I don’t think I’ve been as thrilled about as many dishes as I was at Champs in Brooklyn.
The first meal we got started with:
Oven Roasted Fries with Bacon and Cheese
a side of their Award-Winning Chili
Both of these should get awards. The cheese on the fries was reminiscent of nacho cheese except it tasted amazing. I’d suggest you try both of these. I’ve gotten the bbq seitan skewers before and they were great too. The nachos though, as I remember, didn’t blow me away on my first visit.
Photo courtesy of VegosAmigo, yogi, and absolute babe, @Stephanately ( <– instagram ).
Our main courses were the:
Quesadilla – black beans, diced tomatoes, cheddar-mozza mix, sour cream,
chipotle mayo on organic wholewheat tortilla
Biscuits and Gravy – house-made biscuits, soysage, gravy with salad (only available on weekends)
While discussing our order, we said how we could make the quesadilla at home, and maybe we should order something a little more intense. We eventually went with our gut, heh, and got it. And this was by far the best quesadilla I’ve had in a restaurant. How did they make this so special? I don’t really know, I guess they are spice Champs. Their chipotle mayo glazed the top tortilla and made every bite absolutely perfection.
The Biscuits and Gravy, aka ‘Merica, wasn’t too shabby either. It had these cute little soy sausage nuggets between the biscuits and beneath the bed of thick comforting gravy. I had been craving this for some time, and I was so relieved to finally be eating one of my childhood favorite dishes. The gravy wasn’t the most amazing, so I’d suggest ordering some hot sauce with it.
We were fed and happy, and decided to take the Yelp deal and check in for some free coffees. These were honestly some of the best coffees I’ve ever had, too. We enjoyed it iced, and the feelings I had rivaled the amazement I had in Florence having Cafe. “Is this regular coffee?” I asked, as I guzzled down this exciting black nectar.
But we weren’t done there. Half way through our coffees, we realized the specials board.. and everything got crazy… The serious feelings of excitement, fullness, and major food high, brought us to an absolutely fantastic decision; Second Dinner.
We then ordered:
Chicken and Waffles
Tempeh Buffalo Wings
a god damn Oatmeal Whoopie Pie
The Chicken and Waffles, which I have never had before, was completely confusing and delicious. It was nothing like breakfast, and tasted not so much like either of the ingredients, but an amazing new sensation. Try it with hot sauce, you will not regret it.
The Tempeh Buffalo Wings were spicy, peppery, and had the best dipping sauce I have ever f*cking had, ever. It was definitely house made, and had enough flavor and green spices to make me consider calling them and thanking them for the incredible treat. I’m glad I didn’t do that at 1 am, when we finally were able to eat again.
and then we had the Mozzarella Sticks….. These were absolutely ridiculous. They rivaled 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe, one of the best vegan-friendly restaurants I’ve ever been to. They were housemade, and made me yell yay. Actually in the car on the way home I let out a Charlie Brown style (accidental) scream because I realized that we have more Champs food to eat.
The Whoopie Pie was mind blowing. Try waiting to eat it at home and heat it in a toaster over for 5 minutes making the outside warm while keeping the inside cold. You will not regret it.
Seriously, if they ever have Mozz Sticks or Tempeh Buffalo Wings on the specials board, you have to order them. You have to.
Champs, thanks for one of the best vegan restaurant experiences I’ve ever had, ever. Ever. I love you.