Vegan Food House: A Carnivore’s Changing Perspective

First let me start by saying sorry. As adults, we should never blame others for our own mishaps and misdeeds, but it’s not entirely my fault. How are non-vegans supposed to know that vegan food might not only be as good as regular food, but maybe even better?

Sorry, vegan food is regular food; didn’t mean it like that. Yes, that sounds like a two-way compliment. Who would have ever imagined that a meal worthy of a bunny would make such an amazing dinner?

After hearing about Vegan Food House in Dallas several times, one look at the menu honestly wasn’t impressive. Why call vegan wings ‘wings’ when they’re not made of chicken? Let’s call them what they really are: cauliflower, the world’s least sexy vegetable. If you can overcome your hesitation, you’re in a whole new world of cooking.

To walk in Vegan food house it’s like returning to a familiar and friendly home. No one seemed to mind my extreme sarcasm in asking about the menu. So what does an indecisive carnivorous-confused individual command in these situations? The answer is: everything. I decided to try my luck at Southern Dinner Catch. This platter includes fish fried oyster mushrooms served with mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese and corn. And of course I had to play these so-called wings.

Although the wings are nothing like the traditional chicken wings you’ll find at your favorite sports bar, trust and believe they’re fire. The sauce is a savory, silky concoction with a smoky flavor and a little spark of heat. I’ve never been a big fan of vinegar-based hot sauces like Tabasco and Louisiana, but this sauce really is king.

“It wasn’t vegan or non-vegan. It wasn’t healthy or unhealthy. It was just ridiculously delicious food made in a phenomenal restaurant.”

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A bite of the fried mushroom erased any memory that this place is classified as vegan. Somehow it turned into a great restaurant with an even bigger kitchen. Mac and cheese and greens were pure bliss. My family is from the southern state of Mississippi, so we know soul food when we see it. This food is easily comparable to any country cuisine you have ever had. It was neither vegan nor non-vegan. It was neither healthy nor unhealthy. It was just ridiculously delicious food prepared in a phenomenal restaurant.

Not to say I’ll give up steak, pork belly, or seafood. But with absolute sincerity, Vegan Food House has ingrained a new understanding of what a vegan lifestyle can be. Vegetables aren’t just decorations to spruce up meat. All vegan restaurants may not be this good, but swallowing a bite of carnivorous pride, I can say that Vegan Food House is a game changer.

If chicken wing prices continue to skyrocket and steak dries out from our diet, there’s a tiny part of me that finally realizes I could survive.

Vegan Food House, 832 W. Seventh St. (Oak Cliff). Open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; 12pm-9pm Saturday; 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

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Tanya S. Norvell