Babalu Tacos and Tapas is positively great. They have a few vegan things on the menu, including their outstanding guac and their black eyed pea hummus.
But I got a couple of almost-vegan items made vegan: the vegetal taco (just ask them to hold the cheese. It is delicious!) and the black bean burger, which came with guac, onion, arugula, and a delicious sauce.
They normally fry the black bran burger, which requires an egg bath, but for vegans, they skip the egg bath and grill it instead. It was outstanding.
Their iced tea was also good. Ask for it with lime, for an unexpected treat.
They have locations in Jackson, Memphis, Knoxville, Birmingham (Alabama, not England), and Charlotte.
Although animal products are often cheap in the store (99 cents for a big pack of hot dogs, 49 cents for a box of mac n cheese), there are a lot of external costs that get pushed off onto the taxpayers, and are hidden from view.
While there are hidden costs to everything, the hidden costs of animal agriculture tend to be a lot higher than those of most plant based foods.
For more information, look at David Simon’s book Meatonomics. the video below also gives a bit more info.
I feel like a Doctor Who villain: Devour! Devour! Devour!
Seriously, I’ve never tasted, and certainly never made, tofu this good. And I owe it all to this video from Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen:
This was actually my second batch. The first tasted good, but didn’t quite have the golden crisp texture I was looking for. This one nailed it.
By the way, one package of tofu makes three big sandwiches or maybe six smaller ones.
I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Raspberry Chipotle BBQ sauce as the final ingredient in the tofu “fry”, and added some to the sandwich.
For the sandwiches, use your favorite bread (I made two sandwiches, one on white and one on seeded wheat, and both were equally good).
Toast the bread first.
Spread each slice with a little mayo (optional).
Add BBQ sauce to one slice, and layer it thick with golden crispy caramelized sauced tofu.
Then add shredded cabbage (or cole slaw, if you prefer) and thin cut redonions. Go big with both of these, especially the cabbage. They bring a big crunch and bright flavors to the party, er, sandwich.
Put the sandwich together and you’re ready to go.
The tofu and the toasted bread are warm and both crispy and soft at once. The cabbage and onion are cold and crunchy.
The combination of flavors and textures really makes the sandwich pop.