Savage Sicko Is All About Flavor!
By Brandon Romagnoli
Express Yourself with Latin Vegan Food!
When people think vegan food, the word savage isn’t a word that usually comes to mind. However, one vegan restaurant kicks up the flavor with their food and juices. A vegan café called Savage Sicko takes the bold flavors of Latin food and infuses them into vegan dishes. Everything about this café is vibrant. From the restaurant’s logo to the back patio filled with colorful umbrellas named La Isla Bonita; Savage Sicko will make you feel like you’re being transported to a tropical paradise.
The creative mind behind Savage Sicko is Alex Ayala, who originally envisioned the idea as a lifestyle brand and juice company before a restaurant.
“Savage Sicko’s slogan is “Express Your Obsession.” And a Sicko is highly obsessive with what they are passionate about. I ran with that idea and that’s why everything created here is connected to something meaningful to me,” said Ayala.
During his time playing professional soccer in Europe, Alex learned how to use nutrition to maximize his energy on the field. After his professional soccer career came to an end, he returned to New York to study mixology. Combining his passion for mixology and nutrition, he started bottling juice drinks, and Savage Sicko was born.
Along with his passion for nutrition, Alex also advocates for ocean life conservation. The shark logo represents his goal to save sharks and reduce plastic use.
“The restaurant is a vehicle for raising awareness about saving sharks and doing all we can every day to reduce plastic use here. That is why 15% of our clothing sales are donated toward shark tracking devices,” shared Ayala.
If you are trying vegan food for the first time, order the tempura-fried cauliflower wings with spicy buffalo sauce and ranch aioli. If you want a more traditional meal the La Cha Cha Arepa is the way to go. This arepa sandwich is packed with tofu, guacamole, vegan mozzarella cheese, pico de gallo, and a side of sweet plantains and chipotle aioli. For something more filling, try the burrito salad wrap filled with tofu, black beans, romaine lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, and chipotle aioli. While the food is the main attraction the juice is another great reason to stop by. Ayala’s goal with his juice is to create something which satisfies different purposes, such as hydration, endurance, and energy.
Whether you are a vegan or having vegan food for the first time, there is something here for everyone to try that will have you feeling better than when you walked in.