When I eat vegan food, I typically need a second dinner. I suppose that if I converted, my appetite would slowly adjust to eating a reasonable amount. But being a lady who likes to eat, I usually don’t mind a second dinner, so long as the first one isn’t too expensive.
It’s the prices at On The Fly, Victorian Village’s vegan “street food” joint that made it most appealing. Less than $6 for an entrée at one of Columbus’ most talked about eateries? Makes a vegan dinner less risky.
Designed as a carryout spot with a table or two inside as well as patio seating, On The Fly impressed me in its business prowess. There is very low overhead, minimal rent and the entire restaurant can be staffed by a single employee and his or her iPod.
After asking for descriptions of all the options available, our server/chef/cashier handed us a paper menu. Baseball Boy quickly chose the Street Food Salad. A simple dish that allowed the vegetables to speak for themselves, the cold noodles made a nice bed for sprouts, carrots and tomatoes.
Quick to pick the least healthy-sounding item on the menu, I chose the empanada. A dense filling with a bit of a kick made it a good choice. It wasn’t until my dinner was finished that I registered an absence of cheese.
Cake and mousse are two of my favorite things, and they came together to make up the grand finale for my meal. It didn’t blow me away, but I’m a giant fan of butter, so it may take some time to prove to me that it’s not needed in a dessert.
So. Was I hungry after dinner? Did I require a second meal? I cannot lie; I did have a snack later in the evening. But it was a tiny snack. And it definitely wasn’t required.
On The Fly
249 King Avenue