Are you vegan? Do you like delicious food? Do you care about your health and/or the environment?
My guess is that if you’re reading this blog, you probably answered yes to at least one of those questions. If that’s the case, read closely – you’ll like this. If not, read closely – you’ll probably still like this.
Located right across from Fellini’s, Holy Cow is a new Vegan “lunch’nette” on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall, and boy does it have character. I almost hesitate to call it a restaurant (not because the food isn’t good – it’s great!) because it’s probably the smallest restaurant space I have ever seen. We’re talking smaller than The Flat (the crepe place, for those of you who aren’t familiar). But don’t let its size deceive you; this place packs a punch!
This is the official description, which can be found on the Holy Cow Facebook page here:
Long-time local restauranteur Jerry “Dr. Ho” Danner, who brought us the original Blue Moon Dinner and Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie in North Garden, is now focusing on the unique space on 2nd Street NW. Holy Cow Bangers n’ Buns serves up 100% vegan food at an affordable price. This local lunch’neite houses a variety of local produce that make up the menu. With Holy Cow being a “No Plastic Zone” there is a cash only policy. This policy extends all the way to the dinnerware which are made up from natural materials such as sugarcane and corn.
Now, on to the menu!
When I went, I got the Jackalope BBQ, and it was wonderful. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking; BBQ? I thought this was a vegan place! Well, it is. It’s BBQ, made from jackfruit.
I was amazed that this was even a thing, but it was really delicious! It came served between two gluten-free, corn cakes as buns with vegan coleslaw. The Jackalope BBQ was the only thing I tried, but rest assured, I intend to try out everything on the menu, because I have no doubt it is all tasty.
Doc Ho, as the owner is fondly referred to, has quite a story. I won’t go into it here, but make sure you chat with him when you visit, because it’s one I think everyone who eats at Holy Cow should hear.
Also – make sure you make your way down there ASAP, because he told me if he doesn’t get a decent customer base by the end of the month, he is going to have to close, which would be a bummer. So help him out! Go eat a delicious, affordable vegan lunch on the Downtown Mall and feel good about your life decisions! (And don’t forget to like Holy Cow on Facebook!)
Spread the word, sustainable friends, for word of mouth is the most powerful kind of word.