“Something for everyone.”  — Christopher Seckman

That is the mantra at North End Cafe. With a minimum 30% of the menu being vegetarian at any time, there truly is something for everyone here.

Chef Christopher Seckman knows that everyone has different dietary needs and that most often, vegetarians get the short end of the stick on a menu. Rather than offer just vegetable sides or a big salad and rolls, he has created many choices on his breakfast, lunch and dinner menus for all levels of vegetarians. 

Vegetable toppings

 

Searing tofu before incorporating it into recipes.

What are the levels of vegetarian you might ask? Well, I had to ask.

  • Vegan: No animal products at all.
  • Vegetarian: Nothing with a face.
  • Ovo-lacto vegetarian: Will eat eggs and dairy.
  • Pescatarian: Will eat fish.

 

As a former chef at Foxhollow, Chef Seckmann sees the curative and preventative properties of food. Note to readers: he is not a vegetarian but was at one time. He says it was bacon that brought him back to carnivore land – a totally understandable reason.

We sat down to breakfast and had two lovely vegan meals.

Vegan Burrito: Black beans, jalapenos, pineapple and red onion mixed with barracho salsa and guacamole, and served with pico de gallo

 

Breakfast Stir Fry with tofu and vegetables: Seared tofu sauteed with vegetables, served with home fries and a choice of bread.

 

Lunch and Dinner Entrees

Proving that vegetarian entrees can have some depth are the following:

Fried Goat Cheese Ravioli appetizer served with marinara.
Photo credit: Chris Witzke

 

Eggplant Casserole: Eggplant, potatoes, onions, butternut squash, provolone, parmesan, red peppers and garlic served over spicy lentils.
Photo credit: Chris Witzke

 

Chickpea and Quinoa Cake: Chickpeas, quinoa, grilled vegetables, crumbled goat cheese and red pepper coulis. Photo credit: Chris Witzke

 

Black Bean Cake.
Photo credit: Chris Witzke

 

Wild Mushroom Lasagna with caramelized onions, mushrooms, spinach, ricotta, basil creme fraiche and tomato sauce.
Photo credit: Chris Witzke.

 

Inspired? I know I am. I also know that this is the first time I have ever had tofu for breakfast and it will not be my last. It was outstanding.

North End has two locations: 1722 Frankfort Avenue and 2116 Bardstown Road. They are open seven days a week. For more information, visit their website at www.NorthEndCafe.com.