For a special Christmas dinner, my boyfriend and I decided to check out Butternut Squash restaurant in downtown Chapel Hill. Located in the University Square shopping center, around back facing Granville Towers, Butternut Squash is a classy joint perfect for a date night or family meal.

At Butternut Squash, everything on the menu is vegetarian. They also have plenty of vegan options, which are clearly denoted on the menu; plus, our server was very knowledgeable about the vegan items. I’m used to doing preemptive googling and phone calls before going out to eat, so this whole dining experience was a breath of fresh air.

Thai Style Seitan Skewers

Thai Style Seitan Skewers

I ordered the Thai Style Seitan Skewers for dinner, and the Vegan Chocolate Cake for dessert. The seitan was deliciously moist and cooked with just a little crispness on the outside. Its accompanying sauce was a mild, creamy peanut sauce topped with black sesame seeds. I enjoyed the seitan so much that since this meal, I have been searching for seitan chunks in my usual grocery stores to no avail. I want to make this dish at home and amp up the spiciness with some sriracha sauce. Prepackaged seitan is available online at bulk food stores, and I’m pretty sure it’s at Whole Foods and Earth Fare, too. Those stores are just too long a drive for me. Has anyone seen it sold elsewhere in Raleigh?

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce

My chocolate cake was great, but I was so enamored with the icing I didn’t eat much of the cake itself. The combination of the chocolate icing and the raspberry sauce was just incredible.

My only gripe with Butternut Squash is their lack of alcohol. They do let you bring our own, but I wasn’t aware of that before we got there, so we stuck with water. Next visit, I will come armed with red wine. Other than that, the meal was perfect. Butternut Squash gets two thumbs up!

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