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Eat this now: Tex-Mex vegan wrap

Tex-mex vegan wrap
Photography by Christopher Smith

Tex-mex vegan wrap

At Divine Café at Springs Preserve

333 S. Valley View Blvd., 702-822-7700,

The best vegetarian and vegan food happens when a chef is thinking up something new to do with plant-based ingredients, rather than trying to imitate a meat-based dish. That’s what seems to have happened here, where a staple Southern side, succotash, is Southwestified with black beans, Spanish rice and cumin vinaigrette, and then rolled up with crunchy Romaine in a sun-dried tomato tortilla. It’s hard to get excited about a wrap, but the creator of this one managed to layer a nice variety of flavors and textures in a nifty, handheld form. Divine also does fast-casual right: plating handmade food on pretty dishes, delivered within minutes of ordering. At $9.50 for, essentially, a fancy burrito, it’s the least you can expect. That price does include a choice of sides, though; this one calls for the sweet potato tots.

Desert Companion welcomed Heidi Kyser as staff writer in January 2014. In 2018, she was promoted to senior writer and producer, working for both DC and State of Nevada. She produced KNPR’s first podcast, the Edward R. Murrow Regional Award-winning Native Nevada, in 2020. The following year, she returned her focus full-time to Desert Companion, becoming Deputy Editor, which meant she was next in line to take over when longtime editor Andrew Kiraly left in July 2022.