We love to eat savory. We love to eat sweet. Most importantly, we want to eat healthy, compassionately, and absolutely cruelty-free. What if that all could come together in one meal? That would be pretty amazing, wouldn’t it? I am here to tell you that it most certainly does with the new Vegan Guru Waffle Burger at Tiabi Coffee and Waffle Bar. You know that we have grown to love Tiabi in a very short time and love the food as well as the sweet spirit of Tiffany and Mae the owners and their commitment to having vegan-friendly items on their menu. They have just scored big with the Vegan Guru Waffle Burger.
Picture this…two vegan patties, greens, and tomatoes between two of their amazing vegan waffles. Put on a little of their light syrup made of agave nectar and soy sauce…and oh my do you have something. I had this for breakfast and it was one of the best breakfast sandwiches I have every had, but is really something that you could enjoy at any time of the day. The combination of the sweet and savory together was just ridiculous. Trust me when I say I will be back in soon to have another.
Tiabi has been stepping up to the plate marvelously for the vegan community with their fabulous waffles, smoothies, and now sandwiches. Their newest addition is vegan ice cream from Perfect Scoop that they can add to any of their waffle creations. I saw a picture of the ice cream atop the vegan Churro waffles and that is now on the list as well. If you have not made it over to Tiabi yet, make sure that you do soon and let them know that the vegan community appreciates what they are doing. If you have been there before, now you have even more reason to stop back in very soon…the Vegan Guru awaits you!
Tiabi Coffee and Waffle Bar
3961 Maryland Parkway (at Flamingo)
Las Vegas, NV. 89119
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sun 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
If you have had the pleasure of visiting the Nacho Daddy in Henderson on Eastern near St. Rose Parkway, you know that they have a great space there, and one of the best spaces there it the place on the menu where they have vegan options. So many people enjoy Mexican cuisine, and it is great to have a restaurant that is committed to plant-based Mexican food options. Nacho Daddy not only does it, it does it very well. Now those of you working or venturing Downtown have a Nacho Daddy there to provide some more great vegan options down there.
Located just steps away from the Fremont St. Experience on N. 4th St, Nacho Daddy is a smaller version of the restaurant in Henderson. At this location you order at the counter from the large menus on the wall. The vegan options are prominently displayed. After ordering they will bring your food to your table. Make sure you start things off with some of their chips, salsa, and guacamole. A great way to get things going. I have had most all of the menu items at Nacho Daddy, and one of my favorites are the vegan Cajun Tofu Street Tacos. Three corn tortilla tacos with Cajun-spiced chunks of tofu, slaw, veggies, and beans. I always end up putting on some more salsa and hot sauce to boost it to that next level. It makes for a great little meal.
Downtown Las Vegas is going through a wonderful transformation and the restaurants are reflecting some of the change that is happening in our world. More and more people are moving away from a meat and dairy-based diet and are looking for places to enjoy in this compassionate, cruelty-free lifestyle. Nacho Daddy has made great strides to meet this growing need, not only in their Henderson location, but now Downtown as well. Many of my days are taking me Downtown and I know that Nacho Daddy will always be there to meet the need. Come on down and visit their new location…and remember to make nachos and not war!
113 N. 4th St.
Las Vegas, NV. 89101
Have you ever gotten together with a good friend that you haven’t seen for a while, had a fabulous time, and then remarked, “Why don’t we do this more often?” It is a little bit like that when I go back to Slice of Vegas Pizza. They are friends but they are also like family. It has been amazing to see the restaurant grow and develop to be one of the go-to places for vegan-friendly dining in Las Vegas for us locals as well as the millions that visit here each month. Mandalay Bay is on the south end of the Strip madness and it is easy to get in and out of Mandalay Place where Slice of Vegas Pizza is located. It is always worth whatever effort it would take to get there.
My only dilemma in going back is not being ordering one of the amazing things that I have had before. I mean that is not easy at all. Everything is delicious and satisfying in every way. This turned out to be a little bit of a Pesto Day (their vegan pesto is incredible). My friend and I started out with an appetizer of roasted cauliflower in pesto. The taste buds promptly exploded in delight. I determined I was in the mood for a pasta bowl, which you can build yourself by selecting the vegan pasta, sauces, and add-ons that you would like. I went with a Penne Pasta with a Pesto Sauce and some Roasted Vegetables mixed in. Oh my word…it was fantastic! My comfort-food barometer was on high.
Now let’s talk dessert for a moment. Those of you that know Slice of Vegas Pizza know about the superb Vegan Chocolate Cake…always something to save room for. Or just eat it first and make sure you enjoy it! But there is a new kid in town, or at least on the menu, and that is the Zeppoli. Golden-fried, warm pizza dough balls tossed in cinnamon and sugar served in a paper bag with an apricot and also a raspberry dipping sauce. Enough for two people to share with only a minimal amount of guilt . Let me just say that you need Zeppoli in your life. As soon as you possibly can get there. My friends at Slice of Vegas Pizza also let me know that a wondrous Vegan Cheesecake is on its way as well. These are friends I will come back and see again soon. The kind of friends that find you smiling when you come, in but leave smiling even more.
Slice of Vegas Pizza
3930 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV. 89119
Hours: Sun-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Fri-Sat 11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Just as we were talking about needing some more vegan breakfast options here in Las Vegas, a new one has emerged at the wonderful new MTO Cafe in the Downtown area on Main St. across near the City Hall Bldg. Open for breakfast and lunch, MTO Cafe is a beautifully appointed, hip-looking and feeling place that is going to be a hit in the Downtown. Partners Matt Moore and Ben Sabouri along with Chef-Partner Johnny Church have created something that already has people buzzing. All I needed to hear was Vegan Coconut-Carrot pancakes on the menu and I was there.
We ordered the vegan pancakes that are beautiful, light, and delicious that are covered with shredded carrots, coconut, and pecans with an agave nectar syrup. They were every bit as good as they sound and even as I finished them I was thinking about my schedule for the coming week when I could come back and have some more. You can enjoy some terrific Lavazza coffee with them or a glass of the fresh red or green juice on the menu. We turned up the beet with the red juice and it rocked!
They also have a Celery Stalker Wrap that will work for vegans for lunch, you just need to leave off the tzatziki sauce…they can substitute something else instead. They also have some great-looking salads that can be modified as well. There is more great news in that more vegan items will be coming soon with the menu update so we will be back for more fun and good eating at the MTO Cafe. We will also be doing a breakfast social coming up for Las Vegan Eatz there…so look for details soon for that. In the meantime…come on down and try these pancakes for yourself and applaud another great vegan breakfast option in Las Vegas at the MTO Cafe.
500 S. Main ST.
Las Vegas, NV. 89101
In case you have been away, or have not been down there lately, there are many changes taking place in Downtown Las Vegas. Activity is happening on almost every street corner, and not all of it is even under the direction of The Downtown Project, which happens to be leading the way. One shining example is the newly-opened Container Park, which spans the length of an entire block between E. Fremont and Carson Sts. and 7th and 8th Sts. Container Park is made up of repurposed shipping containers and like structures that formed into two and three story levels filled with shops and restaurants run by local businesspeople who have seen their dreams come alive. There is a fantastic park in the middle of Container Park for everyone to enjoy.
On the second story of Container Park is where you can find Simply Pure, and I know many of you already have. This is the dream endeavor of Chef Stacey Dougan, who gained quite a reputation as a chef at The Wynn and is very well known around these parts. She specializes in raw vegan cuisine, both on the savory and sweet sides of things and it is certainly reflected well at Simply Pure. You can enjoy a custom salad they will prepare for you at the raw salad bar or you can choose from a number of appetizers, entrees or dessert options. We started off with the vegetable Spring Rolls, and these were some of the best that I have ever tried…filled with colorful and crisp veggies along with a sweet chili dipping sauce.
We then tried Raw Chili Cheese Fries, with jicama “fries,” vegan protein “beef,” vegan cheddar, scallions, diced tomatoes, and avocados. The various layers, textures, and flavors really all blended together so wonderfully and this was such a delight to eat! Simply Pure is an apt name for Chef Stacey’s restaurant because you can tell that there is such a purity and integrity to the food that she prepares with great love. Most everything is organic and locally-sourced when possible. It is such a pleasure to take the food and find one of the many tables scattered throughout Container Park and listen to music and people-watch. This is something I will repeat many times I am sure. And I must admit, the fire-breathing Preying Mantis out in front makes me jump every time it goes off. Smiles…
707 E. Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV. 89101