Genga Ponnampalam has been selling his line of all-vegetable burgers in local stores for years, plus a smattering of events.
Now he's taken the plunge to open Go Veggies, a brick-and-mortar restaurant (264 Bryant St., 908-2778), just off Elmwood Avenue, around the corner from Epic and Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile. Newell Nussbaumer has the news here.
His mango pudding and mushroom burgers have satisfied many meat-eaters as well as all the vegetarians who welcome his efforts. Besides Palace of Dosas, on Millersport in Amherst, it's the only completely vegetarian restaurant around, and the only one in Buffalo. (Please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org if I'm missing one.)
Coconut lentil soup, spicy mango salsa, spinach curry - everything on the cafe menu is $5 or less. (Well, unless you want cheese on your burger - then it's $6.) Plus plenty of gluten-free items, the menu says.
Can tasty, plus cheap, plus no food with a face overcome the stereotypical Buffalo palate? Bon chance, Mr. Ponnampalam.