This Thanksgiving I went to Omaha to spend the holiday with my girlfriend’s family. When you ask most people to say what first comes to mind when they hear “Omaha,” you usually get one of three answers – “middle of nowhere,” “College World Series,” and by far the favorite, “Omaha Steaks.” I was just getting started with my plant-based diet and needless to say, visiting a city known for it’s meat seemed like it was going to pose some problems for me. Luckily, my girlfriend’s parents are basically vegetarians (they eat fish from time to time) so eating at their home was no big deal – plenty of plants to eat. It was the eating out that I anticipated would be a problem.
Man was I surprised when my girlfriend’s parents took me to one of the best 100% plant-based restaurants I’d ever been to, right in the middle of Omaha. It’s called “The Daily Grub,” and it’s on an unassuming block right on the edge of downtown. They focus on seasonal items, so much so that they change their menu every week, and they give 50% discounts to people who travel to the restaurant by bicycle. Pretty sweet if you have a bicycle…in Omaha. Which I’m assuming most of you don’t. Nevertheless, look at this delicious sandwich.
I had the Vietnamese Banh Mi with tofu, cashew ancho cream, brined vegetables, mint and cilantro on a toasted baguette (above). It was ridiculously good – crunchy bread, well-marinated tofu, fresh vegetables, and a little bit of heat. Any meat eater would have loved it, and in fact, when I talked to the owner after our meal, she said most of her customers are not vegetarians. Not suprising in Omaha, but it’s pretty amazing that the meat eaters keep coming back to a “vegan” restaurant.
So if you ever happen to find yourself in Omaha, whether you’re a vegetarian or not, check out The Daily Grub. If a place this good can exist in the steak capital of America, I can only imagine what other plant-based restaurants are out there in other parts of the country.
Check out the photo gallery of deliciousness below after the jump.