I finally made it to eat dinner at the "new" Palomino tonight. I had heard mixed reviews from vegans, probably split about 50/50. Here's my experience, but feel free to share yours in the comments below.
So, let's start with the menu...it's almost completely different and a lot smaller overall. Here are the small plates or appetizers.
Of course I had to try the wings, so I ordered that as an appetizer and one of my friends had it as a meal. It's a much smaller portion than it used to be and no fries. The tofu wings were similar to the old ones, but there were two others that were more like soy chick'n. They had a little stick in them (instead of a bone) and reminded me of the wings from the Ste Martaen vegan food truck, if you're familiar with that. The sauce wasn't very spicy and the tofu was a little bland, but one of my friends said it tasted different last time she ordered it, so they may still be working things out. The vegan ranch sauce is pretty much the same as before. Overall, they were alright, but nothing I'd go out of my way for.
I kind of skimmed over the salad section because none of them had a (v) by them--they all had meat. So, moving on to the sandwiches.... I had heard good things about the Po-Boy, so my boyfriend and I both ordered that and one other friend got the Hot Fried Chick'n.
I really enjoyed the Po-Boy. It was black-eyed pea based falafel balls covered in coleslaw with a remoulade sauce. The pickle chips were similar to Honeypie's, but a little more vinegary.
A friend got the Hot Fried Chick'n and it had faux chick'n similar to the couple wings that were in there. She said it was OK, but kind of bland since it was only the faux chick'n and mayo. Sorry for the photo half way through eating it, but I almost forgot to take one!
Next up were the sides....three of us ordered a small order of fries and one got hush puppies. I forgot to get a photo of those, but I felt they were better than they used to be. The hush puppies came with a weird horseradish type dipping sauce that seemed more like a salad dressing, but they would probably be better with ranch or pinky horseradish.
My favorite part of the meal was the fries. I actually did not like their fries before at all, but these new ones are thin and crispy, just how I prefer fries to be :)
I was excited to see vegan hand pies on the dessert menu, but unfortunately they didn't have any available tonight. :(
So, overall, I think I have mixed feelings. I went in with the idea that this was a whole new restaurant, so I didn't want to compare everything to the old Palomino. One thing we all agreed on is that the food was way less greasy and we left feeling full, but not uncomfortable. It's definitely more pricey than it used to be, but it's not ridiculous compared to most restaurants. I will probably check back in over the next few months to try some of the other dishes and I'm hoping the fried pickles come back (these were my absolute favorite), but nothing really stood out too much yet. Anytime a restaurant starts with a new menu it takes awhile for things to settle down, so I'll keep an open mind and see how things progress.
Again, please feel free to share your comments here and if you want to share photos of your meals, you can definitely do that on Facebook. Thanks!