Okay, the past week-plus has been really heinous and I have neglected my blog. For instance, last night, rather than cooking, I went out to eat at the Bear Tooth. However, it occurred to me it might be helpful to provide a list of the best vegetarian eats to be had at Anchorage restaurants and some specific items I really enjoy. One thing that is wonderful about being vegetarian is it makes you more adventurous when it comes to food. You'll notice that many of the restaurants on my list are ethnic places, and I LOVE having the multiple menu options these restaurants provide -- no obligatory pasta primavera here!
Lahn Pad Thai -- This lovely Thai restaurant does not have a Web site for me to send you to, which means they are keeping it REAL and it is good. :) I love their curries (red, green) as well as the incredible Drunken Noodles with Tofu. You can request tofu soft or fried, and if you're interested in nutrition, that's a nice choice.
Bombay Deluxe -- Bombay Deluxe offers a large variety of vegetarian dishes, and all of them are pretty good. My favorites are the Palaak Paneer, Dal Makhni and Chana Masala. All of them can be done very spicy, which I love, or mild, if you don't enjoy self-torture. The garlic and plain naan are also both awesome.
The Bear Tooth Theatre Pub & Grill -- Both the casual menu on the theater side and the more sophisticated menu on the grill side offer lots of options for vegetarians. This is one of the few non-ethnic restaurants in Anchorage that is not afraid of tofu and actually knows what to do with it. My personal favorites include (from the theater side) the Spicy Bear Burrito, the Tostada Salad, the MuShu Veggie Wrap and any of the vegetarian pizza options; at the grill, I love the Avocado-Tomato Salad with Smoked Corn Vinaigrette, the Chili Rellenos; Zuchini, Cheese and Toasted Corn Tacos; the Potato Burrito; and the PEANUT NOODLES. The specials at the Grill are not infrequently vegetarian as well. Also, my mention of the Bear Tooth is not to overlook the Moose's Tooth. It too is great for vegetarians, it's just, well, order any of their veggie pies and enjoy. That's pretty much all there is to say.
I'll give an honorable mention to Falafel King on Gambell. Eat the falafel.
These are a few of my favorites, and I hope you'll order something meatless the next time you, like me this week, are feeling lazy on a Meatless Monday night.