Who doesn’t love the Frist Center? I certainly love checking out the art, especially when my student ID will get me free admittance (every Thursday and Friday from 5:00 – 9:00 PM). What I did not know until relatively recently is that the Frist Cafe is a happening lunch spot. The dining area is really inviting–loving the fresh flowers on the tables–and there’s a great patio if you’re in the mood for al fresco. Also, their menu, while not a smorgasboard of vegan delights, is surprisingly veg-friendly.
The Portobello Mushroom Sandwich is supposed to be served with basil pesto and fontina cheese. Omit these two ingredients and you have yourself a vegan sandwich, consisting of a portobello mushroom cap, sliced tomato, and red onion, served on focaccia. I specifically had the cashier check on the vegan status of the bread and the mushroom cap. I asked for balsamic vinaigrette on the side so the sandwich wouldn’t be too dry, and was kind of disappointed when it came in a pouch, but at least I could read the ingredients list for myself. I really loved this sandwich, even though putting salad dressing on it made a huge mess everywhere. The mushroom cap was really tasty and filling. If I was having it again, I would probably add some lettuce.
I had a fruit cup as my side, and it really hit the spot. It complemented the sandwich quite nicely. One of my dining companions had the potato chips, for which the Frist is apparently famous, which are made fresh on-site. I had a couple and they were quite delicious, but I’m still glad I got the fruit.
I liked the Frist Cafe. I’ll probably be back. They have some salads that could probably be veganized and they occasionally have vegan soups. Plus, I love the Frist.
Frist Center Cafe
Nashville, TN 37203