I had heard good things about Cafe Wylde. I always try to keep my ears open when a new restaurant comes to Everett, but somehow from opening, to when I first ate there, I had forgot the cuisine. I knew it was healthy, and healthy is good... So when my family found themselves at a loss for where to go to lunch, and my stomach was tired of butter, mayonnaise, and beef, I suggested just this spot. And they trusted me without a question.
We sat down, and I immediately loved the vibe. Very bright, open, lots of white and gold, geometric art, and a Himalayan Salt Lamp on top of the fridge. Millennial Love!
Yup, you read the menu right. It's a Vegan restaurant! This is not a problem for me, I've gone through years of being a Vegetarian throughout two phases of my life. I frequently eat a vegan diet during Lent, and we make vegan dishes at home regularly because it's so beneficial for the environment. That said, I knew my husband was hungry, and vegan dishes are off the menu when he's hungry. I looked at him, his eyes were squinty. I looked at our son. He seemed unimpressed. Our daughter seemed unfazed and was looking at the bakery case full of vegan delights. I slowly, carefully said "we can go somewhere else..." With equal care, my husband replied, "This is fine."
The menu includes a wide variety of smoothies, juices, and coffee drinks. My daughter got the Ruby Red because she loves grapefruit, and she was curious about the durian. Durian is a notoriously smelly fruit that people either love or hate. She ended up not liking her beverage, so I finished it, but my coffee came with cream in an adorable copper cup. Love!
My son loved the jackfruit burrito, which came with a decent sized and delicious salad. There is jackfruit in many of their dishes. My husband got the Jackfruit BBQ Sandwich, and seemed pleased. We all agreed that jackfruit does not taste like meat, but has a great texture. Of course, I think it's weird that you would give up meat, and expect your fruits and vegetables to taste like meat. Let it go. Let the meat go.
You can see my dish at the top of this post. I got the Bukhan Bowl, which was plenty of food. It's Korean BBQ jackfruit with quinoa, avocado, and Tamari mushrooms.
Meat has always been easy for me to set aside, but I have a hard time passing on dairy products. Especially cheese, oh how I love cheese! Cafe Wylde's salad dressings, coconut cream for coffee, and their cheesecake totally fooled and satisfied my desire for dairy.
After how my daughter drooled over the dessert case, dessert was a must. Isn't that a scrumptious slice! It was creamy, and light, and had the perfect amount of strawberry flavor. They regularly rotate their cheesecake flavors. I kind of want to buy a whole one, and make a YouTube video out of it... At any rate, we were thoroughly impressed, full, satisfied, but without the heavy sometimes sick feeling you get when eating out. Maybe that's just me. If you're in the area, you should definitely try it out. A true pleasure for vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters alike.
I can count on one hand the foods I dislike, and I'll typically even eat those. Typically frugal, but I'll pay top dollar for an amazing/unique dining experience. Never passed up a free meal, which has led me to become the #36 ranked eater in Major League Eating. July 4th, 2020 will be my third time competing in the Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest at Coney Island. I've been on ESPN. That's right people, I'm an athlete.