I’ve always loved the idea of diners, but I’m often disappointed by their greasy, unimaginative fare that leaves me feeling too full and unsatisfied. So when I heard about Veggie Galaxy, a diner that only serves vegetarian/vegan food, my interest was piqued. I’m not a vegetarian, but eat that way much of the time and I’m always on the lookout for delicious restaurants that have great meatless options.
I met a fellow veg lover for lunch at Veggie Galaxy to try this unique spin on the traditional diner. We loved the atmosphere–a great mix of old diner with a clean, modern feel. And the fact that you could sit outside if you wanted. In a land where outside seating is scarce, this is a big plus!
The menu is quite extensive and it was tough to choose between one of the sandwiches like the Club (grilled tempeh bacon, smoked tofu, balsamic roasted tomato, romaine, pickled onion, tarragon basil pesto and garlic mayo) or the smoked rueben (grilled house-smoked tofu, sweet and sour pickled cabbage, swiss cheese, basil and horseradish Russian mayo).
The salads and soups also looked appetizing, but it was the veggie burgers that called my name. Veggie Galaxy has two to choose from (chipotle black bean or mushroom chickpea) and various ways of topping them, some suggested on the menu in groupings and others listed separately for you to mix and match.
I went with the chipotle black bean burger with sweet potato mash, goat cheese and caramelized onions–one of my absolute favorite food combinations! The burger was delicious and held together very well (which veggie eaters will know is not always the case) and the toppings were perfect. I only ate about one-third of the goat cheese, but for those cheese-fiends out there, you’ll love the generous portion.
My friend went with the reuben, which she loved. The sandwich looked nice and toasty outside and like it contained a great combination of flavors and textures inside. We both liked the sides and appreciated that many of the menu items come with salads and a choice of cabbage slaw or potato salad, though you can order fries or onion rings as a side for a little extra.
I was really bummed that we weren’t hungry for dessert because they looked amazing! Pies, cakes, ice cream, sundaes and vegan frappes had our mouths watering. I’ll definitely be back to try some of the sweeter menu items.
In addition to lunch and a killer-looking bakery, Veggie Galaxy also serves dinner. The vegetable pot pie (roasted seasonal vegetables, house-smoked tofu, mushroom gravy, tarragon basil pesto served with sweet potato mash and arugula and tomato salad) and the glazed seitan loaf (ground housemade seitan, carrot, celery, onion, balsamic tomato glaze served with garlic mashed potato and sautéed rainbow chard) sounded like a delicious vegetarian take on the classic diner fare.
And let’s not forget breakfast. Veggie Galaxy cooks up omelettes (either made with eggs or tofu) and French toast and pancakes served with toppings like Taza Chocolate and candied spiced walnuts or mixed berries and coconut whipped cream.
Whether you’re a vegetarian or a meat eater, the hearty meals at Veggie Galaxy are sure to satisfy. Coupled with the friendly service and fun atmosphere, I’m so glad I finally tried this unique take on the traditional diner.