Going Vegetarian at the Bleeding Deacon
But it's cool. The Bleeding Deacon (4123 Chippewa Street, 314-772-1813) has your back! The pub's LP cover-bound menu contains an entire section devoted to vegetarian victuals, many of which can be made vegan-friendly if you like.
It's made with smoked mozzarella, which all by itself would elevate this preparation above the starvation-stopping Velveeta slab you might apply at home. Add in apples and honey, and the sandwich becomes complex. Sweet! Smoky! Crisp! Planty!
The metaphorical cherry on top of this grilled-cheese masterpiece was to have been French fries on the side. The Deacon's seasoned fries are just right -- skinny and crisp and salty and savory. But on this night, the kitchen was all sold out. The horror!
In the absence of French fries, flash-fried spinach might be viewed as a misguided attempt to offset the dietary implications of all that gorgeous cheese. As it happens, however, given sufficient ingenuity, a mortal human can transform a bona-fide superfood into a salty, greasy heap o' delicious. This stuff's so good it might be worth ordering even when the Deacon's alI stocked up with fries.