I’m On A Mexican Radio
I’ll admit it. I’m guilty of trolling on various vegan meet-ups simply for vegan option leads. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve partaken in vegan social network events like Vegan Drinks, a pop-up here and there, and roving high-end communal dining events, yes. But who am I kidding. I go for the food. I could be sitting next to empty chair and still have the same experience, if not better. The social aspect is a distraction, at its very best. No offense to the vegan social butterflies, but I just want to eat. Should I form a vegan introvert meet-up?
Anyway, after an email blast circulated to the 1,700+ members of Vegan Meet-up NYC for lunch at Nolita’s Mexican Radio, I made plans with some old close buds to catch up. The prospect of proper Mexican is always alluring, but with seitan substitution? I’m in. Soy créma? Heck-yeah. Tofu? Always. A flexible omni menu with clear knowledge of vegan (vs. vegetarian) substitutes is delightful.
I ordered the Seitan Flautas because deep-fried tortilla is usually a strict vehicle for dairy and meat. Thank you, Mexican Radio, for offering more than an awful wet burrito stuffed with squash. I really don’t like “veggie burritos” like that!
The fautas were just terrific, far better than the dim-lit picture captures. Add a pool of red sauce, a vibrant pico de gallo, a housemade guac with a ton of cilantro, as well as confirmed-vegan rice and black beans. And add a cold beer… perfect night out meal. I’ll be back to sample some more options soon!