Oct 9, 2012

bennigan's make over

Bennigan's is sort of close to my heart, as much as any casual dining restaurant can be, because I worked there. As a vegan. Not much fun, as I am sure many other vegans who have to serve body parts feel. This is another time around the Irish-wanna-be  establishment. In the first go-around I promised you a Monte Cristo recipe. I lied. I'm not going to take the time to type it up, because, frankly, it is a pretty gross sandwich. Sorry, if I have offended anyone.

The Broccoli Bites over there, however, are pretty good and I recommend them.

What is a MoFo Make over without something buffalo? I've done Buffalo Wild Wings for MoFo V and Pub Grub for MoFo IV, to satisfy the insatiable need for the buffalo spice. For MoFo VI I am recreating Bennigan's Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Apparently they no longer have the sandwich on the menu, although they are offering it as a salad. Go figure.  

While this is basically the same thing as the other buffalo recipes, this one is just the sauce, nothing but the hot sauce, coating the seitan. No butter, no garlic, nothing else.

I tried making this with tofu, but it wasn't quite as good as with the seitan. Squeezing out the excess moisture of the seitan before frying is necessary because the crust can get soggy. Also, you can fry all the cutlets first and then bake them to re-crunchy-fy them. This used to be served with Bleu Cheese or Ranch Dressing. I went with the Ranch because that is what my kids like. Below is a quick Ranch dressing that I am finally happy with.

Cost Breakdown

breading: $1
buns: $3
sauce, Ranch: $1.50
condiments: $1
fries: $3
Total to make 4 sandwiches:

Their charge per sandwich (guessing) ~ $10.00
Make Over cost per sandwich: $2.86


  1. Wow! I didn't know Bennigan's still existed! That was where I had my very first experience with absolutely nothing on the menu for me to eat as was. I'll try this sandwich though!

  2. Cute! I'm enjoying reading about your vegan adventures.

    1. Amazing that they ARE still around. It was touch-and-go there for a while. When I worked there there was a young man who was also vegan (imagine the coincidence!) and whenever we ate anything there it was a dry salad with oil and vinegar. We were probably the only ones there who ate well :) Thanks for visiting!

  3. In my pre-vegan days this was my favorite meal at Bennigans. Now, whenever I get that buffalo sauce craving, I just make a Boca vegan chicken patty, drown it in buffalo sauce, and top it with my vegan blue cheese that I make from Veganaise. Not as healthy as seitan, but it'll do in a pinch. :)

    1. At least you aren't frying the patty, so I'd say you are about even regarding health :0

      Thanks for the visit!

  4. The opening is priceless, *serve body Parts*. so true. OOh brocooli bites. Hey congrats on the round up, my friend!

    1. Thanks, GiGi! I got a round up but you have a bunch of cool vegans at your place. Nice!! Your time is coming, I know!


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