Attention to both lovers and hates of meat alike: if you’re looking for an alternative to the Campus Center for lunch or dinner, Ethos Vegan Kitchen is right around the corner. Ethos makes all of their food items without meat or dairy products, and is therefore a vegan restaurant.
However, you will be very surprised at what their chef is able to whip up without the typical ingredients used at non-vegan restaurants. With their delicious meat and cheese substitutions made out of all-natural ingredients, you will hardly know the difference or leave craving something more to eat.
To start off your meal, you can order one of their many sodas: we both had their Natural Brew Draft Root Beer, which was delicious. If you like them, they sell these sodas as well. Another starter that’s a must is one of their “Light Bites” appetizers. One of the customer favorites for appetizers is the Sausage Roll; another tasty option is the Garlic Knots, which we consumed quickly.
Some of their most popular main dishes include: “Yo’ Mama’s Lasagna,” pizza, “Chickun” marsala, “Bay Cakes,” and the “Samson Burger.” The “Yo’ Mama’s Lasagna” substitutes traditional meat lasagna for vegetable lasagna, which makes for different flavors but can definitely still be filling. Their pizza is a highly ordered dish , and you most likely would never guess that it isn’t made with real cheese. The highly recommended “Chickun” Marsala is made with, well, “Chickun” — which tastes and looks like real chicken — and fresh mushrooms. “Bay Cakes” are the new Ethos vegan rendition of crab cakes and are quickly gaining approval from customers. The “Samson Burger” is a black bean burger served on a Kaiser roll, and can give you the same satisfaction as a regular hamburger, without the regret.
For us, the best part about Ethos is their dessert. They have recently added ice cream sundaes to their menu; their ice cream tastes exactly like regular dairy ice cream. Ethos’ ice cream is not the only thing that is scrumptious, but their cookies are to die for as well. We got an assortment of chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and cowboy cookies, each made with all-natural ingredients; you will not be disappointed!
Ethos has recently moved from the Lake Ivanhoe neighborhood to the intersection of Fairbanks and New York Avenue. The manager misses the old location’s charm, but likes the new space and the easier parking that comes along with it. She often comes across people who expect Ethos to be a salad bar and nothing more because it is vegan. However, their talented chef has come up with a menu that is straight comfort food. She also said even she has difficulty deciding what to order.
She often comes across people who expect Ethos to be a salad bar and nothing more because it is vegan. However, their talented chef has come up with a menu that is straight comfort food. She also said even she has difficulty deciding what to order.
So, don’t judge Ethos until you try it; you will never know how good vegan food can be until you do. We definitely recommend Ethos from experience, and we hope that you will stop by and give Ethos a try.