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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

West End Grill & Pub Serves Great Vegetarian Food Late

Posted By on Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 6:00 AM

       Roasted garlic hummus at WEGAP | Tara Mahadevan
  •        Roasted garlic hummus at WEGAP | 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: West End Grill & Pub (354 N. Boyle Avenue; 314-531-4607)

Neighborhood: Central West End

Cuisine: "Upscale American Pub"

Overview: West End Grill & Pub, affectionately called WEGAP by its regular patrons, is the kind of place where everybody knows your name -- an establishment that prides itself on catering to its neighborhood. Better yet, the restaurant serves dinner until midnight Thursday through Saturday, perfect if you can't (or won't) order anything off the McDonald's 24-hour drive-through menu. In addition to its vegetarian options, WEGAP's menu has a couple gluten-free items, making it a rare late-night sanctuary for those on special diets.

       West End Grill & Pub | Tara Mahadevan
  •        West End Grill & Pub | Tara Mahadevan

See also: Pomme Cafe & Wine Bar's New Fall Menu Debuts Vegetarian Comfort Food

Highlights: Garlic has been a common theme for the Veggielante's antics of late, and WEGAP's roasted-garlic hummus ($6.50) fits right in. A huge bowl of garlic-saturated hummus is topped with pine nuts and served with fresh veggies. You may not want to immediately lay smooches on your S.O. after.

       Inside West End Grill & Pub | Tara Mahadevan
  •        Inside West End Grill & Pub | Tara Mahadevan

WEGAP's vegan stir fry ($7.95) is a big helping of brown rice topped with an even bigger helping of vegetables, including chickpeas, butternut squash, yellow peppers, red onions and portabella mushrooms, all sauteed in a sweet chile-cilantro pesto, and very suitable for veg, non-veg and gluten-free diets. While it's currently only served on the lunch menu, we understand it will be added to the dinner menu quite soon.

       Vegan stir fry at WEGAP. | Tara Mahadevan
  •        Vegan stir fry at WEGAP. | Tara Mahadevan

Another popular dish at WEGAP is the portabella mushrooms ($7.95), stuffed with boursin cheese, artichokes and roasted red peppers. Additionally, there's the "Skinny Plate" ($8.95): brown rice, black-eyed-pea salad and mixed veggies, with the choice of a protein add-on -- a great option for both veg and non-veg alike.

See also: Blues City Deli Serves Up Luscious Vegetarian Sandwiches

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