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Memphis Taproom Phila. PA ~ Restaurant Review

Memphis Taproom
2331 E. Cumberland St. Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-4460
Located in the Kensington section: Border of Port Richmond & Fishtown neighborhoods.

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Just to quote myself again from my Coconut Bacon post,

[“The first time I ever realized that coconut ‘bacon’ was even a thing was at a restaurant in Philly called the Memphis Taproom when I tasted their vegan sandwich called the Smoked Coconut Club! This sandwich is so incredible and was even featured on the Food Network’s show Diners, Driver-Ins & Dives. Seriously, if you are ever in Philadelphia, try this sandwich, they actually use a smoker to smoke their coconut. Since that experience years ago, I was inspired to make coconut ‘bacon’ myself, however, using smoked flavoring instead of an actual smoker. Since then I’ve added it atop my black bean burgers, put it in my version of Spaghetti alla Carbonara, in Mofongo and even attempted to recreate the Taproom’s Coconut Club”]

I would categorize this restaurant as a dive. I know people go for the beer (hence ‘Taproom’) and they have a beer garden too, but we went for the food! Although having no vegan entrees they do offer vegan sandwiches and appetizers on their menu. The Smoked Coconut Club (Grilled Lemon Garlic Tofu, Smoked Coconut with Tomato Herb Mayo) is truly divine. A favorite amongst vegans and non-vegans alike. I’ve had their Spaghetti Sandwich (Lentil Meatballs, Marinara and Vegan Mozzarella – Daiya) in the past also.
My brother is getting married soon and Saturday morning was his future wife’s surprise Bridal shower. These past few weeks have been hectic with preparations – centerpieces, décor etc. The bridal shower was a success, Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed! Everything was beautiful. Given the theme and the time of day, brunch was offered. There were no vegan selections for Jasmine and I, however, since the guys were hanging out at my brothers until the shower was over it turned out to be the perfect opportunity for us to hit up Memphis Taproom before heading home.
This was my first time trying the Hummus (Hefe-Weizen Hummus) served with Grilled Pita, Carrots, Cucumbers, Kalamata Olives sprinkled with Sumac. The hummus was amazing, warm, flavorful and devoured very quickly (evidence below)…we stopped eating for a moment when I remembered to photograph it. 🙂
(Excuse the cell phone pics :-/)

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Although I’ve recreated this sandwich in the past…I don’t have any pics today to share of my creation, however, combining a few of my prior posts you can easily re-create a similar sandwich.

Coconut Bacon:
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Baked or Grilled Tofu:
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Try with my Russian Sauce (Although I have tried my hand at the Tomato Herb Mayo)
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If you’re in Philly check out the Memphis Taproom! Enjoy.

Chili!! – Vegan Chili con Carne (Field Roast)

Chili!! – Vegan Chili con Carne (Field Roast)
(Serves 8-12) ~ Vegan, Dairy-Free (Gluten-Free option ~ See Notes)
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I suppose I’m feeling generous because there are some recipes “my coveted” recipes, as I call them, that I just would’ve never considered parting with before…but I think it’s about time. 🙂 The other day I shared my recipe for Corn Fritters and one of my fellow bloggers mentioned corn fritters with chili! Then I said…well I have a great chili recipe – so here you go!
Some quick notes about this recipe – Notes meaning variations… I‘ve made this recipe also using Boca Crumbles and/or Gardein Beefless Grounds. My original version was actually made without the corn even. For a Gluten Free version – omit Veggie Meat substitute and add Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) for a 5-Bean Chili! Also, this recipe [pictured above] was made with Field Roast burgers…I’m pretty obsessed with these burgers A-mazing! If you haven’t yet tried their burgers…do it fast. They grill well indoor/outdoor and are great even fried up in a pan. Hope you Enjoy this Chili!

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 (13oz Pkg) Field Roast Burgers
5 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Red Pepper, seeded/chopped
2 Jalapeño Peppers, seeded/chopped
1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
1 (15oz Can) Black Beans
1 (15.5oz Can) Pinto Beans
1 (16oz Can) Dark Red Kidney Beans
1 (16oz Can) Navy Beans
1 (28oz Can) Diced Tomatoes
3 Tbsp Cumin
¼ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Dry Sage
1/3 Cup Tamari Soy Sauce
1 (16oz Pkg) Frozen Corn

Directions:
-Drain and rinse beans and set aside.
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-Heat Olive oil over medium heat. Add Field Roast Burgers (or crumbles) and heat through until brown about 3-5 minutes.
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(I crush the burgers down with a wooden spatula until crumbled/broken down).

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Quick Note: If you’re not finished cutting your veggies or if you didn’t prep ahead like I often do – turn off heat until you’re ready for the next step.
-To Veggie Meat add: Garlic, Red Pepper, Jalapeños and Onions. Let the mixture cook through for about 3-5 minutes until veggies sweat.
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-Add: Beans, Diced Tomatoes (with liquid), Tamari and stir in with remaining seasonings. Keep stirring as you add your seasonings.
-Add Frozen Corn then cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir again turn off heat and let stand for another 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

I served over brown rice!
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Vegan Chili con Carne (Field Roast)

  • Servings: 8-12 ~ Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Option
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 (13oz Pkg) Field Roast Burgers
5 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Red Pepper, seeded/chopped
2 Jalapeño Peppers, seeded/chopped
1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
1 (15oz Can) Black Beans
1 (15.5oz Can) Pinto Beans
1 (16oz Can) Dark Red Kidney Beans
1 (16oz Can) Navy Beans
1 (28oz Can) Diced Tomatoes
3 Tbsp Cumin
¼ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Dry Sage
1/3 Cup Tamari Soy Sauce
1 (16oz Pkg) Frozen Corn

(GF Option: Swap Field Roast/Boca/Gardein Crumbles with Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) for a 5-Bean Chili)

Directions:
-Drain and rinse beans and set aside.
-Heat Olive oil over medium heat. Add Field Roast Burgers (or crumbles) and heat through until brown about 3-5 minutes. (I crush the burgers down with a wooden spatula until crumbled/broken down).
Quick Note: If you’re not finished cutting your veggies or if you didn’t prep ahead like I often do – turn off heat until you’re ready for the next step.
-To Veggie Meat add: Garlic, Red Pepper, Jalapeños and Onions. Let the mixture cook through for about 3-5 minutes until veggies sweat.
-Add: Beans, Diced Tomatoes (with liquid), Tamari and stir in with remaining seasonings. Keep stirring as you add your seasonings.
-Add Frozen Corn then cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir again turn off heat and let stand for another 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!
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Corn Fritters with Mayoketchup Sauce

Corn Fritters with Mayoketchup Sauce
(Serves 4-6) – Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free (use GF AP Flour)
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The kids are visiting family this week. They love to squeeze in a few weeks in the summer visiting family but then we are left missing them. 😦 Typically when it is just Seth and I, we can very quickly fall into the routine of rice and beans for dinner…every day! Just as we are creatures of habit…I made a bag of Black Eyed Peas and a pot of brown rice. I prepared corn fritters to add with the rice and beans.
Originally I wanted to make and share this recipe last week on National Corn Fritter day (07/16). I missed it so I’ll share it today – National Junk Food Day, I don’t quite count this as junk food…although it is fried.
These Corn Fritters are fluffy, slightly sweet and scrumptious. While thinking of a sauce to pair with the fritters I had a nostalgic moment. Mommy frequently made Sorullos (Sorullitos) [I’ll share this recipe one day soon] when we were kids – these are basically a Puerto Rican style corn fritter sticks made from corn meal – typically an appetizer or side and ALWAYS served with Mayoketchup (which is exactly what it sounds like, lol). Please try this tasty treat. Enjoy!
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Ingredients:
1 (16oz Pkg) Frozen Corn, thawed (3 Cups)
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
½ Tbsp Baking Powder
2 Tsp Potato Starch
1 Tbsp Sugar
¼ Tsp Cayenne Pepper
½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
½ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp Cream of Tartar
¾ Cup Non-Dairy Milk (Soymilk)
Oil for Frying

Directions:
-Heat oil (Vegetable or Canola) to 365-370 degrees.
-Combine all dry ingredients – whisk together to combine.
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-Add Soymilk and thawed Corn, stir to combine.
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-Drop Corn Fritter batter into hot oil. – I use a small cookie scoop to evenly scoop and drop the batter in.
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-Cook until golden – about 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.
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-Remove and drain on a paper towel. Enjoy!

Mayoketcup Sauce
1/3 Cup Vegenaise
1/3 Cup Ketchup
1 Garlic Clove, minced
¼ Tsp Sriracha, optional
-Stir together all ingredients to combine. Refrigerate any unused sauce.
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Vegan Corn Fritters with Mayoketchup

  • Servings: 4-6 ~ Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free (use GF AP Flour)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 (16oz Pkg) Frozen Corn, thawed (3 Cups)
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
½ Tbsp Baking Powder
2 Tsp Potato Starch
1 Tbsp Sugar
¼ Tsp Cayenne Pepper
½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
½ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp Cream of Tartar
¾ Cup Non-Dairy Milk (Soymilk)
Oil for Frying

Directions:
-Heat oil (Vegetable or Canola) to 365-370 degrees.
-Combine all dry ingredients – whisk together to combine.
-Add Soymilk and thawed Corn, stir to combine.
-Drop Corn Fritter batter into hot oil. – I use a small cookie scoop to evenly scoop and drop the batter in.
-Cook until golden – about 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Enjoy!

Mayoketcup Sauce
1/3 Cup Vegenaise
1/3 Cup Ketchup
1 Garlic Clove, minced
¼ Tsp Sriracha, optional

-Stir together all ingredients to combine. Refrigerate any unused sauce.

Raw Fennel & Grapefruit Almond Salad

Fennel & Grapefruit Almond Salad
(Serves 2) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free
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Need a Quick Salad for Two?… This salad is very refreshing and crisp. It can be eaten as a side salad for dinner or perfect for lunch too. Crazy this little salad filled me up last night, but I did leave room for a piece of strawberry/peach cheesecake. 🙂 The fennel [fennel may be an acquired taste for some, you’ve been warned, lol] is crunchy and the licorice flavor of the fennel goes well with the slightly sweet slightly bitter grapefruit. The parsley adds a nice freshness and I love the almonds in this salad which add another layer of texture and sweetness…Mmm, creamy raw almonds. Enjoy!
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Yummy in my tummy!
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Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tsp Raw Agave Nectar
1 Fennel Bulb, sliced thin (abt 1/8 if using a mandolin)
1/4 of a Red Onion, sliced thin
¼ Tsp Celery Seed, optional
1 Serving of Raw Almonds (abt 25 almonds), chopped
1 Grapefruit, peeled/segmented – cut slices in thirds or half
1 Handful Fresh Parsley, chopped

Directions:
-In a large bowl whisk together Olive Oil, Vinegar and Agave. Add remaining ingredients and toss to coat. I just let the salad sit for 10 mins. or so for the flavors to combine. That’s all to it.. oh and be sure to rinse your fennel after slicing. I rinse them in my colander similar to leeks.  🙂 Enjoy!

Slicing Grapefruit:
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Toss together to combine:
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Fennel 🙂
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Raw Peaches & Strawberry Cheesecake

Raw Strawberry & Peach Cheesecake
(Serves 12-16) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free
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I promised you more cheesecake, here’s another recipe for you to try. Even more amazing than the last – the peaches and strawberries pair very well in this recipe. This recipe is very simple, please be sure to add the pinch of sea salt in the crust layer, trust me it truly makes a difference. Please try this one and enjoy!
Are you smiling yet?
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Ingredients
Cheesecake:
1 Cup Raw Cashews, soaked overnight
1 Young Coconut (Meat Only)
1 ½ Cup Finely Raw Shredded Coconut
½ Cup Coconut Oil, slightly melted/room temp. if it’s warm (plus addt’l)
3 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (or Vanilla Bean equivalent)
2 Peaches, peeled/pitted
Strawberry Layer:
2 Cups Strawberries, hulled (about 12)
1 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar
Crust:
2 Cup Walnuts
1 Cup Pitted Dates (about 20)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1-2 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar
A pinch of Course Sea Salt or reg. sea salt

Directions:
-In a food processor pulse peaches, coconut meat and cashews until blended. Add remaining ingredients and continue to blend until smooth.
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(Notes: If you have a high speed blender with a large capacity, just blend all the cheesecake ingredients in the blender until smooth). However, I used the food processor in combination with my nutribullet. I blended the mixture in my nutribullet in batches until smooth, adding additional melted coconut oil to smooth as needed.
-For the Crust: Pulse together in a food processor until combined. The mixture should stick together.
-Press crust in bottom of springform pan.
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-Add cheesecake mixture on top and smooth
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-Blend strawberry & agave mixture together, smooth over the cheesecake mixture. I just used my spatula to work it in the top layer.
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-Freeze for an hour and enjoy! You can transfer to the refrigerator overnight also.
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Raw Strawberry & Peach Cheesecake

  • Servings: 12-16 ~ Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients
Cheesecake:
1 Cup Raw Cashews, soaked overnight
1 Young Coconut (Meat Only)
1 ½ Cup Finely Raw Shredded Coconut
½ Cup Coconut Oil, slightly melted/room temp. if it’s warm (plus addt’l)
3 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (or Vanilla Bean equivalent)
2 Peaches, peeled/pitted
Strawberry Layer:
2 Cups Strawberries, hulled (about 12)
1 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar
Crust:
2 Cup Walnuts
1 Cup Pitted Dates (about 20)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1-2 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar
A pinch of Course Sea Salt or reg. sea salt

Directions:
-In a food processor pulse peaches, coconut meat and cashews until blended. Add remaining ingredients and continue to blend until smooth. (Notes: If you have a high speed blender with a large capacity, just blend all the cheesecake ingredients in the blender until smooth). However, I used the food processor in combination with my nutribullet. I blended the mixture in my nutribullet in batches until smooth, adding additional melted coconut oil to smooth as needed.
-For the Crust: Pulse together in a food processor until combined. The mixture should stick together.
-Press crust in bottom of springform pan.
-Add cheesecake mixture on top and smooth
-Blend strawberry & agave mixture together, smooth over the cheesecake mixture. I just used my spatula to work it in the top layer.
-Freeze for an hour and enjoy! You can transfer to the refrigerator overnight also.

Smoked Paprika Sauce & Baked Tofu ALT

Smoked Paprika Bean Sauce
(Makes about 2 Cups) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Raw, Dairy-Free
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This sauce recipe began in my mind as something different… :-/ Nevertheless the sauce turned out flavorful. The sauce itself is gluten-free, soy-free etc. but in this recipe, I did use it atop a sandwich – Tofu ALT (pictured above) – which clearly has both. This sauce has been also used over rice with tofu (pictured below) which is a gluten-free version. I prepared the tofu the same in both cases. This sauce is also nice on some veggies or fries. Enjoy! 🙂
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Ingredients:
1 (16oz can) Large Butter Beans, drained/rinsed
3 Button Mushrooms, wiped/quartered
1 (5.46oz can) Coconut Milk (abt ¾ cup)
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
1 Tsp course Sea Salt

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Refrigerate unused portion.
Here’s the Sauce!
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Oven Baked Tofu
1 (14oz Pkg) Extra Firm Tofu, drained/pressed
Course Sea Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Smoked Paprika
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. -Remove tofu from package, if you have a press go for it. If not, let tofu drain on a paper towel then pat dry. Cut tofu into eighths – first cutting in half diagonal then cutting those pieces in four. Press again with paper towel to dry.
-There were no measurements included with the seasonings. I just simply drizzled a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil then rubbed in the course sea salt, sprinkled some Pepper and Paprika. Flip over and do the same on the opposite side.
-Place on baking sheet drizzle a little more olive oil – about a capful – over tofu and bake for 30 minutes. Flip over after 20 minutes. Crisp & Delish – Enjoy!

Building the Tofu ALT:
-Spread the Paprika sauce on each side of bread.
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-Add Lettuce
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-Top with Sliced Tomatoes and Avocados – Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper here.
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-Add Baked Tofu.
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-Drizzle with Paprika Sauce
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-Enjoy!
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Smoked Paprika Bean Sauce

  • Servings: Makes about 2 cups ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Raw, Dairy-Free
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
1 (16oz can) Large Butter Beans, drained/rinsed
3 Button Mushrooms, wiped/quartered
1 (5.46oz can) Coconut Milk (abt ¾ cup)
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
1 Tsp course Sea Salt

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Refrigerate unused portion.