Daisy's is a vegan restaurant in the south suburb of Phoenix, IL, just outside of Harvey. I'm relatively new to the vegan scene so I'd never heard of this hidden gem that's been operating for the past 8 years. For longtime vegans, they already know of the delicious meals and often place their orders in advance to beat the rush. Okay let me just be honest, people order ahead so they don't have to endure what can be a long wait at times. I've been a victim of this as well, but I just chalked it up to the fact that Daisy's serves FRESH FOOD and it's not a drive thru with processed food they're just slinging through a window.
For the past month or so, I've frequented Daisy's more often because my girls were out for the summer. To say my 9-yr. old twins are finicky eaters is an understatement, but much to my amazement, they love Daisy's! When my husband and I first decided to go vegan almost a year ago, we coincidentally ended up at an animal farm that weekend that was truly life changing. You can read about that here.
At first, being vegan was a breeze. It got a little challenging during the holidays, but we survived. However, the holidays would have been fantastic had we known back then that Daisy's caters holiday meals!
You see, the food at Daisy's is absolutely fantastic! You would never even know the foods you're eating have absolutely no dairy or meat products in them. As a matter of fact, I told them the last time I had their greens that if I weren't careful, I would end up becoming the fat, fit vegan because they have cakes and ice cream and macaroni and cheese and rib tips and gyros and tacos and anything else you can think of--and it's all vegan. No meat. No dairy. DELICIOUS!
My girls love their nuggets. You would never imagine that there's no chicken in them. Thanks to Daisy's, I absolutely refuse to buy my children anymore nuggets from fast food restaurants. You see, I've stayed meatless, but my girls will occasionally eat meat. I wish they wouldn't, but I don't want to force them into my lifestyle. While there's no meat in my home, family makes it hard because the world is bamboozled that people need meat for protein which is a lie straight from the pit of hell.
This is why I love Daisy's vegan restaurant so much. It's not just a restaurant. It's an experience. I can go there and get help with recipes or talk to others who've adopted the vegan lifestyle, or the best part is, I can go there and eat food that makes me practically lick the bowl clean. The lima beans are absolutely so good that you can do what the old expression says,
It's so good you could slap your mama!
Daisy's is a black owned, family-run business that has patrons of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Just today, I witnessed a mom with her son who was so delighted with the food because vegan meals are new for her. She just went on and on like a kid in a candy store sampling many vegan delights. Valerie refused to let me take a picture of her as she and her son Dionte had just come out to enjoy lunch together and she wasn't in her full diva-mode, but she was overjoyed to know that I would include their wonderful exchange in my blog because it was beautiful to witness. She told him, "See? I told you you have to get out and meet new people?" Dionte, looking confused while smiling sheepishly said, "I'm the one that brought YOU here Momma!"
With soaring obesity rates and television ads constantly bombarding us with the latest drug with umpteen side effects, it is refreshing and truly a blessing to have Daisy's in the southern suburbs offering affordable, healthy vegan meals. I know I don't want to be the fat, fit vegan, so after every meal, I get one of their detox drinks with a dose of cayenne that makes me feel like Popeye if he had 10 cans of spinach! I told my girls that and they said, "Who is Popeye?"
I thought, Oh Lord, maybe I am getting old. But, nevertheless, they may not know this classic cartoon figure but I thank God I have instilled something positive within them that now they know they can embrace and enjoy vegan meals.