Velvet Taco is a fairly recent and unique taco restaurant serving premium food in a novel & funky fast-casual setting. This is one of those restaurants where the quality isn’t seen in the numbers.
In a menu with 20 options, there are 5 vegetarian options:
- Nashville Hot Tofu: crispy tofu, napa slaw, ranch crema, house brined pickles, and flour tortilla.
- Fried Paneer: tomato chutney, tikka sauce, raita crema, Thai basil, and flour tortilla.
- Falafel: tahini crema, arugula, tomato, pickled Fresnos, avocado, pickled red onion, pea ‘tendrila’, and lettuce wrap.
- Queso Blanco: Velvet Taco heat sauce, salsa verde, charred tomato salsa, cilantro sprig, and blue chips.
- ‘Elote’ Corn: queso listo, Valentina, crema, queso fresco, and lime.
Among these five vegetarian options, only one seems to be vegan-friendly— the Falafel wrap.
The other options, unfortunately, contain certain ingredients (namely, the sauces and toppings) that are created using sour cream, as well as other dairy-based ingredients.
Converting Vegetarian Options into Vegan Options
One thing you can do — especially when we consider the nature of tacos — is removing or swapping certain ingredients. With the Nashville Hot Tofu taco, you can swap the ranch crema with a different type of sauce like the tahini crema, for instance.
Naturally, the crema is oftentimes (if not always), the ingredient that makes a certain taco or dish unique, but as a vegan, we have to adapt, even if the final product is less appealing.
With the Fried Paneer, it’s a similar deal. The tika sauce and raita crema are, according to what I’ve researched, usually made with dairy-based ingredients. Therefore, to make the Fried Paneer vegan-friendly, you’d have to remove those ingredients.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of converting vegetarian dishes into vegan dishes, you can always opt for the only option they have available which is the Falafel wrap.
In addition, every week, Velvet Taco launches a “WTF” Taco that is featured on their website and social media. At one point in time, they’ve launched a 100% vegan taco, so keep an eye on their social media pages for future updates.
Conclusion: Velvet Taco Has Very Few Vegan Options
As far as real vegan options go — the Velvet Taco only has a falafel wrap.
Other than that, you have 2 vegetarian options that can be converted into vegan options by either removing or replacing some of the animal ingredients. We know it’s hard but in primarily non-vegan restaurants, you need to find a way to be creative and also improvise with some of the standalone ingredients they have.
Velvet Taco might have an array of vegetables that you can respectfully order to create a unique taco or wrap. In this blog post, we give you some tips on how to eat out as a vegan, which is especially useful in occasions where you have to go into non-vegan restaurants.
If you don’t feel like reading another blog post, feel free to watch this cool and informative video by Liv B on How to Eat in a Non-Vegan Restaurant: