Fuel closed temporarily over the past few weeks while they installed a pizza oven and concocted a new menu. They hired my friend Don, who, as the leader of Memphis Pizza Cult and the baker of Lulu's Baked, has a bit of a local reputation for being a vegan pizza/cashew cheese wizard. Don makes his own crust from sourdough starter and handcrafts artisan cashew cheeses. Plus, he's got serious pizza topping knowledge.
Fuel reopened today (Tuesday!), but we were invited to the soft opening last night. My friends Susan and Kenzie (Don's wife, aka the First Lady of Pizza) shared a few pies. I ordered the Jason's Temptation Pizza, vegan-style. This has a cream sauce with cashew mozz, potatoes, and dill.
The great thing about Fuel's new menu is most things can be made vegan (and the menu lets you know what to say to sub out for vegan ingredients). Also, many of the sauces — like the cream sauce and mushroom cream for pizzas — are already vegan. This was definitely my fave of the bunch because I think potatoes and cream on pizza cannot be beat.
Susan went with the Carrot Hawaiian Pizza (vegan-style) with carrot ham, cashew mozz, red sauce, and pineapple. Don's carrot ham is simply amazing. He's been using that to stuff inside his Lulu's Baked buns at Saturday farmer's markets, and I'm so glad I can get it on pizza now.
Kenzie got a build-your-own pizza with Beet Pepperoni and Cashew Mozz. I mean, beet pepperoni, y'all! How great is that????!
With the build-your-own menu, the vegan combinations are endless. Next time (when I don't have kale-hating Susan with me!), I'm getting a cream sauce base with baby kale and cremini shrooms.
The dinner menu also features several vegan sub sandwiches — an oyster mushroom banh mi, one with blackeyed pea falafel, and a roasted veggie (with vegan cheese).
We also got an appetizer to share — Oyster Shrooms with a Vegan Aioli. These were crispy and well-seasoned without being overly oily. LOVED the dipping sauce.
Kenzie got the Caesar-Esque Salad (ordered vegan) with tahini dressing and Don's handcrafted sourdough croutons. I tried a bite, and it was fantastic.
The starters menu also features a vegan Herbed Lentil Salad, Roasted Carrots with Dill Tahini, Blackeyed Pea Falafel, and Walnut Pate.