Sunday, August 10, 2008

Real Food Daily

I'm shocked that this is my first time blogging about Real Food Daily! It was my first vegan restaurant and still one that I love very much. There are two locations and, a couple weeks ago, I ate at the one in West Hollywood.

I absolutely have my favorite dishes at RFD, but I thought I'd try something new (to me) this time. Knowing that I love Follow Your Heart's Vegan Reuben, I opted for the Total Reuben (from the menu: tempeh, tofu cheese spread, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, sourdough rye bread) with Caesar salad (their Caesar dressing contains tofu, olive oil, lemon, vegenaise, miso, garlic, capers, nutritional yeast, nori & spices) on the side and Iced Roseberry Tea (you can see the color of the tea in the background of the photo).

I hate to say it, but I did not care for this reuben. There was something sweet about it that I'm guessing came either from the cashew cheese or the thousand island dressing and the bread didn't taste at all like rye. Maybe they ran out of rye that day or maybe theirs just isn't very pronounced. Their Caesar salad is also amazing, but the croutons on mine that day weren't great.

Do not let this post discourage you from eating at RFD. Their food is great and there are a lot of options. My favorite sandwich there is the Club and I highly suggest your order it because it's consistently fabulous! The Yin Yang Salad and Cold Soba Salad and Better with Cheddar Nachos are delicious, as are their desserts, hot drinks, and just about everything else I've tried there (which is a lot since I've been dining there for 10 years!). I'm sure there will be many future posts about RFD, so stay tuned...or go try it yourself!


Hannah said...

I've heard so much about this place, and most of it has been very positive! If I ever get back to the west coast, there's no way I'm leaving without trying it.

VeganCowGirl said...

Sorry to hear about your disappointment. To be honest, I have never had a Reuben in my life, vegan or otherwise. But I can see how the thousand island dressing might make it all a little too much.

It is just an excuse to go back and try something else really yummy off the menu!!!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Oh no, I can't believe their Reuben was disappointing! I know I would have tried it, too, if I had ended up going to RFD when I was in town last month. I'm excited to read any future posts about the place, though... I really, really wanted to go there! And call me silly... but my favorite bread to have on a reuben is plain sourdough, not rye. Maybe RFD's bread tasted like mostly sourdough to you, and not much rye?

quarrygirl said...

OK, i know this is gonna be a very unpopular opinion, but i think RFD is overrated. there. i said it. i'm sorry. they are just soooo freakin' expensive and the atmosphere is trendy and cramped. plus, i feel like i can get better food at pure luck, flore, m cafe or follow your heart. and i don't like organic beer! and they never have soap in the bathroom. is it just me? i have had a few good meals there, no doubt. i will probably do a post on them some of their better offerings at some point. i just feel like they are dropping the ball in areas where other la vegan places are strong! on a side note, moby came into my work and he said it's his fave restaurant in los angeles. so it has got moby's endorsement, for what it's worth.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

My husband didn't like the reuben either! I think we'll be sticking to the nachos from now on!

Happy Herbivore! said...

I <3 RFD but I was really upset when I got my hands on the cookbook and read how fatty all the recipes were.

Scott ordered the Reuban the very first time we ever went to RFD and he wasn't overly impressed. He didn't feel it was worth the $ (RFD is expensive) and he liked the Rueben's in Skinny Bitch cookbook better (Native Foods also has a good Reuban).

I highly HIGHLY recommend RFD nachos and Scott's favorite is the RFD burger with the works!