Blue Sage Vegan proprietors with Russellville native and former NBA player Corliss Williamson, from the restaurant’s Facebook page

Big poultry is getting freakier by the dang day, and meanwhile, plant-based food in Little Rock is coming through like Lizzo and her flute with a hair flip and a “Bitch, we got this.”

Exhibit A: Blue Sage Vegan Bistro in the River Market food court where, yesterday, two tie dye-clad individuals my dining companion described as “what Rush Limbaugh and Tim Allen probably think all vegans look like” served me a sandwich called the “Don’t Be a Chik’n.” I’m certain even my carnivorous, chicken-farming relatives would have adored it — a deep-fried slab of cauliflower on garlicky grilled Texas toast, slathered with buffalo sauce and aioli and topped with a tomato slice and raw cabbage leaves for extra crunch. It was terrifically decadent and somehow not nap-inducing and if you are not currently wedging some deep-fried cauliflower into your work week, you might not be doing it right.