We meet again, Native Foods. Yes I realize that a lot of my posts on this blog have been about Native Foods and it’s no mystery that I’m a big fan of the place! Very generous-sized portions, nice dining atmosphere and of course everything on the menu is vegan! My goal is to one day have tried every item on the menu (which at this rate doesn’t seem too daunting) and to find out what my favorite dishes are. I figured I would start with the starters (even the name suggests it), which are a great option to share when you come to Native Foods with a group (or just come with a couple of people and you’ll have leftovers to last you a few days).
Another new item to me is the Saigon Roll, which I’ve heard about but I was always curious how it tasted. Braised lemongrass tofu, lightly pickled daikon and carrot twirls, brown rice cucumber strips, tangy peanut sauce, fresh cilantro and basil in a whole wheat wrap. This dish is incredibly flavorful but also light at the same time. I went crazy over the tangy peanut sauce and the wrapped tofu, which paired perfectly together. I had plenty of these to take home and even as leftovers the next day they were still great.
The Native Chicken Wings are a must try. Six crispy battered Native Chicken wings with ranch or buffalo on the side. We ended up getting both sauces to try out. I really liked the spicy buffalo sauce, but the ranch helped cool things down. These are probably some of the best vegan chicken strips I’ve ever tried, and they are non-vegan approved too!
Mini Salad and a side order of fries. The Mini Greens salad comes with salad greens, beets, carrots, sprouts, sunflower seeds, and croutons. Balsamic vinaigrette on the side. Even the Native Fries are spectacular! You have the option of either the seasoned potato fries or the crispy sweet potato fries, and I would definitely recommend the latter although both are just splendid!