Top 3 Tuesdays: Vegetarian Food in Roanoke
I love everything at Wildflour. Actually, I probably could have done this whole post about my favorite vegetarian dishes just at this restaurant. Evie’s Red Beans & Rice is awesome and so is the Dragon’s Tooth Sandwich, but my favorite is the Black Bean Burrito Supremo. This delicious burrito is filled with black beans, peppers, corn, brown rice, cilantro, cheese, and it’s topped with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. As is the case with everything at Wildflour, the ingredients taste incredibly fresh and the combination of flavors is excellent. If all vegetarian food tasted this good, I’d have no interest in meat.
Although Firefly Fare is one of the newer restaurants in Roanoke, they already have one of my favorite dishes. The Incan Bowl features quinoa, black beans, corn, sweet potatoes, and what I think is pico de gallo. Ironically, it reminds me a bit of the burrito from Wildflour. The corn is roasted, which provides a unique, smoky flavor and the sweet potato helps bring a bit of different texture. And the quinoa as the base helps make it a hearty dish that is also healthy. There are a lot of great dishes being served in the City Market Building and the Incan Bowl from Firefly Fare is one of the best.
This isn’t even my favorite sandwich at On the Rise but my favorite is disqualified because it has turkey (sorry, Turkey Brie.) The Margherita Panini is a sandwich that has fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil pesto on toasted bread - I order it on Italian bread. It’s quite simple but very delicious. To me, the highlight of the sandwich is the basil pesto. It’s not too oily and and provides a strong basil flavor, which pairs perfectly with the mozzarella and tomatoes. I don’t always order a vegetarian panini, but when I do, I prefer the Margherita. Stay hungry, my friends.