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Vegan at Tony’s Darts Away, Burbank

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For my youngest sister’s 21st birthday, we all got together and did a little bar hopping (if you can call hopping from one bar to a second bar a night of bar hopping).  We arranged to have two designated drivers – safety first – so that no one would have to worry about getting home safely.

Me and my two sisters

Me and my two sisters

We started at The Blue Room in Burbank (where they make a damn fine Cable Car) and then went to Tony’s Darts Away.  I had never been to Tony’s before, but I really liked it.  First of all, it was a really casual atmosphere – free of pretension.  They have a good sense of humor (they were able to put up with our ridiculous selves) and a heavy pour (I ended up with clearly more than 6 oz. of “Not Beer” in my glass).

Not Beer

They had all kinds of board games on bookshelves, plenty of seating, and a pool table.  We were getting drunk at this point, so Trivial Pursuit was pretty fun.  Anyway, since the birthday girl and her two sisters are vegan, we ordered some vegan appetizers for the table.  I got a chance to try the seitan buffalo strips (not on their online menu) and really loved them.  They were loaded with buffalo sauce and very spicy.

tonys darts away - Seitan Buffalo Strips | A Vegan in Progress

I had no idea that Tony’s Darts Away, Mohawk Bend, and Golden Road Brewery were owned by the same guy: Tony Yanow.  He’s like the vegan king of LA or something.

It’s nice to know of a casual bar not too far away where you can get drinks and vegan food that won’t put you in the poorhouse.  Non-vegan folks also have a ton to choose from as well.  We will definitely be back.

Vegan at Mohawk Bend, Los Angeles

Mohawk Bend, Los Angeles | A Vegan in Progress

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.

Mohawk Bend, Los Angeles | A Vegan in Progress

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.

Mohawk Bend - buffalo cauliflower wings | A Vegan in Progress

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.

Mohawk Bend - Vegan Burger | A Vegan in Progress

Check out that side view!  It’s making me hungry!

Mohawk Bend - Vegan burger | A Vegan in Progress

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.

Mohawk Bend - Vegan Cast Iron Cookie | A Vegan in Progress

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.

Vegan Recipe – Copycat Mohawk Bend Buffalo-Style Cauliflower “Wings”

Hey everyone!  This week’s recipe is a copycat of a popular veganized bar favorite, buffalo wings!  The original Buffalo-Style Cauliflower “Wings” can be found at the hipster bar, Mohawk Bend, in LA.  I have never personally been to Mohawk Bend… I keep missing out on every opportunity!  However, Eric went with a friend since it is very close to where he grew up.  It was a vacant movie theater and home to many squatters for as long as he could remember, but it has since been revived into a cool pub.  Their food and drinks are made mostly with California-based products and their website boasts a menu for everyone – offering “vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegan options.”  I really want to swing by on a Monday for their three course meatless Monday meal.

Ever since their visit to Mohawk Bend, Eric’s friend was dying to try out some buffalo-style cauliflower “wings”.  After finding a recipe on pinterest (originally posted here), I have tried it out a few times and am ready to give you a full report.  I altered the recipe a bit, mainly so that it would result in more, and a little thinner, batter to more easily fully coat the cauliflower pieces.  I ended up with a little too much batter and a little too much buffalo sauce, but I thought it was worth it to make it easy to evenly coat every piece in comparison to the time I followed the recipe exactly.  They turned out deliciously crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside.

Vegan Copycat Mohawk Bend Buffalo-Style Cauliflower “Wings” | A Vegan in Progress


  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (any flour works, but I had whole wheat at home)
  • 1 cup water + more if needed
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (Frank’s brand of hot sauce works well)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or earth balance (I used oil)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400º and oil/butter up a baking sheet.
  2. Mix the flour, water and a pinch of salt into a batter.
  3. Coat each cauliflower floret in the batter making sure it’s not too thick (add more water here if needed) so it crisps up in the oven like fried batter on chicken wings. Arrange on baking sheet then pop in the oven for 30 minutes or until edges brown slightly.
  4. Mix vegetable oil or earth balance with hot sauce.  If you like them super fiery, just toss them in straight hot sauce, omit the oil.
  5. When florets are done and cool, toss them in the hot sauce mixture.

The original blog post also has a recipe for Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing, which I did not try.  If you’re interested, follow the link found here.

Here’s a peak at the “wings” before they were tossed in the buffalo sauce mixture.  You could potentially toss them in other sauces to make teriyaki “wings” and other fun appetizers.

Copycat Mohawk Bend Buffalo Cauliflower Wings | A Vegan in Progress