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Counter Culture Soft Opening!!!

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Counter Culture’s soft opening is this week! It’s cash only, the staff is still being trained, and some menu items are not available yet, but WOW, it’s awesome!

Their menu has a bunch of raw, gluten free, soy free and Engine 2 Diet approved items all clearly marked. I have no such restrictions, so I plan on working my way through the whole menu. I loved everything I tried, but my two favorites so far are the spicy baked artichoke dip, and the quiche. I could do a face plant into a bowl of artichoke dip, it’s that good. They also had a couple slices of cake available from Capital City Bakery, that were insane! I can’t wait until the full dessert menu is available.

Counter Culture will be open Thursday through Sunday this week, from 5pm to 10pm, at 2337 East Cesar Chavez at Clara. Remember that it’s a soft opening, and it’s CASH ONLY until they get their internet working (my husband forgot and had to hike four blocks to find a working ATM) – so be patient until they get all the kinks worked out. Let’s all give a warm welcome to the newest (and raddest), all-vegan brick and mortar restaurant in Austin!

Counter Culture Sign

Counter Culture Groupies, Kate and Jacob, with Counter Culture T-Shirts

Counter Culture Interior Seating

Counter Culture Exterior Seating

Spicy Baked Artichoke Dip

Tempeh Reuben with Pac Man Salad

Mac & Cheeze with Jalapeño Cornbread and Caesar Salad

Quiche of the Day with Cole Slaw and Texas Caviar

Lentil Loaf with Garlicky Greens and Jalapeño Corn Bread

Black Forest Cake from Capital City Bakery

Local Organic Dosas from an Airsteam Near You

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[Editor's note: According to a tweet from Nomad Dosa, the trailer is closed until further notice. Here's to hoping they open up again soon! Also, their domain name appears to have been taken over by cybersquatters, so we've removed all hyperlinks that previously pointed to their website from this post.]

Nomad Dosa opened last Wednesday at 3421½ N IH 35, one big block south of the Fiesta Mart on 38½ St near Concordia Ave and Robinson Ave. Chef and proprietor Todd Davis, trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute, works to provide his customers with an all-around “quality experience,” from the flavor profile, to the friendly faces behind the counter, to the shopping list. We were lucky enough to get a taste of the vegan Mangonana Lassi and the lentil sambar during the soft opening on Saturday. Both impressed us so much that we had to return today for the full menu experience.

Nomad Dosa Trailer

The menu guides customers through a streamlined ordering process. First, you choose between a dosa, dosa set, or a rice bowl. Next, you choose a filling, toppings, and a dipping sauce. Marie tried a dosa with the Holy Cow filling (creamy spiced potatoes, sauteed onions, roasted cashews, and green peas), stuffed with raw chopped onions, and coconut chutney on the side. Marie says, “the mild rating of the coconut chutney is accurate,” so if your tongue recoils from heat, this chutney flavor is a good bet. The dosa tasted fresh and light and was not weighted down with too much oil.

I chose a dosa set. The dosa set features two small dosa flat rounds with a filling on the side, as opposed to the regular dosa which features one large round with the filling stuffed in. I ordered the Kerala Kokonut filling (mixed vegetables, garlic, ginger, with coconut curry), topped with romaine lettuce and bell peppers, with the cilantro chutney on the side.  The cilantro chutney definitely has a kick. If you order the dosa set, then you can stuff your filling into the rounds and eat them like tacos (please note the inauthenticity of this method). We also tried idli (steamed lentil and rice cakes) and vada (savory Indian donuts) on the side. The Kerala Kokonut filling and the vada were our favorites, but we recommend you give everything a try. (As part of a promotion for the soft-opening, we tried our food for free, in exchange for food pantry donations.)

Dosa

The only non-vegan items on the menu are the India Jones filling and an always optional cheese topping. All menu items are gluten-free, wheat-free, and soy-free. Nomad Dosa prioritizes using “the best food available from local family farmers who practice organic and sustainable ways of growing crops.” They do other neat things like fermenting their own dosa batter and making their own coconut milk.

A major life event, a trip around the country, and a love of dosa inspired Todd to start up his trailer and “share this delicious and nourishing food with others.” Marie and I had the opportunity to chat with him about his new venture, and we’re really excited about this new addition to the Austin food scene. Currently, Nomad Dosa is open from 11:00am till 3:00pm Monday through Saturday. If business demands it they may open for dinner and Sundays too. We are so excited about this new food trailer, that we’ve already scheduled a VRA meetup; so please make haste and show this new food trailer some love!