Last week I went to Charlotte, NC for a 3 day class in Uptown Charlotte (I think they call it that to be pretentious).
Anyway downtown was lovely and had some vegan options for me...however I do like to branch out when I am in a different city and sample from local restaurants.
While in town I tried Bean Vegan Cuisine.
If you happen to go please do not be discouraged by the outside (it looks a bit like an 80's pizza joint), it could use a little renovation to bring it a fresh new look.
However the outside aside the food was delicious.
I tried their BBQ tofu sandwich with sides of potato salad and fruit salad.
I didn't actually get to eat the fruit salad with dinner (no worries I saved it for breakfast) because I wanted to save room for the carrot cake cupcake.
The sandwich was perfect. The tofu strips were crunchy and I actually thought for half a second that they might actually be chicken (upon further inspection I realized they were not).
The BBQ sauce was a little sweet and wasn't added in such copious amounts that all you tasted was sauce.
The veggies to go on top were fresh and crisp making for a delicious sandwich.
The potato salad though left something to be desired.
It was a bit watery and lacked flavor (a pinch of salt may have helped).
I didn't enjoy it so I didn't bother to finish it.
The perfect end to the meal though was the cupcake.
A perfectly spiced cake with delicious buttercream on top...mmm scrumptious.
When you are someplace new do you go to a local restaurant or do you stick to your favorite chains?