As we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2011 in June, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. After the jump, find our other choices.
24. Vegan Curried "Chicken" Salad at Books & Books
Characteristic of the forward-thinking bookstore, Books & Books' Cafe has added a number of vegan-friendly dishes to its fresh and healthy menu. The tofu wrap ranks close behind, but this plate really takes the (dairy-free, egg-free) cake. The "chicken" tastes so close to the real thing, a non-vegan at the table expressed major doubts that it wasn't cut from the bird. Only upon slicing a chunk open to examine a cross section of what appears to be a wheat gluten-based faux meat was he satisfied that we hadn't ordered wrong. Coated in a slightly sweet yellow curry and mixed in with walnuts and golden raisins, the "chicken" is plated with a room temperature vinaigrette-flavored cous-cous, and a colorful field green salad drizzled with a tangy honey mustard dressing. Our omnivorous friend, upon sampling the plate, actually blurted, "That food is delicious," looking, could it be enviously?? over his plate of ceviche.
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