Agra Culture jumped on my radar after I tried their delicious holiday pies at Twin Cities Veg Fest. They offer 3 locations in Minneapolis and strive to cater to many dietary needs, including clear labels on the menu for vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, and paleo dishes. You can grab one of their raw organic cold-pressed juices to go, or meet a friend and enjoy a sandwich or one of their signature plates or bowls.
My first substantial interaction happened through Facebook and twitter as I asked 20 questions about the Chocolate Orange Tart (pictured above) that they were offerings as a holiday pie. Between my sister and I, we have challenging dietary restrictions and I crossed my fingers and my toes that Agra Culture could accommodate us. I received prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable communication and excitedly placed an order for my family to enjoy on Thanksgiving.
I scheduled my pick up for the day before Thanksgiving and decided I could probably make it to 50th & France and back within my lunch hour. While I waited for the staff to retrieve the tart, I decided to order some food to go. Their soup of the day caught my eye: garbanzo zucchini tomato basil. Yum! It was the perfect fall soup. I had to top it off with the Orange Currant Scone that I found sweet and moist, and I loved the pop of flavor from biting into one of the currants. Vegan scones don’t always turn out that great, so finding one this delicious is pretty exciting.
Now onto the tart!
Ok, so the crust was a crisp shortbread, and not overly sweet. The filling is mostly chocolate with a hint of orange (I wouldn’t have minded a little bit more orange flavor, actually), and oh so creamy. I would order this pie again, no questions asked. Except now they’re offering a Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tart that I need to have, so I’m getting one for Christmas. And maybe one for just myself. Don’t judge. Click here to check out the online order form where you can also choose a Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Glaze, Cranberry Upside Down Cake, or Pecan Pie. Just make sure to double check the labels if you have any food sensitivities.
Not long after Thanksgiving, I planned a mid-week dinner with a friend at the Uptown Agra Culture. After a brief twitter consultation, I chose the Sunny Vegan (pictured above) which is tofu in a ginger miso sauce, raw kale salad, peppers and onions, and cauliflower couscous. My Agra Culture twitter friend recommended the Skinny Buddha which I will definitely try next time (it’s more expensive than the Sunny Vegan by $2.50, and I wanted to try a side but also not spend too much).
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The salad and couscous are served cold, and the tofu, peppers and onions are warm, and after mixing it all together I found it just right. The tofu was the highlight of the dish for me: firm on the outside and soft on the inside, and I’m in love with the ginger miso sauce. I found the kale fresh and earthy, and the couscous was delightfully light and fluffy. This is a filling dish on its own, but like I said, I went in for a side as well…
I selected the Agra Hash which include fingerling potatoes, onions, peppers, garlic and asparagus. The potatoes were perfect cooked – soft yet firm, and the garlic wasn’t overpowering. My only gripe was that they used a bit too much oil for my liking, but it might be just fine for others. All of the sides listed on the website are labeled vegan, and I’d be perfectly happy making a dish from sides alone.
Overall, I’m incredibly happy with the addition of Agra Culture to the Twin Cities. They aim to provide organic, healthy food options that fit many people’s dietary needs. I can see why they were voted the winner of the Healthy Food & Drink category on Minneapolis Happening’s Happening list. Click here to head to Agra Culture’s website and read more about them.
Have you tried Agra Culture yet? What did you get?
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