This is a historic (well, historic in FU-land) post. For the first time ever, Grace picked a vegetarian place for us to try. Without any convincing, cajoling, or nudging.
G: Did I just suggest The Arbor
M: … Wow you actually did.
G: You have taught me well.
Along with its sister restaurant, the Acorn, the Arbor serves up vegan and gluten-free fare for hipsters—err, cool peeps who just happen to be hanging around Main Street.
We started with the artichoke nuggets: spiced crispy artichoke, black pepper agave, with red pepper aioli to dunk. Mell doesn’t usually prefer the texture of raw artichoke, but this combination is seriously 💯 with the perfect amount of crisp when you sink your teeth into these little guys.
G: I’m getting Meet on Main vibes is this reminding you of their buffalo wings??
M: Same. These are just as delicious and at a way better price point.
We never can say no to baos, so we went with the pulled jack-fruit steamed buns: BBQ jackfruit, cilantro sauce, and shiitake mushroom.
G: Is this… Korean? Or… Mexican… I’m confused.
M: I’m getting green harissa vibes and the bun is falling apart 🙁
Nailing the perfect veggie burger is tough work and Mell had seen plenty of pictures of the Arburger on insta. Since the burger is sort of the epitome of comfort food, we gave it a shot: house-made, dry-aged 1/4lb patty with special sauce, lettuce, pickle, and Rob’s ketchup with eggplant bacon.
We were not disappointed. The patty tastes mostly of rich, black bean and is dense enough that it won’t fall apart in your hands. There’s plenty of crisp lettuce and onions for a satisfying crunch and AMAZING Rob’s ketchup and pickle combo which reminded us of White Spot’s Triple-O sauce (minus the mayo). There also appears to be a good slathering of red pepper aioli (special sauce?). All in all, a definite win in our books, especially when Grace gives the thumbs up too.
G: What do you think? Dessert?
M: What’s around here?
Server approaches: Are you guys up for dessert?
G + M: FUCK YEA WE’RE NOT HARD TO CONVINCE AT ALL
Mell had seen a review that said their pumpkin bread pudding (spiced pumpkin purée, hemp heart, cashew crème anglaise, and pear mostarda) was a bit dry, but we wanted to try pumpkin bread pudding, damn it. SO happy we did because this was the best end to the meal. The cashew crème anglaise is to-fucking-die-for. The bread pudding wasn’t dry at all, but moist and rich and delicious. It’s more dense than your average, but we didn’t mind that in the slightest.
Even though the baos were a miss for us, everything else we put to our tastebuds was delicious and worth another visit in the future. Though this restaurant is mostly vegan, we didn’t experience the whole “this tastes okay but something is off” type-of-feel that we sometimes get when eating at other vegan places. Even the things that usually aren’t vegan (ie. crème anglaise) were so damn tasty that we basically forgot we weren’t eating any animal products. Thanks for the meal, Arbor, we’ll be back. ✌️