17 May 2011

Rosetta's Kitchen in Asheville: Down to earth atmosphere with delicious vegan food

Over the weekend I took a short trip to Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville is ranked as the number one vegan friendly small city, and because I formerly lived there I have already eaten at many of the delicious vegan friendly restaurants the city has to offer. I love to grab a quick lunch at Firestorm Books and CafĂ© or dine with a loved one at Laughing Seed, but there is one place that is definitely my all-time favorite. That place is Rosetta’s Kitchen, and there was no way I was not going to stop in and treat my taste buds while I was in town.

Rosetta’s Kitchen has a down to earth feel about it and a menu that I just can’t get sick of. I highly recommend; tempelo wings served with vegan ranch, the tacos, vegan mac n’ cheese, and especially the tempeh rueben. My favorite thing about Rosetta’s is that it is a vegan restaurant that is vegetarian friendly. Almost everything on the menu is vegan, and the few things that are not are labeled quite obviously. The staff is always pleasant and seems to operate like a family for the most part. They always have delicious vegan desserts from cookies and cakes, to tarts and cheesecakes. Another great thing about this place is the special board. Every time I go to Rosetta’s there is something new to try, beckoning me to order the special! This time it was an all American classic, vegan sloppy joes.

I left off the raw onion and added veganaise and a side of sweet potato fries with chipotle ketchup. Once it was ready I couldn’t help but to eat a few fries first, I already knew how good they are. These are the best sweet potato fries I have ever had anywhere, hands down. Using the chipotle ketchup as a dip for the fries creates a perfect blend of sweet and spicy deliciousness in your mouth, a taste that you can’t experience anywhere else but Rosetta’s Kitchen. After that it was time sink my teeth into something brand new.

I picked up the sloppy joe and took a big bite and just as it should with any sloppy joe, a bunch of it exploded out the back of the sandwich in fusion with the force of my bite. I have actually tried a few vegan sloppy joes and sadly at one point in time some non-vegan ones. Just as I had expected, this was the best sloppy joe of all time! I immediately looked to my friend and brother as a tear rolled down my face, I didn’t say anything. I didn’t have to; they knew from my face that it was the best sloppy joe of all time. A delicious wheat bun filled with glory. It didn’t take long for me to finish it off, no leftovers today.

I am not a real big dessert guy but this day I was feeling it. Looking over the dessert cooler it didn’t take long for me to choose what was labeled as “chocolate lemon swirl." Once I got it back to the table, I let it sit untouched for a moment as my friends and family drooled over it. I then grabbed a fork and started to dig in. It was amazing and delicious, a perfect dessert to top off my meal.

If you are ever in Asheville, make sure you stop by Rosetta’s Kitchen for food that always hits the spot!

You can check out photo's from this outing over at my blog.

Steven Garnett | Facebook | @stevengarnett
Steven is currently pursuing a B.A. in history and women's studies at East Tennessee State University. He is the founder of Vegans and Vegetarians of the Tri-Cities and a student animal rights organization at ETSU. Steven is a vegan, active feminist, and environmentalist. He enjoys film, art, and delicious vegan cuisine and wishes to educate others about oppression, regardless if it's animal oppression or human oppression. Steven's blog.

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