Thursday, May 31, 2012

Imagine Vegan Cafe Has Faux Shrimp (and Other New Items)!

Memphis' only full-service vegan restaurant, Imagine Vegan Cafe, recently celebrated its first anniversary (check out this post for pics of the out-of-control birthday buffet), so owners Adam and Kristie decided it was time to revamp the menu.

Now, for those who don't live in Memphis, let me explain something about Imagine Vegan Cafe. The original menu was already massive with around 60 savory items (think chicken fried steak, cheesesticks, drumsticks, vegan cheese pizza, Philly cheesesteaks, beef tips & rice) and a rotating array of vegan layer cakes, cupcakes, deep dish pies, brownies, fudge, cookies, and milkshakes. But now the menu is even bigger with 13 more items! They removed a couple of items that didn't sell so well, but for the most part, the original menu is intact.

One of the most impressive selections on the new menu is the Fried Vegan Shrimp Plate:


They use the VegeUSA Vegan Shrimp. They're battered, fried, and served with cocktail sauce. I've never had real shrimp, but my omni boyfriend Paul tried one, and he said they are a dead ringer for the real thing. And they even look like real shrimp on the inside! Just FYI: I never liked seafood when I did eat meat. So I was a little skeptical as to whether or not I'd like these. But they don't taste fishy at all. They just have a fun chewy texture.


With most entrees, you can choose two sides, so I picked my long-time faves: Mac & Cheese (made with Teese!) and Broccoli with Imagine's homemade ranch for dippin'.

Before, the menu was printed on white paper, and a gigantic blown-up version of the menu was taped to the wall by the front counter. But now they've gone all out and had real menus printed and encased in plastic. Adorbs!


Other new items include Fried Calamari, Potato Skins, Vegetable Soup, Cornbread, Double Bacon Cheeseburger, Chicken Bacon Melt, Meatball Sub, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Turkey Cutlets with Gravy, Stuffed Peppers (I had those last week ... so good!), and Chili Cheese Fries. They're also making their own Thousand Island and "Honey" Mustard Dressings in-house as well.

Since I've tried EVERYTHING on their old menu (I eat there every week ... sometimes twice a week!), I'm excited for the challenge of working my way through the new selections. Next up: Double Bacon Cheeseburger. Oh yea.

12 comments:

Josh said...

Looks great! I'll give it a try. The only faux seafood I've had there was the Mahi Mahi, and I wasn't too impressed. Maybe because, even before I was vegan, I hated seafood.

Lesley Eats said...

Faux shrimp? I have never heard of such a thing! I'll be in Memphis soon and I hope to finally try Imagine.

All about... (vegan) food said...

I always think faux shrimp looks better than it tastes :D

aftermurderpark said...

Always creeped out by false fish products, they taste too...fishy. Which sounds mad. There's some vegan fish fingers in my freezer that have been there for at least a year!

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

that plate looks SO stinkin good! I wish we had an Imagine Cafe! Thanks for sharing!

thejollyfox.com said...

I love VegeUsa's vegan shrimp. I live in LA and there headquarters are about 20 mi southeast in Monrovia. They have this awesome little shop underneath their offices where you can buy all kinds of crazy faux meats like vegan ham, smoked vegan ham, vegan tuna, vegan goose pate stuff...I once bought a vegan lobster from there (it wasn't really that good though, boo). The vegan shrimp are probably my fav. Whole Foods out here stopped carrying them and that's how I discovered the aforementioned store--I ended up buying a 3 lbs bag of them, haha ;)

thejollyfox.com said...

Meant *their* headquarters. Can't believe I used the wrong their/there/they're!

Sarah Bolton said...

Interesting... I loved shrimp before I went veg. Might have to try this out...

tender b. said...

Vegan shrimp? Never thought I'd see the day.

Babette said...

That restaurant seems to be totally my type. I hope you share a picture of the double bacon burger when you try it.

Sheridan & Drew said...

CHILI CHEESE FRIES. OH MY GOD. It's a bit ridiculous how often I crave those and can't get them anywhere. hahah! I'm excited about Imagine's menu additions! I still want to get back there to eat for lunch/dinner, since we were only there for brunch last time - which was stupid good. I want some of that mac and cheese!

Erin said...

I love vegan shrimp! That's awesome that they serve it now. Shrimp was one of the last meats I gave up when I first went vegetarian.