Best vegan fare 2022 | Pingala Café | Food

Best vegan fare

Pingala Café

Fresh rolls with peanut sauce (left), a Bahn Me Dawg with chips and an iced coffee - DARIA BISHOP
  • Daria Bishop
  • Fresh rolls with peanut sauce (left), a Bahn Me Dawg with chips and an iced coffee

Pingala Café — It should come as no surprise that Pingala Café took the inaugural win for vegan fare, a new Daysies category this year. Since chef and co-owner Trevor Sullivan opened his original spot in Burlington's Chace Mill in 2014, the casual eatery has satiated vegans and omnivores with its creative, from-scratch, animal product-free menu featuring, for example, several types of "cheese" lavished over nachos, in macaroni and in the signature Crunchwrap Supreme.

Pingala's little sibling, the mobile Broccoli Bar, launched in 2015. This year it also earned the best food cart nod for its compelling, single-minded menu of little green trees stir-fried, barbecued, tempura'd and featured in dumplings.

Sullivan and his partner and co-owner, Lisa Bergström, recently opened a second Pingala in Burlington's New North End. Food Network star Guy Fieri grins out from the window of the refurbished truck hood that greets customers. In a 2020 episode of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," the TV chef watched Sullivan make every component of the Crunchwrap, from lentil and bean chili to oat queso. "Dude, I'm so impressed," Fieri enthused.

Apparently, he's not the only one.

Other Finalists

  • Knead Bakery
  • Nourish
  • Revolution Kitchen
  • Sweet Alchemy Bakery & Café
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