“Well, if you like burgers give ’em a try sometime. Me, I can’t usually get ’em myself because my girlfriend’s a vegetarian which pretty much makes me a vegetarian.” – Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction.
A few years ago, I went out with a vegetarian. I had gone out with women who ate healthy before but they all would occasionally indulge in a burger. Not so with this one. Nope.
So I began to look for places that catered to vegetarian diets. Now, I like carrots, lettuce, potatoes, green beans, etc. However, I’m not a rabbit. My co-worker, Norma, was also a vegetarian and she would tell me about the meals she would prepare. I just could not see myself eating only veggies during a meal. I needed chicken or beef. If I started to eat broccoli, I knew that my stomach would eventually start sending messages to my brain, demanding some sort of non-vegetable.
Norma, however, suggested a place she assured me I would like: Red Bamboo. So I went there with my date, expecting that I would leave with my stomach growling, and that I would transform into a raging Tyrannosaurus Rex hellbent on finding a few chickens or cow to devour. If you can relate, go to Red Bamboo. The food is fantastic! The soy-based food tastes so much like real meat! My favorite meal there is the Voodoo Sticks. It’s “chicken” and veggies on skewers served with rice. Try the spring rolls if you want some appetizers. The Sesame Chicken and the Southern Fried Chicken are quite appetizing, as well.
I don’t leave hungry and I… well, I don’t miss real chicken or beef all that much when I eat here. Blasphemy, I know, but it’s true.
It’s not the biggest place and it is quite popular. Don’t expect to stroll in there anytime to find an empty table, especially if you are part of a big party. You may have to wait a bit but do not despair. Your patience will be rewarded.
If you want a place where all your friends, vegetarian or not, will enjoy a delicious meal, make your way to Red Bamboo.
– Alejandro Armenta