buds will thank you.

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AND Cafe – Portland Oregon

AND Cafe http://andcafepdx.com/ Yelp Link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/a-n-d-cafe-portland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andcafepdx

5420 E Burnside

Portland, Oregon

503-233-4550

And Cafe

While visiting family in Portland we visited the AND Cafe. Everything here is vegan unless ordered differently.

Upon entering we where greeted and asked to sign in on a waiting list located on a clip board that was leaning up against the back of a small bar. (seen in the above photograph center far right side)  We where also asked if we would like a cup of coffee while we waited. There were only a few folks ahead of our party of three.

The entire seating area contains 5 tables inside, all of which where full and there where three or so tables outside of which only one was occupied. We wanted to sit indoors so we waited about 10 or 15 minutes before we where able to be seated.

While we where waiting to be seated I had a chance to check out the kitchen. The kitchen area did not contain any professional cooking appliances, as a matter of fact as I remember it had a small counter top oven the size of a large microwave. There was a hot plate and two table top gas burners. As you can see in the above picture the only fan was a residential fan with a small light.

Even with these primitive appliances they are able to put out top notch food in this little kitchen.

More on the food a bit later.

After we where seated the waitress, one of two, took our drink order and then our food order, for we had looked over the menu while we waited and knew exactly what we where going to have.

I ordered a decaf coffee which they made fresh in a french press behind the bar, the coffee was a local roaster but I cannot remember the name, it was real good coffee served in a manly sized coffee cup.

We ordered the MEATLOAF SANDWICH walnut meatloaf – choose lettuce, tomato, pickle & mayo. With a cup of the soup of the day for $2.00 more which was a curried lentil. This meat loaf almost tasted like real meatloaf, if I had not known it was vegan , I would have thought it was real meat, it was awesome!

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I ordered the REUBEN “corned-beef” seitan, apple kraut, Russian dressing, vegan mozzarella all on marbled rye bread, also with a cup of the curried lentil soup. By far the BEST vegan Reuben sandwich I have ever eaten!!!! And this is coming from me, someone who had eaten meat for 40+ years of my life, I know what a real Reuben tastes like.

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We also ordered the PORTLAND BBQ SANDWICH espresso bbq chk’n, (Beyond Meat Chicken) organic greens, tomato, red onion & mayo. Great flavor and texture of real chicken and the BBQ sauce was outstanding.

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And to top it all off, to be sure we got our greens, we ordered to share the small size KALE SALAD with outstanding, in house made ”honey” mustard dressing, kale, apple, carrot, sliced almonds and avocado. I have eaten a few Kale salads and I normally don’t care for them but I would order this one again and again, it was good!

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Our over all experience was great and the food was outstanding.

There was only two things that I would say is a minus, one would be the fact that because they did not have a professional kitchen fan the restaurant did get a bit hazy with smoke. It was not so bad that it bothered you but you could still see it in the sunlight clouding the room.  Secondly the place is small, not allot of seating. Those are the only two negatives I can come up with, well except the parking was a bit limited, although we found a parking spot with no problem, but hey we where in Portland so it is expected.

This will be a place that when in Portland I will eat at again. Friendly staff, outstanding food and fair prices add up to a 4 out of 5 star rating from the Vegan Gourmand.

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