After stuffing ourselves silly with lunch at FÜD, we got back on the road. Our ultimate destination was Vida Vegan Con in Austin, Texas.
However, we hit our driving limit in the small town of Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma. It was after 9 o’clock. And we were ready to stop for the night, pull together dinner from the cooler, and watch Jimmy Fallon.
We picked up a bottle of wine and had it in paper cups from the hotel room. (Because we’re fancy.)
Dinner was comprised of the new Chao cheese from Field Roast, Marcona almonds with rosemary, canned dolmas from Trader Joe’s, pickle slices, and crackers.
(I am kind of obsessed with those Marcona almonds from Trader Joe’s. They’re one of my favorite vegan Trader Joe’s products. I especially love the truffle version, but I’d already finished that one.)
I’d sliced red bell peppers, carrots, and celery sticks before we left. So it made a wonderful meal of nibblies.
Plus, in a hotel, you can eat crackers in bed, and then just move to the other bed in the room to go to sleep. (Like I said, fancy!)
The next morning we stopped for coffee at a local shop, where they had two kinds of non-dairy milk, which was a nice surprise for a tiny town. Come to find out, the coffee shop is owned by a fellow vegan. She was so excited that we were vegan too, because she’s the only vegan in her whole town.
So if you’re ever driving through Paul’s Valley and are in need of coffee, stop by Amber’s Shop and tell her Cadry says hi!
Spiral Diner – Dallas, Texas
That afternoon we reached Dallas, Texas and Spiral Diner, an all-vegan, 50’s style diner.
The space is expansive and absolutely adorable. They have a large and varied menu and a really fun aesthetic.
There’s also a little market area with t-shirts and food stuffs (including a small refrigerated section) if you want to do a bit of shopping while you’re there.
We ordered the chip and dip party with salsa, cheese, and guacamole to start. The cheese reminded me of the cashew queso that I like to make.
They brought it out lightening fast too, which was much appreciated because we were famished.
I’d heard many raves about the reuben from Spiral Diner. As a major reuben fan, I’d hoped to snag one for myself.
Unfortunately, it’s not on the regular menu. So you have to luck into it being the blue plate special. The waiter told me that there was a chance of them bringing the reuben back in the future because they’ve been getting a lot of comments.
Instead, I ordered the Chopped BBQ San’ich. The seitan-based sandwich was topped with pickles, onion and mayo and tossed in spicy sweet barbecue sauce that they make in house.
For a side, I chose the potato salad, which was a little mustard-y for my tastes.
David ordered the Spiral Burger also with the potato salad. (I like that they wrote “spiral” right on his burger bun with mustard.)
They have 3 different options to choose from with the burgers: cashew & quinoa, a Portobello mushroom cap, or a soy-based burger. David opted for the soy burger, which didn’t seem to be made in house and may have been Boca.
It was served with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles.
The dessert case beckoned, but there was simply no room. So we drove to the nearby Bishop Arts District and walked around, enjoying the chance to stretch our legs before beginning the final stretch of the trip.
Next stop, Austin!