Reviews written by Cinebar

I'm vegan
Registered on Mar 2 12
 

Sweet Lemon Vegetarian Bistro in Portland, Oregon
May 22 12

rating star

It took me a while to warm up to this place, but now it's one of my favorites. The trick was figuring out which of their dishes work, and which don't. Some of their dishes try too hard to mimic meat (vegan drumsticks) and just end up tasting weird. Their wraps, on the other hand, are fantastic! And my husband is absolutely addicted to their Humble Bao appetizer! (Actually, so am I.) Yes, the owners seem to have some unusual religious beliefs, but they don't try to push it on you. It's just quietly scrolling by on their TV. And let's be honest, there are a lot if people who look at us vegetarians/vegans and think we're crazy, so let's not cast stones. They're extremely warm, inviting, and helpful, and they serve some great food.

The Veggie Grill in Portland, Oregon
May 22 12

rating star

The food tastes great, but whenever my husband and I go here, we always leave feeling sluggish and gross, like we've eaten a bunch of MSG. Based on nutrition info from their website, and info on MSG I found here and here, I think the isolated soy protien and/or natural flavoring in their fake meats are reacting with the sea salt to produce MSG. Moral of the story: if your die-hard meat-eating father-in-law is in town, this is one of the few vegan places you can take him that won't make him too whiny. But if you care about your health, you probably shouldn't make a habit of eating here.

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