Back in June we shared some big news from one of our favorite Elmwood Ave spots – the beloved plant-based restaurant Root & Bloom decided to transform into a new fast casual concept called “Big Mood”.
Since June 21, the owners have been completely re-doing the small space to reflect their new branding and concept, a plant-based, quick serve restaurant that will serve everything in to-go containers. Big Mood’s grand reopening is Friday, July 24.
The change came from a desire to maintain a relevant edge, serve food faster, and limit unnecessary contact between people. The restaurant will serve “nearly all from scratch food” that will be reworked for a fresh, fast casual atmosphere.
In June the restaurant announced to Facebook, “We’re going for a fresher, crisper version for quicker service, surfaces that are less cluttered and easier to clean, and an atmosphere that was crafted for a fresh fast menu. We’re striving to get you in and out of the space faster, and create a menu that is founded on that principle. Instead of dishes that were lovingly created for a slow casual service (that have inevitably needed to be converted to takeout), we’re regrouping and making food that is meant to be served that way whether you sit down at a table, or you take your meal to-go.”
Big Mood’s menu is plant-based and features crafted salads and bowls, handhelds and burgers, starters and sides, including Root & Bloom’s famous jack-fruit wings and vegan mac ‘n cheese alongside sour cream and chive waffle fries, fried pickles and ranch, a Nacho Bowl, and more.
For entrees you’ll find items like the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich made with zero clucks fried patty, Buffalo sauce, bleu, lettuce, tomato, and onion, and the Monte Cristo with piggin’ out bacon, turkey seitan, cheese, powdered sugar, and raspberry jam, that may have you scratching your head about how the whole “plant-based” cuisine comes into play. Don’t worry – it’s all a play on words. There’s no actual meat used in these dishes, but speaking from experience, it does’t make them any less delicious.
Something new you’ll notice about the Big Mood menu: every dish comes with a described mood. For example, the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich’s mood is “When in Rome”. The Marinara Parmesan’s mood is “Next week has been exhausting”. The Fiesta Lime Chicken’s mood? “Thirty and flirty and thriving”. 😉
Big Mood also has a small selection of beverages like lemonade, sweet tea, and milkshakes, plus specialty drinks like a color changing layered beverage, a Chaga Rootbeer Float, and some favorite beverage brands from California like Olipop. They are also serving Rose Cider and Citrus Shandy for the 21+ crowd.
The dessert menu includes pie slices like the 1970’s Mud Pie and Sunshine Dream Pie, an Insta-Cake Push Pop, and a Cosmic Cone, soft serve dipped in “out-of-this-world galaxy glitter sprinkles”.
Their plan is to have the patio opened for the summer, as well as seating indoors at half capacity and with proper social distancing spacing. In addition, they are working to continue curbside pickup with options to either visit a dedicated pickup shelf inside to grab your online order when ready in a contactless manner, or a team member can bring it out to you.
423 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222