Closed as of Apr 1 103239 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85018
Mostly-vegan Chinese food
One of four mainly vegan restaurants in the Phoenix metro area, The Vegetarian House is the best-known of them.
There are nearly a hundred entrees available; mostly mock-meat dishes that will surprise you with their (soy) similarity to the more conventional food. (Though if you order one of the many mock meat dishes without ordering any additional veggies, it may prove to be a little too much "meat" - and nothing else - for one person.)
Naturally, there's also great vegetable selections, such as the veggie Chow Mein; the Yui-shan eggplant; the stuffed tomatoes; the broccoli and Chinese mushroom; the snow peas and mushroom (Mmmmmmmm good...); and the renowned Seventh Heaven Salad (that says it all!). The Eggplant and the Mu Shoo Veggie wrap appetizer (4 wraps to an order) are as good as any in town.
Plus, this place serves brown rice with meals! (Though, at $1 a pop.)
The Vegetarian House is not much of a place to look at from the outside, but great vegan food on the inside; in a quiet, homey atmosphere; immaculately clean inside, brightly-lit, modern-looking, and nicely decorated.
Be advised: service here is (waaaaaaaaaay beyond) exceptionally slow. Anticipate a near-glacial-like-service experience on most nights. (As the staff tends to move slower than a snail's pace.) If you don't have (at least) an extra hour or two to kill, place your order to go, so at least you'll have your food (and you will have paid for it) in a rather timely fashion. Otherwise, expect (up to interminably) long waits for them to take your order, bring out the food, and (if you're lucky) have them bring you the check. This is especially true if there's only a few customers in the place. (They can have a full staff on hand, yet act oblivious toward any customers there.) Service is much better for large groups; once you get them moving, they move.
Added by Eric Waters on Jun 13 04 (last updated Apr 14 10)
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Just east of the southeast corner of 32nd St and Indian School Rd in Phoenix.
$$ - average
- Large Group-Friendly