Here’s a smattering of more random vegan food we had up in Atlanta.
First, I found out that the Corner Bakery Cafe, which is right across the street from one of Dragon Con’s host hotels (the Hyatt), has a number of vegan selections. They actually have a chart on their website with vegetarian and vegan items marked appropriately, which is super handy. Jason got a cinnamon raisin bagel and I got sourdough toast and added strawberry jam. Four slices of toast might not seem like much, but it kept me so full I never even had lunch that day.
Jason did, though — he wanted to get falafel at Aviva by Kameel in Peachtree Center. We had tried a sample of it last year but they were out by the time Jason wanted to get the full serving of it. So this year, he got it earlier in the weekend, along with green beans and a lentil dish which looked similar to imjadara (a dish my Lebanese family makes). Kind of ironically since I’m Lebanese, I don’t actually like most Middle Eastern food, so I’ve never really eaten anything at Aviva other than the falafel I tried last year (which was pretty good, but too spicy for me, which is not to say most people would find it the least bit spicy — I’m hypersensitive to it). But the owner, Kameel, is super nice and makes a point (along with the rest of the staff) to announce which items are vegan and/or vegetarian, without anyone even asking.
And finally, my longtime favorite: the braised bean curd from Mandarin House, which is diagonal from the Hyatt (very close to the Corner Bakery Cafe). I’ve been eating it since my first year going to Dragon Con back in 2006, and we always go to Mandarin House multiple nights during the convention. It’s not that it’s that unique a dish for a Chinese restaurant, by any means, but it’s delicious and since I only get it one weekend a year, that makes it more special.
We also got vegan hot dogs from the Streatery cart again, but I forgot to take a picture since we brought it back to eat in our room. I highly recommend it, though!
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