I love Bound’ry, even though this was only my second-ever full meal there. I hang out at the bar every now and then, and they can always scrounge up some kind of vegan appetizer for me. Plus, the bar has this awesome chilled section that you can set your drink on so it will never get warm. I like to leave my handprint in the frost, but I digress. I love the creativity of the menu, the willingness of the kitchen staff to make me special food that’s not even on the menu, the kindness of the servers and bartenders, and the awesome decor. I’ve never had a bad experience at Bound’ry.
My birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I decided to have my birthday dinner at Bound’ry, partially because that’s where I had it last year (while still lacto/ovo) and partially due to The Traveling Vegetarian’s encouraging post about how vegan-friendly they can be. I made my reservation a week in advance and indicating that I was vegan. They assured me I could be accommodated, and boy was I ever accommodated.
My server, who had celiac’s, and whose business partner was vegan, was awesome. He offered to whip me up a vegan appetizer but I declined since my dining companions were not getting any. I did take him up on ordering a salad, seen above. The Bound’ry Salad consists of Romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, crispy black eyed peas, and usually ham–remove the ham and it’s vegan. I chose balsamic vinaigrette as my dressing. This salad was great for being so simple. The dressing was just right (not too thick but not too runny/oily), and the crispy black eyed peas were an awesome addition. There was also an elaborate bread arrangement that I forgot to photograph, all of which was vegan. It was served with several different butters, but my server brought me out a dish of olive oil for dipping.
My entree was not on the menu. In fact, there was nothing with tofu on the menu. When my server took my order for the entree, I told him I thought I would be having the Bound’ry Falafel since it was the only vegan thing on the menu. He stopped me and told me I could have basically whatever I wanted. This was too much choice for me, and while I stared at him dumbstruck, he asked if I would like something with tofu. I told him that would be perfect and off he went. I had absolutely no idea what would come out, and one of my dining companions expressed worry based on his experiences with chefs who do not know how to work with tofu properly. Was he ever proven wrong!
This dish was AMAZING. Seriously. It blew me away. I’m not really sure what it was served with, beyond being able to identify the tofu (obviously), black eyed peas (not crispy this time), carrots, and what I think were summer squash and zucchini. I have no idea what that orange sauce was but it was delicious. Everything was incredibly flavorful, and that orange sauce really tied it all together. The tofu was the perfect texture–nice and firm on the outside and slightly softer on the inside. This dish was so filling that I could not even eat it all, which is saying something, because I can eat a lot. It also reheated well a few days later.
One of my dining companions ordered the Bound’ry Falafel, so I had him snap a photo. It’s totally vegan and served with hummus, tabouli, naan, cherry tomatoes, and yummy roasted baby eggplant. This is your vegan standby on the Bound’ry menu and the most affordable entree. I didn’t eat any of this (too full from my own food) but I’ve had the hummus at the bar several times and can testify to its awesomeness. Honestly, I’ve never had any food at Bound’ry that was less than stellar and I’m sure this was no exception, and my friend who was eating it said it was great.
Unfortunately, I was not able to snap a stellar photo of the dessert, but it was my birthday, get off my back. Bound’ry does not typically offer vegan dessert. I made my reservation a week in advance and spoke with Natalie, a manager, who told me she would discuss my vegan dessert request with the pastry chef and get back to me. She called me back a couple of days later saying they could accommodate me and asking if I liked pumpkin. I responded in the affirmative and that was it.
My dessert came out with candles. I don’t really know what it was, but it was some kind of pumpkin custard-like substance. It tasted a lot like pumpkin pie filling, and it had nuts (pecans?) in it. There were also these little scone-like biscuit things, and fresh strawberries, and little chocolate sticks. I was so excited to have a vegan dessert, because this is the first real vegan dessert I’ve had in this city (I don’t count cookies as dessert–cookies are not a dessert, they are a snack).
In sum, I love Bound’ry. They have an awesome beer selection and cocktail menu, the food is phenomenal, and the service is impeccable. It’s pricey, but totally worth it for that special occasion. They definitely made my birthday memorable. And I bet I’ll be back next year!
911 20th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212