Tortilla chips topped with black beans, tomatoes, black olives, jalapenos, salsa, scallions and cheddar-jack cheese. The vegan option of swapping the cheese for Daiya shreds didn’t cost anything extra and made this huge and well priced appetizer the best we had all year. The addition of guacamole was a minimal up-charge and gave an additional fresh flavor to this dish.
Vegetarians can, and sometimes are forced to, make their entire meals out of a restaurant’s selection of appetizers and sides when dining out. This can be just fine if the dishes are not too heavy, prepared in a healthful way and the diner is not hoping for an entrée. Some impressive exceptions are the runners up, Otto’s Pub and Brewery’s Black Bean & Hummus Dip and Mad Mex’s Pennsyltucky Fried Tofu. Both have excellent portions, very pleasing and unique flavors and house made ingredients. Stellar appetizers that we hope locals will try. Last year’s Pennsyltucky Veggie 2011- Best Appetizer award to Luna 2 Woodgrill in State College for their Tomato Bruschetta is still a top notch appetizer, the flavors are garden fresh year round. I still highly recommend all of Luna 2’s vegetarian appetizers including their Artisan Mac & Cheese comes out quickly and Tuscan Hummus with Veggies & Grilled Flatbread.
It was hard to choose from all appetizers which Central Pennsylvania restaurants have on their regular menus. We would have been even harder pressed if we had included vegan appetizers that were offered as weekly specials. We are happy to have tried dozens of local veggie appetizers and extend our congratulations to Bullfrog Brewery (restaurant review in full here) for being awarded Pennsyltucky Veggie 2012 Best Appetizer for their Mucho Nachos.
Do you know of a Pennsyltucky restaurant whose Appetizers can beat this one in 2013? 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!