Meatless Mondays: Tater tots top vegan delights at Scotty’s Brewhouse
As someone who doesn’t drink, I often look right past brewhouses the same way I do steakhouses: I figure there’s nothing there for me, so I just keep on driving.
Scotty’s Brewhouse in West Lafayette recently did a pretty solid job convincing me to put it in park. The atmosphere at Scotty’s is super chill — at least when there’s not a big game going on. Students, professors, and families; first dates, athletes, and Lafayette natives happily gather under Scotty’s pleasingly low lights for food, spirits, and sports.
We all know that the bar for bar food is sometimes set pretty low, especially when you throw in a monkey wrench like veganism. (Dry romaine salad, anyone?) Luckily, Scotty’s has decided to step up and offer some fun vegan viand to clientele suffering from serious game-time munchies.
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Behold, the potato in its multitudinous forms! It’s potentially healthy when baked, loved by all when fried, but it’s something altogether different when totted. In fact, a longitudinal study at the Cleveland Clinic proved that when paired with a beer — hop or root — tater tots elevate selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors by — ok, ok. I’m totally making that up.
But tater-tots are an undeniably fun food (Napoleon Dynamite fans, back me up on this) and it’s seriously hard to be depressed and eats tots simultaneously. They may be the perfect peacemaker, so it’s a good thing Scotty’s has these vegan treats on hand when sports rivals find themselves imbibing in close proximity.
If protein is on your mind, Scotty’s black-bean burger is joyfully vegan. Unlike many black-bean burgers, which have egg as a binder, Scotty’s uses a banana binder (don’t judge it ‘til you’ve tried it; then, just enjoy it). Unfortunately, none of the buns are vegan-friendly, and neither are the waffle-cut fries. However, regular-cut fries (plus those tots) are safe, and a great way to offset the carb deficit of a bun-less burger.
Furthermore — and perhaps the most exciting find for this carb-loving veghead — the Bavarian pretzel bites are totally vegan! Talk about “who needs a bun,” am I right? These soft, pillowy bites of salted bready goodness are amazing as-is; dunk in a little bit of mustard if you’re craving a bit of kick.
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The new addition of the Greek Falafel Salad at Scotty’s is aces. Just forgo the feta and you’re fine. It comes with a red pepper vinaigrette, but feel free to snag a side of balsamic or Asian sesame — all three are vegan. Always remember that if it’s on the menu (anywhere…even on exceedingly non-vegan meals), it’s in-house.
So top things off with avocado, get a side of steamed veggies, and mix and match to your heart’s content. Scotty’s servers are smart, friendly, and accommodating. When it comes to pleasing their diverse customers, Scotty’s definitely has its head in the game.
If you go:
352 E. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Hours: Sun-Tues: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Wed-Sat: 11 a.m. to midnight
Michelle Schaefer has her BA in Writing, MA in Psychology, and is a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator. For more free resources and to share your article ideas, please go to veggiechel.com