Veg-Friendly Atlas Deli Bringing Handcrafted Fake Meat to Hollywood
Courtesy of Ryan Bauhaus Thin, deli-sliced chipotle turk'e.
As a cook and former carnivore, Ryan Bauhaus was sick and tired of frozen, processed faux meats. He wanted fresh stuff to work with, so why didn't it exist?
Thus, the idea for Atlas Meat-Free Delicatessen was born. Bauhaus dreamed up his own fake meat product, dubbed vegitein, which he'll soon be selling to meatless eaters across South Florida. The new spot, at the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood, will sell "meat" by the pound, plus made-to-order sammies, sides, and all the other trappings of a legit deli.
"I'm a former carnivore, so I had high expectations when I stopped eating meat," Bauhaus told Clean Plate Charlie. "I was really unhappy with what I was finding out there. Most products I wasn't texturally pleased with. Everything was processed in a lab somewhere, so there wasn't anything with fresh ingredients that I was used to handling."
Having worked in kitchens for years (in addition to owning a food truck), Bauhaus knew his way around a recipe. So he started working with vital wheat gluten and other fresh ingredients, and eventually, vegitein came to fruition.
"I've been in the kitchen for the last year or so trying to perfect my recipes," he says.
Photo by Steph Lynn Photo A batch of vegitein cooking.
Atlas will run just like a regular deli, just with no actual meat. "You can get traditional sandwiches -- turkey sandwiches, hamburgers, sausages," Bauhaus says. "You can eat at the deli itself or take a pound of sausage."
Even vegan cheese (handmade) will be available by the pound. Everything is vegan, except for his turkey (made with free-range egg whites) and some vegetarian cheeses.
Vegitein has it over meat as far as health-conscious eaters are concerned.
"I use all fresh ingredients," Bauhaus explains. "Not only is it fresh; it's good for you. It's high protein -- 75 percent protein. That's more than you get from meat, without all the saturated fats." Plus, he uses only non-GMO ingredients.