Every weekend after Baby Bounce at our local library, we go out for a family date at a local restaurant. Since I’m gluten-free and the baby is dairy and soy free, it can be hard to find new places to try. After seeing an ad for a local vegan cafe on Facebook, we decided to get out of our comfort zone and try it out.
Cashew Vegan Cafe is located at Coolidge Park. It’s easy to miss at first, tucked into the lower level of a row of shops. It’s a small space with a rustic vibe. When we arrived, we weren’t sure what to do, so we approached the counter, where an array of baked goods were displayed. The cashier offered us a menu, and told us that if we wanted to dine in, we could sit anywhere we liked.
After we sat down, she came and took our drink order and brought a high chair . We browsed the menu, which was mostly gluten-free. All but two of the items on the regular menu were or could be made gluten-free.
Justin and I both decided on the buffalo bowl, which featured brown rice, pinto beans, garlicky kale, shredded carrot, buffalo tofu, and vegan ranch dressing. We also ordered three donuts: lemon, chocolate sprinkle, and PB&J. The donuts were gluten, dairy, and soy free, so Jenna and I could both enjoy them. It was Jenna’s first donut, and she loved it! The buffalo bowls were tasty and filling, but the donuts were the star of the show. I’m already dreaming of going back for more!
Entree prices at Cashew range between $7 and $13. This is about average for gluten-free and vegan food in the area, and portions are large enough to satisfy. Food is available for dine-in, or can be ordered to go, which is perfect for picnicking in Coolidge Park. Cashew also has a case with pre-made food, desserts, and Whole 30 approved dressings.
If your resolution is to eat more veggies this year, or to eat healthier, then Cashew is a great place to grab a meal. I’m trying to eat a more plant-based diet, so I know I’ll be back soon.
Have you ever eaten at a vegan restaurant?