Imagine Vegan Cafe’s ‘Fish’ Dinner Nabs Top 10 Vegan Seafood Award

PETA Honors Eatery for Compassionate Comfort-Food Dish of Fishless Fillets With Homemade Hush Puppies and Tartar Sauce

For Immediate Release:
August 22, 2018

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Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Memphis, Tenn. – The results are in for PETA’s first-ever Top 10 Vegan Seafood Dishes, and Memphis restaurant Imagine Vegan Cafe’s tasty vegan fish dinner has nabbed a spot on the list. The dish comes with Gardein Golden Fishless Filets, French fries, creamy cole slaw, and made-from-scratch hush puppies and tartar sauce. Diners also rave about the restaurant’s house-made ranch dressing, which is so popular that bottles of it are now sold online and in stores nationwide.

“Imagine Vegan Cafe’s fantastic ‘fish’ dinner definitely proves that no sensitive sea animal needs to suffer for supper,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the restaurants on PETA’s list are dishing up mouthwatering animal-free seafood that’s sure to have diners catching—and riding—the vegan wave.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that crustaceans and other sea animals feel pain, yet live lobsters are dropped into boiling water, crabs are dismembered while still conscious, and fish are gutted on the decks of fishing boats. And because fish absorb contamination from the water in which they live, their flesh is laced with toxins, such as mercury, lead, arsenic, PCBs, pesticides, and even industrial-strength fire retardant. Every person who goes vegan prevents nearly 200 animals a year—including fish and other marine life who are hauled out of the sea and left to bleed to death or suffocate on the decks of fishing boats—from being abused and slaughtered.

Rounding out PETA’s list—in no particular order—are dishes from Detroit Vegan Soul; 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe on Long Island, New York; The Grange in Providence, Rhode Island; Sailor Jack’s in Kansas City, Missouri; The Land of Kush in Baltimore; Vegan House in Phoenix; The Owlery in Bloomington, Indiana; Seed in New Orleans; and Crossroads in Los Angeles.

PETA offers a variety of recipes for delicious vegan seafood dishes on its website as well as a vegan starter kit full of recipes, tips on dining out, and more. For more information, please visit PETA.org or click here.

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