Eating to Live on the Outside: End of the Line Café

Holy Saturday Batman! And thank goodness for the weekend. I have been working my tail off. Anyway, time for Eating to Live on the Outside. This week I’m taking a “trip” to Florida, to grab a snack at End of Line Café and let’s just say. It’s iffy at best.

The main problem is all the fake vegan meats and cheeses. That stuff is basically junk food. So it’s hard to rave about End of the Line, but I’m a trooper. Here’s a preliminary list of things I might talk myself into ordering:

Chef Salad

  • Green leaf lettuce, Roma tomatoes, red onions, croutons, mozzarella, cheddar, tempeh, tofu bacon capers, peperoncini peppers and house made vegan dill ranch dressing; I’m alright with the croutons, but I’d ditch the faux cheese, capers, tempeh and get the dressing on the side.

Grilled Tofu & Hummus Pita

  • Marinated grilled tofu, hummus, pita, lettuce, tomato grilled onions and tahini sauce; not too bad, I’m not worried about the bread.

Taco Salad

  • Flour taco bowl, spicy veggie taco meat, black beans, salsa, red onions, lettuce, black olives, sour cream and cheddar; oh boy, I’d nix the fake meat, sour cream and cheddar.

Mushroom Steaks Meal

  • Pumpkin soup, mushroom steaks, caramelized mashed potatoes, Béarnaise sauce, spring salad with parmesan dressing, house made garlic bread, broccoli Au Gratin and blueberry cobbler; well, provided the soup isn’t salty its okay, dressing on the side, no sauce, I’d ditch the Au Gratin on the broccoli and I’m cool with the cobbler.

Eggplant Zucchini and Grilled Tofu Napoleon

  • Tomato-dill bisque, eggplant, zucchini and grilled tofu napoleon, shiraz-beet reduction sauce over pecan, raisin and shitake pilaf, grilled Corn with smoked paprika butter, collard greens, spring salad and green tea cake; no smoked butter concoction for me.

Tofu & Red Pepper Fajitas

  • Tortilla soup, tofu, red pepper fajitas, refried beans, avocado, Pico de Gallo, sour cream, lettuce, cheese spring salad with mango salsa dressing El Paso beans and rice; okay, I’m dropping the sour cream and cheese on the salad and I’ll deal with the refried beans.

Mousakka Meal

  • Lentil vegetable soup, Mousakka, rice pilaf stuffed acorn squash, Greek salad with tofu, Feta, pita with roasted red pepper hummus and almond cake with fresh local blackberries; I’d pass on the Feta.

Wow! Despite being a vegan joint, which usually is a good sign, End of the Line is pretty rough, too many faux meats and cheese and other vegan junk food. If I had to pick something, I’d go with the most basic thing, the Chef Salad.

It looks like End of the Line is run by young people, so I’m pulling for them, but I can’t say I’d eat there. How about you? Maybe you like it. Whether you do or not, check out End of Line Café’s menu and let me know what you’d order. Peace.

Image credit: End of Line Café

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Beth - May 9, 2009 9:35 AM

The menu says that the "fake cheese" is a cashew-based food. Isn't that good? All the raw books/restaurants have nut cheeses in recipes or on the menus. I agree that the soy cheeses are pretty disgusting and processed. But, nut cheeses taste good and can be very nutrient-filled.

I also thought that tempeh, a fermented soy product, would is healthier than having a lot of tofu (a more processed soy product). I agree that the fake meats made from overly-processed soy are something not to eat often.

I would go to a restaurant like this if it were near me--not all of the time--but a good choice, especially with kids. Better than just getting white pasta and broccoli somewhere else.

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) - May 9, 2009 12:02 PM

I hate when vegan food goes pretend. My rule is always that food should taste like the ingredients it is made from. Vegan- soy based cheeses and meats totally creep me out and, unless loaded with salts and 'natural flavours' are just gross. I stick with the basic and refuse any dish that comes in quotes like vegan 'mac and cheese' for example.

anonymous - January 21, 2010 8:34 PM

I live in Pensacola, Florida and eat at End of the Line Cafe at least twice each week. It's probably the most healthy, delicious, reasonably-priced place to eat in town. Gluten-free breads, fresh, seasonal and local vegetables, tempeh and tofu and in-house desserts. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, talented and sensitive to allergies and special requests. Their vegan cheese is made of cashews and agar-agar, a seaweed derivative. When customers eat at End of the Line they know exactly what is going into each meal, can see the kitchen while their food is prepared and know that their lunch or dinner is not detrimental to the environment, animals or themselves. Maybe next time you should establish a dialogue with the chefs and owners of a restaurant before bashing their products to impressionable consumers.

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