After I had warmed up with some tacos, I moved on to the Quinoa Nachos. A platter of chips topped with seasoned quinoa “meat” and black beans smothered with cashew cheese, guac and pico de gallo. These nachos confirmed the rumors about not missing the meat but the star of the show was yet to come.
The Southern Skillet
The first dessert was a strawberry vanilla donut. All 20 of their donut varieties are made fresh daily. The one I tasted was made with local strawberries from Bennett’s farm and no added flavorings or colors. For some reason I expected it to be dry and crumbly but I was amazed at how moist and flavorful it was. I really enjoy donuts, but cake donuts are hard to get right. I think I may have found the best cake donuts in Paducah at Branch Out!
After my expectations were exceeded with the donut, I moved on to the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. Again, my expectations did not align with reality. I do love cheesecake but after everything I had tasted I really couldn’t handle the heavy, overly sweet stuff I’m used to. That expectation was the opposite of the reality. Branch Out’s cheesecake crust is made from dates and Kight Pecans. The filling uses coconut oil and cream, maple syrup, cashews, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, and peanut butter of course. Sprinkled with vegan peanut butter cups. It’s much lighter than traditional cheesecake and wasn’t overly sweet. It’d compare it to the flavor of rich dark chocolate: a little sweet perfectly balanced with the right amount of bitter.
Go Experience Branch Out for Yourself
I savored every bite until it was all gone and I was so stuffed I could hardly remove myself from my chair. I recommend you “Branch Out” and give Branch Out a try, even if you’re a carnivore like myself. What I sampled is only a fraction of what they have to offer so there’s something on the menu for everyone!
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