This year I give my Pennsyltucky Veggie 2011- Best Portobello award to Luna 2 Woodgrill in State College. For $6.95 they serve a large marinated portobello cap that has been woodgrilled and covered with balsamic glazed onions and provolone cheese. Vegans, don’t hesitate to ask for no cheese and the pesto aioli is on the side. Also on the side are the abundant veggie toppings of roasted red peppers, red onion, crisp romaine lettuce and large slices of tomato. The large roll, although no longer made in house, is perfect. The kaiser is soft and flaky enough that you can eat your sandwich as it was intended, with your hands.
I am not considering the accompanying sides in the judging of the many portobellos, they are too various for it to be fair. What makes Luna 2’s Woodgrilled Portobello sandwich the winner is it’s overall flavor, freshness of ingredients, presentation and value for portion.
Luna 2 partner and Chef Jeremy takes his portobellos seriously, likening them to steak for vegetarians. It’s his marinade and woodgrilled flavor that has this sandwich beating out all other mushroom caps in central PA. Congrats Luna 2 Woodgrill (restaurant review in full here) for being awarded Pennsyltucky Veggie 2011 Best Portobello.
Do know of a Pennsyltucky restaurant’s Portobello that you think can beat this one in 2012? If it’s in central PA (see map here) and is a regular vegetarian menu item, let me know and I will include it in the judging next year! Drop me, Pennsyltucky Veggie, a line or feel free to leave a comment!