In a first-person tale of woe, a beleaguered New Yorker stranded in the Land of Lard related his struggle to find adequate vegetarian options
[NYT link, featuring obligatory pic of sullen, obese Midwesterners]. Reactions came swiftly, albeit indirectly
[also NYT] since, curiously, the article itself lacks a comment section. Best comment: the one touting the multiple and tasty options, including veggie dogs and veggie chili on coney dogs, at the dive bar just across the street from the KC Star.
Despite an apparent unfamiliarity with such staples as grilled cheese sandwiches, the cub reporter's failure probably won't keep him down for long.
The Midwest may love its meats, but it has a long history of vegetarian options -- planned or unplanned. Farmers and farmers' markets
encourage both creative home cooks and locally owned restaurants; one commenter from rural Nebraska notes, "Half of my parentage were cattle ranchers and half were truck (veggie) farmers, and I grew up eating veggie-only lunches and dinners regularly."
, many of whom settled in Indiana and Iowa, often create meatless meals
in the comfort-food tradition.
The Twin Cities, with its shortened growing season for most vegetables, still manages to have a vegan raw food restaurant.
Among the many veggie and veggie-friendly options, HauteDish
(I see what you did there!), whose very logo features a sliced-up pig, has offered an intriguing vegetarian prix-fixe tasting menu
for the affordable price of $30. Ethnic spots, including Somali/East African, add to the mix.
Even the frozen tundra of Green Bay about which I asked in a previous and completely unrelated AskMe
boasts its own vegan "rawstaurant.,"
as well as two coffehouse/cafes
, one of which also serves dinner
Moral of the story: For every taunting Sparti's Gyros
, there's an Oasis Falafel
whose food speaks for itself.