Turnpike Pizza specializes in New York?style pizza and northwestern brews. The restaurant takes on an air similar to a cafe, with floor-to-ceiling windows, brick walls, a handwritten menu sign. The staff even reserves a corner booth for a family of whirring bean grinders. Chefs use a paddle to remove thin-crust pies from the oven, instead of using it to swim through the stream of marinara sauce that flows through the kitchen. They can craft pizzas to fit dietary restrictions by sprinkling on fistfuls of vegan cheese or bakingthe best tasting gluten-free crusts. Gelatiamo gelato and sorbets cool tongues after hot meals, and pitchers of craft beers and glasses of Italian wine can cool them during meals.
Wooden arches and light-gauze curtains invite diners into Queen Sheba, a cool, tranquil interior rich with the meandering aromas of exotic spices and authentic Ethiopian recipes. An intimate table hosts diners as they enjoy hearty stews crafted with traditional spice mixtures such as mitmita and berbere, which accentuate the chunks of lamb or beef. A spongy serving of injera, a disk of unleavened bread, soaks up spicy sauces, and bites of fresh-cut okra accompany all plates, acting as edible silverware for the authentic stews, not unlike a using pixie sticks as chop sticks. Vegan red-lentil stews or ground peas seasoned with ginger and garlic further rope in taste buds trying to play hard to get.
Every pizza at zpizza is freshly prepared, hand thrown, gently coaxed into the oven using soft birdcalls and pheromone trails, and fire-baked to crispy perfection. The dough is prepared fresh daily from 100% certified-organic wheat, and zpizza is also happy to offer certified organic and gluten-free crusts, sating the pizza desire of the allergic, dieters, and wheat sympathizers. Toppings include award-winning Wisconsin skim mozzarella, MSG-free pepperoni, certified-organic tomato sauce, additive-free sausage, and fresh produce. Try a large ZBQ pizza (with barbecue sauce, mozzarella, barbecue chicken, roasted pepper, red onion, tomato, cilantro, and sweet corn) or a chicken curry and yam rustica (with mozzarella, curry chicken, yam, mango chutney, raisin, and cilantro). Vegans can delight in a small Berkeley (with marinara, vegan cheese, veggie crumbles, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, and bell peppers), and traveling tongues can sate their wanderlust with a mouthwatering Moroccan rustica (with pesto, mozzarella, roasted eggplant, feta cheese, caramelized onion, and pine nut).
While inanimate objects with the power of flight often terrify the muffin-eating masses, aerodynamic aprons are known for their compassionate cuddling and fantastical ribbon dancing. Flying Apron Bakery freshly prepares delicious edibles for the consumption and digestion of all. High-quality organic products, from whole-grain, wheatless flours to non-hydrogenated oils, are creatively employed to compose an overflowing menu of thoroughly vegan, gluten-free, and wheat-free goods. Morning fare includes carrot muffins sweetened with pure fruit juice ($3.25) and sticky pecan cinnamon rolls inspired by organic brown-rice flour and garbanzo-bean flour ($4.25), while cookie jars swell with Macaroon Mountains ($2.45) and pumpkin cookies full of dried apricots, walnuts, and stevia ($1.95).
Sample Donut Selections
National Press: Bon Appétit ranked Mighty O on its list of the Top 10 Best Places for Donuts in the country.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Prepare your sweet tooth with a savory prelude at Diggity Dog Hot Dog & Sausage Co. (5421 Meridian Avenue N).
After: Walk off those chocolate glazed and lemon poppy donuts at Woodland Park (1000 N. 50th Street).
In keeping with the rest of the Plum Restaurants family, Plum Burgers food truck has no meat products on board. Its burgers are entirely beef-free, organic, and vegan?but within these restrictions, the cooks have gotten more than a little creative. The Jerk + Yam burger piles yam and Jamaican-spiced grilled tofu with caramelized onions, whereas the 8-ounce Mediterranean burger layers mint-kissed seitan with pickled figs. Other patties incorporate lentils, portobello mushrooms, and panko-crusted tempeh as meat substitutes.
Also on the menu are a variety of sandwiches and sides, including the popular Mac & Yease, which is a vegan version of mac and cheese that can also go gluten-free upon request. Milkshakes made with vanilla coconut ice cream conclude meals with cool, sweet sips. To track the truck's location, customers can refer to its homepage. It even takes pickup orders via phone call, text, or really loud yelling from across town.