Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Vegan Dining Out @ Rush Street Grill

I didn't bring the lunchbox today because we had plans to meet our boss for lunch. It was decided that we would eat at a local place called Rush Street Grill. I've done a blog post on this place once before, when I had the Grilled Portobello Sandwich, which was delicious, but I wanted to get something different this time for the sake of a little variety. I browsed through the menu on their website and it looked like my only other choices would be some type of salad, some spaghetti with marinara sauce, or some type of veggie pizza. Well, this place is pretty well known for their pizza, and I used to eat it all the time back when I was an omnivore, and I loved it. I hadn't tried any vegan pizza from there yet, so that's what I decided I would get.

I skipped the salad thing, because the last time I did that at lunch with pizza I ended up so full that I was miserable. So this time I just ordered pizza. I know I could have just ordered the salad but HEY! I was in a pizza mood. The first thing I did when I got there was to ask the server to go back in the kitchen and find out for me whether their homemade pizza crust contained any milk or any butter. I think most thin pizza crust is probably safe, well Papa John's thin isn't so I guess I shouldn't say that, but if you want to be absolutely sure then you'll have to ask like I did. She came back and informed me that the crust did NOT contain either one of those ingredients, so I was good to go.

I just ordered an individual size 8" pizza with no cheese and just about every vegetable that you can think of. I've got spinach, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, black olives, fresh tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers and roasted garlic on there. And I may have even forgotten one or two things. I just basically got every veggie on there that was available because after the 5th topping they're free (I guess that's because there's not much room to put much of anything else on there). As you can see, this thing was LOADED. I laughed when they brought it to me and said that it was a salad and a pizza in one. And that's not too far from the truth. It was delicious, just like I expected it to be. And talk about full. Sheesh! I ate the whole thing and I was stuffed. I don't think it'll be too bad for my diet though because the crust was really thin, and everything else on there was veggies.

So there you have it, an easy, and delicious, vegan dining experience. If there had been something non-vegan in the crust, then I probably would have opted for the pasta with marinara sauce, or tried to get them to fix me something special like spaghetti with some olive oil, roasted garlic, and wilted spinach in it or something like that. Luckily though, the pizza worked out fine.

We planned ahead today since we knew we would be going out for lunch and got our walking in early this morning. So even though I kinda' indulged a little bit for lunch, I DID get my exercise in today. So that's good.

So thanks for stopping by today.

I'll be back with the lunchbox tomorrow. See you then!


SallyT said...

You seem to be quite lucky with your choices for dining out. I live near Houston (a city of 4 million) and the vegan options at restaurants are minimal (unless you choose oriental).

You are doing such a good job with your lunch choices. It looks like that lunch box really helps you stop and think about postion control and variety.

Anonymous said...

You know, I just made homemade vegan pizza for the first time last night. I used the pizza crust from VWAV and topped it with some organic store-bought pizza sauce (trying to stay simple for my first pizza try!), faux feta from HIAV, black olives, mushrooms, spinach, and artichoke hearts. It was very, VERY good. ^_^ Try it sometime, it is delicious and healthy too. I brought a giant piece in to be my lunch today (Thursday), so here's hoping it reheats well. :)

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Oh my god, Kenny, that pizza looks Divine! Seriously, you are awesome ordering all those toppings and really have my wanting to make pizza.