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According to the menu on the website, there are a number of interesting, clearly-labeled vegan options at Cafe Brioche: truffled french fries; a mixed field greens salad; a squash bowl stuffed with French green lentils, leeks, carrots and sun-dried tomatoes; and puff pastry purses filled with swiss chard, butternut squash, mushrooms and pinenuts in a sage cream. I was so excited to try this place out that I made reservations there for my special last-night-in-Palo-Alto dinner with a vegan friend.

However, when we showed up at the restaurant, there wasn't a vegan item to be found. Apparently, Cafe Brioche recently changed the menu and decided to get rid of ALL of its wonderful vegan options. I asked the waiter if it would still be possible for me to get a vegan meal, pointing out that I had been misled by the menu that is currently posted on the website. This didn't seem like an unreasonable request to me, as many similarly-priced restaurants have chefs that would be more than happy to whip up something vegan. The restaurant only had one other table with customers, so it's not like the kitchen was busy.

Unfortunately, the waiter didn't even consult with the chef. He just told me that it would not be possible to accommodate our dietary needs and then showed us to the door! No one from the restaurant even offered an apology for having misleading information on the website. Instead, the waiter left me feeling like I was at fault for being vegan.

I wish that we had ordered a few drinks, so that we could have walked out on a sizable check. Places this awful shouldn't be allowed to stay in business.

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