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For any veggies in the Raleigh area who might want to try some new fine dining, Capital Club 16 is currently having “Veggie Week.” That means that in addition to their regular menu, they are adding daily vegetarian and vegan specials. I love this idea, I just hope it generates enough interest that they will make some permanent veg additions to the menu. One week out of 52 is not enough!
I’ve never been to Capital Club 16, but Friday night’s vegan special – Vegetable Chili over Stone ground grits cakes topped with house guacamole – is calling my name. Anyone want to go?
Capital Club 16 is located in downtown Raleigh at 16 West Martin Street.
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.
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?
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!
I forgot to brown-bag it for lunch today, so I decided to treat myself to a pizza from Mellow Mushroom. I used to looooove their Avocado Hoagie with provolone, mayo, and sprouts. And their cinnamon sugar pretzels are to die for. When I went veeg, I was surprised to learn that they have vegan cheese available on their “build-your-own” salads and pizzas. I called in a takeout order today and got a pizza with red sauce, vegan mozzarella (they use Daiya brand cheese), sun-dried tomatoes, onions, and fresh basil. Kyle, who answered my call, asked me if I was lactose-intolerant, because if I was, they would leave off the butter and parmesan they put on all their crusts. Wow, way to be on the ball, Kyle! Thank you for saving me from that stomachache. My pizza was delicious! And huge! It will probably last me three more meals. Mmmmm…