Since we had so much fun in Mexico, Chris and I quickly started figuring out when we could travel again and here we are! We put together a loop of vegan restaurants, cafes and breweries and I’m looking forward to sharing our travels.
First up: The Raw Deal in Menomonie, WI. The food is all raw vegan and we shared a Spinach Quiche and Turtle Cheesecake. Both were delicious! The flavors in the quiche were incredibly fresh and the cheesecake had a wonderful cream cheese-y flavor.They had several other desserts in the case as well as small entree options.
I went in thinking the whole place was vegan so I was a little surprised when the barista offered me cow’s milk with my coffee, but thankfully they had almond milk on hand. We headed upstairs and it was nice to get a good feel of how huge the place is. They have a really cool tin ceiling and beautiful exposed brick, and live music was about to start just as we left. There are books all over and some comfy couches for lounging; you can tell they’re really open to having people hang out for awhile which is awesome.
From our table on the balcony, we had the perfect view of the bar and I perused the beer list. They make their own beer! It’s called Real Deal Brewing and we had seen a cute little growler at the register so I talked myself into buying one. After sampling the Driftless and Raw Rye (AKA Geoff), I settled on the Raw Rye because it was just a little more rich than the Driftless. I can’t wait to share it with friends!
The Raw Deal also has a selection of wine (another plus!), and they make juices and smoothies. I would definitely go back to try more of their desserts!
To see more from the Vegan Road Trip, check out Chris’ blog Everyday Tastiness for his review of The Raw Deal.