I wonder if Damon Brasch could do for veganism what American Apparel founder Dov Charney has done for generic clothing: make it sexy as all get-out. Brasch is the owner of Green, New American Vegetarian, a purveyor of vegan comfort food on Scottsdale Road in Tempe, not far from the South Indian place Udupi Cafe that I reviewed last week. Like American Apparel’s Mill Avenue location, Green draws a young, eye-pleasing crowd. And the college-aged lasses who work Green’s counter are most certainly a match for the slim urban sirens who populate AA’s online outlet.
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The guitar player for Phoenix band MISR WAT (and chef and owner of Green Restaurant) is busy writing new songs with his band.
What’d you eat for dinner last night?
Simple Broccoli and Pasta (recipe below)
Probably fresh artichokes, we make them at home a lot. They are a pain to clean and prepare, but oh-so-worth it.
Least favorite food:
Balut. It’s a Philippine delicacy and just wicked, wicked, wicked. Google it, but don’t eat it.
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We’ve taste-tested as much faux-chicken as we could get our hands on, and we’ve finally tallied the results in our quest to name some of the best mock meats on restaurant menus around the country.
And the Top 10 Faux-Chicken Sandwiches in the U.S. are …
1. Green New American Vegetarian, Tempe, Arizona: The Secret BBQ Chicken Sandwich features mock chicken topped with caramelized onions and peppers slathered in espresso BBQ sauce. The sandwich is also served with vegan mayo and your choice of thyme fries, curry pasta salad, tahini coleslaw, or fresh fruit.
2. Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Philly’s most famous sandwich, but with a twist! The Vegan Philly Chicken Cheese Steak has soy chicken and rainbow peppers grilled in olive oil and topped with soy cheese. The sandwich is served on a sesame seed roll, a whole wheat roll, or a wrap.
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