Tucked into a strip mall in Dallas is a traditional Mexican restaurant with a unique blackboard: "Now serving vegan cheese!" It also relates they have soy chorizo, too. The restaurant itself is mainstream omnivore and appears like any typical Mexican-American luncheon or dinner spot with casual ambience. But this restaurant is a bit more savvy about veganism than most.
Sol's Nieto offers a variety of vegan options
There are many vegan choices at Sol Nieto: enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos. The wait staff was very cordial and cooperative about listing all possibilities. The quesadillas were beautiful, colorful and evidently quite tasty from what my lunch companion reported. The enchiladas I ordered were very good and were served with a generous dose of vegan refried beans and vegan rice.
One of the best parts about patronizing Sol Nieto is that you can eat with a variety of choices while dining with traditional-diet pals. In my case, the omnivore that suggested this restaurant decided to give the vegan cheese a try, and was very enthusiastic about the quality and taste of the quesadillas. While I doubt he is going to convert to a vegan philosophy any time soon, I imagine he will return to Sol Nieto and their vegan fare, and it definitely improved his general attitude towards vegan food: after all, not only is it better for nonhuman animals, it is much healthier for the human variety, too.
Food for both vegans and omnivores at Sol's Nieto
Given a choice, I would prefer to support and patronize a totally vegan restaurant, such as Spiral Diner. But if you need another option for dining with non-vegan friends, this just might be one way to introduce them to vegan cuisine. I related to my lunch companion that I rarely eat the animal product substitutes, but did find them helpful during my transition phase. However, the enchiladas were quite enjoyable, with that delicious blend of spicy and comforting tastes and textures.
Unfortunately, Mercy for Animals left some literature that promoted vegetarianism, right next to the chalkboard touting veganism. It is my understanding that MFA was the reason Sol Nieto decided to offer vegan fare, but according to GoDairyFree, the restaurant recently switched to Daiya™ cheese and was already providing vegan fare. Unfortunately the day I dined there, the restaurant was pretty vacant, but that might have been due to timing - it was the Tuesday following the Labor Day weekend. Maybe with their new Daiya™ options, business will pick up. It is good that Sol's Nieto is promoting veganism; now if MFA would just follow suit.....
6434 E Mockingbird Ln # 101
Dallas, TX 75214-7008
Open Mon-Thu 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm; Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm; Sat 11:30am-10pm; Sun 12pm-9pm