Van Goghz Creates Meatless Masterpieces

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       "Daubigny's Garden" burger at Van Goghz | Tara Mahadevan
  •        "Daubigny's Garden" burger at Van Goghz | Tara Mahadevan

The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick.

Destination: Van Goghz (3200 Shenandoah Avenue; 314-865-3345)

Neighborhood: Tower Grove East/Fox Park/Compton Heights

Cuisine: "American with a splash of Italian"

       Tara Mahadevan
  •        Tara Mahadevan

See also: The Block: A Butcher Shop Even Vegetarians Can Love

Overview: Van Goghz -- which sits smack-dab in the middle of Fox Park, Tower Grove East and Compton Heights -- is a true neighborhood gem. Owner Dani Davis' menu is as veg-friendly as possible and also serves vegan options. Every item can be made without meat or substituted with Match meat. Van Goghz takes pride in making as many things as possible in-house, including pickling its own olives and cucumbers.

       Inside Van Goghz | Tara Mahadevan
  •        Inside Van Goghz | Tara Mahadevan

Highlights: Van Goghz's "Daubigny's Garden" burger ($9) is a rare treat -- a mixed-vegetable patty made of quinoa and various veggies, topped with sauteed portabella mushrooms and Swiss cheese, all sandwiched between a wheat bun. Choose your choice of side: spaghettini or fresh slaw; substitute french fries, tater tots or sweet potato fries for just $1.50 more.

       Stuffed portabellas at Van Goghz | Tara Mahadevan
  •        Stuffed portabellas at Van Goghz | Tara Mahadevan

We asked Van Goghz to substitute the sausage in the stuffed portabellas ($9) with "sausage" Match meat, and it turned out beautifully. The two portabella mushroom caps, which came stuffed with a mixture of cheeses, onions, "sausage" and garlic, were delicious.

Van Goghz also serves a mean vegan biscuits and gravy ($8) for brunch: two grilled whole-grain English muffins are covered with housemade vegan sausage gravy.

See also: Table Reinvents Vegetarian with Faux Escargot and Cauliflowers Empanadas

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