You’ve got to hand it to the creativity of Street Beet Detroit!
For those who haven’t dove into the delectable Detroit pop-up, Street Beet is a plant-based project that was created by Nina Paletta and Meghan Shaw, and they are devoted to creating approachable and delicious vegan fod that “satisfies and intrigues vegans and non-vegans alike,” according to their Facebook Page.
With an homage to Taco Bell, Vegan Taco Hell serves staple items like the Cheesy Gordita Crunch, Crunch Wrap Supremes, and even Chips & Cheese, featuring Cashew Nacho Cheese Sauce. What inspired the pair at Street Beet to go the way of the Bell?
Checking in with Nina Paletta, she shared that her and Shaw were driving passed one of the local locations, and had an epiphany on how long the line was. “I [Paletta] gave her a look, she gave me a look, and without any conversation we decided right then and there that we were definitely doing it.”
The previous pop-up events of Vegan Taco Hell have been an absolute hit. Walking into the 2.0 edition at PJ’s Lager House, there was barely a spot to sit because the event was so popular, and many patrons were salavating at the thought of the Nacho Fries and Baja Blast while hoping to snag a table. Needless to say, their collaboration with PJ’s was a perfect fit.
“PJ’s has a veg-heavy menu of their own and a kitchen fully equipped for everything we wanted to re-create, so it just made sense. After the first one went over so well, the two of us and Jay (Bartender & Pop-Up Coordinator at PJ’s) decided to make it a monthly event,” shares Paletta.
As far as the future of Vegan Taco Hell, the pop-up will try to mix up the menu by having recreations of the fan favorites: Crunchwrap supreme, Chalupa Supreme, Double Cheesy Gordita Crunch, Double Decker Taco, Nacho Fries, and Cinnamon Twists.
And the answer to if they will be trying any new fast food creations in the future? Paletta says “There has been much debate over whether or not we will try out other fast food chains in the future. We’ll just say that recently we made a fried tofu sandwich with tartar sauce and it was strikingly reminiscent of a certain fish sandwich at a certain fast food restaurant. The idea is certainly on the table.”
You know what else will be on the table? MY MONEY. In the words of ‘Futurama’s’ Fry, “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!” Not only was the food totally delicious, accompanying our favorite spicy sauces, the food was flavorful yet gentle enough to be handled by my fiancé’s very specific palate AKA his extreme level of Lactose dietary restrictions.
The next installment of Street Beet Presents: Vegan Taco Hell 3.0 is September 18 at 6 PM – 10 PM at P.J.’s Lager House. Keep up with the Street Beet gal’s at @streetbeetdetroit on Facebook and Instagram!