After years of dealing with well-meaning relatives and restaurants with no veggie-friendly options but salad and gigantic Portobello mushrooms, Rebecca is excited to share her hard-won recipes, nutrition tips and restaurant dining advice with both fellow herbivorous and omnivorous Central PAers alike.
If you’ve never been to Bube’s Brewery in Mt. Joy, it’s brightly painted exterior makes it easy to find. Normally I don’t enjoy dining at either bars or at restaurants that specialize in beer. My vegetarian dining choices at those places tend to include things like French fries, potato skins, or mozzarella sticks. This is thankfully not the case at Bube’s. I’ve eaten there many times now and am really positively impressed.
Bube’s includes four dining spaces: the Catacombs, Alois, Bottling Works, and the Biergarten. I’ve only eaten in Bottling Works and the Biergarten, which share the same menu. There are several options for vegetarians (not surprisingly, fewer for vegans), but I have ordered the Santa Fe burger every time. It’s a scratch-made black bean burger that has actual southwest spice to it, holds together better than most vegetarian patties and also is not so thick that it’s impossible to eat as a sandwich. It comes with cheddar cheese and guacamole on top, which I think are excellent complements to the spice of the burger.
There are a fairly typical but also nice variety of choices for a side dish that comes with entrees, including two types of fries, apple sauce, coleslaw and the vegetable of the day, among others. Since I don’t order burgers all that often I tend to go ahead and get the fries too. At the end of our most recent meal there, my husband and I ordered one slice of peanut butter pie to share. We often order that pie when we eat out because it’s my husband’s favorite. I like Bube’s version quite a bit because the peanut butter filling is not too heavy and not too sweet, and there is a lovely smooth layer of chocolate in between the crust and the peanut butter.
The other vegetarian options on the menu include cheese pizza, Bube’s rice and beans, a portabello sandwich (of course!), and pasta al’olio. I fully intend to try the rice and beans the next time we go because that is a vegetarian dish that can either be really simple and overpriced or really creative and delicious. There is also variety of the traditional bar-type appetizers that you would expect, if you’re just looking to have a couple of beers and a snack. I don’t personally enjoy beer, but my husband and many of our acquaintances are pleased with the variety and the quality of the beer they make at Bube’s. For my part, I appreciate that they usually have at least one hard cider on tap.
It’s great weather to enjoy the outdoor seating in the Biergarten this weekend. Next time I’m going to write about some good local vegan options. I have to admit that I’ve been rather fixated on cheese lately! Happy eating.
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