Saturday, March 04, 2006

Caffrey's to the rescue.

Loyal readers know that I got jacked back in September by some young ruffians in my neighborhood, and in fact on my block. Not on my block as in "I'm out on the block all day gettin' that paper," but rather a handful of doors down from my house.

As such, my wife and I packed up our belongings, got the fiercest dog we could find (a greyhound, naturally), and rocked some westward expansion. Destination? Uptown Minneapolis, about three or four miles from where we started. Tops.

The thing about Uptown is that it's really easy to spend a lot of money in a hurry. Previously we lived in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood, which while charming in many ways, is also rather sketchy in others (e.g. it is controlled by the Bloods). The nearest bar worth walking to was the Chatterbox, which, in fact, is not really worth walking to, especially since it was probably a good mile and a half away from us.

Now we're within walking distance of two or three Thai places (I could eat Thai food everyday - no problem), a couple of Indian places, a handful of Vietnamese restaurants, and a whole lot of liquor. No joke. And while it is annoying that the nearest liquor store has narrow aisles and cooler shelves that are too close together so that you can't get your beer out, and they only take cash (!), the local "bar scene" is pretty great.

Even if the waffle fries at the C.C. club have some sort of beef ingredient. The regular french fries are vegan, unless you're one of those crazy types who requires a separate fryer. In that case they aren't even vegetarian.

But sometimes after a night of beer and whisky, barfood just doesn't cut it. Luckily, it's just a short stumble down the street to Caffrey's, where there are two different vegan sandwiches to choose from. They're a bit pricey, but you'll never notice as long as you go there while intoxicated.

While previously I only knew about one vegan option there (the cold vegetable sandwich with Veganaise or hummus, depending upon availability of the former), I was recently made aware of the number five. This is the three pepper chicken, which can be made vegan using mock chicken and the aforementioned condiments, and is so goddamn good drunk or sober that it is well worth the eleven or twelve dollars it'll cost you to get the 14". That's right, 14" of sandwich, perfect for sharing or for binge-eating (to follow your binge drinking, naturally).

The best part is that I have never had a violent encounter while travelling to or from Caffrey's, although I suppose there's still plenty of time for that.


Blogger veganerd said...

do you eat there often? i do. maybe we should meet up there sometime if youre interested.

5:07 PM  
Blogger the surly vegan said...

i would be interested, but as mentioned, usually when i'm there it is rather late at night and i am rather, well, maybe not-so-charming bordering on obnoxious.

sort of like my internet persona and/or how you might remember me.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Justin said...

You forgot to mention,if you are so snookered that you can't walk the few blocks over to Caffery's, call 'em up and they'll deliver your fourteen inch fake ckicken sandwich to your front door. Just don't pass out before it gets there.

10:29 AM  
Blogger the surly vegan said...

i also forgot to mention that they're open late, which would explain the drunkenness.

delivery is nice, and while caffrey's has delivered to our house before, it's never been for me, as i am of the opinion that if i can't walk the three blocks there and back, there's something wrong with me that a large sandwich isn't likely to fix.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Best of luck in your new home. Uptown is pretty sweet to visit, at least - hopefully living there is just as cool.

12:47 PM  
Blogger the surly vegan said...

thanks. we moved in on halloween and have been doing our best to enjoy anything during the wintertime, which, of course, is no small feat...but having a dog has forced us to get out and feel a part of the neighborhood, and i'm very excited for the warmer weather to get here. outdoor seating makes it a lot easier to bring a greyhound to a restaurant, although hurl at cars-r-coffins is unofficially cool with greta stopping by even now.

7:38 AM  

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