Early vegetarians were faced with the challenge of lassoing an apple off a tree or coaxing a corncob into a bear trap. Hunt a healthy harvest the easy way with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of vegetarian and vegan cuisine at The Green Owl Cafe on Atwood Avenue.
The Green Owl's gourmet organic ingredients come from local producers, such as tofu and tempeh from Milwaukee-based organic producer Simple Soyman, and produce from Drumin Farms in Fitchburg and Capellaro Gardens in New Glarus. Peruse the menu and hush up huffy herbivorous cravings with a pair of vegan crabby cakes—two tofu and mushroom patties cooked to a crispy brown and topped with vegan chipotle remoulade ($6). Meat-free lunchers can spicy up a midday meal with a bevy of options, including the vegan italian beef sandwich ($9) and the curry melt, a gardein veggie protein salad with celery, red onion, red pepper, golden raisins, and vegan mayo curry, served atop a ciabatta roll with vegan or cheddar cheese ($9), each chaperoned by a small salad and oven-roasted red potatoes or kale chips. Dinner diners can eat hearty with a smoky, fiery helping of vegetarian jambalaya—red beans, rice, veggies, and marinated tempeh served with greens and roasted red pepper cornbread ($12)— while intrepid eaters attempt to unlock the delicious mystery that is the Green Owl's secret vegan schnitzel recipe, cruelty-free schnitzel topped with creamy porcini mushroom sauce and a side vegetable with oven-roasted potatoes ($13). Entrees all come with a choice of green salad or cup of soup.
The Green Owl Cafe
One of the best BLTs in Madison doesn't have bacon on it. Dubbed the TLT, owner Jennie Capellaro's meat-free version swaps out the pork for strips of tempeh, a type of cultured soy. The sandwich's smoky flavor won over the critics of 77 Square, claiming Best BLT honors in 2010. PETA named it one of the country's best vegan BLTs in 2012. Every year since 2012, it has been named "Favorite Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant" by The Daily Page, and it has been featured on The Restaurant Show in both August and September of 2014.
Jennie and her team at The Green Owl Cafe strive to similarly surprise their diners by coaxing out unexpected flavors from their vegetarian and vegan dishes. Championing freshness, they prefer to work with local suppliers, such as Blue Skies Berry Farm and Voss Organics. One of the only vegan brunch places in Madison, guests can substitute tofu for the organic range-free eggs in many dishes, and enjoy bloody marys with house-infused black pepper vodka. They also periodically throw their popular Raw Nights, treating guests to prix fixe dinners comprised of all raw courses. Jennie matches her menu's celebration of nature with a rustic, wood-paneled interior and an outdoor patio where diners can catch the free vitamin-D capsules regularly tossed down by the sun.
1970 Atwood Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53704Get Directions