This weekend, we spent some time downtown, something we don’t do all that often. We were down there to see the “American Idiot” musical (which was absolutely awful), but before we saw the show, our friends took us to a restaurant nearby called Blue Cow Kitchen. It’s on Bunker Hill on Grand, right next door to the MOCA and close to Disney Concert Hall and the other theaters in the area – perfect for a meal before or after a show.
Blue Cow Kitchen is part of the trend of artisan-style new-American restaurants cropping up around the country – locally sourced foods, craft beers, etc. It’s owned by the same folks who own Mendocino Farms (a great sandwich/salad shop if you haven’t been), but its a bit more upscale. The decor is great – lots of old wood, salvaged metal, and it looks like the walls are one giant chalkboard.
I checked out the menu beforehand, and while there are tons of unhealthy indulgent options that would satisfy any carnivore, there are ten items on the menu that are either vegan or marked “RV,” meaning you can easily request for them to be made vegan. This is definitely not the healthiest place I’ve been to, but if you wanted to go oil-free, there are a couple good salad options on the menu as well. I decided to try the ‘shroom toast, the simple scarborough salad, the bbq’d brassicas, and the curried cauliflower. My favorite was probably the brassicas – broccoli, cauliflower, and romanesco cooked with tangy bbq sauce in a brown smoking bag and served with apple cider vinegar on the side. As many of you know, I’m a former bbq junkie, and this almost made me feel like I was back in Memphis or Kansas City, except without all the saturated fat and cholesterol. Check out the photos below, and next time you’re in the neighborhood for a show or to see some art, make sure you stop by this place. (Here’s a link to their website)