I love a good theme night for dinner, a party, just about anything. When I heard of Veggie-Centric Sunday at Offshore Ale, I knew I would have to check it out.
It’s the new year, and many of us are still trying to eat more healthy, which includes more veggies, and there are a lot of vegetarians on Island. All of whom would benefit from Veggie-Centric Sunday. Though I am a omnivore, I am one of those people who have been eating a lot more veggies.
Offshore Ale has a menu with lots to choose from, but aside from salads and a couple of other items, there’s not a ton for people who are looking to eat less meat. But now there is a night made just for them.
Each Sunday, a special menu is created, in addition to the regular menu, that focuses on all things vegetarian and delicious.
There were a lot of options for me to choose from. A vegetarian gumbo served over couscous with pan fried tofu, spaghetti squash filled with a veggie puttanesca, ricotta and spinach stuffed shells, the Power Bowl Salad, and of course a vegetarian pizza special.
Everything sounded good and healthy and veggie-centric. The chef of this veggie filled evening, Silvani Liberato Da Silva and her team, had me try almost everything! Whew, were there a lot of leftovers.
Food For All
Let me start with my favorite dish, the spaghetti squash. I have never had spaghetti squash, even though it’s been popular for a while. The thought of squash trying to be spaghetti didn’t seem to appealing. However, I was so wrong.
The spaghetti squash dish served at Offshore Ale is amazing. It was filled with a flavorful puttanesca, mixed with the “spaghetti” (really squash), topped with ooey, gooey yummy asiago and parmesan cheeses. As if that wasn’t enough, really good garlic bread was served on the side.
This dish was so good – all the flavors, the textures – a delicious vegetarian meal, and the good news is that this dish is so popular, it is going to make its way over to the regular dinner menu!! I have really been missing out by not eating spaghetti squash. Who knew!
I also loved the Power Bowl Salad which was loaded with all sorts of good stuff, baby spinach, baby kale, mixed greens, an assortment of roasted veggies, and Israeli couscous, served with housemade carrot, ginger dressing.
So many greens and loved the roasted eggplant and zucchini in this dish. The beets, not so much, since I really dislike them. This was a dish that is great as a meal or as an appetizer. There’s a lot of good flavors in this salad, and the Israeli couscous is that special touch. I like it so much more than the smaller grain couscous.
Some good news about this salad? This too is going to be added to the Offshore dinner menu, offering another good salad option. All this good food makes you feel better about enjoying a handcrafted beer or two when dining at Offshore Ale. Ironically, though I was eating so well, I was drinking the MisBehavin’, Offshore’s winter warmer ale (a personal fav).
Everything else I had was good too, but I am not a big tofu fan so the vegetarian gumbo was not my number one. However, if tofu is your thing, then you will most likely love it!
Veggie Centric Sunday is not just dinner. It’s lunch too! Also, each week, there will be new specials added to the Veggie Centric menu. It’s a great way to try something different at a great year-round restaurant! Speaking of year round, owner Phil McAndrews said that Veggie-Centric Sunday has been so popular that it’s something that will continue through the Summer.
Offshore Ale is happy to offer more vegetarian choices that are creative and fun. So good in fact, you might be able to convert a carnivore or two you know.
Be sure to save room for dessert, which I did not. The Offshore kitchen makes really delicious desserts, like peanut butter pie and chocolate stout cake, in addition to daily specials.
Also don’t forget about Offshore’s famous 2 for 1 Mondays and Wings & Oysters on Fridays ($1.00 oysters and $.35 wings from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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