Mohawk Bend is a place that I have wanted to visit for quite a while. In fact, I sought out a copycat recipe for their Buffalo-Style Cauliflower because people raved about it. Here’s where I tweaked that recipe a bit and posted about my results.
Eric and I went out with his mom a couple of weeks ago and suggested Mohawk Bend since it’s mere miles from her house. As I said in my previous post, Mohawk Bend (found in the Echo Park area where Mohawk Street bends and meets Sunset) used to be a movie theater, but was left vacant for many years. Now it has a cozy, pub-like atmosphere and offers food and drinks that are made mostly with California-based products.
We were seated in the back, theater area that is surprisingly light and airy. On the walls hang photos of graffiti saved from the renovation of the formerly dilapidated theater. Their well-marked menu has quite a bit to offer to vegans, vegetarians, and carnists alike, so it took us a while to figure out what to order. I knew what I wanted to start with, though! I got a Mimosa with cider rather than champagne that was seriously yummy.
Of course, we had to order their Buffalo-style Cauliflower appetizer. While very tasty, I preferred my version. Theirs didn’t have a lot of coating to it and therefore, the cauliflower wasn’t as soft and just looked like slightly crunchy cauliflower drenched in buffalo sauce. I can see why the original copycat recipe didn’t call for much batter, though. It was actually a better copycat recipe than I had assumed.
For my entree, I ordered their Vegan Burger with vegan cheese, which was delicious! Possibly the best vegan burger I’ve had. The black beans and rice patty had just the right texture to it and the cheese was such a welcome addition. The fries that came with it were well-cooked, but a little too salty.
Check out that side view! It’s making me hungry!
Finally, I had to try out one of their vegan desserts. I ordered the vegan Cast Iron Cookie, which was Mohawk Bend’s version of a BJ’s Pizookie. It was good, but a little overcooked and lacking in chocolate chips. I could have done without it.
We will definitely be going back, but this was quite a pricy trip. For the three of us, it cost over $100. Eric’s mom graciously covered the meal, but I felt a little guilty. I highly recommend the place to anyone in the LA area. It’s worth going out of your way for.