Animal Liberation Lunch (One from the Archives for Veganuary)

Our Leo talks about Vintage the much loved live music venue on Silver Street.

Photography: Warren Draper

Words: Leonardo Antonio Van Helden

Vintage is a small, family-run business in the centre of Doncaster. The cosy atmosphere and friendly bar staff are unrivalled. Often a visit for a drink can turn into an evening of live music, whether it’s Thursday’s open mic night or one of the various bands they host. During the day you can satisfy any and all of your musical desires with their state-of-the-art jukebox. I’m particularly partial to the Disney soundtrack. “I’ll Make A Man Out of You” from Mulan is an indisputable banger.

Music is not the only reason to visit Vintage. Finding good grub in Donny can be a herculean task, especially if you’re vegan, but the guys have your back. They’ve got an extensive and customizable menu ensuring you could eat there every day without having the same thing twice. From breakfasts to burgers, sharing platters to jacket potatoes, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

Like the B.Y.O.B (Build Your Own Burger), you can customise your burger like it’s a Sims character, making it as big or as little as you like. You can choose between a soy burger, falafel patty or grilled halloumi (not vegan but I won’t judge) and have as many fillings as your overdraft will allow. Not content with just one burger? Have two. In fact, have three. Throw a hash brown on there, some onions, a few mushrooms-perfect for those with a bottomless gut.

My personal favourite, you ask? The Sweet Cajun Medley–A vegan soy burger with a sweet potato fritter, guacamole, vegan cheese, topped with a Cajun mushroom & onion medley, served on a floured bun with fries.

Not too hungry? Did you really think Vintage wouldn’t have a solution? Light bites are the answer. You can choose a baguette, wrap, salad or jacket potato, all with a filling of your choice and served with a side salad and fries. Or go with a big ol’ pile of nachos with homemade chilli, topped with vegan cheese and a side of guacamole and salsa

Of all the great choices, there’s one in particular that I can’t rate enough:the Rockers VeganPoutine–A large portion of skin-on fries, topped with jalapenos, fried onion & mushrooms, gravy and vegan cheese. Simple but beautiful. Tell me, how can 36.3 million Canadians be wrong?

And if you’re visiting with a group, you should go for a vegan sharing platter–Vegan sausage, falafel balls, hummus-filled roast pepper, Cajun corn on the cob, sun-dried tomatoes, mixed olives, breaded garlic mushrooms, garlic bread, homemade slaw, onion rings, carrot sticks, celery & cucumber served with a large portion of skin-on fries. I could personally destroy all of that in a one’er, but I’m a greedy little piggy.

If you’re a carnivore, you can flip the vegan menu for plenty of meaty options. But hey, let’s talk cruelty free. Good for the piggies, good for you. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Speaking of piggies, if you’re not interested in abstaining from the unnecessary deaths of animals that didn’t want to die, even if it is just for one meal, then flip the vegan menu over and you’ll find plenty of options for your everyday carnist. But I would definitely recommend giving the cruelty-free option a go

So, whether you’re out shopping, on a date, treating the family or just lining the stomach before you get absolutely steamin’, Vintage is the ideal place to grab some grub. You’ll be made to feel welcome from the moment you enter until the moment you leave.

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