The Vegan Nom
A new trailer called The Vegan Nom has taken over Counter Culture’s old spot providing vegan fare to the denizens of North Loop.
Counter Culture has moved to East Cesar Chavez with its sandwich and raw food take, and The Vegan Nom is dealing out vegan tacos that will please most mouths, vegan or no.
Everything is made fresh, and it can take a while to get your food when they are busy. Fortunately, you can peruse the nearby boutiques and vintage shops while you wait, and the trailer’s proprietors will track you down when your food is ready.
The menu is made up solely of $4 tacos and $2 breakfast tacos (which are available all day.)
For my lunch, I ordered a mushroom, spinach and caramelized onion breakfast taco, the Grilled Avocado Reale and the Bean Diablo.
The Bean Diablo was the one taco that wasn’t pretty to look at, since it was overflowing with sauce and filling. Naturally, it was also the best tasting and best balanced of the three tacos. The Diablo came with beans, guacamole, onions, tomato and two different house made salsas. It also had vegan tempeh bacon, but I couldn’t really differentiate the taste from anything else. The black beans were soft but not refried down to a paste, so they still had texture in with the savory flavor. One of the two sauces was a smoky and mild creamy chipotle that helped temper the other, a terribly spicy, creamy green tomatillo salsa. The big chunks of avocado in the simple guacamole helped cut the heat so the taco was spicy without being overwhelming.
The Grilled Avocado Reale was an interesting mix of grilled avocado, sprouts, beans, vegan cheese, onion and more of the creamy salsa verde. Turns out sprouts on a taco don’t really do anything for me, and the green sauce had a little too much spice. Most creamy green salsas are mild and avocado based, making this one an unusual entry. Fortunately, the Vegan Nom vendors added a container of their third sauce, a light, pico-style entry that balanced things out nicely.
The mushroom, spinach and caramelized onion breakfast taco wasn’t much smaller or less hearty than the other tacos for half the price. It was just simpler. Inside the corn tortilla were thick slices of delicious marinated mushrooms, flavorful cooked spinach and onion. I love caramelized onion to an astonishing degree, but the mushrooms put the onions to shame.
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