Vegan in Random Places
A Rocky Point strip mall is an unlikely place for vegan option to surface. But they did at the lively B.B.D.’s (Beers, Burgers, & Desserts). CP and I trekked to this eastern point of Long Island to sample their vegan seitan wings, confident in their menu listing them officially as “Vegan Seitan Wings.”
The place is a fairly typical bar and bar food spot: thick coated wood about; dark; a thick, palpable buzz in the air. Disclaimer: We were visiting during a St. Patty’s day party. We ordered the vegan wings and some tater tots… and were brought our plastic fork, knife, and ketchup packets. (Huh?) The wings arrive and were very delicious. They didn’t seem to of frozen origin, they were certainly seitan (as some may know that eateries can sometimes use tofu, seitan, and what is really packaged texturized soy protein products interchangeable.) Sauce was sweet with a subtle kick. Vegan ranch dipping sauce was guiltily delectable.
After some shenanigans, we were ready for more food. We headed towards Bay Shore’s Tula Kitchen. I visited this place once years ago and had never returned. To my experienced veg palate, they offer meh vegan options, the kind you can make at home easily. But the posh space asks a pretty penny for these dishes. So although I welcome the option given the dearth of choices in the surrounding area, I won’t likely make the trek to Bay Shore when I can get Candle 79 for the same price if I head west.