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Meat-free restaurant opens

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Tasting is believing

  • Meat-free restaurant opens
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Milledgeville’s first plant-based restaurant if off and running on North Jefferson Street.

Taste & See currently is in the middle of its “soft opening,” with a “grand opening” scheduled for June 14. The restaurant is located at 151 North Jefferson Street, a few doors up from the Golden Pantry and across the street from Doodle’s Cupcake Bakery.

The menu currently consists of a pair of burger options, one made with a Beyond Meat patty and the other from a patty consisting of oats, ground pecans and bread crumbs. Each comes with a side of “air fried potato wedges.” Also on the menu are Cauliflower Wings, available in barbecue, buffalo or parmesan.

Perhaps most unique is the restaurant’s “barbecue sandwich,” which substitutes jackfruit for pork. A jackfruit is a large fruit native to Southeast Asia.

Rounding out the menu are two salad options. The Jerked Cesar Salad includes jerked tofu and a vegan Cesar dressing, while the House Salad features grilled artichokes.

Listed as side items are roasted potatoes, collard greens (fee of ham hock, of course), baked beans and mac-n-cheese.

Restaurant owner Harry Watkins said that he hopes that his restaurant can “create a fellowship connections and a shared experience” in the community. Watkins says that he switched to a plant-based diet years ago after developing debilitating stomach problems.

“I believe that one of the best ways to fight any disease or virus is a robust immune system. It’s important that our immune systems are really strong,” he said. “(Plant-based diets) help lessen inflammation, and lessening inflammation is key to feeling well.”

Watkins grew up in South Georgia and has lived in Milledgeville since 2011.

The restaurant currently is open Sundays through Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Following the grand opening, the restaurant will expand its days and operating hours.