I love Mean Greens. All you can eat vegan food, made fresh, with lots of variety. Pictured here: tofu fingers, green bean casserole (yes, the Thanksgiving kind with mushrooms and crispy onions), carrots with asparagus, mashed potatoes and gravy. Squash soup. Kale chips with a sweet potato chip. Pecan pie. Pecan sandy cookie. 100% apple juice with a little cranberry mixed in. Not pictured: the build-you-own crunchy taco, cheese pizza, fresh rolls, lentils, and soft serve ice cream cones that my kids devoured.
So here's what you need to know about this little piece of heaven on the UNT campus. First of all, they are only open during regular semesters (no summers), Monday through Friday. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner on those days. (Yes, the biscuits and gravy are divine!) The first time we went, we were pretty sure we were walking into a laundry room at the dorm. Fear not, they have better signage now! Park for free along Collier or any other neighborhood street where you can find a spot. Walk across Eagle, through the parking lot, and turn left. Stand in awe for a few moments at the incredible decor, walk down the ramp and pay the kind student the very affordable flat rate at the register. (Yes, they take credit cards and allow anyone to eat there.) Eat and be happy, order custom panini, have dessert, then take your dishes to the back window before you go.
Special thanks to Ken Botts of Ecoveggy who put so much energy and love into this place, and to the very talented Chef Wanda. You guys make real and amazing food for people, not just vegans.
Ok, I'll admit that I'm the first one to wish the Greenhouse had more vegan options. My husband and I practically lived there when I was in grad school (and non-vegans) and I know they would rock it if they made a special mesquite grilled vegan dish!
I do have to say that what you see here might just be the perfect spring & summer salad! It's the Quinoa Bean Salad and it's just plain amazing. Cool, colorful and light. So go and enjoy the season there on the lovely patio and soak up the sun!
This Saturday, April 12 at 6:30 pm, join us for a screening of Food Fight at the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship! There will be refreshments by the Denton Vegan Cooperative and all proceeds will benefit the Denton Community Market! Event details: https://m.facebook.com/events/1564604450431597