Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Imagine Vegan Cafe's New Location! The Bianca Ice Cream Sundae!

Imagine Vegan Cafe — my favorite vegan restaurant/home away from home — has moved into fancy new digs. The new restaurant is at 2158 Young Avenue, just a few blocks down from the last location and right next door to their original location.

The last place was located inside an old house, and it was charming and comfy. But they simply outgrew that space. That's a great problem for a vegan restaurant to have! The new place is roomier, and they've hired carpenters to create brand new wooden furniture. Here's a quick tour.

There's a new built-in dessert counter, which will soon be stocked with Stephanie's amazing pies and cheesecakes.

Handmade, wooden tables line the walls on both sides.

The soft opening was on Thanksgiving, and I missed that since I was out of town. But my friends and I went to brunch there this past Sunday.

Not only have they added new furniture, but there are several new menu items and — most importantly — a VEGAN SOFT SERVE MACHINE. OMG. In the down time as they were preparing for the move, Imagine crowd-funded to purchase the ice cream machine. It's the first vegan soft serve in Memphis!

And even better, they actually named a soft serve dessert after me! I've been a devoted customer since day one, and I eat there just about every week. I am so honored and thrilled to present to you The Bianca — an Oreo-stuffed peanut butter brownie topped with soft serve, chocolate syrup, and nuts.

It's so amazing! The brownie is all warm, and the ice cream is so cold. When Kristie asked me what I would want on a Bianca-themed dessert, I said "peanut butter and chocolate and Oreos." YES! My friends wanted to help me eat it, so I let them have bites. But I made it clear that I was finishing most of this baby on my own.

Additionally, they've updated the menu with a few new items, including this BBQ Salad. That's what I ordered on Sunday. It's BBQ seitan over fresh greens, broccoli, tomato, and baby carrots with your choice of dressing. Of course I chose ranch!

Other new items include pizza by the slice (!!!!!), the steakhouse burger (two patties with veggie bacon, bbq sauce, and onion rings — all piled onto the burger), a vegan grilled cheese, and a BBQ wrap. They've also brought back some long-defunct menu items, like spaghetti and smoked sausage.


Vegan Windy City said...

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LizNoVeggieGirl said...

AHH I love the Bianca Sundae components! Awesome!

vegan peace said...

You get the best food named after you! The salad looks delicious, and the restaurant looks great. That's amazing that a vegan restaurant needed more space!

foodfeud said...

Holy crap that dessert sounds so good. I'm not the biggest fan of ice cream on its own but I love it all melted on top of a warm baked good. Geez.

Susan said...

Now you have a dessert and a sandwich named after you! You are taking over Memphis vegan food. ;)

Unknown said...

I love that they needed a bigger space, it looks gorgeous! What a fantastic namesake dessert.., it's basically everything a good dessert needs. Vegan soft serve is so exciting!!