Where: The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant, 1896 Eastland Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206
GF Menu: YES! Click HERE to view. Here are some important notes from The Wild Cow GF Menu:
- Gluten-free bread [Note: Flaxseed-based GF bread, baked fresh and locally by Aunt April's Bakery] is baked in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen; however, it is not vegan (contains free-range eggs).
- Gluten-free items are cooked on shared equipment with foil used for protection from gluten contamination. Separate cutting boards and utensils are used. While we take care to ensure that these items are suitable for people with gluten allergies, we cannot guarantee it.
What I ate: Green Chili Root Salad, Veggie & Quinoa Bowl, Pinto Bean Nachos, Sweet Potato Tacos, Vegan and GF Local Strawberry Cheesecake
How to order it: Since many of the same items are available on both the regular and the GF Menu, The Wild Cow staff advise, “When placing your order, please let us know that you’re ordering from the gluten free menu!“.
What it looks like:
The green chile root salad was a zesty, crunchy treat comprised of leaf lettuce tossed with a house-made green chile Caesar dressing, jicama, beets, & pumpkin seeds.
The Veggie & Quinoa Bowl included grilled vegetables (cabbage, onion, broccoli & carrots) over a bed of organic quinoa, drizzled with green goddess dressing. For a little extra, you can add tofu, tempeh (Wild Cow uses soy tempeh, which is GF, rather than multi-grain), and/or avocado.
The Wild Cow’s nachos were comprised of fresh and seasoned pinto beans, added to organic corn tortilla chips, with brown rice, vegan queso, homemade vegan sour cream, tomato, onions, and homemade salsa.
The Sweet Potato Tacos were a refreshingly novel take on a classic dish. The twist was that their corn tortillas were filled with grilled ginger sweet potatoes, pineapple slaw, and homemade tomatillo salsa, and served with fresh seasoned pinto beans and brown rice.
I dare you to take a bite of this GF Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake and not sigh. First, because of the overwhelmingly scrumptious taste and texture. Then, because it was both vegan and Gluten-Free. I don’t know how Wild Cow’s pastry chef created this dessert, but it was pure culinary magic.
Green Note: The following is taken from The Wild Cow “About” Page:
We opened the Wild Cow to provide delicious, cruelty-free, healthy food to the people of Middle Tennessee…Nearly all of our food is purchased in its whole form, meaning we make almost all of our own sauces, dressings, soup stocks, etc. This means that we can name every ingredient in the food we serve!