Providence’s Thayer Street has added another quality restaurant that is sure to be popular with students and health conscious people, whether they are serious vegans or not.
As foodies who enjoy meat, eggs and dairy, Joyce and I reluctantly decided to check out CHLOE. There were two no-no’s to begin with: no tofu for me, and no beans for her. We discovered that vegan (we prefer the term “plant-based”) cuisine can be both healthy and tasty, using 100 percent plant-based ingredients, with no meat, dairy or egg products, saturated animal fats, cholesterol, preservatives and/or artificial flavors.
We started with one of four salad options: Spicy Thai ($11.95), a meal in itself. Ingredients included apricot-sriracha, glazed tempeh, almonds, quinoa, edamame, scallions, crispy wontons, and a spicy peanut dressing. It was out of this world.
I ordered a Whiskey BBQ “Burger” ($11.95), filled with smoky portabella mushrooms and seitan, onion marmalade, grilled pineapple, sautéed kale and bourbon BBQ, on a potato bun – a unique taste sensation!
Joyce had the Pesto Meatball ($9.95), Italian “meatballs” made of portabella and veggie, marinara, sweet peppers, basil pesto, cashew mozz, and almond parm on a potato sub roll. Of course we shared.
We shared a small mac n’ cheese ($5.95) and it was so good we wished we had ordered the large ($8.95).
We shared a 12 oz. cold-pressed “Howl,” a combination of pineapple, apple, lemon, ginger, cayenne pepper and filtered water, a bit pricey at $9.95. Joyce loved it. I got a cup of their free water. They also have a large variety of beverages from smoothies ($7.50) to lemonade and iced tea ($2.75-$3.75) and hot coffee and tea ($3.)
We can’t wait to go back for more. I’ve never been a fan of macaroni and cheese (Mom cooked it every Friday night and it wasn’t very good), but by CHLOE’s tastes like nothing I have ever had before. It is made with sweet potato-cashew sauce, shitake bacon and almond parm.
We topped off our meal with a freshly baked cookie (2.50) and chili by Chloe, 100 percent plant-based, all natural and kosher “ice cream,” a 4 oz. cup for $4.95.
We’ll be back the next time we go to the Avon. There are so many more things we want to try, like the Classic Burger, a tempeh-lentil-chia-walnut patty with pickles, onion, beet ketchup and a special sauce ($9.95) and their air-baked sweet potato fries ($4.25)
By CHLOE has a large Grab and Go section, with salads, hummus and puddings. You can also get a pupcake or bag of bones for your dog.
By CHLOE opened in New York City and quickly expanded in LA and Boston before moving to Providence.
The atmosphere is casual, trendy and very friendly. You order at the counter, take a seat, and they’ll call you on your cell when your always-fresh, in-house, made to order is ready (or they’ll call your name).
There are 50 seats, including two swinging ones. They are open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday has a 10 a.m. opening with a special Brekkie?? available until 4 p.m.
Check them out at www.eatbychloe.com. They are located 223 Thayer St., Providence.