Where: Sage Vegetarian Cafe, 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
GF Menu: YES! I am pleased to update this post to tell you that the regular menu at Sage Vegetarian Cafe now contains a visual guide to safe dining. Separate symbols on the menu indicate a vegan item, an item with vegan options, and an item with gluten-free options available.
What I ate (on 3 separate visits): Caribe, Bud-m-Joon, and Gormeh Sabzi
How to order it: Let the server know you will be dining Gluten-Free.
Sage Cafe’s menu is wonderfully detailed, as it lists the contents of each dish. Knowing what ingredients are in each item helps you make an informed decision when you order. Some ingredients may contain hidden wheat/gluten, so it is always best to ask. For example, when I asked about the Caribe, my server explained that she would need to let kitchen know to use the Gluten-Free Tamari soy sauce.
What it looks like:
Caribe is a well-rounded combination of black beans and grilled spicy tofu garnished with pineapple on a bed of brown or white rice. This dish is served with fresh avocado slices and sweet plantains.
Here is a close-up of the Tamari-seasoned tofu with fresh grilled pineapple.
The Bud-m-Joon contains eggplant, split peas, saffron, tomatoes, sautéed onions, and fragrant spices, including cinnamon. This is served with basmati-saffron rice and a side of shirazi (a traditional Iranian salad of cucumbers, onions, garlic, olive oil, lemon or lime juice, and tomatoes).
Gormeh Sabzi is a meal that is comforting, yet exotic. Described as a “classic Persian stew”, it contains potatoes, red kidney beans, tempeh, and dried lemon. I found this dish both warming and enjoyable. This stew is also served with a side of basmati-saffron rice and shirazi.
Green Note: On the Sage Cafe website, they explain their commitment to fresh, quality foods:
Sage is pleased to offer natural foods made using organic and local ingredients whenever available. Each dish is prepared from the highest quality ingredients, and entirely without the use of any meat, poultry, fish, or harmful additives.
They also offer Organic Shade Fair Trade Coffee and Organic Teas. Click HERE to see 7 reasons to choose Fair Trade coffee.