Ever since I heard about Veganism I have watched in quiet awe as their adherents benefit from plant-based diets, striving, yet failing to do the same
In my frustration, I learned about a local spot, The Queen’s Table, located at 12115 Montwood Ste. 201. Its the first of its kind in the Borderland, featuring an all Vegan menu free of animal-derived products.
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Upon entering this quaint cafe, one cannot help but embrace good vibes from the soulful decor and saxophone rich music. Each seat is covered in gold, as are the utensils, with purple dinner napkins and walls full of thoughtful quotes and shrewd cartoons.
The menu is a little different than the typical 915 restaurant, focusing on southern styled dishes instead of Norteno-Mexican which we’re so accustomed.
For an appetizer I tried the Un-chicken Drumsticks, $6.50 for three, and was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and texture.
It is composed entirely of soy protein with a brown sugar-cane “bone” which adds wonderfully to its battered crunchiness. Served with BBQ sauce upon request, it is a delightful alternative to KFC.
Next, I was served a pre-course salad, full of dark greens, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and sprouts paired with a rich garlic and tomato-based dressing.
It is one of those rare gems health-conscious foodies such as myself are seldom given but thoroughly appreciate.
I cannot praise enough when local restaurants take the initiative to fuse healthy and delicious foods into a single meal. I can say for certain that this is the ideal place to enjoy such a treat.
For the main course, I was instantly drawn to the Queen’s Burger, $9.50, or platter-style $12.50 (with a side of fries or onion rings.) This burger features a fried portobello mushroom, avocado spread, fresh spinach, grilled peppers, vegan mayo and a spiced veggie patty.
The grilled peppers add a lovely sweetness and the fried portobello mushroom gives the dish a savory note. In addition, their onion rings are perfectly seasoned and battered. I highly recommend this plate should you find yourself on this end of Montwood with a growling stomach.
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For dessert, I must admit I was a bit skeptical considering there are no eggs or dairy allowed in vegan sweets, however their carrot cake proved to be most surprising.
It is full and moist, with the only drawback being a vanilla flavored frosting which is a bit on the sweet side. Nonetheless, it is still very satisfying. At $6 a slice, its nice to share with a loved one. I give The Queen's table 4 out 5 stars.
The Queens’ Table also hosts an array of classes and workshops instructing learners how to cook their favorite vegan-style meals and give support toward the Vegan community.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with special brunch hours on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.
For information visit www.thequeenstablevegancuisine.com