Horizons-style, upscale, savory, healthy food outside the city, hurray! Spring & Vine offers a zen-like environment that does not compete with the food but is very relaxing. It's in a newish brick shopping center on the edge of town. This is not a big place, so make a reservation.
There is excellent service at the table and front door; we were treated kindly when we called to say we were going to be late. I'd love to sit at the neat black tile bar sometime. All four of us plotted to get something different so we could all have a taste, and the coconut risotto cakes won as the best dish. We also had the tempeh (huge portion and very filling), the root vegetable pavé (a lasagne-like stack pressed together), and the grilled tofu. Great sauces! The African Peanut soup was sooooo good, too, even in hot weather.
I finally remembered to bring my own takeout dishes so I don't have to waste packaging or bother the staff. You might think this is geeky, but I think more people should do it. No more garlic sauce spilling out of styrafoam onto the car floor on the way home either.
The portions are huge all around, so we did not have room for dessert, which always happens, so maybe a late night dessert trip is warranted sometime. Our wine was handled well too, which included a cab that was a tad warm from sitting in the car and needed a few minutes in the fridge.
Oh please, vegan cuisine, creep just a little closer to my town so I don't have to drive so far for this wonderful affordable food.