A good cuisine type in the right neighborhood. That’s how I would describe the Green Owl Cafe, a vegetarian restaurant which opened in December not too far from the Barrymore Theatre. It probably wouldn’t thrive on other sides of town (except maybe Monroe Street), but it fills a niche in Schenk’s Corners.
I have eaten at one other vegetarian restaurant (in Athens, Ga.) and surprisingly enjoyed the “Buffalo chicken” sandwich I had. But I was left unfulfilled at the Green Owl. I tried the meatball sandwich, the BBQ jackfruit and the hot dog. The portions were small and pricey, and I left the restaurant still hungry (note: I am aware that protein helps you feel full).
While I would recommend the first two items, I definitely would not recommend the hot dog. My dining companions had the po’ boy and Italian beef, and both were good, but again: small portions for the price you pay ($8-$9 for a small sandwich).
As for the sides, I was impressed with the fried kale that came with my sandwich. It was crispy and well-seasoned, and it showed that you can indeed fry anything.
I would hope some day the Green Owl Cafe expands its menu to include more non-fake-meat items, such as a vegetarian pizza or falafel.