I started off with lunch at Heavenly. They're a fairly new all-vegan restaurant - they've only been open since May. Heavenly became my favourite restaurant after my first meal there, and it remains firmly in first place after today. It doesn't hurt that they don't have much competition, but they easily quash the few other contenders with a varied menu that doesn't seem to be based around vegan stereotypes (elaborate salads and every other dish full of nuts).
They just debuted their winter menu today, so the lunch service was a bit off due to having just received the ingredients. There were a few things on the menu that I liked the look of but weren't available, but even with that I had some tough decisions to make. I started out with a new item, garlic mushroom crostini (picture below). It was gorgeous - so much so that I got it again at dinner.
Luckily for me, the one thing on the old menu that I'd not been able to try made it to the new menu, and they had that ready to go, so that was my main - bangers and mash with red onion gravy.
The only dessert I fancied wasn't ready yet, so I moved on to my next destination.
After that, I did a bit of shopping. I went to Roots and Fruits, which seems to have reorganised and shifted half of the shop to the new (2nd) location on Argyle Street. However, I did manage to get some Tofutti Sour Supreme, so hopefully I'll get it in gear and make the Deli Reubenettes from American Vegan Kitchen. After that I went to Lupe Pinto's and bought Bisquick. I will make the I-40 Blog's sausage balls.
Then it was time for me to meet PPKer Debbie for dinner, again at Heavenly! I was going to get the polenta cakes, but then I realised they had pesto, which was made with pine nuts (allergen), so I had the crostini again.
So, in case you hadn't worked it out, I would absolutely recommend Heavenly. We've been a couple of times when it wasn't very full, so we worry a bit that they'll stay open. But with the new menu moving away from, as Debbie put it, everything looking like the one vegan option in most non-vegan places, to truly unique and creative dishes, I hope it's soon regularly packed and in no danger of closing, because every other restaurant now pales in comparison.