Green Grazing Exploring ILM’s vegan dishes By Fanny Slater ● Devour contributor
hy does #meatfreemonday only fall on one day of the week? Well, yes, Monday is the only day that makes for the catchy alliteration—but it’s more than that. Personally, I think most folks can’t seem to get down with ditching animal protein because they don’t know where to begin. And if the thought of vegetarian dining didn’t scare them off, throwing the word “vegan” into the mix likely didn’t help. For those whose dietary restrictions don’t require them to live a vegan lifestyle, there are still dozens of reasons to test the waters. Following the veganism philosophy even part-time can have mega health benefits. Don’t let the myths fool you: You can get enough protein from plants. You can achieve the feeling of being full and satisfied. You can also see vast improvements in your body and soul. Most importantly, you can still eat a mouthwatering meal. And if you don’t have the gusto to get in the kitchen, we’ve got you covered. I visited four popular Wilmington eateries who are all recognized for serving outstanding vegan dishes. Keep in mind: None of them are all-vegan—the chefs and owners simply believe in the cuisine and of course pay attention to customers’ requests for specialty additions to their menus. With my mouth open, I journeyed from fluffy idli on Nawab’s Wednesday-night vegan buffet to Sealevel’s righteous kimchi and tempeh Reuben, and then up three flights of stairs on Front Street for the Moroccan spice-infused bulgur wheat sliders at Dram + Morsel. And did I mention the outrageous coconut milk-based ice cream I sampled along the way at Boombalatti’s? Even if you’re just looking to expand your palate, take a tip from these pros, and see how they’ve mastered making vegan food into something fun, approachable and downright delicious.
• Right: Sealevel City Gourmet’s vegan Reuben uses tempeh in place of meat and Seattle’s Chao slices, a vegan cheese. Photo by Lindsey Miller Photography
18 DEVOUR | SUMMER-FALL 2017
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