Friday, November 20, 2015
Out of the Kitchen: Randita's Organic Vegan Cafe
I think I've said this about sixteen billion times on this blog, but I love Pittsburgh. I love it for an endless number of reasons, including the outstanding number of vegan dining options in the city and the surrounding suburbs. About 2 miles up the street from our apartment, just over the Highland Park Bridge in Aspinwall is the beautiful Randita's Organic Vegan Cafe.
Warm, beautiful, clean, cozy, relaxing. Of all of the places we've done the Out of the Kitchen series for, this is the most at ease I've felt in any of the restaurants. The place is beautifully painted and decorated, and I really felt comfortable taking photos and relaxing in their dining area.
Our hostess/server was so friendly and eager to talk with us about the restaurant. On the weekends they have a completely different menu that changes week to week and live music to entertain diners. We can't wait to come back!
Randita's had my heart the moment I looked at the menu. Every item is vegan and my mouth started to water at mentions of nachos, burgers, reubens, meatball subs, BBQ wraps, tacos, and so on! It's so nice to go to a vegan restaurant that is packed full of hearty, delicious dishes, not just raw/innovative vegetable dishes. Sarah and I started the night off right by splitting the nachos. Cheese, sour cream, salsa, taco 'meat,' and fresh cilantro - they were fantastic. Never did I question the dairy-free cheese, which is a big win for any dish.
Nick: I ordered the reuben sandwich. A reuben has always been a go-to restaurant staple for me, and I haven't had one in over a year and a half. Needless to say, I was very excited to try it and I was not disappointed. It was perfect. The dressing, the kraut, the seitan corned 'beef,' and the bread were all on point. This was a truly satisfying sandwich.
Sarah: I ordered the meatball sub. If you remember from our eggplant meatball sub post, I rarely pass up a meatball sub when it's an option (this is both before and after I stopped eating meat.) The lentil and brown rice meatballs were incredibly delicious. The marinara sauce was super tart (maybe a little too tart for my taste), but was well balanced out by the dairy-free mozzarella and fresh bun.
We ended the night by splitting a piece of chocolate peanut butter pie that was thick, rich, delicious, and not too sweet.
Overall, Randita's is a must! Everything about our experience was an A+. The atmosphere, the food, and even the price! By the way, the restaurant is BYOB and there's NO corking fee.
If you're vegan, vegetarian, meat-eater, it doesn't matter - take the time to check out this very special place! They have locations in Aspinwall, Saxonburg, and a food truck. We were both so impressed with Randita's and will definitely go back soon.
Sarah & Nick
P.S. Randita's Aspinwall location is right up the street from Kristi Boutique, a beautifully designed and curated shop that I visited a few nights ago for a Style Social blogger event. If you live in the area, you should stop by on Small Business Saturday to promote two great local businesses!
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