Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Wild Cow

During a bout of insomnia around 3 a.m. the other night, I began reading through several of your blogs. It made me miss you all (well, more than usual, of course)! I just haven't been into blogging lately (as it seemed like some of you had voiced as well), but I'm pushing myself through my writer's block! 

I sometimes do not blog because I am so backed up with blogging material, I don't know where to begin. My OC side wants to go in order, but I determined to blog whatever pics I had last taken with my phone! Fortunately, it was decent material.

A couple of weeks ago, we found ourselves traveling through Nashville on an ARDUOUS trip home from somewhere (a location I'll disclose at another time). A good meal was the only thing that promised Ryan determination for the remaining 6 hour drive. And he had to drive because we had so much stuff in our car, he wouldn't have been able to fit his legs on the passenger side. Short legs come in handy sometimes.

We stopped at The Wild Cow and remained as patient as possible standing with 4 kids (who somehow remained fairly vertical with inside voices) during our wait, which turned into at least 45 minutes. I suppose the popularity should be seen as a good sign. It was even a weird time to eat, like 3:00 p.m.

My oldest son ordered Nachos with all the extra topping choices like fajita style seitan, peppers, and onions and avocado (around $10). They come topped with homemade salsa verde and homemade vegan sour cream.

The other kids ordered beans, rice, and a plainer version of the Nachos to share.

Ryan ordered the French Quarter Dip (homemade seitan, mushrooms, and onions marinated in a Creole seasoning; served on a wheat hoagie with au jus dipping sauce: $8.50) and Garlicky Kale (yummmm) as his side.

I opted for the Caesar Salad (fresh spinach and green leaf lettuce tossed in homemade dressing; topped with cashew parmesan, seasoned croutons, pumpkin seeds, and grilled tofu, $8.50). It was really delicious, but I have been obsessed with salads lately. I've even been eating salads for breakfast most mornings.

I remembered that I never blogged about our only other trip to The Wild Cow, which was during our 2010 Cross Country Road Trip to NYC. I remember not being overwhelmed with the experience, but you know, maybe it was because of the circumstances rather than the food. 

Something had been majorly wrong with our car, and Ryan had to drop us off at the restaurant while he went to find a mechanic. I don't remember what that sandwich was I had ordered for Ryan to-go (I'm guessing Buffalo Grinder, and it sure does look good to me), but I had the Wild Reuben. During our second visit, I didn't remember having that the first time, so I almost picked it again. I'm so predictable. 

I do remember being sad that the kids' meal consisted of a piece of bread with Daiya melted on top. But kudos to The Wild Cow for the probably mark-up of that meal. I also didn't love the raw pie I had last time, and I usually love raw pie. So I guess those were my only complaints. Maybe I just wasn't as used to raw pie in 2010 as much as I am now. I should say, though, that the kids weren't at all displeased with their meager offering. They thought it was cool to get cheese toast at a restaurant.

The Wild Cow is entirely vegan unless you ask specifically for non-vegan (hormone/rennet-free cheese) to be added to your meal. That's nice that you have to ask for non-vegan, rather than the other way around.


  1. The oldest son (what is he? 20 now?) always seems to know the best things to order.

    Thanks for posting, I know it's not easy but you have such a cute family, it's a shame not to share.

    1. Your kind words are good motivation to post. I also never want to stop posting because I love my vegan friends on here too much.

      And yes, he does have good taste in food.

  2. Yum! Sounds like a great way to stretch your legs and entertain your taste buds! It all looks and sounds delicious. :)

    1. We definitely need to stretch our legs and entertain our taste buds on these long trips. :)

  3. What a great looking meal! The salad looks really delicious! I know how it feels to crave salad in the morning ;) It doesn't happen often for me but when it does I have to make it happen!

    It's so good to see you back!!

    1. Thanks! I hope my salad cravings return. I've been eating too much cereal lately.

  4. We miss you Jenny! Glad you sound well!
    my sister went to school in Nashville and my folks and brother (where was I?) visited her and Wild Cow and really enjoyed themselves.
    A Road trip seems like the best of the best food.

    1. I miss you! Hope all is well with you, too! Small world. Sorry you missed out.

  5. Why Jenny, nice to see you again on your blog! I'm always on the verge of not blogging again so I know what you mean. And I'm not homeschooling four kids so theoretically I have time to blog. I've never been to Nashville — it never seems to be in the path of one of our road trips. One of these days I'll have to make an effort to get there, and to Wild Cow.

    1. Nashville has some nice things. I wish I wasn't so busy. But I will be not busy before I know it, and I know I will miss these days. "The good ol days"

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  7. You guys do a lot of travelling! I know how it feels...the longer you leave off blogging, the harder it is to get going again! You certainly have a good excuse taking care of your family...but, I also agree with Shen; you do have one of the cutest families, and it's fun to see what you're up to.

    I like the sound of the Caesar Salad! The Wild Cow looks like a stop worth making!

    1. Thank you! We're many things...loud, chaotic, sometimes I am glad to hear that cute is also in the mix.

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  9. You always find the best places to eat on your road trips!

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