Daily Eats — SoHo / Hyde Park District

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I won’t lie; I’ve driven my vegan ass down South Howard Avenue  on a weekend before and have thrown a little jealousy at all of the brunch-goers waiting outside for a table at Daily Eats. I never thought to stop in and try my hand (or mouth) at vegan dining. Instead, I would just roll down the window and scream profanities. I just assumed it was all sausage, and omelets, and dairy (oh, my). That all changed today, though, when my best gal pal suggested we all try something out of our usual routine. I threw the dog a bone and complied.

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If it wasn’t for my commitment to this website and finding great meals for other vegans, I probably never would have stopped in here. Well, hooray for you and me; it was a complete success. They have these breakfast bowls that can satisfy the largest of appetites (I think I have one of those). Basically it consists of a bed of home fries, then eggs, cheese, and whatever special toppings come with each particular bowl. I opted for The Tijuana (scrambled eggs, vegetable chili, jalapeño jack cheese, guacamole, all on top of home fries). I asked the waitress to donate my eggs and cheese to the poor (no, I didn’t), and asked for extra guacamole in place of those things. She praised me for my vegan efforts (no, she didn’t) and took my friends’ orders. This is the gem that came my way:

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I didn’t see quinoa listed in the description for my breakfast bowl, so I assume it’s included with the vegetable chili. Either way, SCORE!  “Surprise protein” is how I’ll think of it. I loved this dish so much that I raced home and tried to recreate it. Only instead of vegetable chili I used salsa. And instead of home fries I used tater tots. And instead of guacamole I used sliced avocado. And instead of being delicious it was just okay. The lesson here: don’t ever try. I think my friends were happy with their meals too, even though their non-vegan happiness is irrelevant to this post (LOL).   Katrina had a pancake and William had some sort of benedictine mayhem.

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I took a look at the lunch menu and now feel compelled to return to Daily Eats. Their lunch and dinner bowls (Shredder Bowls) sound incredible, and one of them is sans meat.  I used to eat here a lot when I worked across the street at what was once Xtreme Total Health & Fitness, and I remember going to chow town quite often on the New York Bleu Shredder Bowl. Your non-vegan friends will enjoy that very much.

Other noteworthy items:

  • Starbucks is a couple doors over; take a stroll up Howard and get yourself an iced coffee. Venti is plenty, as I like to say.
  • Bring some sunglasses in case you end up sitting outside on the porch. I forgot mine and squinted throughout my meal.
  • Expect to wait a bit if you’re part of the hangover crowd. We arrived at 8:30am and didn’t have to wait at all.

As always, you’re doing a good thing 😉

– Hew

ēvōs – SoHo / Hyde Park District

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I’m not sure what made me pop into ēvōs after a three-year hiatus, but I’m sure glad that I did! Back in the day, I used to eat here a few times each week. The Crispy Thai Chicken Wrap was phenomenal, and I would pair that with their Airfries (like any good American) then wash it down with a secret soda (shhhh…. don’t tell). A lot has changed at this particular location on South Howard Avenue (near Swann Avenue) since I was last in: the service is way better, they seemed to have done away with that annoying, loud timer sound, and they got rid of the megaphone on which they used to call out order numbers (let’s be serious – the place isn’t big enough to justify using something louder than your own voice).

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I alway knew they had a veggie burger, but now they’re calling it the ēvōs Vegan Championburger. *Gasp!* A local fast-food joint dedicating menu space specifically for the vegan community? Yes, friends. Yes. If anything, it helps vegans take the guesswork out of ordering. We no longer have to say, “no cheese, no mayo, no murder.” They get it. On the other hand, it also makes my blog kinda pointless. I want to be the one to tell you of these things!evos-2_2

 

If you’re looking at this photo of my Vegan Championburger and thinking, “heavens, that certainly is a lot of lettuce and tomato,” well calm down. My dining companion today hates these toppings, so I slopped ’em onto my burger. I’m not a calorie-counter by any stretch of the imagination, but you might rest easier knowing that the Vegan Championburger has 95 fewer calories than its fleshy counterpart (the evil stepsister, Original Steakburger), and probably tastes better, too.

evos-3_3Since you saved so many calories by opting for the lower-calorie, cruelty-free (better) choice, you might as well reward yourself with some Airfries. I like to dispense all four types of their flavored ketchup, switch the little serving cups around real quick like a street magician would do, and then let the flavor surprise begin. I also like to pretend that this is how everyone else does it.

Other tips:

-when you make your order a combo (you know you will), you can get a shake instead of a tea or soda. Be sure to ask about the ingredients; some, but not all, of them contain milk.

-you can get a tiny salad instead of Airfries (go ahead — one up me, why don’t you?)

As always, you’re doing a good thing 😉

-Hew