- Blackbean burger Panini
- 3.5 out of 5 stars
Veggie patty with organic Gouda, roasted tomatoes and red pepper aioli on toasted focaccia. Served with mini bruschetta
After a chance encounter with a veggie burger this summer—(read: I ordered it, thinking it was the real deal)—I have been hesitantly curious about this species of burger. So I opted for 145’s take on the vegetarian fare, and I was not disappointed.
The presentation of both the sandwich and bruschetta were impressive. After cutting the burger in half, I couldn’t eat it with my hands as it fell apart—but it didn’t matter, anyway. The bread was so soggy with butter that I ate just the patty with a knife and fork. But that turned out to be perfectly fine, as the veggie patty had a great, earthy taste, dense enough to stand on its own. As a new veggie burger eater, I’m always amazed by the taste: a little bit burger, a little bit vegetable and always very filling.
Sad, soggy bread aside, the roasted tomatoes had a succulent life of their own. I forwent the toasted focaccia, so the side of bruschetta was perfect. Mini slices of toasted bread topped with a well-balanced spread of tomatoes, onions and oil. They were so good, Kristen snagged two. Speaking of Kristen…
- Gnocchi and Mussels
- 4.0 out of 5 stars
At first I thought that the combination of such dense pasta and mussels would be too weird to actually work. Trying to be more adventurous and taking into account the fact that I love all the components individually, I decided to take a chance on this dish.
The presentation and flavors were all on point, freshly roasted tomatoes and garlic generously portioned on top of steamed mussels. The gnocchi was buttery and soft; the only problem was that there were about five in the entire dish. It’s a common problem college kids run into, paying a lot for something that doesn’t have the same portion size as on campus dishes. But honestly the flavors and quality made up for my dinner running on the smaller side.
- Angry Bird
- 5 out of 5 stars
Things that excite me when I order a drink are the words ‘secret’ and ‘apple ale’. While the real recipe of this drink remains a secret, I can verify that muddled basil, lemon and cinnamon all play a part in this belly warming drink. Its also decently sized, which can go right to your head if you’re not careful.