February 5, 2009

Vegan for the Evenin'

I had to be in the East Village for a meeting after work tonight, and faced with the thought of having to commute home to Brooklyn and then cook before putting food in my belly was less attractive than braving the frigeed temps for the 10 minutes it took to walk to Atlas. Anyone keeping up with this blog knows I've spent a decent amount in the kitchen this week, so I made the executive decision to treat myself to dinner.

Despite Atlas's miniscule size, their menu is HUGE! Word to the wise: I highly recommend studying the menu online before arriving so you aren't assaulted by basically a wallpaper of menu items in a very tiny space with three people in line behind you. I panicked and ordered the first thing my eyes laid eyes on that sounded good, and that was the Grilled Vegetable Panini.

It didn't make my socks roll up and down or anything, but it did kind of hit the spot. I wanted the salad factor of lots of vegetables, but I wanted it warm and with fresh bread. Criteria met. It came with a rather paltry offering of potato chips, but that didn't really faze me - I ate like three; I'm not much of a potato chip kind of girl. Could I have made a similar sandwich myself? Probably, but that wouldn't have been as fun and relaxing (plus buying all those ingredients just for me wouldn't have been any cheaper anyway!).

Now, dessert was another story. I have admired the Vegan Treats at Sweet Eats and Another One Bites the Crust enough times that I finally gave in and had to have the experience myself. It's for real, people! These cakes are off the chain, yo. :) After much deliberation with the patient waitress, I settled on the Oreo Cake, following Erica and Nicole's lead. Oh man, I was in a happy place for the duration of my slice, which I meticulously stretched out to about twice as long as that sandwich lasted on its plate. Plus maybe I was simultaneously reading Eclipse to further glorify the experience...

I can't even look directly at this picture even after eating the whole thing because it makes me want another slice! The frosting was total Oreo perfection (what doesn't Oreo make better?), and the cake layers were more like a fluffy brownie than typical bready cake. I really liked its chocolate flavor. This is not as much Vegan as Treat - the taste difference between vegan and conventional was not really noticeable to me at all. There is really only one appropriate expression to describe the experience:
Atlas, you have not seen the last of me, ya heard?


Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Vegan Oreo cake...are you kidding me? What I wouldn't give for a slice of that right now! Please enjoy one for me next time you go to Atlas!

Erica said...

Great vegan eats! That dessert looks amazing (as do all the desserts that Nicole has been featuring on her blog!!!). Glad you enjoyed every bite :) Have a great Friday!

Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) said...

I'm so glad you tried it!!!! It's insane, right?!? I want to know how they do it! Mmmmmm, now I'm craving another slice..

Maybe we'll run into each other at Atlas sometime!

erica said...

Oh man, just looking at that picture of the oreo cake is making me crave a piece!