Old Mohawk is an old standby in the old-time neighborhood of German Village. The restaurant began as a speakeasy during Prohibition, and has since morphed into a legal drinking establishment with tasty pub grub. Even better, much of the menu is veggie-friendly!
The decor is part older Americana with modern touches (the flat screen television and some of the art on the walls being the most obvious examples). The menu labels all vegetarian items, a practice that will be codified into law if the American public ever gets drunk enough to elect me to public office.
I started with the breaded veggies. The basket featured breaded, deep-fried zucchini, cauliflower, mushrooms and cheesy broccoli (yum!) with a caraway marinara sauce. The other veggies were tasty, but I would have paid an extra dollar to get a basket of nothing but the cheesy broccoli. The other veggies were decent, but the broccoli was definitely more delicious than everything else.
My main entree was a veggie paella. It was made with black beans, white beans, corn, onion, red and green peppers with rice and parmesan cheese in a garlic pesto sauce. The pesto was the bow atop a beautifully wrapped gift framed by grated cheese. It had Spanish, Southwestern and Mediterranean elements that combine into a show-stopping package. The other positive was that the paella was big enough for me to take home the leftovers and eat them later.
There are plenty of other vegetarian options on the menu. There are nachos, vegetarian chili, mac and cheese, pizza, spinach and artichoke dip, cheese quesadillas, grilled cheese, a veggie burger, a hummus sandwich and plenty of soups, salads and sides.
There are also excellent beers on draft. Stone Arrogant Bastard, Rogue Dead Guy Ale and Bell's Oberon were all available on tap. Mixed drinks also included a root beer float martini, which was a special.
Old Mohawk is a cool spot in German Village with more vegetarian options than one would guess at first glance. It's a good bet for vegetarians, carnivores and those looking to get their drink on. It might not be fancy, but it definitely satisfies.