We went to Rosetta's Kitchen on our travel day, and by the time we got to the Asheville restaurant we were basically famished. Luckily, your food arrives about five minutes after you walk in the door.
They have an assortment of hearty comfort foods like vegan mac-n-cheese, nachos, grilled cheese, and other sandwiches and wraps. When you order, huge cookies stare you in the face from behind a glass counter.
We picked nachos to start, a cup of Korean grilled tempeh, a cup of mac-n-cheese, and a portobello plate. That may seem like a lot of food, but the two side items was plenty for one person, and so we ended up with just enough of everything. And, the best part is that the whole thing cost us $26, including our two drinks. I'm always amused when non-vegans say vegan food is just too expensive because it's actually just the opposite.
The vegan nacho cheese sauce was really good, and they topped them off with a homemade pico de gallo. The pico had a nice bite of fresh cilantro and chunks of tomatoes, peppers, and onions, and mixed with the naturally spicy nacho cheese sauce, it worked really well.
We had a ton of nacho sauce leftover, which was helpful because I felt like the mac-n-cheese was a little low on flavor. Once I tossed it through the nacho sauce, it was delicious. The Korean tempeh had a really rich peanut sauce, and I found I could only eat a few chunks before the flavor was too intense. I did really like how they grilled it first, and I think it would have been great with some Asian-style noodles, or even with other vegetables mixed into the tempeh to break up the thickness of the sauce.
The best part of the portobello platter at Rosettas Kitchen was the smashed potatoes and gravy. Sometimes vegan gravies can be lackluster, but this was packed with flavor, and when you dipped anything on the plate in the gravy, that item tasted better.
The only thing I truly didn't like was the braised kale, but I have to admit, I'm just not a fan of Southern-style cooked greens. I'm used to eating and revering kale in its raw state, and once it's cooked down to a brown color, it's just not going to taste like kale. My husband thought it was collard greens because he's so used to the flavor of comfort food collard greens.
We washed everything down with a North Carolina root beer, which was refreshing and slightly spicy, and a limited edition Buchi kombucha, which was very mild and had a nice tingle.
If you love Southern comfort food, Rosettas Kitchen is a great, inexpensive place to check out.