Muchas Gracias, Gracias Madre!
Since Stan moved up to SF, we’ve been exploring a lot of the local digs. Last night we wandered over to Mission Street, where he’d eaten at a Mexican joint with his vegan friend a few weeks back.
When you visit the Gracias Madre site, it does not highlight the fact that it is vegan. It talks about the commitment to using organic, nutrient rich foods grown locally. You can sense the passion just reading the description. The veganism is a side note, and, well, why not? They’ve created some amazing dishes that can wow even meat, cheese and egg lovers like myself. It hardly mattered that there were no animal products anywhere on the menu.
We started with an eggplant dish which is not on the menu published on their site. It was delicious—a type of small baked vegetable dish, melded flavors of the eggplant, peppers, and onion, with a cashew “cheese” that was like a thin cream sauce. All topped with toasted bread crumbs. Very tasty.
The eggplant dish whose name I cannot recall
That was followed by the Tamal. At first I thought the masa was too tough—I would have preferred softer. But the masa was stuffed with zucchini, corn and onions and had great flavor. So it was one of my favorites of the evening.
In addition we had Enchiladas con Mole, which were homemade corn tortillas topped with mushrooms and cashew cheese, served with sautéed chard and smashed black beans. We also tried the Nopales. Both were really good, but we over-ordered and I was stuffed by then.
A special mention is required for the homemade corn tortillas. Thicker than some might like, they are served piping hot in a woven basket with a lid. They were so yummy I was sorry not to be hungry enough to gobble them down right then.
Anyway, definitely not a challenge to give up animal products for this evening!