I’m not naming any names, but a New York Times correspondent who called the Midwest a “vegetarian wasteland” was dead wrong, as exemplified by my recent road trip across the beautiful state of Missouri. Before leaving Kansas City I had a lovely brunch with my Dad at Succotash. I ordered the Vegan Kitchen Sink, a hearty hodgepodge of home fries, grilled portabellos, fresh spinach, the titular succotash, lima bean hummus, and fresh tomato slices. This was the perfect thing before hitting the road: fresh but filling.
I also ordered coffee WITH soy milk! And a fresh juice. I chose the Ninja Sunrise: beets, carrots, ginger, and grapefruit. Yum.
Dad was happy with their omnivorous options, but local vegans flock here. I can’t wait to go back and try the vegan pancakes. This former bar has a quirky charm with lots of local art on the walls.
That meal kept me satisfied for some time, but I did decide to stop at the halfway point of my trip for a sandwich and coffee. Thanks to Google I had found Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe in Columbia, MO.
This is an all-vegetarian cafe with tons of vegan and gluten-free options.
I went with the TLT (tempeh, lettuce, and tomato). It was nothing fancy but hit the spot.
Although the service could have been friendlier, this was a cute cafe with local art on the walls as well. My favorite part was this weird cat guy photo montage.
I also got a yummy iced coffee with soy milk at Lakota coffee shop next door. When I arrived in St. Louis I attended the bachelorette party of a good friend, and I was delighted to find that the hostess (who works in catering) had made special food for me! There was a cheeseless pizza with lots of yummy veggies, including eggplant, zucchini, and roasted garlic.
She also made vegan brownies for dessert and vegan muffins for breakfast! I loved what she said when I thanked her, “It wasn’t any extra trouble, especially since non-vegans can eat vegan food too!” God bless her.
The next night we ate at a Vietnamese restaurant in St. Louis, called The Orient (the groom’s fave). I ordered Tofu Spring Rolls:
…and also Lemongrass Tofu:
What I loved about this place was that the tofu was nice and crispy.
The same lady who hosted the bachelorette party also catered the wedding and made sure that I had a vegan meal of yummy pasta primavera!
There was a lot leftover too, which I took for the trip home. It’s not hard at all to eat vegan in Missouri, especially when you have thoughtful friends like I do.