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VeggiEAT Xpress takes plant-based cooking to the next level

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VeggiEat Xpress’ shrimp spring rolls and spicy basil chicken.
Photo: Miranda Alam / Special to the Weekly

I remember seeing it on Instagram—a piping hot bowl of delicious-looking curry vegan lamb. “Who serves vegan lamb?” I wondered. Turns out VeggiEat Xpress at Stephanie and Warm Springs does. Specializing in Asian dishes from Vietnam, China, Singapore and beyond, it’s 100 percent vegan.

Chef Victoria Plourde opened the original version inside 99 Ranch Market at the Boulevard Mall two years ago but recently shuttered that store to focus on her Henderson location, which is currently celebrating its one-year anniversary. The casual restaurant is filled with wooden tables and mirrored accents, with the sound of sizzling veggies always audible as servers move briskly in and out of the kitchen. Plourde crafted every dish on the menu—from apps and noodles to boba teas and dessert—and she stays as active as the rest as her staff, checking on tables and delivering food to hungry patrons.

Some of VeggiEat’s faux meat won’t fool carnivores, but there’s plenty for anyone to enjoy. If you’re a meat eater trying out a more plant-based diet, opt for banh mi sandwiches like the vegan chicken or grilled mushroom, which come with lettuce, pickled carrots, jicama, cucumber, vegan mayo, jalapeño and cilantro—they’re fresh and balanced and they pack a little heat. Same goes for entrees like fried cauliflower in General Tsao sauce, or the straightforward and seriously spicy basil tofu and eggplant. Tried and true vegans will also find a lot to love on the menu with more adventurous items like Korean-style vegan barbecue ribs or vegan walnut shrimp and broccoli.

VeggiEat Xpress 390 N. Stephanie St., 702-458-8899. Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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