Justin Gorski and Laura Ross know how to accommodate to their customers’ needs.When the duo transitioned their burgeoning vegan catering business into a brick and mortar restaurant in 2014, they decided to focus part of their menu on takeout. A small grab-and-go case was stocked with vegan cookies, brownies and other bakery items, while a chef-driven delivery service was available to guests once a week.
Now, they’ve expanded their to-go options to include prepared meals and a full menu of inventive vegan entrees, smoothies and milkshakes. “We don’t put the same things in the grab-and-go case that are in our restaurant menus,” says Ross. “We’re giving people a different option.” Visitors have a plethora of items to choose from including salads, parfaits and a variety of overnight oats such as peanut-butter-banana and chocolate chia.
But don’t overlook the entrees: The classic Reuben, made with seitan, sweet sauerkraut, provolone, Thousand Island dressing and pickles, as well as the chickpea Parmesan cutlets, are ample substitutes to meat-centric dishes. Everything you order is packed inside compostable containers to better suit the food and the eco-friendly mission of the restaurant. “It’s taken us a long time to figure out a nice way to present the food,” says Ross.
Try This: The Buffalo tofu wings ($8) are made with crispy breaded seitan and served with a side of house-made ranch.
How To Order: By Phone, Uber Eats
17112 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-221-0201, clevelandvegan.com