Grove, another great local eatery from the folks behind The Green Well and Bistro Bella Vita, understands how to make great vegan food. Their mission is, “Creative Conscious Cuisine” and we can say that they sure do live up to it!
Tell them you are vegan and you will get your own menu. To be clear, the items on the vegan menu are, for the most part, just elements of meals on the full menu, and in some cases altered to be vegan (so for example, the vegan paella is the same paella as the full menu, just without the shrimp and chorizo). But either way, we all know how nice it is to have a menu where we know the items are safe! And there are more then just a few options – it’s a full list of a variety of items sure to please anyone.
We started with the vegan paella that is offered on the first course menu for $11. The highlight of this dish was the wonderful poblano pepper vinaigrette. Meaty, grilled trumpet mushrooms helped to add some weight to the dish along with the fresh vegetables and saffron rice. Four our main courses, we chose the Trumpet Mushroom dish and the veggie posole.
The trumpet mushroom dish was a beautiful heap of julienne’d veggies, bathing in a delicious coconut carrot sauce. Topped off with hearty grilled trumpet mushrooms. The posole, broccoli, hominy, and a black bean hash delivered with a delicious roasted pepper broth.
As is usually the case, the dessert options were sparse. There was just a sorbet option, and although it sounded lovely, we opted to skip. We did not, however, skip the cocktails. They’ve created a thoughtful drink menu, with great beers (Racer 5 IPA from California, one of my favorites on west coast trips), great wines, and expertly created cocktails.
Like Green Well, the menu is ever changing, so what you find on their website might not be what you get when you walk in.
The really great part about Grove is not just the food, but an educated front of the house and kitchen staff. Grove is a great local eatery that deserves a visit.