Just like the twelve previous vegetable journeys, this one begins with my friend Ben picking me up at work. This vegetarian series was Ben’s idea and it’s bee a fun and interesting time. I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I have and we’ve had some really delicious and unique meatless meals. There’s a wrap-up of all of our stops at the end of the post, so keep on scrolling for that! Ben is a DJ and music producer known as B Löwd and you can hear his music by clicking right here. Alright, we’ve arrived at The Fox Pub & Cafe! Time to begin this Saturday night!
As we opened the front door we saw that they’ve got the front foyer all decorated and lit-up for the holiday season, very sparkly! When we walked in we were greeted by Matt Rixner who owns The Fox Pub with his wife Cortney. Always great to see Matt and catch up on things!
Matt set us up at this corner table right next to the fireplace which was adorned with Christmas decorations including Santa on a sleigh. And if you look real closely at the last picture you can see an unplanned obligatory Christmas mirror shot! I love it when that happens!
Adam is our friendly server tonight and here he is with two beers for the table! Adam and Ben went to high school together and Adam is also an electronic music producer who goes by the name: TRILL.iam. You can hear some of his music productions by clicking here. We checked out the menu and Adam had a couple of vegetarian suggestions and we placed our dinner order for the 13th vegetarian meal!
First up was a cup of Sgt. Pepper’s Soup which is a tomato bisque with roasted red pepper and smoked gouda cheese. This is such a tasty soup. The consistency is thick with chunks of red pepper and the smoked gouda cheese gives the soup a smoky and rich flavor. We’re off to a great start for our last vegetarian meal of this series!
Here’s the view of the dining room from our table and a shot of the Christmas tree up in the front.
The Fox Pub is Peoria’s only English-themed pub and in a addition to the English food selections on the menu there’s also tributes to England on the walls of the dining room and bar area.
Speaking of the bar area, here it is with Alex doing bartender duty tonight. And if you linger too long here and forget where you are, there’s a handy sign on the wall to remind you!
Meanwhile, back at our table more food has arrived!
We ordered two appetizers, the Spicy Battered Cauliflower and Cracker Crumble Cheese Curds. The cheese curds were really tasty but the real surprise for me was the Spicy Battered Cauliflower! They’re cauliflower florets covered with an Aleppo pepper batter and then deep fried. These were so tasty and had just a perfect amount of heat and spicy zing! Adam suggested these and I never would’ve ordered them without his suggestion because I’m not a big fan of cauliflower, but these tasty nuggets were incredible! And they go with beer very nicely!
For the main courses we split an order of Churchill’s Cheese Toasty and the Vegetable Curry. Both were delicious and complimented each other very well! The Cheese Toasty is made with sharp melted cheddar cheese on Texas Toast and it’s grilled and then charred slightly with grill marks on the outside. The vegetable curry was a hearty and rich mix of basmati rice, carrots, mushrooms, onions, peas and chickpeas. It’s like a combination of a stew and a thick soup and it’s so tasty and satisfying. This was a delicious and wonderful meal to finish off this vegetarian series!
They were having a private Christmas party in the spacious back room so I couldn’t get a photo till we were leaving and the party was ending. Thanks to Matt, Adam and everyone at the Fox Pub for a great evening and a wonderful meatless meal!
We had a four course vegetarian delight at The Fox Pub & Cafe! We started the mail off with one of their signature menu selections, The Sgt. Pepper’s Soup. This is a rich and smoky tomato soup and it’s thick, tasty and a tomato treat! We tried two appetizers, the Spicy Battered Cauliflower and Cracker Crumble Cheese Curds. As I noted above, the Spicy Battered Cauliflower was incredible! If I didn’t know it was cauliflower I never would’ve guessed it! It was equal parts spicy, heat and full of savory flavor, you definitely need to try these out if you haven’t already. The cheese curds were delicious as well.
The two main courses we split were the Vegetable Curry and the Churchill’s Cheese Toasty and they were both perfect dishes for a winter evening. The Cheese Toasty was a grilled and seared cheesy treat on thick Texas toast and it went so well with the hearty and rich Vegetable Curry.
Three and Three Quarter Galloping Gourmets—The menu at the Fox Pub has some really tasty vegetarian selections, but if you’re in the mood for something a little more meatier, there’s brisket, fish and chips, bangers and mash and a lot of other tasty selections! It’s the only English menu in Peoria and well worth checking out!
Seventeen Months and Thirteen Meatless Meals!
This was vegetarian dining tour was Ben’s idea and he suggested it over seventeen months ago! It started on July 25th, 2016 and the last stop was last Saturday night at The Fox Pub. It’s really been a fun adventure and I’ve discovered there’s a lot of tasty vegetarian meals to be had here in Peoria. You can see all of our trips by clicking on the links below in the Related Posts. Thanks to Ben for suggesting this and being the driver in this seventeen month meatless journey! It’s been a lot of fun and next month, Ben is going to eat meat to officially finish this series off, so stay tuned for that! We’ll see you all tomorrow!
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Related Posts: Saturday Night Vegetarian Series: The Fox Pub & Cafe, Khaki Jack’s, Yen Ching, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Hacienda El Mirador, Rizzi’s, Khoury’s Cuisine, Alexander’s Steakhouse, Last Chance Bar & Grill, Oliver’s Pizza & Pub North, Novu Sushi, PV II and Po-Boys On Frostwood.