For our entrees, David and I decided to share, since I could actually know for sure that his meal was gluten-free too. He ordered the chicken tikka masala (one of our family favorites) and I went with the ‘Fiesta Bowl’ with bison. The fiesta bowl consisted of a mix of bison, cheese, lettuce, corn chips, lentils and other yummy goodness. I always like to combine everything on my plate so this dish was perfect for me. The tikka masala also received positive reviews from both of us and I loved getting to reach across the table and grab a bite off David’s plate and not worry about contamination, gluten, etc. It’s the simple pleasures in life, right?
Fiesta Bowl with Bison
Chicken Tikka Masala
What a meal! Oh, and the best part is that Lotus also serves breakfast and lunch. All of their sandwiches can be prepared on their homemade gluten-free bread. The whole time I ate my dinner I was planning when we could return to try their other food! Unfortunately we never got back to Lotus for lunch but we did go for coffee and breakfast a couple of times.
GF & Vegan Zuchinni Muffin (even David loved it!)
If you’re in Jackson, Lotus is the perfect place to go just for a cup of coffee. We brought our books and would make a morning of it until we got motivated to start moving and hiking. (More about the hiking and reading later.) All of Lotus’ baked goods (cookies, muffins, etc.) are vegan, making them dairy free and egg free. Many of their items are also gluten-free. Fortunately, I didn’t realize the muffins were vegan until after ordering. (Usually I shy away from foods that are missing milk, eggs, and butter!) These muffins were delicious!
Raspberry Cashew Muffin
I have a much more positive attitude towards vegan items now that I’ve sampled these amazing treats. During our time in Jackson, I enjoyed Lotus’ raspberry cashew muffin and zucchini muffin. So good. One morning I also ordered the ‘Maya,’ steamed quinoa with apples, cinnamon candied walnuts and organic milk. Sweet quinoa is quite possibly my favorite culinary discovery while out west.
Maya: Hearty Quinoa with a sweet crunch
Sadly, I did not get to try nearly as many things as I would have liked at Lotus, as we were only in Jackson three short days. Other dishes that stood out to me on the menu included:
David's Deluxe Breakfast Sandwich (can be ordered on homemade GF bread)
I guess I’ll just have to go back to Jackson to sample the rest. When I started this post, I thought I would write about all of the restaurants where we ate in Jackson, but clearly I’ve got a lot to say. The others will just have to wait. Lotus definitely deserves an entire post to itself. Thank you, Lotus Café. I hope to see you again soon.
PS: Lotus also has gluten-free tamari/soy sauce on every table. Even labeled! Who doesn’t want a little soy sauce on their raspberry cashew muffin?
Lotus Café -145 North Glenwood Street in downtown Jackson