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vegan-friendly Chinese and Mexican food
East Garden is located in a restaurant strip mall and just says "Chinese Food" on the outside, but when you enter, you see one Chinese food menu and a separate "East Garden Taco Kitchen" menu. Both menus are vegetarian-friendly and the Chinese menu is especially vegan-friendly.
The Chinese menu featured many vegan items, including: vegetable spring rolls, homemade veggie dumplings, vegetable lo mein, veggie fried rice, General Tso's tofu, Hunan tofu, Sichuan tofu, and various veggie dishes like sauteed string beans, eggplant with garlic sauce, and more. Most items are around $4 for the small and $7 for the large. Lunch specials are offered for $5.
The "Taco Kitchen" menu offers a vegetable (broccoli, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms) option for most items (fajitas, burritos, tacos, salads, etc), and also has some plain bean items. Be sure to request that items be made without cheese, as some automatically come with it. This menu also offers standards like chips and salsa, guacamle, and french fries (for whatever reason).
Note there is a $10 minimum for credit card purchase.
on Aug 8 10
(last updated Aug 8 10)
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While visiting Southold, I found the town to be quite slim on vegan options but was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon East Garden. Chinese restaurants ALWAYS have vegan food, even if it's just broccoli with white rice. However, this place had various tofu dishes, veggie spring rolls (I've come across many places that only have meat spring rolls or only have egg rolls - neither of which are of any use to vegans), and interesting veggie options. I saw one cook stuffing pork wontons so I asked about veggie options and he informed me that they also have HOMEMADE VEGGIE DUMPLINGS! Fantastic!
I went with the General Tso's tofu, which was very tasty (perfectly fried/cooked firm tofu), but I wish it would have come with more than 2 pieces of broccoli. Another perk was that this place offered brown rice, so I went with that. I ordered the veggie spring rolls (which came with 2), and I couldn't pass up the homemade veggie dumplings (steamed). The spring rolls were average (fried crispy yumminess) and the dumplings were also pretty good, although I thought the wrapper was too thick so they ended up being very doughy(perhaps that's what happens when they are homemade).
This was WAY too much food for just me, but I needed to get to $10 to use my credit card. I couldn't believe that all this food came out to only $10.50.
Overall, I was very pleased with my meal and would definitely go back. The only drawback was that it took about 15-20 minutes to make my food, but it looked like they were preparing a big to-go order ahead of mine.
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$ - inexpensive
- Large Group-Friendly