Monday, June 13, 2011

Vegan Love at Double Wide Grill

Another well-known destination for vegetarian food, Double Wide Grill in the South Side is always packed with people (and their dogs!) outside on the patio, playing cornhole and enjoying great food. I recently went for the first time since becoming vegan last year. Wow--was I in for a treat! I decided to order something I normally never would either order or make myself: Caribbean Coconut Tofu.

But first! The side salad was fresh, had lots of veggies, and came with sliced avocado. Any salad that comes with avocado will likely get an "A" in my book, but the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette dressing made this simple salad awesome. The dressing was so creamy, I asked the waitress to make sure it was vegan. (It was.)

OK, back to the Caribbean Coconut Tofu! The big chunks of tofu are breaded and fried (in a separate fryer just for vegan and vegetarian items) to a deliciously crispy perfection and topped with a Caribbean onion and coconut rum sauce. O. M. G. Yes, it tasted as amazing as it sounds. It was served with caramelized onion and cilantro rice. The rice and tofu together were simply heaven. I think I said, "Omigod, this is soooooo good" about 50 times during the meal. I'm not even a big fan of Caribbean flavors or sweet-ish meals (I usually like only my desserts sweet), but this was one of the best meals. Loved it!

Double Wide has a number of other vegan and vegetarian selections, so I can't wait to go back and try other dishes. Double Wide is also great because they have lots of outdoor seating, which makes for good people watching, and it's not only vegetarian, so omnivores can get their meat on if they want. Sidenote: My husband loved the salad and tried my tofu and really liked it. He did not, however, like what he got, which was a pulled pork sandwich (I know, yuck). I told him he should have stuck with veggies and tofu like me and would have had a much better meal!

Double Wide website
Double Wide vegan and vegetarian menu (pdf)


  1. do they have any vegan food that's non-tofu? I can't eat tofu too much anymore due to all my research pointing to how bad it is for the body. i'd love to know if they have tempeh, or actual vegetable-based dishes.


    ~ Rick

  2. I just ate there on Sunday! I also had the house salad with cilantro-lime vinaigrette (yum) and tried their seitan wings. They were deeeelicious! Definitely more of a treat since they're fried, but so good!

  3. Um hellooo. Double Wide is three blocks from my house, and I get that Caribbean coconut tofu almost every time! So good. If I don't get that it's the Cal-i-for-ni-a salad, which I love for it's grapes and pears, avocados, and cilantro-lime dressing. LOVE.