Gardens of Salonica

Twin Cities, Minnesota

3.9 / 14 votes

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Greek food with labeled vegan options

Restaurant, Bar

Authentic Greek food with many labeled vegan options. Also serves beer and wine and has a bar area.

Added by john alspach on Dec 9 04 (last updated Oct 17 09)

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I like that Gardens of Salonica have items on the menu marked as vegan which makes it easy to navigate. Most of the menu items are large portions of one thing, so this is a great place to go with a group and share dishes.


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This place is really a gem. First of all, there is the atmosphere: the restaurant has huge windows that bathe the entire space in natural light. I don't think the electrical lights have even been on when I've eaten there. The artwork is also fantastic and creative (and also a little hilarious upon closer inspection). The bar is beautiful, and it's so relaxing to sit at and enjoy some pita and dips with drinks. There are 8 different vegan appetizers to choose from, all of which are served with warm fluffy pita. My favorites include Melitzana, an eggplant puree, Skordalia, a garlic and potato puree and Patzaria, steamed beets with their greens with garlic and red wine vinegar. I like how they include the greens with the roots. As other reviews have said, there are only two vegan entrees on the menu, but there are almost ALWAYS one or two specials that are vegan. There is a fantastic cauliflower special which is unbelievably flavorful and juicy, and a dish called Briam, a stew of eggplant, zucchini, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes, and one other stew that I forgot the name of now. Usually, there is one vegan soup, and a vegan boughatsa filled with leek lemon and garlic. Another reviewer said there was no vegan dessert, but their poached figs are indeed vegan, and boy are they incredible. They have the most delectable port-based sauce, and are topped with lightly toasted slivered almonds. They are the perfect way to end a meal. The service is also very friendly, very helpful with the menu, and every time I have been there, it has been quite speedy. I can't really say anything bad about this place, other than that the greek salad already has the cheese mixed in.

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Neighborhood

Northeast Minneapolis

Directions

4th street exit off of 35W. 4th street to Hennepin Ave. Right on Hennepin to 5th. Left on 5th.

Non-Smoking

No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • American Express MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Greek

Features

  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Romantic

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Hours

11am - 9pm
11am - 10pm
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