Respond to Review of Downtown Central Perk
Review: I visited Central Perk recently with my husband and was taken right away with the space. They have a lovely downtown location with tall ceilings, an airy and open quality, and exposed brick on one of the walls, which adds a lot of character. They have a small stage for open mic nights and other events. Because of the tall ceilings and nature of it being an old building, it was incredibly, incredibly cold. I wore my coat the whole time I was there. During the winter months, a space heater could be a good addition! My husband and I have been eager to check this place out for a while since there aren't any other strictly vegetarian restaurants in Davenport. I was somewhat disappointed, though, when I saw the menu. While the menu is entirely vegetarian, the options for vegans are considerably more limited. There are a few breakfast options, but even though they have a create your own omelet and breakfast burrito, tofu can't be substituted to make it a vegan option. There's one vegan wrap (a hummus wrap) and one vegan sandwich (a hummus sandwich). One pita can be made vegan. No burgers on a lengthy list of vegetarian burgers are vegan, no salads on a lengthy list of salads, and no pizzas. It seems to me that it would be easy to make some more exciting vegan options and make more of the vegetarian items veganizable. How hard would it be to have Daiya in the freezer to pull out as needed for a vegan pizza or to use a vegan burger with the option of omitting animal products on the sandwich to make it vegan? Then they could put a symbol on their menu for items which can be made vegan upon request. I had the hummus wrap with a quinoa bean salad, and it was uninspired. The wrap itself was ice cold as if it came pre-made straight from a refrigerator, and as I mentioned the restaurant itself was cold inside. A warmed tortilla or, even better, a toasted tortilla would have been a big improvement in addition to a more flavorful hummus. It felt like vegetarian fare from the 1990's. The soy latte I had with it, though, was very tasty. My husband's peanut butter and banana sandwich, The Elvis, was quite good and melty, and he enjoyed a side of breakfast potatoes. In closing, I think there are a lot of possibilities with the space. I just wish that since vegans in the area want to come and support them that they would make their options more attractive to vegans too.