Monday, February 26, 2018

Terry's Terrace Takes it to the Next Level

Terry's Terrace is an east side jewel that has been open and operating since 1938. They made a name for themselves with their famous fish and chips and slow roasted rib eye, but they are re-establishing themselves as a truly unique space by rolling out a finely curated, well thought out, vegan menu to enhance their regular fare. This was an unexpected surprise, so we reached out to the head chef TJ Newton and visited the space last week to check out the new menu for ourselves.

Our first question for the head chef was why? He put it very simply and said: "why not".  Terry's wanted to be the first restaurant in the area (Terry's is just a short drive from the city up I-94 in Harrison Township) to embrace the idea of a completely plant-based menu that was fun, different, and full of flavor. He created a menu that features bar and grill staples like a burger and put his own twist on items like Mac and Cheese and The Buddha Bowl.  This menu even includes vegan appetizers, wines, drinks, beers, and dessert!
We started off our meal by trying the Shang Hai Cauliflower which features tempura fried cauliflower tossed in house made Shang Hai sauce finished with green onions and toasted sesame seeds. We also tried the Brussels Sprouts which feature a balsamic glaze. Both of us were blown away by how hearty and delicious the cauliflower was. It reminded me of eating some really good Kung Pao Chicken, but it was completely animal free and non-greasy!

For our main meal, we split three dishes. First, there was the Mac and Teese, a sauteed mixture of zucchini, squash, carrots, roasted red peppers and penne in a creamy teese sauce. Then we tried the Impossible Burger which features veganaise and vegan mozzarella that is so delicious that it melts in your mouth. Finally, we tried the Cajun Impossible Tacos which featured corn tortillas, red cabbage, pico de gallo, and ground and flavored impossible meat served alongside vegan Spanish rice. The tacos were spicy, hearty and extremely filling.

Finally, we ended the night with dessert and a drink. We chose the Sweet Potato Caramel Brownie that was made at Safflower Street, a local vegan bakery. This delightful treat featured a chocolate and almond butter base topped with sweet potato caramel and homemade vegan marshmallows. This dessert paired perfectly with the vegan flaming Spanish coffee, which includes vegan whipped creme.

The vegan menu is well thought out, tasty and filling. The portions are hearty and so is the food. Plus, they have a full regular menu that includes monthly specials like Lobster Tails during Lent. This is the perfect place to go with a group because they can cater to everyone's dietary needs, including that friend who will only eat chicken tenders and fries!

Terry's Terrace is open 7 days a week (yes, they have brunch on Sundays), you can learn more about them by following them on Facebook here. Every month their specials change and their menu is constantly evolving. Plus, we forgot to mention ,they have a great game room and a heated smoking patio! We highly suggest stopping in the next time you are on the East Side, this is a must taste!


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