Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Charlie was a sinner.

I have not blogged in some time, mostly because I have not had time to get creative in the kitchen lately. Lame, I know.  Today I find myself with something to write about even though I did not cook. I had a lateish flight into Philly. Couple that with a very early start in the morning and I figured it reason enough to stay in the city and not  fight morning rush hour traffic.

The hotel I am in has no restaurant facilities. Since it is a nice night I took the short walk to Charlie was a sinner, a new vegan place on South 13th Street instead of finding somewhere to deliver. And, oh thank goodness I did!

Their menu consists of three chapters: To Quench, To Savor and To Sin. I did not indulge in chapters 1 or 3 but did savor two of their small plates from chapter 2 while having a nice conversation with my server J. Christie (who just celebrated her one year veganniversary)!

I started with the Little Hot Dogs and followed that with the Maryland Style Crab Cakes.  Both soy based and great tasting.

The Little Hot Dogs reminded me of the pigs in a blanket many of us grew up with, though not overly "hot dog" spiced like some of the store-bought vegan hot dogs.  Wrapped in a flaky puff pastry and served with a spicy brown mustard they were quite good!

The crab cakes had a consistency that is similar to what I remember of crabcakes. Along with the tofu base they contain zucchini and are nicely spiced with a bit of a kick of heat.  I would have them again.

The place was pretty crowded for a Tuesday night. Great to see people coming out and supporting local, vegan establishments. I am excited to go back and test out the rest of the menu.

Since this was a bit of an impromptu decision the only camera I had was my iPhone. Next time I will bring my "real"camera so the pictures do the food justice!

Check out Charlie was a sinner on Instagram @charlie_was.