On the Table:
Appetizer- Buffalo Tofu Sticks with House-Made Ranch, Carrots, & Celery
Meal- 2 Impossible Burgers, Garlic Fries with Vegan Aioli, Salad with House Ranch
Ahhh, back to the food side of blogging. This is where it all started for me, back when Brindle & Bo Blog was in operation, and it’ll be a huge part of Beaming Vegan as well. (Hello, we’re talking veganism here… it’s more than conscious decision-making, it’s also yummy food!)
Cascadia Public House, which we just call “Cascadia” when discussing it in real life, is a trendy gastropub with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.
Since living in Spokane I’ve become entirely too aware of where my foods have traveled from. Once when I was shopping I wondered why I never had any of these amazing vegan foods in Kansas. Upon further inspection of labels, I discovered everything I had was from WA, CA, and OR. Ever since I noticed that my cart at Natural Grocers was accidentally full of Pacific Northwestern brands, I have exercised a great appreciation for the quality of local ingredients. They’re fresher, taste better, and support the trustworthy companies operating right in our own backyard.
Cascadia serves up goodies from a number of PNW food vendors and never skimps on quality.
Not only is their mission of providing locally sourced ingredients a respectable one, but so is their style! They have a beautiful bar, a partially open kitchen, and gorgeous patio gathering area all while encompassing an industrial minimalist feel. Let’s not fail to mention that the staff is always incredibly welcoming and friendly, too!
Of course we first hit up Cascadia for the vegan food options. Their menu is not entirely vegan, but the vegan food they offer is some of the best in Spokane. We toss around the idea of strictly supporting vegan-only restaurants, but it’s hard to beat a place that makes everyone happy when you’re dining with non-vegan family or friends [as much as I’d love for them to just go vegan 😉 ]. I feel like letting them order flesh but showing them that vegan options can be just as good or better is an OK start.
About that food though… some of the vegan options on the menu include Vegan Curry Mac, a Bean Beet Burger, a vegan avocado-filled take on the classic BLT, and of course, the Impossible Burger. The vegan appetizers never disappoint, especially the House-Made Pretzels with Cashew Queso and Stone Ground Mustard.
Griffin and I have tried a range of foods here from the sandwiches to just about every vegan appetizer on the menu, our favorite entrée being the Bean Beet Burger. That is, until we tried the Impossible Burger.
When you’re craving Chinese as a vegan in Spokane, you go to Red Dragon. When you’re craving pizza (or a BA brunch), you go to Ally’s. When you don’t know what you’re craving but you want a plethora of deliciousness, you go to Cascadia.
On this particular day that we visited, we had no idea what kind of treat we’d be in for. We were just hungry. We ordered buffalo tofu sticks with vegan house ranch (which turned out to be the best tofu we’ve ever had) and stared at our options for a good five minutes. I pointed out that we’ve never tried the vegan staple, the Impossible Burger, and Griffin decided he’d order that. I didn’t want to order the same thing as him (and I always, always, always get mac and cheese at vegan restaurants), but if it was delicious I was going to regret not getting my own… so I went for it. That’s when I decided this would be a review-worthy experience. Because you don’t know that it’s worth it until someone writes a review and tells you, “ORDER THAT BURGER”. I’m telling you, order it. Now. Go.
The Impossible Burger by Impossible Foods is, to put it simply, the best vegan burger on the market. It still seems difficult to come by, but I read on their Insta that they have been busy increasing supply to meet demand for their product. (Yay!) If you’re not sure where to find one in your area, check their website for a list of locations serving up this goodness.
By taste standards, this is the burger with the power to convert meat eaters. It’s been difficult to show non-vegans all this time that plant-based burgers are superior to beef in terms of taste because, let’s face it, a “pretty patty” of sweet potato and beans or a mock-meat tofu patty has never been the classic burger’s equal in the eyes of a flesh eater. The Impossible Burger is not equal, it is leaps and bounds better. It has a perfect savory flavor, juicy-ness that most vegan burgers are lacking, the exact texture of a meat patty, and from what I’ve seen it even cooks from pink to brown like a beef patty would.
The best part of the Impossible Burger is that you can scarf up the entire thing and not feel an ounce of the greasy, guilty, fatty feeling of a flesh burger. You’re more likely to feel fueled up! Griffin and I went on a walk through the park after leaving the restaurant. If we’d have just eaten a non-vegan burger meal as we did just over a year ago, we would have felt like napping for the rest of the day (and probably would have been mad at ourselves for doing that to our bodies!).
Now, after all of these convincing words… I do have two minor complaints with Cascadia. The bigger of the two is that they’re typically super packed. There have been multiple occasions where Griffin and I have driven to this side of town for the sole purpose of eating here, walked in the door and walked right back out because it was so crowded we either couldn’t find a table or didn’t want to sit so closely to other customers. The second complaint I have is that we paid more for two burgers and sides than we used to pay for a steak dinner. This one is understandable considering many vegan foods are costly to prepare, but I’m looking forward to a day when veganism is more mainstream and us plant-eaters don’t have to pay more than a flesh-eater does for the same meal! I totally get why, but I still have a hard time coming to terms with paying less for a stolen life than for something you can grow in abundance from a .10 seed packet.
The good news is you will always get your money’s worth at Cascadia Public House, it’s a perfect go-to for dining with non-vegans whom you love regardless of their diet choices (lol), and unlike most restaurants I have found serving “vegan options”, their vegan menu would actually satisfy a person’s hunger and includes entrees from the entire spectrum.