The Bad Waitress

Twin Cities, Minnesota

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Casual place to grab a bite to eat on "Eat Street". We like the option for outdoor seating, though the inside has classic diner charm! There's a fair variety of veg options, and those that are vegetarian can easily be veganized by choosing Daiya cheese or substituting tofu for other ingredients. Gotta love that vegan milkshake!


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I love the vibe at The Bad Waitress. It has a funk factor rarely found elsewhere in the Twin Cities. It's especially fun on a warm summer evening when they open up all the garage-style windows that line one whole side of the joint. And their vegan shakes? One word... WOWIE. Those are worth the trip alone. They also have an amazing vegan chocolate cake as well as a yummy slice of vegan banana bread that I usually get to-go while I'm chowing down my shake. I go there all the time for the dessert. I've only eaten a meal there once, for breakfast. I was really looking forward to it and wanted to love it as much as their desserts, but alas... it was just okay. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they made an effort to at least offer it, but, well, the effort was rather minimal. I'll have to go back and try some of their dinner time vegan offerings. For now, I'll just stick with the vegan shakes, chocolate please.

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This place ain't bad, not amazing, but none too shabby... I like the veggie burger and the burrito is also tasty.

And I like the atmosphere...they have a good juke box that's worth checking out. They have a nice tea selection too. So, if you want atmosphere, and at least some good food options, give it a try....


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I was so excited to see that the Bad Waitress updated their menu and now includes more vegan options! The chocolate vegan milkshake is DELICIOUS and I'll go here just for that in the future....but I was rather disappointed with their tempeh sandwich. It sounds like it's a TLT - tempeh on toast with lettuce, tomato and avocado...but they don't marinate the tempeh or make it smokey or flavorful at all. So it's a pretty boring sandwich. I'm still open to trying to vegan sloppy joe, but wasn't super impressed with what I had last time. It still gets a "good" rating because of that milkshake though!


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the bad waitress recently updated its menu and it's way more exciting for vegans. as far as brunch, the tofu scramble and hashbrowns were good (though sadly no vegan margarine for the toast) but the pancakes were dry. the tempeh sandwich, tofu veggie wrap and sloppy joe were all quite tasty. i'm not usually into corn chips that much, but their homemade salsa is great!

overall - the food is good.. not amazing, but good. just a little pricey, especially if you add on things.. but it's nice having another vegan friendly option in the neighborhood.

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The Bad Waitress updated their menu, and now they have more vegan items including a vegan milk shake and a vegan cake. The vegan items are well-marked. The decor is bright and fun. The food was good, but not fantastic -- the potatoes in our dishes were slightly undercooked, but the flavor of my hash was good.


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I really liked this place. I have gone a few times and get a kick out of the service each time I go there. Friendliness is hit or miss, but you can generally count on it being a miss. It's not called "The _Bad_ Waitress" for nothin'.

I've had a few vegetarian and vegan dishes there. I really enjoyed the grilled vegetable salad, tons of flavor and reasonably priced. The veggie burrito (sans sour cream/cheese) was also quite tasty and again, reasonably priced at $7.50. While I polished off the salad in one sitting, the burrito definitely was enough for a second meal!

They have a good happy hour, if you are into having a few drinks. They even have a beer punch card. Gotta love that.


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The service is TERRIBLE with a capital "T". I got some potatoes that were inedible (combination of burnt and raw), and they acted like I was being difficult. After giving it several tries and wading through ho-hum food, I will not be returning or patronizing this place.


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Nothing really special about this place. The atmosphere is about the best thing it has going for it - and that's not really worth me going back.


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I know not everyone shares this opinion, but I like the tofu scramble here. In fact I have it at least twice a month, if not more. The atmosphere is great for the most part. They do get very busy though, and waiting times for seats are not uncommon. Additionally, I was once reading a book after finishing my meal and the staff asked me to leave so they could make room for others. While they create the appearance of a resturant/cafe type atmosphere, they definetly are only a resturant during peak business hours.


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I previously wrote a negative review, but finally found a staff member who cared to look. They looked through all the breads and said that the 7-Grain and Sourdough breads are vegan. All of the other breads supposedly only contain honey, but are otherwise vegan. The only marked vegan option on the menu is the tofu scramble (be sure to specify that you want 7-grain bread with no butter for your toast, as it's not assumed). It's pretty good if you don't go when it's busy. They've messed up before and given me eggs, so make sure it's in a cube shape. They color the tofu yellow like eggs, so don't be alarmed by that.

This also means that any of the sandwiches ordered dry with veggies would be okay, though they don't have very impressive options. The chips, guacamole and salsa are vegan. The happy hour pita and hummus is vegan. You could also order some steamed asparagus and add some hot sauce. They also have an organic, vegan wine and vegan hard cider. If you get some tea, ignore the white sugar on the tables – look for the raw stuff in the back.

I'd give them a higher rating if they had more marked vegan options and clarified when non-vegan food comes with vegan items.


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The tofu scramble here is abominable. The portion is tiny, it's overpriced, under spiced, and to add any veggies, it gets even more expensive.

I want to like this place. The atmosphere is cute and their beverages are decent, but the vegan options here are extremely unappetizing, especially compared to the other great vegan brunch joints around the city.

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This place definitely has room to improve as far as vegan selections are concerned. While I appreciate that they serve vegan items at all (many other greasy-spoon brunch places aren't vegan-friendly), I felt they were underserving the community, especially in a diverse and punker place like Nicollet, near MCAD. They offer tofu scrambles, tempeh scrambles, vegan sausage, and a mushroom burger or a veggie burger (which I'm not sure is vegan). However, they don't have soy cheese, or vegan analogs of egg sandwiches, though other places like Hard Times and Seward Cafe, do. Also, they don't even have a vegan pancake option, though just a few streets down, you can get an awesome one at French Meadow Cafe. I had their tempeh scramble, which was decent, but over-priced considering the taste and portions. It's a super-busy place on Saturday and Sundays, so make reservations or come early if you have a big group. All in all, the Bad Waitress has room to improve in terms of its vegan offerings and in terms of its prices. That said, it's still better than most diners and greasy-spoon joints in the area in terms of vegan options. Their website is sophisticated, fun and cool, too.

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