Vegan in the Cities: Day Two

Well, it’s time to talk about day two! We had a lot of luck finding delicious eats on day one and were hoping that day two would be just as good!

It was.

Nick’s favorite meal to eat out is breakfast, so we knew we had to find a killer breakfast place. We stumbled upon the Seward Cafe while researching our trip. The Seward Cafe is not a 100% vegan cafe, but a lot of what they serve is.

Seward Cafe for breakfast

We might have gone a little overboard when ordering. But everything sounded so tasty!

Seward Cafe

What you see pictured was quite the meal. We had ONE (that’s only one, people) vegan fluffy pancake, the Vegan Red Earth breakfast and the Tofu Mock Biscuit Breakfast sandwich with hashbrowns. Let me break it down. The pancake ROCKED. Seriously. Fluffy, squidgy and perfectly delicious. Job well done. Nick LOVED the Red Earth breakfast. It was pinto beans scrambled together with hashbrowns and then topped with Ranchero sauce. It was a bit like salsa and a bit like a chili. He still dreams of this breakfast. I had the Tofu Mock Biscuit. It was tofu, vegan sausage, melted soy cheese & sprouts on a biscuit. It was supposed to be served on an English muffin, but I requested the vegan biscuit. So glad I did! They do biscuits up right! I hadn’t had a biscuit since going vegan and it was perfect. But let me tell you, the real winner of this breakfast was the hashbrowns. I don’t know WHAT they did to them, but they were BEYOND AMAZING. Hands down, the best ever. EVER.

After breakfast we decided to explore Uptown. There are lots of fun, little neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, as with any big city, and we decided to hit this one up because we knew the area a bit and wanted to explore it further. Plus, we had a place in mind for lunch. 🙂 While heading towards our tasty destination, we came across a pretty hilarious sign that made us stop and read it:

Seen in Uptown

While we didn’t end up eating there, the sign did make us stop and think that we need to check it out on our next trip! But on that Friday, we had our sights set on Galactic Pizza.

Galactic Pizza

Their tagline is: “Planet Saving Pizza”. They have lots of fun vegan and gluten free options, and even a CSA pizza that features local, in-season veggies. We had all intentions of ordering pizza, but they had a fabulous half-price pasta bowl lunch special that we just couldn’t pass up. But since we were sharing the noodle bowl, we decided to order an appetizer.

We decided to order the Vegan Garlic Cheese Bread.

Vegan Garlic Cheese Bread

Mmmm. Delicious! The bread was a really chewy, yummy Italian baguette with just enough “butter” and “cheese”. (which we’re pretty sure was Daiya) The sauce they served it with a side of red sauce, which they used on their pizzas, and it was really tasty as well! It was served cold, but it worked. It wasn’t a spicy red sauce by any means, albeit a bit sweet, but in complimented the bread very well. We’d could have easily eaten several orders of this bread!

As for the noodles, we decided on the Thai Peanut Linguine.

Thai Peanut Noodles at Galactic Pizza

Holy cow! That peanut sauce was TO DIE FOR. It was super creamy, sweet, and with just enough heat to balance the dish out. Carrots, bean sprouts, cilantro and greens onions totally completed the dish. While it still seemed goofy that we didn’t order pizza, we were super glad we ordered the pasta bowl. Wowzas. Best Thai noodles I’ve had. We couldn’t stop raving about them!

Next stop was dessert. (if you haven’t caught on by now, I have a MAJOR sweet tooth!) No trip to the Cities is complete (at least for us) without a trip to Izzy’s Ice Cream. We saw Izzy’s on the Food Network years ago when it was featured on an episode of “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”. Needless to say, Izzy’s totally whooped Bobby Flay! 🙂 Every scoop (or scoops if that’s your thing) comes with an “Izzy scoop” which is a tiny scoop on top. It’s fun if you want to try a new flavor, but not quite commit to a whole scoop. My favorite thing to order is the “Dizzy Izzy” which is 5 Izzy scoops! However, we both decided just to go with a scoop each this time.

Izzy's ice cream

Mine is the one on the left. I ordered a scoop of soy chocolate peanut butter with an Izzy scoop of peace coffee. I’ll be honest here and say that peace coffee was NOT vegan. However, it is one of my favorite flavors, and they locally source their milk from a farm nearby, so I didn’t feel too bad about cheating. Nick decided to go for a scoop of soy peanut butter with an Izzy scoop of the soy chocolate peanut butter. Nick and I both agreed that both soy flavors were delicious, but I favored the chocolate peanut butter while he favored the peanut butter. Either way, we didn’t go wrong! Izzy’s is great about always having a soy option on the board. I had just been to the Cities a few weekends before Nick and I went and I tried the soy blueberry on that trip. Mmmmm. It’s always a great thing to walk into a place like that and walk out with a tasty alternative!

Well, we decided to do some random shopping and exploring for a bit. But of course, we got hungry again. For dinner we hit up Pizza Luce.

Pizza Luce

I had been before with Mel a few weekends before (to a different location) and I knew that Nick had to experience it as well. Nick and I LOVE pizza and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the Vegan Fresh Veggie Pizza.

Vegan Veggie Pizza at Pizza Luce

It was loaded with tomatoes, mushrooms, green peppers, red onions, and black olives with red sauce. We decided to add some jalapenos for heat. You can either get it made with Daiya mozzarella cheese or their house-made “Rinotta” cheese. We decided to try the house-made cheese. We loved this pizza. I think we both would order the Daiya next time, but only because the house-made cheese didn’t quite the deliver the mouth feel we were going for. But don’t get me wrong, it tasted great. Pizza Luce calls themselves the best pizza in Minneapolis. I’d happily agree to that!

One day left to come!


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