City Weekly reporter Jesse Fruhwirth has a suggestion for a great vegan dish. He writes: “Though it is not new to the menu, I have a new favorite vegan dish served locally. It’s the scrumptious, full-flavored tempeh gyro at Oasis Café (151 S. 500 East, 801-322-0404). Their menu description makes it sound so basic: ‘tempeh, sautéed with onions and tomato wrapped in a grilled pita bread.’ So basic, in fact, people might buy into the false stereotype of vegan food as bland. But the flavor is loud, delicious, and in the same way that people say ‘it doesn’t taste fishy,’ this gyro doesn’t taste vegan-y. I ate recently at Oasis with an associate who, without much thought, told the waiter, ‘I’ll have what he’s having.’ It wasn’t until after the meal that the associate—an avid meat-eater—learned that tempeh is soy, not chicken. The meat fiend mocked revulsion upon learning the news. The gyro is normally accompanied by vegetarian tzatziki sauce, but upon request for vegans, Oasis will substitute that yogurt-based yumminess with hummus. I’ve ordered it twice now, and each time the pita was impressively fluffy, warm and satisfying. It’s $8.95 and well worth the price.”
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