Today’s post is going to be a quick one because I’m not feeling well, and I’m also trying to ward off the illness as much as is humanly possible since I’m going to a Fleet Foxes show tonight.

Anyway, my favorite restaurant in the world is Nine Mile in the Montford part of Asheville, NC. It’s an amazing Jamaican restaurant with a wide range of vegan options.

My boyfriend’s favorite dish is their signature, the Nine Mile. According to the menu, the Nine Mile is

“Our signature dish. Grilled Jerk Chicken or tofu with fresh ginger, fire roasted tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, squash, & zucchini, sauteed with white wine & butter. Tossed with linguine or served over basamati rice with toasted almonds. Finished with spring onions.”

Right from the start I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make an exact replica. I don’t have a convenient way to grill the tofu, so instead I marinated it in a Jerk marinade (I found a recipe online and used it, I’d like to come up with something better) and then baked it. Also, I was out of fresh ginger and spring onions, so I used powdered ginger (a poor substitute, I know) and just left out the spring onions. I still used white wine, and used Earth Balance for the butter.

It tasted pretty good, but it wasn’t the same as the meal at the restaurant. It’s actually pretty difficult to try to make your favorites from restaurants, especially when all you have is the online menu. I may try again when I’ve got some leftovers to go on.