At Lamb’s Bread Vegan Café, the owner is committed to daily specials and ongoing menu items appealing to those who want a vegan culinary experience.
Each creation is full of flavor: the Tofu Sandwich features pan-seared cutlets of seasoned tofu on organic nut and oat bread with veganaise (mayonnaise without eggs), mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions. The House Burger is an all-veggie patty served with sautéed onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles and Lamb’s Bread’s special sauce on organic oat and nut bread.
Other items on the sandwich section of the menu include Monster Philly Cheesesteak with mock pepper steak and a Reuben with strips of tempeh. There are small dinners with a choice of one protein and two or four sides; or there are large dinners with a choice of one protein and three or six sides. Proteins and sides change daily, but all are made with fresh organic and/or locally grown vegetables.
Proteins are often soy-based. A recent special included Kung Po “Chicken” over brown rice. Owner Folami Geter says that macaroni and (soy) cheese and collard greens are favorites; without these every day, she quips, “We would probably have to shut down.”
What does the place look like?
Located on Main Street north of downtown, Lamb’s Bread Vegan Café is both artsy and inviting. Many of the items were made in West Africa. There are textiles, masks, and musical instruments from the continent. The restaurant seats 40 at regular tables, bistro tables and booths. Soothing island-style music plays in the background.
How did Lamb’s Bread get its start?
Folami Geter grew up with parents who became vegetarians before she was born. They simply wanted to live a healthier lifestyle. Her father decided 10 years ago to introduce others in the downtown Columbia area to a vegetarian eating style so he opened Lamb’s Bread. Geter, who grew up in Columbia, took the business over from her father a year and a half ago. She says that since vegetarian is the way she has eaten and cooked all her life, she is the one who does the cooking for the restaurant.
Who eats here?
Geter says about 45 percent of Lamb’s Bread’s clientele already lives a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Others stop by after word-of-mouth advertising. Some want to eat healthier. “We get all walks of life,” she says, “… hospital staff, USC students and staff, business professionals, family – people from all over Columbia.” Many have learned about Lamb’s Bread on social media sites.
Lamb’s Bread Vegan Café is at 2338 Main Street in Columbia. (803) 253-7889
PRICES: The average meal is $10 to $13. Lamb’s Bread offers takeout as well as catering.
HOURS: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Deena C. Bouknight, Special to Go Columbia
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