This unassuming pub is nestled in a strip mall in Innsbrook on the West End of Henrico. I first heard about it on the RVA Vegans Facebook page, so I decided I needed to check it out at some point. Last weekend, my daughter wanted to go out for lunch, so we hit up Hurley’s for some vegan and omni-friendly cuisine!
The tavern itself is a little disheveled right now. It’s undergoing a bit of a makeover. But for vegans, this is very, very good news. They are adding a separate vegan kitchen and an all vegan to-go shop in the front of the restaurant! They currently have a separate fryer and cookware for their vegan menu items in their main kitchen.
The staff today were so helpful, and they were very excited that we were there to specifically try some vegan eats! I would describe their meal options as classy bar food. There are several vegan options on the menu, most based on Beyond burger products or their house made vegan black bean patties. I opted to try their fried green tomatillos, which were served with a spicy remoulade sauce, and the black bean burger wrap, which came with house made chips. All vegan! The tomatillos and the house made chips themselves were a good enough reason to visit! The black bean patty was also very good. Past daily specials have included homemade seitan “chicken” nuggets, which received rave reviews in the RVA Vegans Facebook group.
Since they are a tavern, Hurley’s also has a wide variety of adult beverages on tap and drink specials. Saturday’s drink special was $4 bloody Mary’s and mimosas! I was good and stuck to water. (This Sunday was the first double digit run of marathon training season, with high heat and humidity forecast. I had good reason to behave!)
All in all, dining at Hurley’s was a great experience. The staff were nice and knowledgeable about their menu and cooking methods, the decor has character, and the food was excellent. There are multiple options to make both vegans and omnivores happy. I will definitely be back, and I’m super excited for the new vegan market! If you are ever in the Short Pump or Innsbrook area in the RVA, you should absolutely give this place a try!
It’s always unexpected and fun to discover a new vegan friendly restaurant so close to home, and especially one that is locally owned. I especially love the care that Hurley’s takes to ensure that there is limited cross-contamination with non-vegan items in their kitchen. I’m so glad I heard about them on Facebook! I’ll definitely be back.
As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.
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