ABQ Vegan Chef Challenge: July 5-8

Brody’s Cheezy Bread from Zia Bros. Pizza — Photo by Jennifer Keene

Zia Bros. Pizza

This was one of the best sounding things to me among all of the awesome vegan chef challenge specials, so I had to try again after missing out on the weekend. Brody’s Cheezy Bread has with garlic, mozzarella, red onion chutney, pickled jalapeños, truffle oil and vegan ranch. Fortunately, Zia Bros. were at Boxing Bear Brewing Co. tonight at the brewery and taproom on Firestone.

Plant Pizza & Plant on Patio — Photograph by Jennifer Keene
Flight of Five at Boxing Bear — Photo by Jennifer Keene


Alas, I did not eat a salad.

Tried to get my new dog friend, Everest, in the background. A-Beet-Q Burger from Vegos — Photo by Jennifer Keene
Chips & Dips — Photo by Jennifer Keene
Beet Burger Close Up — Photo by Jennifer Keene
Goin Back to Cali Burrito

Los Ranchos Bakery

This bakery is not part of the Vegan Chef Challenge, but they are .2 miles from where I am staying and I just heard that they had vegan options, so I had to go check it out. Super cute place and very nice people. I got a vegan blondie and a healthy breakfast of black coffee and vegan matcha ice cream and combined them into something that I want to call a “Matchaffogato.” It tasted way better than it looked, so I didn’t get a photo, sorry.

Vegan Chef Challenge:

  • Lucky Goose ✅ (Went 2x right before July, I’m counting it)
  • RubyReds Vegan
  • Vegos ✅ (A-Beet-Q Burger)
  • Tia Mom’s Cocina
  • VeganVato
  • Rush Of Prana ✅ (Acai Bowl)
  • El Veganito ✅ (Checked them out and decided to pass because everything was sitting out in hot sun without refrigeration/cooling. Just a personal bias for food handling practices)
  • CZV
  • Annapurna’s
  • The Acre
  • Mata G ✅ (Grab & go on 7/1 before they posted their specials)
  • Trail Rider Pizza ✅ (Went right before the challenge)
  • Holmes Pizza & Arcade ✅ (Went right before the challenge)
  • M’tucci’s Bar Roma
  • Leona Banh Mi
  • El Cotorro
  • ClownDog Hotdogs Parlor
  • Kickstand Cafe ✅ (Went 7/3 and they were sold out)
  • Hollow Spirits Distillery
  • Burrito Baby ✅ (Went 7/4 and they hand’t started vegan specials yet)
  • El Mariachi Authentic Mexican
  • Soo Bak Seoul Bowl
  • Hummus King & Lady Falafel ✅ (Hummus, Falafel, and Babaganouj plate)
  • Blue Door Patisserie ✅ (Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake)
  • El Káahal Nuestro ✅ (Chicken Taquitos)
  • DDs Babycakes
  • ABQ Coffee
  • Zia Bros Pizza ✅ (Cheezy Bread)
  • Tokyo Bankok
  • La Posada Dining Hall at UNM
  • Flying Star ✅ (Double Chocolate Cake)
  • Cafe Nom Nom ✅ (Shanghai Noodles)
  • Los Ranchos Bakery ✅ (Blondie and Matcha Ice Cream)
Vegos — Photo by Jennifer Keene



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Jennifer Keene

Jennifer Keene


I write short fun pieces that people actually have time to read. Topics Include: Algorand, Crypto, Travel, Fiction. I am a childfree, vegan, digital nomad.