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Meatless Monday Conquered At Seven Mile Cafe

While I wait for the USDA to sort out its feelings about Meatless Monday with breath that is most certainly bated, I continue the valiant search for meatless dishes that don't suck and aren't cheese nachos from 7-Eleven. This week, I couldn't ignore the dull roar of ballyhoo any longer and decided to check out Denton's Seven Mile Cafe (311 W. Congress). The restaurant opened last year and has enjoyed a rapid escalation into culinary hypedom. Perhaps aided by their ample supply of Cuvee coffee from Austin, compostable cups and cage-free eggs, Seven Mile indulges the stomachs and morals of many, many Denton residents. I can't explain my resistance, but hindsight has me feeling a twang of regret. Plus, I was awarded extra points for dining with a real-life, fully functional vegetarian. She's never had bacon.

The menu is diverse and initiates the classic savory versus sweet decision battle. I went savory and went with tacos. Don't tell your grandmother, my grandmother, or Hector Salamanca, but Seven Mile's Soyrizo breakfast tacos meet and exceed all expectations for tacos made with cholesterol-free, meat-free, gluten-free, quasi-healthy protein. Ding! Many of the menu items can be meatified with real bacon, sausage, chorizo or ham, including my Jo's Breakfast Tacos. Three corn (or flour) tortillas come filled to the edges with soft scrambled eggs, cheese, crispy potatoes and your choice of meat. I'll be honest, I waited with palpable, premature disappointment because I knew our server didn't accidentally write down "bacon" on my ticket. I've had Soyrizo before, even recently defended it as a tasty option for your MM needs at home, but the impending lack of pork on my plate was still cause for a little pouting. Sunday mornings are made for pork, dammit. But these tacos are seriously delicious contenders for becoming a new Sunday morning craving. Maybe we can move the pork up a day and declare Sausage Saturday.

Seven Mile Cafe is obviously doing its part to uphold Denton's funky, independent restaurant scene. It's not just another old, upcycled house with a vegetarian menu, of which I was sure to encounter because, let's face it, the concept isn't new in this town with beards-o-plenty. But there is something unique about the fare and fresh about the atmosphere. As a result, their place in Denton's dining scene has been rapidly and successfully established.

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Sara Blankenship
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