Sorry the picture qualities for this post are atrotious, even for me!
After a couple failed attempts I finally made it to Lanesplitter Pub & Pizza! They have two sit-down locations and one for whole pie pick-up around here, all modest-sized and dingy from the outside. Never would you guess that half their menu is vegetarian or that they use one of the best vegan cheeses in Berkeley. My “Best Vegan Pizza” search just recently started, but theirs took the lead with Notta Ricotta. I despise normal ricotta but that’s what I love about vegan cheeses that don’t try to imitate the real stuff.
had a pic without flash but it slipped through a tear in the time-space continuum
This has more of a creamy, herby, soybeany flavor. The crust is Sicilian style, with olives which comes in a combo with salad and drink (5.50 or 6.25 for two slices). You can opt for the thinner, Neopolitan crust but I wanted to relive my Roman holidays where 50% of what I consumed was thick pizza crust. Dio mio, this was the best crust i’ve EVER had, trumping Italy. Looks are deceiving but it was unbelievably doughy and soft, while every bit of the edges/bottom was crispy in contrast. It’s not much in the looks department but there was not one part of the crust that tasted dry or hard. It reminds me of my favorite foccacia at Cafe Giovanni, but with more tastiness on top and without the rosemary (bummer). I wish they used olives that weren’t canned but I’d get it again because another richer, stronger flavor held up well to the light base.
salad with garbanzo/kidney beans and garlic vinaigrette
None of their dressings sounded that appealing but this is quite a nice salad for something that comes with a combo! It needed more flavor. If you took all the combo salads and lined them up in a beauty pageant this would make it to the finals but probably blow it by answering a question with being grateful for the shiny hair God gave her.
Vegan Eggplant Bake (9.75) with spinach, mushroom, onion and roasted garlic in red sauce, smothered in Notta Ricotta
I wanted a carb component in this, but that’s not their fault. It was prepared well but I could make it at home, in which case I’d also add a lot more salt and herbs. This one should consider packing her bags.
vegan german chocolate cake with pecans (6.25)
From Herbivore, one of my favorite albiet trendy/overpriced vegan places. Impromptu purchase after my friend raved about the cake, and seeing as I rarely feel like getting dessert I went with the impulse. It was perfectly moist and I loved the fudge icing and coconut sauce. Vegan desserts are pretty hard to mess up in my book, unless they require buttery flavor (cookies) but I’m sure that’s replicable nowadays. Maybe I’m still not a dessert person. If you’re a chocoholic, I prob wouldn’t recommend this because even though it looks dark it doesn’t have a strong chocolate flavor compared to other cakes. It reminded me of carob but it probably was just milder cocoa. Good for people who don’t want dark chocolate. But then you might try the carrot cake, which is what I’m going to do next time.
Ratings for Lanesplitter only