One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Restaurant Review – Au Lac Café Fresno, CA

When you think of Fresno, CA the last thing you think of is great vegan food. But if you take one glance at my Fresno Guide you’ll see that Fresno actually has quite a bit to offer the central valley vegan. I’ve heard of Au Lac Café (1495 N Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA 93728) for years now but for some reason just decided to give it a try this last Christmas. It is literally a block away from Charlotte’s Bakery so you can have a great meal and then walk over to have an incredible dessert.

Au Lac Café has a simple menu with amazing flavors. Here’s a sneak peak of what their menu has to offer:

Happy Burger – chicken patty, tomato, lettuce, sprouts, onions, vegannaise, mustard (optional teriyaki sauce)
Teriyaki Burger – chicken patty with sautéed mushrooms and teriyaki sauce
Veggie Sandwich – loaded with every type of vegetable you can imagine
Fried Rice
Curry Fried Rice
Lemongrass Chicken
Garlic Chicken
BBQ Drumsticks
Au Lac Fish
Tofu Delight
Chow Mein
Avocado Delight Salad
Eggplant tofu with rice
Chow Fun
Vegan Chicken Stir Fry

My personal favorites are the happy burger, the teriyaki burger, garlic chicken (tons of garlic!) and the vegan chicken stir fry. I could have their happy burger every single day for the rest of my life and be a happy little guinea pig.

They also sell faux meats out of a big freezer in the corner of the restaurant. They have a vast assortment of vegan and vegetarian chicken, vegan pork, vegan fish, vegan bacon and even vegan lamb. Everything at Au Lac’s is reasonably priced with the average menu item priced at $6.50. A pound of vegan chicken ran us about $4.50 and is definitely enough to make a couple great dinners out of. The only downside to it is that I can’t get that same faux chicken in Atlanta. If you are trying to decide where to eat in Fresno I highly highly highly recommend you head to Au Lac first then work your way down the list. And remember to bring cash, they don’t take credit cards.


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  2. Interesting. There's another restaurant in Orange COunty called Au Luc, but I thinks it's mostly RAW.

  3. INTERESTING! I didn't even know this place existed! The wife and I will have to drop in and have a Happy Burger!


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