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Veg Out: Something Special At Zydeco

A non-meat eater heads to Zydeco.

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I've been working on taking my diet to the next level by adding as much organic, locally grown fair to my plate as possible. Zydeco came up in conversation as the place to do this. An hour later, friends in tow, we took our seats under an outdoor heater on Bond Street. Our waiter asked if anyone would like the gluten-free menu. "I'll take the vegan one," I said. They didn't have one; but our waiter told me, the chef had created a vegan special earlier that was reportedly some kind of wonderful. Perfect, bring it over!

While waiting for our table, I overheard a young woman mention Zydeco's crispy fries ($4) were the best in town. I needed no further encouragement. We ordered two cups of fries for the table and one cheese-less Acadian Flatbread ($11), a crispy hand-rolled cracker-bread, topped with oven-fried tomatoes, pearl onions and pepper. I could have eaten the entire thing myself; three, in fact.


The chef's vegan special consisted of a large plate filled with roasted vegetables (carrots, peas, pearl onions, green beans, and mushrooms) tossed in a fabulous Creole tomato sauce ($16). My husband decided to deviate from our diet, choosing the Grilled Eggplant, Spinach and Goat Cheese Crepes ($16). He took a bite of mine then his and decided he should have made that two chef's specials.

There's nothing that pleases me more than a glass of bubbles with dinner and a restaurant that offers sparkling wine by the glass. I went for the fun pink can of Sophia ($5).

In general I'm too full to order dessert by the time I eat appetizers, my entrée, and two cans of Sophia, which is probably for the best since it's rare to find an establishment with any kind of vegan sweet thing. Zydeco does offer free homemade dog biscuits to take home to Fido. Unfortunately, ours is as finicky as me when it comes to food, with allergies to meat, wheat; even rice and potatoes. Luckily for him he loves grapes, and me, well; there's always bubbles.

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