Vegetarian Biscuits and Gravy

Following a vegetarian diet is linked to many health benefits, such as lowering your risk of heart disease and reducing our carbon footprint. My family and I have decided to have plant based meals a few times a week together.

Finding vegetarian versions of your favorite dishes can be tough sometimes. I know I find myself struggling to find options when I’m out to eat other than salads. 

It’s boring and it can feel a bit isolating, but when I was visiting Grand Rapids, Michigan I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of variety they had for people with all sorts of dietary restrictions. 

I spent a long weekend in Grand Rapids, Michigan and visited a ton of restaurants. As a foodie, I always feel inclined to visit as many restaurants as possible when I’m out on vacation.

Lucy’s Cafe

Out of all the restaurants I tried, Lucy’s Cafe stood out to me the most.

Their menu had a wide selection of choices for vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as gluten free options. It was so comforting to see restaurants that provide options for so many different people with food restrictions.

Since my friends and I were out for Sunday brunch, I knew I had to get an indulgent breakfast. 

I decided to go with the vegetarian biscuits and gravy. When I saw the menu read ‘made from scratch’ I was all in. What’s better than a flaky, homemade biscuit?

vegetarian biscuits and gravy

I knew I was in for a treat. The biscuits were topped with plant based sausage gravies and green onions.

The house-made drop biscuits and vegetarian gravy were phenomenal. I’ve tried searching how to make vegetarian biscuits and gravy myself, and Lucy’s vegetarian biscuits and gravy recipe has far outdone any others I have tried.

Because I’m not vegan and I still eat eggs and dairy products, I had to top mine with a poached egg. I love when the yolk is still a bit runny and I can dip the biscuits in the egg yolk.

To My Plant Based Friends

Before I go out to eat, I always search for that restaurant’s menu online. Although it can be annoying and time consuming, it has paid off numerous times for me.

If you’re in west Michigan make sure you stop by Lucy’s Cafe and get the vegetarian biscuits and gravy. You won’t be disappointed.

Whether you follow a diet that is free of animal products or you’re just a major foodie, you will find something to feed your appetite here.

What Food is Alaska Known for?

Eating like a local is a must when you’re traveling to new locations.

Especially in a place like Alaska, there’s tons of fresh, bright, and exotic tastes to try.

The state of Alaska has a lot to offer its visitors, but their foods are just the beginning of the adventure.

What Food Is Alaska Known For?

What Food Do They Eat in Alaska?

Apart from the various foods Alaskans love, it’s no surprise that seafood dominates more than a few of them. 

#1. Salmon

Alaska’s location is prime for enjoying all kinds of high-quality, fresh salmon. 

Alaska has an abundance of wild salmon because every year, thousands of them swim from the open ocean into Alaskan rivers to spawn from May to October. 

There are many different salmon species that you can try, and some of them can even get up to 100 lbs.!

If you’ve ever bought Alaskan salmon at the store, it’s likely one of these species:

Alaskan Salmon Dish
  • Sockeye Salmon (Red Salmon): the most well-known and favored among fish-lovers.
  • Coho Salmon (Silver Salmon): considered the best salmon for grilling.
  • Chinook Salmon (King Salmon): the largest, wild Pacific salmon that has the highest fat content out of all species. King salmon tend to be more expensive, but their rich flavor is worth it!
  • Chum Salmon (Dog Salmon): known for its light-colored flesh and low-fat content.
  • Humpback Salmon (Pink Salmon): a light-flavored salmon that is perfect for grilling, roasting, smoking, baking, or even enjoying raw.

#2. King Crab

King Crab

If you didn’t have fresh king crab during your visit, did you really even go to Alaska?

Because of its short (and dangerous) fishing season, king crab is a delicacy that is shipped and enjoyed all over the world.

King crab is especially popular in Alaska because you can prepare it lots of different ways, from crab cakes to crab dip, crab pasta, chowder, and more.

#3. Fish and Chips

Fish & Chips

We’re staying on the seafood trend with #3, although you can enjoy this meal just about anywhere (for half the price).

Alaskan fish and chips are still made with traditional cod or perch, but they’re even tastier than at your local bar.

Boardwalk shops lure hungry visitors with fresh, flakey, golden fish and chips all along the coast. Grab a basket while you’re strolling through town to savor a native favorite.

Oysters

Alaska’s small-but-growing oyster farm industry produces exceptional shellfish, despite the chilly temperatures.

Because their currents are filled with plankton, the oysters grow quickly and are ready to harvest in 18 to 36 months. 

Southeast Alaska sells about two-million oysters per year, and you can find them in most restaurants. Oysters can be enjoyed raw, baked or in sauces.

Reindeer Sausage or Reindeer Dogs

Alaskan natives have preserved wild game meats for decades, making non-native reindeer meats a popular fare.

Spicy reindeer sausage has become a staple of Alaska’s culinary scene where you can enjoy it for any and all meals, whether it is seasoned, smoked, or cured.

You can even combine reindeer sausage with other meats to make hot dogs.

Wild Berry Cobbler

Alaska is the exception if you typically skip dessert.

Well-known for its berries, Alaska breeds tons of familiar and unusual berry species from blueberries to cloudberries, lingonberries and more.

Berry cobbler is a popular dessert and one of the best ways to savor all different berry flavors. Order with a scoop of eskimo ice cream for the perfect conclusion to any meal.

Alaskan dishes vary from smoked salmon to wild game, berry cobbler, plus everything in between. 

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, make sure that you visit the Kaladi Brothers coffee shop. If beer is more your speed, just about any craft brewery in Alaska will impress you.