For my friend Samantha’s 21st birthday, we went out for dinner to celebrate at Samantha’s restaurant of choice: Jack Astors.
Most of the meals, appetizers and desserts at Jack Astors are not vegan friendly, nor can they be easily adjusted to be vegan friendly. Luckily, for those with dietary restrictions, the Jack Astor’s menu is readily available online and you can point out your allergens and the menu will remove options that contain those ingredients.
Before I went to the restaurant, I highlighted the ingredients I do not eat and the options were very limited. When I was at the restaurant, the staff were very helpful and they noted that most of the already highlighted vegetarian options can be made vegan through the removal of cheese.
Here is what my vegan coworker, Olivia, and I ordered for dinner.
I had the tofu fajita bowl.
seven grain rice base topped with black beans, chopped tomatoes, onions, green and orange peppers, baked tortilla strips, fried jalapenos, a halved avocado. on top is the protein of choice, sprinkled with a vegan friendly spice mix and sauce.
making it vegan:
skip the feta
substitute steak or chicken for their marinated tofu
The fajita bowl did not disappoint – I enjoyed this meal. The portion size was just right and was what I was expecting. Personally, tofu is not my favourite, however, Jack Astor’s recipe tasted very good and combined with the rest of the bowl and the spicy sauce – it was not an issue for me. The tortilla slices added a crunch to the meal and the veggies were cooked just right.
I was not pleased that the tofu option was an additional charge making the meal more expensive than both the steak and chicken options of the meal.
build your own fajitas
Olivia ordered the tofu option for the build your own fajitas.
bowls shredded lettuce, salsa, guacamole, and warm tortillas, served with a hot plate of tofu, green and red peppers, and onions.
making it vegan:
skip the sour cream and cheddar
choose the tofu instead of the chicken, steak or shrimp options