Vegetarian in St. Louis 

My freshman year of college I thought a great way to avoid the freshman 15, would be to become a vegetarian. I soon learned living off of cheese, pizza and pasta was not a way to avoid anything.

Needless to say I’m not a vegetarian anymore, but one of my husbands good friends is. He was visiting from living abroad in Switzerland (that lucky bastards) and we decided to try an apparent St. Louis vegitarian hot spot.

I should also mention this friend is an insane athlete. A man who runs at least 18-20 miles EVERY WEEK FOR FUN. I’m convinced he’s some new type of herbivore robot.

Any-who – we went to Frida’s, the top Google result for ‘St. Louis Veterinarian.’

I’ll be honest. I was more in the mood for wings and burgers than kale and cucumber

To my surprise and delight, the menu was large and filled with variety.

I started with the soup of the day, a mushroom barley. Filled with flavor and kick, this soup du jour deserves a place on the menu for good. The picture does it no justice. Bad lighting.  

For my entree I had the kale salad: Oil-free marinated kale salad served with sprouted sunflower seeds, tomatoes, scallions, avocado and nutritional yeast.

 What is nutritional yeast? The waiter described it as a parmesan cheese substitute. It was a nutty, salty addition that was certainly no cheese, but  tasty none the less.

The husband had the Mushroom Reuben, and it was amazing. Crimini mushrooms, swiss, avocado, tomato, sauerkraut, house-made thousand island, Black Bear Bakery’s pumpernickel swirl bread. Mouth. Watering. Goodness.

 Botton line is I can not wait to go back to Frida’s, and I’m no vegetarian.

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