Desert Moon Cafe E-mail

Received: 01/08/09

The following is the e-mail response from Desert Moon Cafe when asked which of their menu items are vegan:

Thank you for your inquiry.

Unfortunately, being Mexican Cuisine, we put cheese and/or sour cream in just about everything . . . that’s really the “not so bad” news.

I say that because we make everything to order, so having any item on our menu prepared without meat, sour cream, cheese, etc is as simple as letting the register operator know. One of first menu’s we used at Desert Moon was a “Build your Own Burrito” or “Create your Own Quesadilla” menu board where guests literally built there burritos and quesadilla’s from scratch. As we’ve gotten busier, it was determined that it takes much too long get guests through the experience so we created a menu items based menu board instead, the concept still exists though. In fact, many of our guests from those days still order there burritos that way.

Completely confused . . . sorry?

Let me confuse you a little further.

-Avoid the quesadillas altogether as cheese is the “glue” that holds them together. If you like the ingredients of one of the quesadillas simply have them prepare it for you as a burrito.

– Burritos are your friends, as you can place just about anything you like right in there. Tacos can be your friend as well, have them prepared according to your dietary needs.

-Avoid the Ranch Beans, Mesa and Queso Sauce as they all contain meat and/or cheese. Black Beans are completely vegetarian, as is the yellow rice and chili.

-We offer both Tofu and Fire Roasted Vegetables. The Fire Roasted Vegetables are a mix of zucchini, onions, red and green peppers sauteed in canola oil.

-Rice Bowls are a good choice for you as well, obviously minus sour cream and cheese. My recommendation is you substitute pico de gallo, which is basically onions, tomatoes, cilantro and other spices similar to a salsa. The Rice Bowls are available with Black Beans or Chili, both are vegetarian.

-My heart bleeds to think you cannot enjoy our world famous as it is prepared with Monterey jack and cheddar cheese . . . so very sorry . . . . however you can always substitute fresh diced avocado in place of it.

There’s really not much we won’t do to help you, so don’t hesitate to ask myself or a Manager. You wouldn’t believe the requests we get and we’re happy to accommodate. Not sure if that helps, I hope it does. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Someone told me that the guacamole has cheese in it. Is this right?

That is correct, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese. My recommendation is to ask for fresh diced avocado instead.

Let me know if I can be of additional help.