A couple of weeks ago my friend Jen and I got together for her long-overdue birthday dinner. I said she could pick the place and she wanted to go to bd's, saying she thought they had a separate grill for people with allergies, so it would be perfect for me. We went to the one in Canton. I don't know if they all have this but sure enough, there it was . . . The Allergy Zone!
It's a totally separate grill from the main grill. I made up my bowl of veggies and tofu, added the sauce (after thoroughly checking the ingredients which are listed on the wall), and took it over to the Allergy Zone. A very friendly Mongolian griller asked me what I am allergic to and when I told him I'm vegan and started to explain, he knew exactly what it meant and got right to work cleaning off his grilling utensils. I was highly impressed!
The food was pretty good but in the end, it was a stir-fry. To me a stir-fry is always something that I can make at home so to be really impressive in a restaurant, it has to be pretty darn amazing. Some of the veggies were clearly either canned or frozen, so that's unfortunate. For what you pay it should all be fresh! I had the mandarin orange sauce, which I liked, but next time would spice it up a little bit with some red pepper flakes, ginger, and garlic.
|Veggies w/tofu and mandarin orange sauce|
What's great about discovering the Allergy Zone at bd's is that now there's another place I can go to eat with non-vegans. (Brian was especially excited to hear the news!) I don't know if all bd's have it but I assume they would. I hear the Dearborn one has it!
I might not recommend bd's Mongolian Grill to people with serious allergies because of all the opportunities for cross-contamination in the salad bar approach to creating your bowl, but for vegans looking for another dining option in this crazy meat-filled world, this one isn't half bad.
Have you been to bd's Mongolian Grill? What do you think?