Or Treatise On Why Guilford Connecticut Is The Best Place In The World.
I absolutely love family restaurants. Diners? Even better. The problem, of course, is that most establishments of this ilk are about as vegan-friendly as a Damascus coffin handle encased in foie gras and deep fried in lard. Needless to say, we were happy as clams at high tide to find occasion to break up the drive from Philly to Chatham with an unforgettable meal at the one-of-a-kind Shoreline Diner & Vegetarian Enclave in Guilford, Connecticut.
And The Specials Are: Ribeye Steak, Swordfish, and JERK TEMPEH?!?
So you're thinking that Shoreline might not be the real article? That maybe it calls itself a diner when it's really just a hipster haven thinly-veiled with a few chrome stools? Well, allow me to quell your skepticism by using this mechanized claw to win my kid a plush stock car. Ion 9-Ball anyone?
Exhibit A: The Dessert Case
If you're still on the fence, consider this totally boss dessert case that greets one immediately upon entering, filled with such diner staples as cheesecakes, custard cups, chocolate parfaits, bear claws, and...vegan fudge cake and vegan napoleons?
Exhibit B: Hospitable Family Proprietors on the Premises
When I asked Georgette Anthis (right) what inspired her family to add vegetarian and vegan offerings to the traditional menu, she replied that "a diner is supposed to be a place where there's something for everyone, and as dietary trends have changed over the years, it became clear to us that we needed to introduce some new things if we wanted to stay the same." Beautifully stated, Georgette! We couldn't agree more!
Exhibit C: An Unforgettable Lunch!
Of course, the real proving ground is the menu. Once again, The Shoreline shines! The four members of our party each ordered something different in order to get a sense of the overall strength of the vegan options, and every single thing they served us was terrific--expertly conceived, masterfully executed, beautifully presented, and (most importantly) delectable!
Vegan 7 Bean Chili
Grilled Tofu for the Beedle
Jerk Tempeh with Saffron Rice, Pineapple, and Peppers
Did I mention the Tempeh Reuben?
Penne with Mushrooms, Sundried Tomatoes, Artichokes, and Olives
BBQ Tofu with Cole Slaw and Corn on the Cob
Vegan Triple-Decker Fudge Cake
This giant slab of heaven was particularly sublime. I would happily drive the 14 hours from Grand Rapids to Guilford to get another one, perhaps as early as next summer. If you're ever in Connecticut (or New York, for that matter), do yourself a favor hit up The Shoreline Diner. Prepare to be dazzled!
Oh No They Didn't. Oh Yes They Did.
When news of Go Max Go's new vegan candy bars reached me about half an hour ago, I felt both happy and sad. I felt happy because Snickers (Jesterz), Milky Way (Twilight), Three Musketeers (Buccaneer), and Almond Joy (Mahalo) are about the only non-vegan foods that tempt me any more. I once ate a smashed, partially unwrapped midget-sized Milky Way that I found on the floor when nobody was looking and was wracked with guilt for days. Now I can just pop a Twilight Bar instead!
I'll be able to draw these logos from memory by tomorrow morning.
The reason I felt sad is that I always suspected that I'd end up weighing 1,100 lbs and have to spend the remainder of my life on a mattress in the living room. Now that fate is virtually assured. I'm going to install a rotisserie in the living room ASAP, since I'm going to need to have these things spinning behind glass in my immediate purview at all times. These are the places in Michigan where we can get them. There's nowhere in GR on that list, so it's time to start bombarding Harvest Health with requests.
Mark Your Calendars for Saturday, July 11 at 11:30 am!
Interested in hearing a free lecture by Will Tuttle, peace activist and author of The World Peace Diet? Come to Brick Road Pizza at 11:30 am on Saturday morning to catch the lecture, and stay for an optional vegan buffet at 12:30 pm (the cost of the optional buffet is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12). See you on Saturday!
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