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Monday, August 4, 2008

Meat is murder....until 7:30 p.m.

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Trippy, huh? This is the lighting at the World Peace Cafe (220 Hammond Dr., 404-256-2100) in Sandy Springs, where we ate Saturday night. This place isn't up to Dynamic Dish, but in our week of dining on meatless meals, it was the next best by far.

The cafe is operated by the nearby Rameshori Buddhist Center. This Buddhist sect operates the cafe worldwide. The kitchen does use eggs and dairy products, so the cheese in my rich cauliflower quiche was real Emmenthaler, for example.

I've been in shock ever since my "veggie burger" earlier in the week, so I couldn't bring myself to do more than take one bite of Wayne's blue cheese burger here. I'm happy to say that it did not deserve hiding under a napkin like the Standard's.

On the recommendation of a reader, we tried Soul Vegetarian (652 N. Highland Ave., 404-875-4641) Sunday night. This restaurant, like World Peace Cafe, is part of a global chain operated by a religious organization.

They were out of the barbecued kalebone twists the reader recommended, so I tried the fried cauliflower with barbecue sauce. (Yes, I was on a cauliflower kick last week.) Oy. The cauliflower was tasty but the sauce was disturbingly sweet.

Wayne had the kalebone "country fried steak" with gravy (above right). "It tastes exactly like country fried steak," he said. I had a bite and suggested that his memory was going fast.

The only thing I really liked was the collards.

Granted, the place is all vegan and is trying to duplicate classic Southern cooking, but they can do much better.

Our experiment of eating meatless ends this evening when we visit the Glenwood for its first "summer farm meal." I'll be reporting more fully on my week of regression to hippiehood in my Grazing column issue after next.

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