Vegan fast food? Say what, say what? In New York City you can find just about anything you want, and now vegan fast food is one of those things. Pamela Elizabeth, owner of the well-known NYC vegan restaurant chain Blossom celebrated the grand opening of her third Blossom Du Jour (BDJ) location, which offers healthy vegan fast food and drinks (a quickly-expanding market) that are “healthful, environmentally conscious, and prepared quickly and efficiently.”
This week I got the chance to pop in Blossom Du Jour’s new spot on 23rd Street in Chelsea to test out some of the menu. Right off the bat, I love that BDJ is offering healthy vegan takes on comfort foods like tacos, buffalo fingers, chocolate chip cookies, and oooey-gooey sandwiches.
Read on for details below! Overall, I’m loving BDJ’s “shrewd fast food” menu. It proved to be both convenient and crave-worthy.
If you live in the city, you’ll have to check out BDJ. In addition to Chelsea, they are settled in Midtown West and the Upper West Side. Here’s a little taste of some of the food I snacked on. I can’t wait to go back and try some of the salads.
Unchicken Avocado Griller – This sammy was practically made for me with ciabatta-like bread and toppings such as avocado, lettuce, and a pesto vegan mayo. The “unchicken” patty was juicy and fresh off a grill with a splash of lemon. This was my favorite from the selection of sandwiches and wraps I tried.
Smokey Avocado Wrap -This wrap was also yummy and I was thinking it would be a good choice for a bacon lover. The smoked tempeh has a nice chewy texture and pairs nicely with avocado, tomato, lettuce, and a chipotle aioli.
Field of Greens Pressed Juice – This green juice was delicious and fresh (made from spinach, cucumber, apple, and lemon). But the best part about it is the bottle is $6.89. That is dare-I-say CHEAP when it comes to fresh green juices (most are at leat $8-10 here in NYC). I give BDJ props for selling juices under $7. They only have juice flavors right now, but I hope their reasonable price will bring in the customers and more flavor options.
Buffalo Bites – Okay these were pretty awesome. I know so many people who have a hard time giving up chicken wings when they go vegan/vegetarian (even just for a cleanse), so having buffalo-style substitutes is so great. The flavor of these was spot-on and I loved the caesar style dipping sauce. I thought they texture could be a little softer, but overall this is a great addition to the menu and perfect for anyone with a chicken wing craving.
Thrive Smoothie – I looked at this smoothie and wasn’t sure about the color, but it tasted downright amazing. After checking out the ingredients, I knew why I liked it so much. With banana, blueberries, and almond butter to sweeten up the kale and pea protein, this smoothie is healthy, filling, and satisfying all at once. Winner!
Chocolate Chip Cookie – I brought home this cookie to my boyfriend who is a total nut for sweets. We both agreed that it was a little on the greasy side, but the flavor was great and I loved the soft texture. I’ll pick a soft cookie over a hard or crispy one any day. Plus, I loved that it was loaded with chocolate chips. Another great choice on a cravings day.
Midtown Melt Sandwich – This sandwich is a good pick for a cheese lover. It’s also the menu item I would pick out for someone who’s new to the vegan or vegetarian world. Take a few bites and you feel like you bit into an upscale grilled cheese or a traditional melt from a diner. It’s both spicy and sweet with cajun-spiced seitan and chipotle aioli offset with an agave-sweetened guacamole.
DISCLAIMER: I was invited by Blossom Du Jour’s PR representative to attend the store opening and try out some free samples of their food. All of the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.Pin It