NOT an April Fool's Joke: VEGAN-ize your Weekend @ Nalu Diner!

It's tricky and puzzling for us to introduce our new VEGAN MENU on this particular day, and it seems that no matter how emphatically it's stated that we are serious about this, there are those who won't really believe that we're for real.  But this is actually something that we've been working on for a while.  Yes, we've spent hours and hours down a rabbit hole of online forums, sweating it to learn some new culinary tricks and making various experiments with exotic seasonings, and have generally been tooling up for this paradigm shift. Inspiration came from our awesomely enthusiastic and entirely non-proselytizing vegan server, Yael. Production , and even more inspiration, is courtesy of Chef Nelson. Thanks guys!

VEGAN is VEGAN

Down to the nitty gritty: we've spent the last couple of weeks re-organizing our kitchen and buying some new equipment, all to ensure that when a meal is ordered vegan it will not encounter any animal products.  We purchased pans & utensils that have been specially designated to be used only for vegan meal preparation. We even bought a new fryer to make sure that no meat, egg or animal fats contaminate the oil used to cook your fries. No fooling around (really!), we're taking your vegan needs seriously. 

If you should doubt whether or not this is actually an elaborate April Fool's hoax, then you can either (A) come by today and taste for yourself or (B) wait until tomorrow...by which time you'll see that we're still there, happily serving up the same cornucopia of animal product-free diner favorites, long after the clock turns 12 and the April Fool's tomfoolery has come to an end. For real, we mean it.  No joke.

So, without further ado, here then are the new vegan offerings:

VEGAN Deuces Wild Breakfast Platter

€12.95

  • Featuring our very own Tofu Scramble that's been seasoned especially to taste, look and feel like actual scrambled eggs, giving you the closest thing you can get to a vegan diner breakfast experience.  
  • add berry sauce +€1.25
Good Morning!   A Vegan version of our Deuces Wild breakfast platter, teamed up with a freshly Aeropress-ed cup of Bonanza's "Sasaba" single estate coffee...from the Guji Zone of South Oromia, Ethiopa :D

Good Morning!   A Vegan version of our Deuces Wild breakfast platter, teamed up with a freshly Aeropress-ed cup of Bonanza's "Sasaba" single estate coffee...from the Guji Zone of South Oromia, Ethiopa :D

VEGAN Cheeseburger

€9.-

A vegan-ized version of our well-loved burger...meat eaters beware, you might even love this as much as a beef burger,depending on what you're in the mood for!  Vegan bun, vegan patty, and specially-sourced soy-based vegan cheese!

A 100% vegan burger, served with vegan fries - - ->  Goes great with Schoppe Bräu's "Flower Power" IPA. And now we have mini bottles of "Flying Goose Brand" sriracha on every table, which is also vegan, and is a great way to spice up whatever burger you might order.

A 100% vegan burger, served with vegan fries - - ->  Goes great with Schoppe Bräu's "Flower Power" IPA. And now we have mini bottles of "Flying Goose Brand" sriracha on every table, which is also vegan, and is a great way to spice up whatever burger you might order.

And There's More:

  • Weekly Vegan Soup Specials
  • Vegan Chili
  • Vegan Caeser's Salad
  • Vegan Avocado Toast with Vegan Cheese Melted on Top
  • Vegan Tofu Scramble, Pancakes, Hashbrowns and other stuff a la carte

...Come check it out, because this is not, we repeat again, not, an elaborate April Fool's Day joke.

SPRING is HERE ~ OSTARA LIVES

This last Monday marked the spring equinox, and yesterday Chef Nelson revealed to me that he's a Neopagan, wow! It came up because he was telling me about the specials menu, and his thematic move even further away from the banality of evil, from the material world's apparent narrowing of the collective psyche into shameless self interest.

A convergence of spiritual revelers celebrating the Spring Equinox on a beach near Tulum, Mexico.

A convergence of spiritual revelers celebrating the Spring Equinox on a beach near Tulum, Mexico.

The celebration of the Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara, is astrological in perspective, even. To pagans it's one of the most important days of the year.  Regardless of our faith or creed, we can feel an awakening energy at this time of year in our bodies and souls; a freshening of our senses, and the breath of new vitality into our daily/nightly lives.   It is a time of renewal and regeneration, and this week's specials menu can put us in touch with that feeling.

Equinox Burger

€9.25

  • A cheeseburger with a patty made from equal amounts of pork & beef in honour of equal amounts of sunlight and darkness, served with Gouda cheese, spring onions, sliced tomato & lettuce.
  • add Fries +€1.95 or Coleslaw +€2.50

Spring Chicken Stew

€9.25

  • Vibrant and hearty stew of chicken, potato, spring vegetables & pesto.

Vivacious warm soups with which to welcome spring, pictured with Flessa Bräu's lively Manadarina Lager, made with fresh Mandarina Bavaria hops. All are available to go, bring some along to go flower gazing, or to a pagan equinox festival!

Minted Pea Soup

Small €4.00 / Large €5.75

A positively effervescent celebration of minty-ness, and at the same time hearty & satisfying

"Ostara" Pancakes

Pancakes with fresh pieces of apple cooked into them,
topped with a honey lemon crème fraîche & powdered sugar

€2.50

Tangy and sweet, these pancakes are the perfect reward for having survived all those cold days, and long nights, of winter.  Try them with a bottomless cup of our light-roasted & organic house coffee!

Desserts of the Week:

Anna's Cinnamony Apple Pie €3.50

Chocolate & Hazelnut Brownie €2.50

Homemade Cinnamon Roll €2.50

Chocolate Chip Cookie €1.95

Ice Cream Sandwich €6.

----> Ice cream of your choice sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies

 

 

     

    St. PATRICK'S DAY SPECIALS

    Heileo folks, and "Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig ort" (happy St. Patrick's Day) ! ! ! 

    Since Chef Nelson took over the kitchen a couple of months ago he's really gotten into a more thematic approach to the specials, as you may have noticed.  It's been a boon to me as the publisher of whatever we're putting up online...food as media!  But much more importantly it's food as food. And delicious food.  In celebration of our neighbors from the emerald isle and their patron saint , here's what he's got cooking for today, and for the rest of the weekend (while supplies last!):

    Savory Irish stew with beef and made from scratch, complimented by homemade Irish-style soda bread.  It goes great with Flesse Bräu's "Extr'Ale" -a bottle-fermented pale ale that's as smooth as it is rich in hoppy goodness.

    Irish Beef Stew

    €9.75

    Hearty & Traditional stew of beef, potatoes, carrots and onions, made from scratch like in the good old days.  Served with a couple slices of our very own Hearty & traditional Irish-style soda bread.

    Nalu's "Patrick Burger" ...mean & green!

    €11.50

    • Hearty & non-traditional Cheeseburger garnished with green avocado, green jalapeños, green onions, green lettuce, (green) parsley & (green) dill pickle. Is that enough greenery for you, or what?!
    • add Fries +€1.95 or Coleslaw +€2.50

    Cream of Potato Soup

    Small €4.00 / Large €5.75

    Thick vegan-friendly soup made from Ireland's favorite tuberic vegatable, and probably their favorite vegetable no matter what, the potato, and from some other tasty things.

    Side of Irish Soda Bread

    €2.-

    Sliced homemade Irish Soda Bread, which is richer and heartier than normal bread, and has a special something to it that is hard to put your finger on, but is really satisfying.  It must come from the combination of baking soda (the leavening agent, instead of yeast) and buttermilk, which combine to form tiny bubbles of CO2 inside the bread.  Wild!

    • Served with butter and jam, or substitute it for country white bread when you order a breakfast combo platter.

    Special Topping for Pancakes & French Toast

    Toasted Hazelnuts with a Guinness stout beer chocolate sauce

    €2.50

    Desserts of the Week:

    Key Lime Pie €3.50

    It's not just green, it's really tasty.

    Chocolate & Hazelnut Brownie €2.50

    Green Apple & Cinnamon Muffin €2.50

    Chocolate Chip Cookie €1.95

    Ice Cream Sandwich €6.

    ----> Ice cream of your choice sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies

    Nalu Diner Weekly Update: Taking a Break from News in America with Popular Specials Returning by Polite Request

    This time around we're taking a deep breath and bringing some of our perennial favorites back to the specials menu for an encore.  The Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III fiasco is unfolding as I write this, so it's a little soon to revive the Stronganoff burger.  Looking forward to next week, we'd love to hear from you with any more ideas for something with a Russian twist we could offer!  It's looking like he'll be outta there by then :-O

    Bowls of Goodness to warm your cockles.  From front to back:  Spiced Lentil & Tomato Soup & Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder and Yam Stew & Breakfast Fried Rice (served with soy sauce).

    Deli Delight Sandwich

    €9.75

    • Pastrami and roasted turkey w/ sauerkraut & mustard mayo,  served in a burger bun w/ sliced dill pickle
    • add Fries +€1.95 or Coleslaw +€2.5O

    Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder and Yam Stew

    €8.75

    • Served with thick-sliced white bread and butter.

    Spiced Lentil & Tomato Soup

    Small €4.00 / Large €5.75

    Vegan-friendly soup to get ya through the last of winter.

    Breakfast Fried Rice

    served with soy sauce

    Rice fried with bacon & egg ~ €3.95
    Fried with mushroom & egg ~ €3.25

    Special Topping for Pancakes & French Toast

    €2.50

    Toasted hazelnuts and chocolate nougat sauce

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    Desserts of the Week:

    Banana Cream Pie €3.50

    Chocolate Walnut Brownie €2.50

    Cinnamon Roll €2.50

    Chocolate Chip Cookie €1.95

    Ice Cream Sandwich €6.-

    ---> Ice cream of your choice sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies

    Nalu Diner Weekly Update: Five Star Oscars Weekend Popcorn Special & More!

    Flavorful Popcorn (buttery & bacony versions available!), Swedish Meatball Sandwich in honor of Dongo Trump's free-styling of reality + pancakes topped with hazelnuts and chocolate nougat sauce.

    Swedish Meatball Sandwich

     €7.75

    • Served in their own sauce in a hoagie roll with sliced dill pickles.

    • add Fries +€1.95 or Coleslaw +€2.5O

    Leek and Potato Soup

    Small €4.00 / Large €5.75

    • Creamy vegan friendly soup served with croutons.

    Special Topping for Pancakes & French Toast

    €2.50

    • Toasted hazelnuts and chocolate nougat sauce

    Get in the mood for the 2017 Oscars on Sunday night with scrumptious versions of movie theater perennials!

    Big Basket of Buttered Popcorn

      --->Makes a great starter for the whole table!

    •  Sweet or Salted €1.85

    • "Baconated" €2.25 . . . made with homemade baco-bits, if you love bacon then this popcorn will definitely get "Two Thumbs Up".

    a GREAT Hotdog

    €2.75

    • juicy Wienerwurst served in our signature hoagie roll with sauerkraut, mustard & ketchup

    Desserts of the Week:

    Anna’s Apple Pear Cinnamon Pie . . . . . . . €3.50

    Chocolate and Walnut Brownie . . . . . . . . .€2.50

    Chocolate Chip Cookie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . €1.95

    Ice Cream Sandwich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . €6.00

         --->Ice cream of your choice sandwiched between two chocolate                chip cookies.

    Bit Better Banana Bread . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€2.00 

         --->One step further on our quest to make

               "the Best" banana bread.