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Seitan Worship at Tree House Vegetarian on South Grand 

Vegan chefs are masters of manipulating plant oils and other fat sources for richness, but can they ever equal the thick layer of deliciousness that lies beneath a crispy duck skin or the ribbon of marbling that runs through a rib eye? We entered Tree House on a quest to find the fat. Could these chefs achieve creamy richness armed with only seitan and soy cheese?

Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of Tree House restaurant on South Grand.

Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for the Riverfront Times.
Obaachan's -- or Grandma's -- udon soup is a bowl of noodles, vegan dashi, red miso, cabbage, shiitake mushroom, scallion, tofu and a side of kimchi. Here, it's seen with the optional hard-boiled egg.
Like everything else here, the jambalaya is vegetarian, made with smoked spicy vegan sausage, brown rice, bell pepper, tomato, celery, garlic and onion, and served with cornbread.
The Brussels sprouts salad is made with with red and green cabbage, fresh Thai basil, cilantro, mint and sweet chile vinaigrette.
The "Roasted Duck" is made with sticky rice, scallion oil, carrot-daikon radish pickles, an Asian glaze, and spicy kimchi.
The "Tree House Truffle Trio": Vegan coffee toffee, toasted coconut, and toasted walnut varieties.
The "Roasted Duck" is made with sticky rice, scallion oil, carrot-daikon radish pickles, an Asian glaze, and spicy kimchi.
The Brussels sprouts salad is made with with red and green cabbage, fresh Thai basil, cilantro, mint and sweet chile vinaigrette.
Like everything else here, the jambalaya is vegetarian, made with smoked spicy vegan sausage, brown rice, bell pepper, tomato, celery, garlic and onion, and served with cornbread.
Obaachan's -- or Grandma's -- udon soup is a bowl of noodles, vegan dashi, red miso, cabbage, shiitake mushroom, scallion, tofu and a side of kimchi. Here, it's seen with the optional hard-boiled egg.
"The Roots" is made with beet syrup, ginger liqueur, aquavit, lemon & honey syrup.
"Benny & the Jets" is made with bourbon, Benedictine liqueur, Aperol and orange juice.
Bar manager Billy Holley crafts cocktails.
Sous chef Tanya Brown in the Tree House kitchen.
Bar manager Billy Holley crafts cocktails.
Inside Tree House.
Inside of Tree House.
Sous chef Tanya Brown.
Inside of Tree House.
The bar at Tree House.
Inside Tree House.
Inside Tree House.
Garnish prep for "The Roots" cocktail.
Inside Tree House.
Bar manager Billy Holley crafts cocktails.
Outside of Tree House.
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Obaachan's -- or Grandma's -- udon soup is a bowl of noodles, vegan dashi, red miso, cabbage, shiitake mushroom, scallion, tofu and a side of kimchi. Here, it's seen with the optional hard-boiled egg.
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