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Travel Guide: My never ending quest for fried oyster mushrooms

When I first discovered fried oyster mushrooms at a chique, hipster restaurant in Milwaukee (my kinda place) it was as if the underbelly of the vegan world had just been revealed to me. I tasted something that was so good it would put me on a never ending quest, chasing the fried oyster mushroom “dragon”.
Fried Mushroom Tacos
Fried Mushroom Tacos

What hasn’t surprised me is that while on my quest, every single restaurant I found them at A.) served amazing oyster mushrooms , and B.) had a menu that was also amazing. So now I have a theory; any restaurant that sells fried oyster mushrooms is bound to be on point. So far I’ve tested this theory in Dallas, Milwaukee, Reno, Boston, and Sacramento, and to date the theory holds up. If you are ever in one of these cities, please do yourself a favor and find the fried oyster mushrooms.

Here are the details:
Dallas: V-eats – fried chicken on (oyster mushrooms) come with any sauce you want. And they are finger lick-in. Not to mention this is a black owned restaurant with spacious patio overlooking the beautiful downtown Dallas skyline.
Donna Jean Omelette
Donna Jean Omelette

Milwaukee: Donna Jean – chicken fried oyster mushrooms mushrooms come the size of a chicken thigh and have the perfect melt in your mouth batter that is reminiscent of mamma’s fried chicken. Served with pickle and buffalo wing sauce.

Boston: True Bistro – they serve cornmeal crusted fried oyster mushrooms that are so light and fluffy one won’t be able to just order one. It’s served with a guajillo chilli sauce and horseradish dill aioli that takes this already delicious treat up to the next level.
Fried Mushroom Po'Boy
Fried Mushroom Po’Boy
Fried Mushroom Po'Boy
Fried Mushroom Po’Boy

Reno: De Luxe Reno – home of the fried oyster mushroom po’boy, this place inspires me so much when in the kitchen. It’s served on vegan French bread, with kimchi, homemade pickle, and a cashew cream slaw. This is a must try.

De Luxe Reno – this place gets 2 entries because I cant end this blog post without talking about their fried oyster mushroom tacos. You choose the main ingredient so of course choose the shrooms. Come with kimchi, cashew cheese, and their house-made hottie sauce.
Sacramento: Mother – who wouldn’t eat at a place called Mother? Another delicious fried oyster mushroom po’ boy. Simple and straight to the point, but guaranteed to have you coming back for more if you can make room for it.
Fried Mushrooms in Green Curry Bath
Fried Mushrooms in Green Curry Bath

San Diego: Odd Duck – A refreshing spin on fried oyster mushrooms, fried crush and light and served in a shallow green curry bath that brought the flavors together nicely. Don’t pass up on this spot if you are in San Diego.

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