Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Vegetarian Restaurant

Nashville Restaurants and Food
The Wild Cow

Anne Gregory says she is opening a new vegetarian restaurant in East Nashville at 1896 Eastland Ave. The Wild Cow will be located in the new building across the street from Rosepepper Cantina. This is from their website www.thewildcow.com

Coming to Nashville in November 2009, The Wild Cow will be a vegetarian restaurant that offers both vegetarian and vegan fares and vibes. In addition, all of our cheeses and dairy products will come from humane and organic dairy farms. Our menu is still under construction but we plan to include:

-Ready to go items in our cold case-sandwiches, soups, vegan dips & hummus
-Handmade veggie burgers
-Vegan Mac n' Cheese
-Awesome salad combinations
-Toasted bagels and grilled sandwiches
-A delicious array of vegan baked goods
-And daily specials including soups, salads, casseroles, hot sandwiches & sides

The Wild Cow will hold regularly scheduled events and specials to benefit local and national organizations that promote animal welfare and humane farming. Stay tuned for details about our Grand Opening Bash!

The vegan options would be especially appreciated. East Nashville could use a good vegetarian place. We’ll certainly swing by to check it out when they open.

9 comments:

mIKES said...

Can I open the floor for debate here?

I would like to know the opinion of the other readers here about the previous incarnation of a vegetarian restaurant in East Nashville, The Veggie Cafe.

They seemed to have a very good following that enabled them to make the transition from a lunch truck to a bricks and mortar establishment.

Then came along Carrington Fox with this review:
http://www.nashvillescene.com/2008-05-22/restaurants/preaching-to-the-choir/

The bias in her review is such that I swear, if the Scene has the impact it should, this review was the nail in the coffin.
A notable quote:

"It’s not even that I’m an aggressive carnivore. My objection to vegetarianism as a way of life is that, all too often, the absence of meat simply means that a starchy beige side dish gets promoted to entrée. It’s the Peter Principle at work in the food world."

Should people like this be banned from this new place?? :-)

Eric and Katie said...

Mike, I agree that there is certainly a fair amount of prejudice against vegetarians joints. Much of the problem is that Nashville has so few that it's hard to see the possibilities. That said last night the Veggie Eater made an excellent lime okra rice dish. On it's own a wonderful side dish. She paired it with some cool tempeh stuff we found that K and S market and did a stir fry with it and suddenly protein makes a complete meal. Didn't miss meat at all. So I understand what Carrington is saying. No one wants a meal of all side dishes or all starch. But as Katie points out: "certainly Jamaicaway and The Veggie Café have proved that veggie food can be more than starch…" Here's to The Wild Cow adding to the vegetarian cuisine in Nashville and hopefully converting some meat eaters.

mIKES said...

Believe me, I know a lot about vegetarian dining. We are a family of four - yet my wife, son and daughter are ALL vegetarian. I'm the last man standing, so to speak.

My son regularly rides his road bike 60 to 70 miles up to 3 times a week - on "rabbit food"

My daughter can make a Seitan dish that will certainly have you second guessing it's ingredients.

There is also another hidden benefit to vegetarianism:
If you are hungry, you have to cook for yourself. And you become very skilled at it too.

And I agree, tempeh done right is out of this world~!

mIKES said...

Believe me, I know a lot about vegetarian dining. We are a family of four - yet my wife, son and daughter are ALL vegetarian. I'm the last man standing, so to speak.

My son regularly rides his road bike 60 to 70 miles up to 3 times a week - on "rabbit food"

My daughter can make a Seitan dish that will certainly have you second guessing it's ingredients.

There is also another hidden benefit to vegetarianism:
If you are hungry, you have to cook for yourself. And you become very skilled at it too.

And I agree, tempeh done right is out of this world~!

Eric and Katie said...

Wow..Mike you are the odd man out. Yes, Katie has amazed me with her veggie cooking and I very rarely miss meat at our house. Although to be fair I still pull out a steak or burger on the weekend and she's cool with that...and god bless her but she's organizing Jimmy Kelly's for my birthday. It's nice to live with understanding vegetarians isn't it?

Carrie said...

Is the name supposed to be ironic? Just curious.

I, for one, am extremely excited about this, especially considering the location is so near my house. I'm especially intrigued by the prospect of handmade veggie burgers. Yum.

As for the debate, I take issue with a lot of what Carrington Fox says in that review. I'm not a vegetarian, but I eat mostly veggie meals when I cook for myself at home and I don't even cook tofu, tempeh or seitan (or any other non-meat products processed and designed to look/taste like meat) and still I don't feel like anything I make is a "starchy beige side dish" dressed up to be a main meal. If that's what you feel veggie cooking is, you're doing it wrong. The problem with the review was that the cafe was obviously serving subpar food in general, and she took the opportunity to bury that lead behind a "vegetarian food is unsatisfying" slant. It's not very responsible food writing, in my opinion.

I never got the chance to eat at the Veggie Cafe (and it sounds like I didn't miss much) but I will be first in line to try The Wild Cow! I just moved to the area about 18 months ago, and I'm loving the diversity of East Nashville's restaurant scene.

Veggie Eater said...

Carrie-
FYI-Your 'hood already has a fabulous homemade veggie burger option; the Pied Piper Eatery's veggie burger is awesome. We only had one opportunity to go to the Veggie Cafe before it closed; it certainly wasn't subpar. It was good, but not spectacular (I really enjoyed the veggie Rueben). But that happens to be the case of the most of the restaurants we visit, especially newly opened ones.

Carrie said...

Veggie: Thanks for the tip! I went to Pied Piper right after it opened and wasn't too impressed, but I'll have to give it another shot and try the veggie burger.

Lesley said...

I definitely think the name "The Wild Cow" hints at a decent sense of humor on the part of the owners. Wonder how many omnivores no that such a thing no longer exists? :)

I liked the Veggie Cafe a lot, but I think if you're going to be a place focused on lunch, the location should be convenient for lunch. And I wish that we'd have a vegetarian restaurant that could have something a bit closer to fine dining like the restaurants in NYC (though not as expensive, of course!).