I had dinner tonight with my ex-husband at Vedge (1221 Locust Street /
http://www.vedgerestaurant.com). This is the new vegan restaurant opened by the owners of the former Horizons in Bella Vista. I had been a frequent diner at Horizons so I was eager to try the new place.
I should mention that I am a weekday vegetarian so yes, I do enjoy a good steak now and then. The food at Vedge did not disappoint. The menu consists of small plates with an accompanying "Dirt" menu that highlights seasonal vegetables. We split the following:
Grilled Brussels sprouts in a smoked mustard sauce (amazing - I could eat a bucket of these)
Honshimeji soup (a vegetable soup that had wonderful vibrant flavors)
Daikon winter rolls with lemon grass tofu & asparagus with a sriracha sauce (fresh flavors that really complemented each other)
Braciole with smoked eggplant & cauliflower - served with fresh garbanzos & salsa verde (beautiful to look at and savory)
Grilled seitan with black lentils and mushrooms ( a flavorful, hearty dish)
Cheesecake with figs
Seasonal Ice cream trio (hibiscus, egg nog, and blackberry cheesecake)
(Both choices were delicious and not too big to put you "over the top" after all of the above.)
All of that, plus 3 glasses of wine (lovely wine list) and a beer (Rochefort 8 Degree) = $122.
Service was also outstanding and the space (former Deux Chimenees) is beautiful. Elegant, yet casual and not pretentious.
I highly recommend trying Vedge - even if you are a carnivore. You'll be pleasantly surprised.