Dinner at Doomie’s, a vegan restaurant in Hollywood serving comfort food.
Before I even started a food blog, I heard a lot of buzz around Doomie’s Home Cookin’ – a vegan restaurant that opened downtown in 2008. It was on my to-eat list then, but unfortunately shut down before we could try it.
Finally, this past December, Doomie’s reopens! Not only a 5-minute drive away from me, but within walking distance from my second home, The Arclight Cinemas.
Today, we are the very first customers. We arrive when they open, at noon. And Doomie himself opens the doors for us!
My lunch dates are Abe, along with my director from The People I’ve Slept With, Quentin Lee.
First, we decide to order a few sandwiches…
…Abe gets the BBQ Pulled Pork, which comes with Mac and Cheese, plus a choice of fries or fruit.
I opt for the Chicken Parmesan sandwich…
…with fruit and coleslaw.
Abe and I decide to split the two.
Both are pretty mind-blowing – not just good for vegan food, but good food, period. The textures are crazy impressive – so much so that carnivores (like myself) might think twice. Doomie is very secretive about the ingredients, but he did say that the proteins are soy-based, and the cheese is made in-house.
Unfortunately, we are not as wowed by the side dishes.
I only had a few bites of both the mac and cheese and the coleslaw, and didn’t even bother with the fries, since Abe says they are just “fine.”
Sample of Quentin’s Sloppy Joe, which is yummy, but overpowering with bell-pepper flavor.
Plus a sip of the daily soup (Creamy Chiken Tortilla). This is awesome.
We are all pretty full, but I feel like dessert is necessary, especially after seeing Das Baker’s selections.
Doomie brought out something that isn’t even on the menu for us to try. Double fudge croissant bread pudding.
It’s as rich as it looks, kids. I’ve had better vegan desserts, but still am eating more than my fair 1/3 share. With as much chocolate sauce as I could scoop up. We finally waddle back out to our cars, happily full.
By the way, not only is parking free, but so is the wifi. Therefore, my wallet is doomed.