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Buds Vegan Food

Reinventing the taco salad

By Amanda Rock
Posted // July 9,2013 -

If healthy and cheap is your thing, Buds is your new friend. Offering a succinct menu of hearty vegan sandwiches, Mexican food and filling salads, Buds is a great spot for a quick lunch.

Delectable vegan sandwiches are the foundation of Buds’ menu. Housemade cheese sauce, rich pesto and a marinara that would impress my Italian grandma make every sandwich delicious. Soy strips are treated in different ways to re-create the flavor of steak and chicken. And it all comes together on a toasted sourdough hoagie for $6.50 or less.

However, one of my favorite dishes is the taco salad. This monster of a salad is only $6.50, and I can usually get two meals out of it. The salad consists of fresh lettuce, chopped tomato, sweet red onions, killer housemade guacamole and a handful of tortilla chips for substantial crunchiness. But what makes this salad unique is jackfruit standing in for the usual shredded beef or pork. Jackfruit is simmered with a smoky, sweet chipotle sauce for hours, then mixed with hearty black beans, becoming savory and downright meaty. Tucked underneath inches of salad is a warm grilled tortilla, which make the salad pretty filling. A drizzle of cool ginger sour cream and a zesty cilantro-lime dressing is a tasty contrast to the barbecued jackfruit. The different textures and tastes make one hell of a scrumptious salad.

If salads aren’t your jam, you can have the jackfruit experience on a sandwich or even a burrito; all are excellent choices. And don’t forget to grab a decadent zucchini chocolate-chip cookie for dessert. You’ve earned it by eating healthy.

No matter what you order, Buds always comes through with choice vegan options. The next time you need a quick lunch downtown, skip the fast food and clogged arteries and try something new.

509 E. 300 South

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Posted // March 7,2014 at 06:22 The food was ok, I feel I could make most of the better myself for cheaper than menu price. And the staff member I dealt with was a little condescending, I didnt know exactly what I wanted and he seemed annoyed that I couldn't make a decision. I believe his name was Martie or Martin. . . either way, one star just because I didn't have to cook it myself.


Posted // July 12,2013 at 08:28

HI JAIME!!! Thanks :) 


Posted // July 10,2013 at 01:11

I love Buds! The fresh veggie sandwich is one of the best deals they have. Only $5 for tons of veggies and it's on AMAZING wheat bread. So, so good. Excited to see more of you on City Weekly, Amanda!