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Faux BBQ Chicken Sandwich The Best in U.S.

Posted on: October 2nd, 2011 by bobee


Pal @halfacat raves about Green New American Vegetarian restaurant in Tempe, so I joined him and the lovely @JLKnapp for lunch.

I chose “The Secret BBQ Chicken Sandwich” pictured above served open faced. The sandwich comes with a whole Kaiser bun, but I just eat half the bun to cut down on carbs. With the chicken comes carmelized onions, peppers, espresso BBQ sauce, and vegan mayo.

I asked the waitress for suggestions and she told me that this BBQ sandwich was named by PETA as the #1 best Faux-Chicken Sandwich in the US. Here’s the full Top 10 list. So, out of curiosity I wanted to see just how chicken-like this faux meat made made out of a gluten and soy base tasted.

The sandwich as a whole was very tasty. I would eat it again Could this faux meat pass as real chicken if the eater didn’t know? I’d say there would be a pause because you can’t tell right away. But after chewing a bit, you get that it’s not real chicken. The texture though is almost spot on especially since it is cut thin. Looking at the picture above, the faux meat looks like real chicken.

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Green’s Damon Brasch wants to bring vegan comfort food to the masses

Posted on: October 2nd, 2011 by bobee


If Morgan Spurlock, the guy who made Super Size Me, ever decides to do a sequel, I’ve got the restaurant for him.
A month of splurging on s’mores sundaes, spicy buffalo wings, burgers, and fries would surely expand his waistline as quickly as a diet of Big Macs and Egg McMuffins.

Spurlock would have a lot more options here than at McDonald’s. The menu at this place reads like a round-the-world trip in guilty pleasures, from flatbread pizzas to kung pao chicken to a Texas po-boy oozing with luscious espresso barbecue sauce.

While eating this food constantly would likely pack on some pounds and, perhaps, push up your cholesterol levels, you’d still be on one of the strictest food regimens around. At Green, a funky two-year-old bistro tucked in the corner of a north Tempe strip mall, the sundae is soy, and the buffalo wings are mushrooms. The burger is ground oats and barley. The fries are still fries, though, because no animals are harmed in the deep-frying of a potato.

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Veggie Girl: Green — an ode to soy

Posted on: October 2nd, 2011 by bobee


By now, faithful readers should know plenty about Green, the Valley’s best (and, um, only) place to get vegan comfort food. I’ve been trying to write about less well known veggie-friendly restaurants, but I have to pause for a second to sing the praises of what I consider Green’s finest creation: the Soynami.

It’s summer. We live in Phoenix. It’s unbearably hot. One of the joys of living in such a hellishly hot place is that it makes little things — like enjoying ice cream when it’s 115 out — a hundred times more enjoyable. But if you’re vegan — or a possibly lactose intolerant vegetarian, like me — your options are pretty limited.

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Tofu U

Posted on: October 2nd, 2011 by bobee


I wonder if Damon Brasch could do for veganism what American Apparel founder Dov Charney has done for generic clothing: make it sexy as all get-out. Brasch is the owner of Green, New American Vegetarian, a purveyor of vegan comfort food on Scottsdale Road in Tempe, not far from the South Indian place Udupi Cafe that I reviewed last week. Like American Apparel’s Mill Avenue location, Green draws a young, eye-pleasing crowd. And the college-aged lasses who work Green’s counter are most certainly a match for the slim urban sirens who populate AA’s online outlet.

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Top 10 Faux-Chicken Sandwiches in the U.S.

Posted on: October 2nd, 2011 by bobee


We’ve taste-tested as much faux-chicken as we could get our hands on, and we’ve finally tallied the results in our quest to name some of the best mock meats on restaurant menus around the country.

And the Top 10 Faux-Chicken Sandwiches in the U.S. are …

1. Green New American Vegetarian, Tempe, Arizona: The Secret BBQ Chicken Sandwich features mock chicken topped with caramelized onions and peppers slathered in espresso BBQ sauce. The sandwich is also served with vegan mayo and your choice of thyme fries, curry pasta salad, tahini coleslaw, or fresh fruit.

2. Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Philly’s most famous sandwich, but with a twist! The Vegan Philly Chicken Cheese Steak has soy chicken and rainbow peppers grilled in olive oil and topped with soy cheese. The sandwich is served on a sesame seed roll, a whole wheat roll, or a wrap.

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