Thursday, September 24, 2009

Homegrown Smoker

A few months back I remember thinking, Man, I wish I could get some vegan BBQ! And, seriously, only days after I found out about Homegrown Smoker, an all-vegan BBQ "cart." It's current location is outside on a lot on NE Alberta and 23. It will be moving 4 blocks east next week, or something, where Spud Locker was. They promise there will be a covered area and heat to protect customers and workers from the winter time chill. 

It has taken months for me to get there, but it's definitely been on my mind. In the beginning they didn't have smoked tofu, so I mentioned it to them on their blog and a few weeks later I noticed they had added it to their menu. I'm not going to say it's because of me that they have it, but, yeah, I'll take the credit...

So finally I made it there yesterday. Me and my vegan friend Kenny went for lunch. We both got the 2 protein/2 sides that comes with a piece of gluten free cornbread. I chose smoked tofu, soy curls, mac-no-cheese and beans. Kenny got tempeh ribs, chipotle sausage (I believe that's from Field Roast), cole slaw, and beans. We shared so that I got to try the stuff I hadn't gotten (except the sausage, which I didn't care to try) I had heard bad things about the Chronic Tempeh Ribs, that they were too dry, but they were great! Perhaps they've worked on the dryness factor, but I thought they were tasty. 

The coleslaw was good, nothing very exciting. I think I prefer the cole slaw from Hungry Tiger Too though. 

As for the soy curls I had heard such good things about, they lived up to their fame. Yum! Another nonvegan friend got them and was questioning their veganness, saying their texture was very convincing. 

The baked beans were....baked beans. No real excitement. Perhaps if there was fake bacon involved they would get more exciting, but they were fine...just nothing to write home about. 

I LOVED the Mac-No-Cheese. Some people had mentioned it was dry, but I guess I got a good batch because they weren't too dry, weren't too sauce-y. They were totes Goldilocks style, just right. I can't tell what's in there, but it's some good shit.

Smoked Tofu.....sigh....This made me sad. I had high expectations for this. The outside looked well smoked and they put BBQ on top. Unfortunately, the tofu innards hadn't been touched by the heat. The tofu must not be a very firm kind. They probably use Ota, a local company that doesn't make Extra Firm (how come that's not as common out here in the Pacific Northwest??). It was a bit mushy in the center and very white still, so if it was marinated first, it hadn't gotten to the center of the "steak." 

The Gluten Free (I should add that a lot of their stuff is gluten free, look on their site for more info) Cornbread was all right. They use flax seeds, which you can plainly see since the brown specks are all through it. I would suggest they use golden flax seeds. I just think it would look better and more like cornbread. It kinda looks like banana bread.....It was good, there was no graininess like a lot of gluten free stuff tends to be.

Old Picture from Get Sconed Jess (cornbread looks different now)

I was very sad because they were out of the Stuffed Jalapenos. Those sound sooooo good! They also have corn on the cob with a special butter blend, frito pie, Macnochirrito...or some such crazy burrito combination. 

I definitely hope to go there again soon. Get me some more Mac-No-Cheese and Soy curls.....yummm.....


Katie said...

Wicked cornbread! I miss cornbread so much...I can't find a good recipe! :(

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Wow....what an awesome place!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

I that that cornbread looks good! ; )

That was when it used to be molasses-y