Reviews written by v.e.g.a.n.
Registered on Mar 24 03
My husband has one of the messenger bags and I love to use it. It's really comfy, and I just think it looks cool.
I fed this stuff to my cat for a couple of years, she was probably 17 or 18 when I started, and she lived to be 22. I ended up switching her to a medicated food when she required it. Anyway, I would say that Evolution is a good option for people who are concerned about animal rights and ethics. If you're concerned about what's best for your pup pup or kitty's health, I would say that this certainly can't be any worse than feeding them nasty kibbles n' bits or meow mix. It is a bit difficult to come by. Apparently it was discontinued due to low sales at our co-op - but that isn't suprising, as it is a bit expensive in comparison to many other meat-based brands. I do encourage people with companion animals to explore the possibilities of a vegetarian diet for their critters. It's easier than it sounds.
A friend gave me a gift of vegan body care products from this company - they did smell strongly, but I liked that a lot. The patchouli shampoo bar was a little harsh for my hair, but my husband has thicker, more durable hair and it worked fine for him... and all the women at his workplace would swoon because he smelled so good.
I have never ordered directly from them, but I have tried their donuts and they are excellent. Cakes donuts, not glazed, which are difficult to find in vegan form. They taste just like the little corner bakery donuts I remember from when I was a kid, with icing and everything.
Definitely worth trying, and encouraging your local grocery to carry!
I have the CX Road Shoe style of Vittoria shoes and they work fine. I can't say that I know much of anything about cycling shoes, so I can't compare them to anything - but the way these are priced, I'm thinking they're pretty high end. Vittoria shoes tend to be a bit flashier than many other brands (mine are silver!), and depending on your taste that could be a turn on or a turn off. Besides loving the fact that they're vegan, I also like that they have big "V"s on them.
I was glad to find New Grips on-line after unsuccessful trips to sporting goods stores looking for vegan weightlifting gloves. My hands tend to get really sore toward the end of my routine, but since using New Grips I'm only sore where I should be at the end of my workout. This company has excellent customer service - they get back to you right away with answers to your questions, and they offer a full refund within a certain amount of time if you're not satisfied with the product. Crucial gear for the iron pumping vegan with sensitive digits.
My husband and I found this place on this website when we were visiting Chicago. Another reason to love this site!
Alice and Friends was a perfect place to go and relax during our hectic stay in the windy city. The server was friendly, and the food came out fast. The presentation was beautiful. Youo have got to try their fried spring rolls! The dumplings are great, too. I had the not-spicy BBQ dish, and it was perfect. For 24 hours after we had eaten there, Brandon kept saying "That just hit the spot." The chocolate cake slice was huge, and the frosting was wonderful... not too sweet, sort of a mousse consistency. Highly reccomending this place.
We planned an entire trip to Chicago around eating at Soul V. This place is legendary. You've got to try the protien tidbits. Their soup is really garlicy and wonderful. The two friday nights I've eaten there, they've had lasagne as their special, and it's fabulous. The BBQ twist is great, and I have never had such good lemon merengue pie, vegan or otherwise, in my life. If you live out of town, be sure to buy a bunch of their cookies for the road. The coconut shortbread ones last quite a while, and they're fantastic.
I'm giving this place a 5 because the service wasn't good, but the food was pretty good. They didn't have many options, but they *had* vegetarian options, which I haven't found until now in Mason City. The something 'fun' or 'fun' something (stir fried thin rice noodles with vegetables) was actually really good, and there was a ton of it for $6.
This is a nice co-op. Small, but clean and inviting and has basics for vegans. We had just eaten lunch, and so we didn't try any of their made-to-order sandwiches, but they do have a few that could be veganized if you'd like. We tried a brownie made by a place called "wise woman" but sold in the co-ops deli section (they have a large selection of locally made deli items for sale in their refrigerated section), and it was good, but not spectacular. My favorite thing was that they had a bucket of flower bouquets marked 'FREE' that were imperfect right up by the registers.
This is a fun place to visit if you're in Stillwater. They have several vegan candies they sell by the pound. Cinnamon Bears, Mary Janes (by Necco), Peanut Butter Kisses, Shoe String Licorice, Licorice Pipes, etc. Their peanut and cashew brittles were good, too. We didn't try their chocolate nut clusters, but we did confirm that the dark chocolate they use to make the items is vegan. They have a gigantic selection of hard candies, too, as well as a decent selection of sugar free candy.
They make candy during store hours behind a glass wall, and it it fun to see how they do it. Might be a fun outting for a kid?
This place has some good vegetarian stuffed grape leaves, although they are a bit on the expensive side - they take a lot of work to make, so that's why. They also have an amazing fava bean dip - my husband said it's like Palestinian salsa and I think he's right on. It's great stuff - really potent, and a small tub will last a couple of days if you are content with a few bites at a time. They also have some okay hummus, and their tabouli is pretty good. They have Baba Ganush - but I didn't try it. The worker knew what was vegan when I asked. They have about five tables that were all full when I was there - but really I would recommend getting your food to go anyway, grab some pita and have a picnic at home. Yum.
They carry Rush River Beer on tap, the brewery is owned and run by a vegan in Wisconsin. I haven't tried it, but my husband liked it quite a bit.
They do have some sandwiches labeled as vegan on their menu. I didn't try them - I had a banana, which cost .80 cents and was good.
They don't have many vegan options, but they do have sun cakes, and for only $1.75 - cheaper than whole foods, and cheaper than scones or muffins made in the cafe. The chili I had was great, better than Gigi's, and the bread was good, too. The woman at the counter did tell me that the pita they use has whey in it, but if you'd like a sandwich usually made on pita, you can have it made on other bread if you prefer. Their veggie burgers are not vegan.
this place is over priced and not that great. The server didn't seem to know what was vegan and what wasn't on the menu, and came back with vauge answers when I asked for details. Maybe we just got a dud, but I wasn't impressed. The food wasn't that good, I didn't want to finish my meal, and gave my leftovers to my husband the next day - unusal since I usually covet my doggie bags. Skip this one - it's just not worth it.
The soup everyone is raving about it really good - and the servings are large. The Kurdish bread is also wonderful - and large. Soup and bread is easily a meal, but if you want to order something else, try the dolmas. The dolma plate comes with six or seven dolmas wrapped in grapes leaves and cabbage leaves - as well as salad (get the tabouli - it's great), rice, and soup (why not try the Niskeena?). Very very good.
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.
I ordered the Boca Burger and asked them to microwave it rather than cook it on the same grill as the animal burgers, and they honored that request. They also left off the butter from the bun. While it's certainly wasn't the best veggie burger I have ever had, it is nice to know that it is possible to get a vegan entree at such a mainstream place, that has a reputation (in my mind anyway) of being very unfriendly towards vegans. The toppings were some wilted iceburg lettuce, a slice of tomato, a couple of pickle slices, and some onions. You have the option of choosing fries, fresh fruit, or cole slaw to accompany your burger. The fruit option is pretty pitiful - I got two tiny chunks of honeydew, three tiny chunks of cantaloupe, and five or six purple grapes. The service was straight forward and the server was nice enough about my questions regarding the grill.
This place exceeded our expectations. Our server, Ben, was extremely helpful and cheerful in answering our many questions about what is or can be made vegan. He went back to the kitchen to double check at least three times because he wanted to be sure we were taken care of. The food was good, too - unique texture and flavor combinations. The presentation was great, and the atmosphere a bit more upscale than most places we go. We did end up spending $50 dollars on dinner, but that included a great tip for our fabulous waiter and a beer for my husband.
Things that can be made vegan are:
Guacamole (ask them to omit the Worcestershire sauce)
Wood Roasted Vegetables
Grilled Tofu Fajita
One of the sandwiches can be made with portabella instead
of meat, but I can't remember which one - it was the last one listed under 'sandwiches'.
We tried all of those but the sandwich - would recommend all of them. This place doesn't have a lot of vegan options, but they are happy to accommodate vegans as much as they can and the options they do have are beautifully presented and pretty good. Our server even went to double check on their black beans and came back to let us know there was 2 ounces of butter per 5 gallons - really great service. Go here if you feel like celebrating and being pampered.
I thought this place was going to wow me when I called ahead and asked if they could accommodate a party of 14 vegans. The chef made a special vegan menu for us and it was very nice. The manager was great, and friendly and accommodating - in word. But in reality, the served our party non-vegan soup and salads with cheese on them which had to be sent back. People started no trusting the food, I got really sick, and it was overall a disaster. Oh, and they must season the food with diamond dust because it costs a fortune.
I think the higher ups try, but the waitstaff just don't care.
The only reason to go are the pomme frites - which are amazing.
The service was really great - as we were being seated, we told our server we were vegan and may have some questions, and she went and got one of the cooks/owners/managers or somebody from the back and he answered all of our questions. Several of the vegetarian dishes are not vegan, but he was very clear about was and wasn't, and what could be adapted (like which breads could and could not be made vegan). They had some great chutneys I've never seen at another Indian place, and their samosas were really good. I got Aloo Mutter (I think that's what it's called - potatoes and peas dish) and it tasted good, but had too much oil in it. Mine was the only entree that had that much oil, so it may have been the end of a batch or something. Again, I highly recommend this place for the service - I'd just want to try ordering again to see how oily it is before rating it higher.
According to our server, they have a limited number of vegan dishes. The appetizers that can be made vegan are the spicy peanut noodles made with rice noodles instead of egg noodles, and the spicy green beans. The peanut noodles were pretty good, served with cucumber slices and cilantro. You can get a veggie stir fry with tofu from their stir fry bar, with the vegetarian mushroom sauce - but its $10 dollars and extremely bland. I was very disappointed. The other dishes we were told could be made vegan were a spicy green curry, an eggplant dish, and kung pao tofu made with pad thai noodles instead of the spinach noodles it usually comes with. The service was great, our server went to check on everything before letting us order and the manager even came out to double check to make sure we got the answers we were looking for. I'm mostly rating for service - and I highly recommend ordering something other than the stir fry bar!
The menu only specifies one item (Blackened Mushrooms and Eggplant Ettoufee) as vegan friendly, but when I asked the waiter about it, he said the Smoked BBQ Tofu was vegan as well, without the cornbread/muffin on the side. I asked about the Jambalaya, and he said it has worchesticer sauce in it. I thought it was odd that they would have it listed under vegetarian options when they were conscientice enough to let us know it wasn't vegan, but oh well. If you ask, they do seem to know what's in everything and how it's prepared. The man was very patient with me while I asked a bunch of questions, and when he wasn't sure he went in the kitchen and double checked, which I always appreciate. Side dish orders reported as vegan are: corn on the cob, red beans and rice, potato wedges, and something else I can't remember. I wish they did substitutions, as I would love to have tried one of those - but I wasn't about to shell out $2.50 for beans and rice.
The place is a bit pricey - but the two vegan options they had were really good. The BBQ tofu was firm and had red onions mixed in the sauce, served over white rice. There was some stir fried veggies (bell peppers, corn, green beans, etc) on the side, which was awesome. Everything has a smokey flavor and was just a tiny bit charred, which I liked a lot. It's a bummer they don't have more otpions - the food was quite good.
The art in there is awesome - and I quite liked the music... ecclective R&B and soul to match the portraits of notable african american musical talents.
This place is small, but they always seem to have whatever I can't find anywhere else. For example, I needed dried pears - they don't have them at the co-op or Rainbow, but they had them at Bill's. They also have a huge selection of olives, blanched almonds, and dried mushrooms which are really cheap. It's fun to browse around and see what they've got - cans of Fava beans for 65 cents! The woman who runs the place knows where everything is and whether or not they carry what you're looking for. You can sample olives before you buy if you'd like - it's a good place.
I went here with my mom and sisters, and it wasn't great. They liked it, feeling that they were eating healthy food, but they generally don't eat that much "health food". They didn't have much of anything for vegans and I was disappointed. I had expected more from them. The staff was friendly enough, but that didn't really make up for the lack of variety/choices.
I like the feel and lay out of this place. When I was there, there weren't outstanding vegan options, just the standard coffee shop fare.
My husband and I went here on a Wednesday night - we had the place to ourselves. The server said that Wednesday's are usually pretty dead, so if you're looking for somewhere quiet to eat with your sweetie, this place might be the place for you. The decor is very 70's, good if you have a sense of humor. The server was very friendly and knew exactly what was vegan and what wasn't. The soup wasn't that great - but we ordered the vegetarian entree that has kale and carrots in it - it was really good. There is certainly enough food for a couple to split an entree if you order an extra piece of bread, and you might not even need that.
They have the usual soy milk options for coffee drinks, and Naked juice. You can get Italian soda, but that's at most coffee shops now. As for food - not many vegan options. I think they have potato chips. The menu on the chalf board says they have Veganaise, but according to my friend who works there - they haven't had it in several months, and she's not sure if it's ever coming back. It's a fun place to go though - just don't plan on eating there.
This place has fantastic samosas, and our server was really great, too. However, they don't have a large selection of vegan entrees and the ones we ordered were nothing to shout about.
I appreciate that all of the food is vegetarian, but I didn't enjoy either my husband's or my food.
This place doesn't have as many vegan options as I would like to see, but the things I have tried are really really good. I had a pumpkin muffin, which is the same recipe as the pumpkin bread, and it's fabulous. Pretty cheap, too (maybe $1.60?). The Chocolate Babka and Pecan Rolls are fabulous. Both excellent. They have samples of breads, too, and I tried the multi grain, which was also stellar. The girl who took my order overheard me ask another person about what was vegan, and she thought there was honey in something I ordered and double checked just to be sure - which I thought was good customer service.
*Visited again yesterday - the service was awesome. A different girl behind the counter knew what was vegan, and she even rushed to ring me up because I was trying not to miss my bus. Thumbs up on the french boule.
Breadsmith is great, and the Edina location didn't dissapoint with the quality of their goods. The line was out the door, on a Sunday afternoon, but they had several people working, and it moved pretty quickly. They have menus you take take with you, that list all of the ingredients. This location also has a list of which breads they made on what day - which was very helpful.
I would love it if they would mark their vegan items with some sort of symbol, because it does take a while to read all of the ingredients. I do, however appreciate the ingredients being listed.
You've got to try the Chocolate Babka rolls (this location had two sizes), the Pumpkin Muffins (they had these in two sizes, too), the Ciobatta, and the Olive Bread were all fantastic. The Multi Grain was alright, too.
They don't have many vegan options, but they do have roasted vegetables (zucchini, mushrooms, red pepper, onions, garlic, kalamata olives) and Farro Salad (some kind of grain, kalamata olives, cannalini beans, red pepper, tomato, eggplant, onions, olive oil, garlic). They are pretty good, but really expensive ($10-$13 dollars a pound). They also have a soup of the day special that may or may not be vegan.
The hummus sandwich is pretty good, but I don't think many people order it because every time I do there's some question as to what goes on it.
I like this location best - the workers aren't as swamped, so they seem to be in a better mood. Also, they let you take day old bagels for free after 2pm!
It's nice that they have vegan food, and it's a fun atmosphere, and the bowling is fun, but the food is overpriced and not that great. The "spicy black bean burger" is a frozen amy's patty on a bun and they charge $7 dollars for it.
The guys behind the counter knew what vegan was, and they loaded up on the vegan stuff to substitute for the things we passed on. They were friendly and good to us. The food was pretty decent. The RICE is NOT VEGETARIAN, just so everyone knows, but the guacamole is vegan. If another coupon shows up in our mailbox for this place, I would go back for sure.
They really ought to get with the century and add some vegan options to their bakery. I had some soup that happened to be vegan, but I had to ask because it wasn't labeled as such on the board.
While many people expect this to be a strictly Vegetarian restaurant, it isn't. I admit my rating would be higher if they didn't try and pose as vegetarian - but anyway - the food was decent, though overpriced. We had a tahini pate that was pretty good, and mock duck tacos. Everything tasted fine, but the portions are small for how much you're paying. I've paid for fancy food and felt it was worth it before, but not here.
I felt good spending my money here. I would stop in there again mostly because I feel it's important to support socially responsible businesses, and independent places, etc. They have vegan options and they were clearly labeled, so that's nice. The sandwich I had was a garlic white bean pate, but it was very bland. The banana bread was pretty good, and I think I had a cookie, too. The cookie was okay, but a little dry. It would be a good place to read, write, or study.
Update: I have upped my rating from an 8 to a 9 - I was in the other day and they now have an entire case of vegan options - there were about 10 different choices - muffins, bars, brownies, cookies, short breads -- all from Hard times Cafe. All excellent.
My new favorite coffee shop, Caffetto offers a larger than average array of vegan options. Most coffee shops don't carry anything vegan, but can accommodate vegans with a soy replacement for dairy in a drink, previously I thought a coffee shop was awesome for offering a vegan cookie or bar or something (though there are several that seem to offer the same exact raspberry chocolate bar from French Meadow and that gets old fast). Imagine my surprise to find that Caffetto has not one but FOUR vegan baked goods, clearly labeled and priced very reasonably, and they have two clearly labeled vegan sandwiches in their food case!
The atmosphere is also nice, laid back, comfy, and lots of colorful and moody art to look over. Even the tables are hodge podged or something to enhance the artsy theme this place has going. I like it a lot.
They still don't have the mock chicken, veganaise, or hummus on the menu, but they're there! The guy helping me out said that they can substitute the mock chicken for any of the meats on any of their sandwiches, not just the chicken based ones. We ordered the three pepper chicken hot hoagie, vegan style, and it was really good. We also tried the curried corn soup with wild rice and it was excellent. They had a vegan black bean chili as well. I highly recommend this place and will definitely be going back.
CRC has some awesome Mexican hot chocolate that is vegan if made with non-dairy milk.
This place has some good soy ice cream. It's expensive, but really really good. They have a chocolate soy and chocolate raspberry - the chocolate is great, they were out of the raspberry when I was there.
Update: I'm changing my rating from 5 to 3 - the last time we went the service was extremely slow and I tried several dishes but none of them were very good. There's a coconut juice drink with sugar water and tapioca pearls and agar strips that was fun for $2 dollars - it makes an unusual and fun desert.
This place gets an extremely average vote from me. Nothing about it seemed particularly wonderful or terrible, it was just an average place. The food was okay, they had enough vegan options, the prices were fine. I just don't have much to say about it one way or the other. The young coconut drink was too bitter for me, and you can consider that fair warning. They deep fry their tofu, and I just don't like my tofu crispy on the outside and runny on the inside, so be warned about that, too.
They have good mock duck and vegetables in spicy garlic sauce. This place is extremely trendy. The waitstaff knows what "vegan" means and they know which dishes are and are not. I feel comfortable eating there... if i ignore the trendiness. If you drink alcohol, there's a little more there for you - they have a HUGE wine list and a well-stocked bar.
This place doesn't have much by way of vegan options at all - but they do have a really good vegetable soup. I was really surprised by how much I liked it. It's not on the menu, they only list "soup of the day", but our server told us they do serve the same soups everyday. I was also able to get some steamed broccoli and lemon wedges to squeeze on it - which isn't anything remarkable, but it did taste good. Plus, my meal was pretty cheap compared to everyone else's in my party, and it filled me up.
I would give Chili's a higher rating if they had more than two options - the staff was extremely helpful in answering questions, and even brought me a printout of the ingredients in the soup. They said they are happy to do that for any item on the menu.
The menu isn't that easy for vegans to navigate, but the staff are friendly and helpful with that part. I recommend the spicy peanut noodle appetizer.
I would give this place a higher rating if it weren't for the fact that they're owned by McDonald's. I like it, but I would like it more if they were their own chain, I guess. The food is pretty good, considering it's fast food. The tortilla chips have a hint of lime to them, which I liked a lot. The burritos are huge, and easily made two meals for me. We were in and out really fast, and the place was clean. I got a little nervous when the workers were passing big spoons full of meat over my open burrito, but nothing dropped, and the upshot is that I would be able to ask for a new one if meat had fallen into it, and I have no idea what happens in the kitchens in other restaraunts. I will go again.
I've gotten food from this location a couple of times and it's always been fast and friendly. The food is good, it's cheap, there's a lot of it. There are some who will argue that Chipotle isn't fast food, but I still consider it such - and I'm a bit embarressed to say I like it a lot.
This location is nice - clean and the service was good. A friend and I sat here for several hours after eating and talked, and that seemed just fine. The food was good - the same as all the other Chipotles, I guess. This location seems to have more natural light, and it's not as busy as the other ones I've been to.
This is the busiest location I have ever been to. The service has been good - they're great about the vegan thing, but you might not be in and out as quick as you thought.
Nothing too spectacular about this location - food is the same as the other ones. However, when the Burrito Assembler accidentally put cheese on the burrito, after I had asked her not to, she just tried picking it out and when it was about 2/3rds gone asked if that was okay - I had to say it wasn't and she ended up throwing it in the trash. This scene didn't sit too well with me - I can see wanting to not waste food, and asking was proably actually better than not asking, but I was bummed they just threw it away rather than saved it for someone else to eat (a worker) like we always did at the restaurant I used to work at. It could be they have a policy about that or something, but it was still kind of a bummer.
This location is the worst of the ones I've tried. The rice wasn't cooked all the way, the servers didn't listen closely to our order, and the burrito I had was lukewarm.
Nice idea for a cafe, but the fact that the bagels have honey is really sad. And if you're vegan, don't bother going for breakfast - there's hardly anything for us.
The CAA U of M chapter is an active and effective animal rights group. It's got a fair number of active volunteers, which is saying something as animal rights groups go. They do a ton of tabling and leafleting focusing on veganism. They do vegan food give aways, cooking demos, bring in speakers, show videos, have potlucks and dine-outs, co-sponsored events with other U groups, and a ton more. You don't have to be a student to volunteer, and they focus on events and actions that will be effective, positive, and fun.
While it is nice that big chains are carrying more vegan foods, and starting to feature 'natural foods' sections in their stores, it would be nice if they trained their staff to know what tofu looks like and where it's stocked.
This place is huge, but the traffic seems to keep moving. I was there on a Sunday afternoon and I didn't have to wait in line long at all. Their natural food section is large and clean.
The service was great. We split a vegetarians platter for one and the two of us were stuffed by the time we left. Can't imagine how big the platter for 2 must be. The flavors are distinct from the other Ethiopian places I've been to in the Twin Cities - most dishes are sweeter or more simply spiced than others I've had.
I love these donuts. Especially if you have been vegan for a while, and you have a sweet tooth, and are sick of all the vegan desserts you eat being made with whole weat flour, rapdura, and molasses, you have to try these donuts. Nothing healthy about them. Pure sugar and fat. Delicious. Get a ton and bring them home to share with people you love - unless you happen to be married to 'Let's Eat!' and his review says "shouldn't vegan donuts be good??" or something. In that case, feel free to eat them yourself, because these gems must be appreciated.
Dulono's is a good place to go with a group of friends on a Friday or Saturday nite to listen to bluegrass. If you like beer, it's even better. The only time I have ever eaten their food was a take out pizza late at night - veggie with no cheese. The pizza hit the spot, but I wouldn't pick it first in a line-up. I know a lot of pizza places skimp on toppings for the to-go or delivery pizzas, and this place could be one of those. I don't know, since I've never eaten in-house, but they definitely could have piled more on, especially since we passed on the cheese. I do have to say the thin crust pizza cut into squares was fun - reminded me of being little.
Comfy, nice staff, lots of outlets, and at least they make an effort to stock more than the same old boring frickin' raspberry chocolate French Meadow bars that every other coffee shop in this town has.
Nice little co-op. They have the best vegan marshmallows, Vegan Supreme Marshmallows, but you may be surprised to find them stocked in the refrigerated section. They also carry mint Green and Black's chocolate. While they didn't have much in the way of a vegan selection in their in-house baked goods section, to be fair there wasn't as large of a selection as in other co-ops. I was very pleased to see that the lables indicating price and ingredients had a little "Go Vegan!" message printed on them - the animals must have a friend in the bakery department of this co-op.
This place is pricey. I understand that's because everything is organic and raw, so the food has to be really fresh. It's the kind of place you want to go to try something... different. The salads are really good, but you can make them at home. I recommend the banana date thing. A little fancy for me, but it is local and all vegan and organic, so we go sometimes to support the place. They have the fanciest ice cubes in town - maybe that's the real reason it's expensive. Oh, but the out door seating is nice.
The bagels are great, the hummus is good - but that's pretty much the limit for vegan options. The service was good, they have a list of ingredients behind the counter if you're curious.
I'll agree with the great tabouli comments. Not too acidic at all. The hummus wasn't great - bland and a bit too runny for me. The bread (without melted butter) was really good, too. Two of us ate for $10 bucks - pretty good.
It's an average coffee shop as far as vegan options go... but it has some, so that's nice. I go because it's close to school, but I wouldn't make a special trip.
I meant to write the review last week. I didn't, and since then I've lost a lot of the details. However, I can say that the momos (dumplings) are excellent, and the samosas are really great, too. I got the chau chau (I think) and it was good, although it was a bit spicy. That's probably my own fault, for ordering a "mild+" I like that they have levels between mild and medium and medium and hot, but if you have a tough time with spice, stick to the mild. Don't even try and be tough.
The green jackfruit dish is good - jackfriut is a little sweet with a mushroom-like texture.
Update: You must try the Pepper Fried Mock Pork from the Chef's Recommendations section of the new menu - it is fantastic. The Five Spice Boiled Peanuts and garlic cucumbers were great, too - a hint on the cold appetizers: you can serve yourself from the cooler near the back of the restaurant, they'll add it to the bill in the end. It's nice to not have to wait for food if you're really hungry!
The mock beef in satay sauce was great - lots of veggies and a slightly spicy brownish sauce. Vietnamese style BBQ mock beef with lemongrass is excellent.
The wonton noodle soup with wheat noodles (you can get it with rice noodles if you prefer) was good. Light veggie broth, with bok choy, noodles, and wontons. It left me feeling full but not stuffed. The vegetable soup with wheat noodles was good, but sort of bland.
The people who run this place are so sweet! They are happy to make whatever they can vegan for you, and are generally concerned with making food that you will enjoy. The vegan wonton soup is a new addiction for me. I love it, and it is super cheap. The veggie rolls, too, are great, just because it's not something you can usually find "veganized" in other places. I'm a big fan. Once again, a good place to take a mixed crowd.
This good thing about this place is that it's open fairly late. Then again, I don't have a car and it's only a few blocks from my house. When I think about it, I usually end up here when I'm short on time or it's about all that's left. It's kind of like a back-up plan, or a craving quencher. The music is fun, I'll give it that. Oh, don't get anything with eggplant, it's very greasy. Go to Sinbad's instead!
I prefer this location to the Lyn-Lake location. Maybe because it seems cleaner and not as oily...?
The service was good, though it was crowded. I had the Misir Key Wot (the lentil dish that mentions spices in berbere sauce) and it was the spiciest Ethiopian food I'd ever had, but it was good. The Atkilt (potatoes, carrots, onions, etc.) was great, too. I was a bit put off by the smell at first - it seemed very "meaty" to me. During our meal, a few dishes came out for other tables that were sizzling with hot meat, which I found unsettling, but I will still go back because the food was really good.
It's nice to have a place where you can find some specialty Israeli items like farfel, and Israeli cous cous - and they have a huge selection of hummus (HUGE!). They also have vegan cheeses, and various meat alternatives, and some really awesome pretzels with sesame seeds on them. However, they have a gigantic meat section, maybe it's just because the market is small - but the percentage of space devoted to meat is large and hard to avoid. That part makes me uncomfortable, but it was worth checking out.
I would give this place a much higher rating if they had more vegan options! The Chocolate Muffin is to-die-for, but it has been the only vegan option every time I've gone. It's nice to know chances are good they'll always have the really good chocolate muffin - but I'd like to see what other bits of vegan heaven they could whip up if they had a little more vegan-mojo.
Update: The sweet corn aeropas (or whatever they are) are excellent. Again, a little pricey, but the dish really was superb.
I went here with some friends for dinner once and didn't have money, so the waiter brought out an "extra large" sample of soup. The sample was so big I couldn't eat it all. Very sweet of him. The wait staff all seem to be aspiring actors, so they're a little flamboyant. It is a nice place to go to sip on a lemonade and talk for an hour while sitting outside. The best thing they have are the vegan chocolate cupcakes. They are excellent! get a cup of tea if you're eating them there, because the frosting sticks to your teeth and the tea helps. Yum. But if you go in when they're closing down, they won't even sell you a cup cake. I guess actors can be moody.
I've been thinking about the pizza I had for a couple of days, and I have come to the conclusion that Galactic's is the best pizza in town. The crust is especially good. The vegan cheese was really good, too. One thing to note is that they were unable to make the Community Supported Agriculture pizza when we were there.. I don't remember why. I think it had to do with the crops, or some other availability issue. It seems this issue could be reoccurring, though not really that big a deal. (The CSA pizza has been unavailable for quite some time - they may be looking to partner with a new farm soon if this issue isn't cleared up).
While there wasn't much to be said for service, I don't think there needs to be in a place like that. As long as they get the order right, you can pretty much be left alone for pizza dining.
The prices are high, yes, but it's worth it to eat at a place that's doing it's best to be responsible, and the pizza was really really good. However, I hope the day isn't far off when 'pizza with a conscience' places are completely vegan.
Update: Their Vegan Garlic Cheese Bread is really good, and I recommend the Alamo if you're looking for a pizza to try. They also offer Muddy Paws vegan cheesecake for dessert now.
Gigi's has a great atmosphere - it's spacious yet cozy, clean but homey. The only problem is that they only have two vegan items: fresh fruit and chili. The chili was pretty good and it came with slices of baguette on the side. It's a fine place to meet for a business lunch or something, but it's not worth a special trip.
Don't even bother if you're vegan. It's really a shame... Lots of middle-aged omnis from the suburbs like to suggest this restaurant in an attempt to connect and be nice.
The only reason this place gets a 3 instead of a 2 is because they have excellent smoothies and juice (which are a little pricey). I used to take seminars nearby and frequently had lunches there during breaks. The food isn't great for what you're paying, and there aren't that many vegan options. But, if you're stuck in Edina and need to have lunch during a seminar break, it's alright. Oh, and I agree, the tea is disgusting.
As far as a little convienience store in the basement of a student union goes, these guys are doing pretty well by my vegan standards. They have more options than you'd expect.
I would give this place a better rating if the service had been better. The place was sort of busy when we arrived, but it seems like by the time we ordered most people had cleared out, but it took a long time for our food to come. The steamed dumplings were pretty good - but the momos at Everest on Grand are way better. The mock duck with broccoli and peapods was just like any other basic mock duck dish at any other chinese restaurant, so I wasn't too impressed. My husband ordered the greens and tofu skins which he enjoyed but it looked awfully bland to me (I didn't try it though, so technically, I should not be knocking it).
I would go again, but this time I would try something that sounds a little more exotic to see if the place has any distinguishing dishes. As of now, it doesn't stand out from any other average chinese place I've been to.
Don't order the sweet and sour dish - it's sickeningly sweet. Mt husband says I should have known better tan to order that - but it was so bad I couldn't eat it. His food was reportedly better. I would go back, but next time I'd order something spicy.
While it is a tiny store and they only had one kind of vegan cookie, and nothing vegan (that I saw) in the deli section, they do have a lot of products that I have not seen in other co-ops. The kinds of things I see ads for in Vegetarian Times and things like that. They have several vegan raw foods bars, some bulk snack items (carob rice squares, etc.), and supplements I hadn't seen elsewhere. We bought the last vegan cookie - an almond cookie - and it was fantastic. Also, when we were there, they were giving away free boxes of vegan jello!
This is a nice little hole-in-the-wall co-op. They have the basics, produce, bulk, etc., but they also have several kinds of soup they make at the co-op and a small selection of pre-packaged deli items made in their kitchen as well. Two of the four soups they were offering were vegan when we went. They have a basic vegetable soup, and a french market soup, which was basically a soup full of legumes. They were both good, and the prices are reasonable. Their stuffed grape leaves were also good, and cheap. Be forewarned, though, their restroom isn't for public use.
Update: Desserts continue to be outstanding and cheap. The Vegan Helter Skelter is a ginormous amount of food! The veggie bean burrito is bland, but again - lots of food.
Tons of choices, reasonable prices, large amounts of food. I ate here with five other people and everyone's food looked great. I had the seitan gyro on the recommendation of these reviews, and while it was good, I was expecting a little more magic after all the fuss. It was good, though, and I would recommend it. The carrot ginger pecan muffins are also excellent. My only issue was that I am pretty certain that there was some rotten lettuce in my sandwich and when I asked about it they told me it must have just gotten steamed. They were really busy so I didn't push it, but if there's something wrong with your food, it will pay to be assertive about it.
Love the music, love the bright colors, love the service, love the food. The mixed vegetable roti was fantastic - cabbage, carrots, green beans, potatoes, chick peas, red beans, tomatoes all spiced to perfection with extra hot sauce on the side in case you want to kick it up a notch. The vegetable patties are a great appetizer to share, too.
Alright. I love this place. Half the staff know me by name. I'm in here all the time. They will let you look at the catalogs they order from sometimes if you want to special order something. They sure know what's vegan and what isn't, and they're super-fast about letting you know when you're shoes get in. I have been a royal pain in the butt about trying sizes on and taking a week to decide about what I want and they roll with my indecisiveness. No pressure, and a fun staff to try shoes on with. There's always a ton of shoes on clearance, too, so keep your eyes peeled!
They also have purses, socks, giftcards, jewelry, address books, magnets, etc, too. Lots of fun stuff here.
The momos are really good!
I was so excited to go to Holy Land after reading the great reviews here, and hearing that having the pita and hummus fresh is even better than getting it from the co-op. I was dissapointed to say the least. The food was drenched in oil - oil everywhere! The food hardly stayed on the styrofoam plate from sliding in pools of oil. The service was awful - the people behind the counter were irritated when I asked if there was any dairy in the tahini sauce, and it took a minute to get an answer, which was 'no', but when the salad came out, the dressing was white - which has me think 'dairy', so I asked again, and another guy just said "I don't know! I don't know!" and he was upset - so we just gave up and left the salads at the counter. I might stop in if I'm in the neighborhood and having a hummus attack, but otherwise, it's really not worth it.
I was starving and even though it was busy and the service was decent, the food was not good. I was super hungry and I had to choke my food down. Usually when I'm famished, I tend to think whatever I'm eating tastes great, just because I'm so grateful to have food - but this wasn't good. The more I ate, the less I liked it. (I had mock duck and vegetables, btw).
The samosas were fine, but not remarkable. However, they do sprinkle some kind of spice on top of them, and the iceberg lettuce they use for garnish is really good with that spice. The Mixed Vegetable curry was pretty good, though - I must say I was impressed. Potatoes, carrots, peas, green beans, tomatoes - very nice. The rice comes with almonds and a cherry on top - it looks like ice cream. The service was not even average, though - the wait staff took a long time for just about everything. It's good, but a little pricey for the service and the fact that you have to ask about so many of the menus items because nothing is marked vegan.
UPDATE: The vegan fried spring-rolls are excellent, and you can order naan w/out butter brushed on top, and it's really good. The Bhindi Masala (okra dish) isn't worth it - the menu says it's a favorite among vegetarians, but don't believe that.
Update: I gave this place another shot and have to say that the service was weird - it took the guy about 5 minutes to get to me, when there were no other customers in sight and he was doing things like wiping down the counters in the back (from my perspective taking a customer's order is a higher priority, but that's just me). When he did finally come over he did answer several questions for me and my take out order only took 5 minutes. I got the tempe empanadas and they were pretty good.
Not too impressed. For as 'healthy' and 'conscienceness oriented' this place wants to think it is, they really don't have many vegan options. They can make any cocao drink with soy or rice milk (soy froths better!), they make their own sorbet (we tried apple - it was great, I have to admit), and they did have an excellent seasonal fruit tart for dessert. However, the portions are small, the selection wasn't as large as one would expect, and the food just wasn't that great. It's one of those places that makes the portions tiny and serves them on fancy mod dishes to make you think it's really good, but if you just close your eyes and forget that the veggies are cut long and skinny, it's nothing to get worked up over.
I was surprised and pleased to discover that this place has added a vegan option to their menu. The apricot cranberry scone I had was very good - the chunks of fruit were large and there were plenty of them. It's a nice place to meet with a small group of people on a weekday morning if the weather is nice. It's crowded and loud inside, but there is plenty of outdoor seating.
This place has few vegan options, and they're a little pricey for what they are - but they're pretty good. The Fakes Me Spanaki (Lentil-Spinach soup) is good. The Roasted Eggplant Spread and Skordalia are both good, too. Getting a combination of these makes a pretty good meal. The Vegetarian Pita sandwich can be ordered without feta, but it's kind of boring for $5, then. The pita bread is good, but be prepared to order several sides because there's never enough bread for the spreads.
I'm all about any place that makes their own vegan ice cream. The chocolate was great, and a lot of it even melted in the car on the way home, but I loved it anyway, good fresh, melted, and re-frozen! I was not impressed with the raspberry, though.
Update: This location is now going to try and have two flavors of soy ice cream and two flavors of sorbet everday - for a total of 4 vegan options!
I finally made it to this Izzy's, and I like it quite a bit. Same great soy ice cream, and this location wasn't as crowded. They also have a topping bar here, which they don't have in Saint Paul - but I thought I heard something about it either being phases out, or just on again off again. I saw various kinds of nuts.
The strawberry soy was fantastic, and their smaller waffle cones (not the huge ones) are vegan. I have sampled the blueberry soy and it was great. I also tried the lemon ligionberry sorbet and it was tangy and good.
The service was really great, but the vegan options are not marked on the menu. Really, most of their items can be made vegan if you substitute fruit or sorbet for sherbet, which the folks at this location were happy to do. The Protein Berry Pizazz (I think that's what it was called) was really good, but two boosts may have been a little too much for a sixteen ounce size as the drink had a chalky consistency.
Pricey and not very good. I much prefer the cheaper and tastier Jasmine Deli across the street. The space is gorgeous, however.
It is one of my my favorite restaurants - I've gone on my birthday for the past two years and plenty of times inbetween. They have the best veg spring rolls I've ever had. I almost always order a mock duck rice noodle salad, because it doesn't get any better than that. My husband almost always gets the veggie broth soup with rice noodles and fried tofu - he loves it. The praises of the mock duck sandwiches have already been sung, and I concur. Jasmine Deli is a little slice of heaven here on earth.
UPDATE: Jasmine Deli has recently expanded their menu - they now have curried mock duck rice noodle salads and some sort of soup that's made in a clay pot. The curried mock duck salad is even better than the original!
I went to this place once a long time ago - and can't say that I remember it as being that great. The fact that it never occurred to me to go back is telling. I think their food was okay, but there's a dozen places within a mile of there that I would rather go. But, they do have live belly dancing, which is unusual.
The vegetarian kibby is good.
The food is about half a step above fast food, but it is a nice option to have when you're in the Mall of America for a long long time and you want something besides some pretzels from the fake gas station. Order the Streamliner for a vegan Boca burger, it's about 5 dollars, but I guess all food court food is over priced.
I really thought about giving this place a higher rating just because it's cheap - but I just can't. The food was below average, the service was below average, and yes, the prices are below average, I guess, but that's reflected in the food and service so it's not a good enough reason to bump up the rating. The Lo Han Jai had virtually zero flavor, the Kung Pao Tofu has a little bit, but not much. If you don't care much about the quality of your food, but want to fill yourself up, give it a shot, but be sure to keep your expectations very low.
This place currently says "Vegetarian and BBQ" on the awning - is it a new restaurant entirely? I was there during lunch hour and there was no buffet table. There were carcasses hanging in plain view and the spring rolls and bahn mi sandwich I had were mediocre. I won't be going back.
My review when it was Bubble Delite:
We tried this place on a whim and were really impressed. There is a special Vegetarian section of the menu, with four options, all of which are vegan. Spring rolls with tofu and mock duck ($3), Sandwich with tofu, mock duck, assorted vegetables, seaweed, cilantro, and jalapenos ($3) and larger than at Jasmine Deli, broken rice plate with tofu and mock duck ($6.50), and rice noodle salad with tofu, mock duck, and vegetables with seaweed.
The portions are pretty large, the taste is unique - not like other Vietnamese places in town. I think it's the marinade/seaweed thing. I don't like seaweed generally, but this was subtle and I liked it fine.
We tried a mango smoothie, with tapioca pearls. It was *excellent* - they use fresh fruit in a lot of their smoothies and you can tell.
The service was great - the guy working there was super friendly and knew what was in everything. He was really interested in what we thought of the food - saying that Americans really seem to be into the vegetarian food. He said he would like to expand the vegetarian menu and look into to trying more mock meats. Really friendly guy and interested in pleasing vegetarian customers.
We will definitely be going back!
This place has amazing food. The vegetarian appetizer (it has fava beans in it) ordered without feta is excellent - it comes with fluffy, crusty white bread - very good. Easily enough for three or four people. The vegetarian combo for two is enough for three, really. They have the best injera bread I have had in the twin cities, and everything on the combo platter was fantastic. According to the server, all of the vegetarian meals are vegan. We had to wait a while for our food - but it is so worth the wait. They had this huge TV on the whole time we were there (same as Addis Ababa is this a quirk of Ethiopian places??) and that was a bit distracting, but once the food gets there, we blocked everything else out. The only reason it's getting a nine instead of a ten is that I've only been once, and it could have been an 'on' night - I'll be going back to finish my research, though. UPDATE: Research completed 3 out of three right on the money. This is, hands down, the best Ethiopian place in town.
They are very willing to accommodate vegans by adjusting nearly anything on the menu - but as with many Thai places, I felt like my food was lacking in flavor. I suspect this has to do with the chef omitting certain ingredients to veganize a dish and not replacing those ingredients with any other flavors. The pad Thai I ordered was fine, but not worth $18. I've had better pad thai from a box, honestly. My husband's dish was better - his was already vegan and didn't require any adjusting. The atmosphere is very nice and it was great to go out and feel fancy, our server was friendly and the food came really fast even though they were busy.
I'm upgrading my rating from a 4 to a 6. They have painted and improved the atmosphere and quality of the food. The Pad Thai with no egg or fish sauce was really good.
This is another place I go with people who are not vegan. They have a ton of vegetarian things, and a lot of vegan ones. It's a good place to stop in on the spur of them moment, but I wouldn't plan it for an anniversary or mother's day trip. The staff is really nice, and the food comes out pretty quick. It's a good place to stop for lunch in uptown if you want fast and not too trendy.
They don't have many vegan options, but they are friendly, helpful, and fast. They're also reasonably priced. I came in and was looking for something vegan on the take out menu, the woman asked me what I wanted - I said I was looking for something with mock duck, she said she could do mock duck, vegetables, and white rice for 4.95. Then she said she could do the same with tofu if I wanted, but it would be a dollar more because they give you more tofu. I ordered kung pao tofu for my husband and got the mock duck for me, it was ready in less than ten minutes and I was out the door. They also have vegan fortune cookies and sell extras for ten cents each, which I loved because I'm a fan of fortune cookies and get really excited when places have vegan ones.
There are dead fish on the walls and large color photos of bulls with many spears on them... aside from that, I wasn't very impressed with the food. The Bruchetta was alright, though.
They have very good vegan raisin oatmeal cookies. Don't try to share, just get one for everybody.
i didn't think this place was vegan-friendly at all. I remmeber thinking that if i asked for anything without cheese there wouldn't be much left.
This place is decent, but nothing spectacular. The mock duck spring rolls are very bland, and half the time, they don't seem to get the rice paper rolls softened all the way. You can get much better Vietnamese food at Jasmine Deli.
The spring rolls are below average, but the curried mock duck was really good. The service was excellent - the food came out so quickly, I was amazed. The server gave us extra rice, veggies, and chopped peanuts at no extra charge. Maybe we lucked out, but it makes me want to go back.
Completely average. The spring rolls were below average (mostly rice noodles and no flavor), the vegetable fried rice without egg was okay. The BBQ Mock Duck dish was fine, but nothing to sing about. This location isn't as bad as the one in uptown, but I would sooner take a gamble on the Thai place across the street rather than visit this place again.
The grocery store is nice enough - they have a fine selection of vegan items, although the prices run a little higher than at a warehouse store. The deli had good 7 grain salad and quinoa salad when I was there last.
Marla's has two locations - one is Indian and Caribbean, and the other is only Caribbean food. This is the Caribbean only location. The roti is wonderful, and the jerk is very spicy. The service was a bit slow, but I will definitely be going back.
Update: Their roti is excellent. Highly recommend it. They are also able to make some of the Indian dishes that contain cream w/o cream if requested. And, I heard that they have tofu sometimes, to make jerk tofu with - though I've yet to try it.
My husband and I have a tradition of going out for Indian food on our anniversary. Yesterday we weren't able to go to our usual spot, Udupi, so we decided to try this neighborhood place instead. We were very glad we did - the service was fantastic, the food was great. The owner came over and spoke with us for a while after our meal and asked us about our experience, and listened to my feedback! I suggested she mark the vegan dishes on the menu, as it makes it easier for us to order and she explained that nearly all of the Caribbean dishes can easily be made vegan. I suggested that when they redo the menu they make a note of that, because I never would have thought to ask. The samosas were fabulous - I think the best I've ever had. They were large and came with amazing chutneys. The lentil soup was fine, but not remarkable. I had Vegetable Curry (amazing!) and my husband ordered a chickpea, mushroom dish which he enjoyed very much. He was especially excited when they brought the rice, as it was plenty for the both of us (usually we have to be careful about rationing the rice at Indian places). The basmati rice was also seasoned with a hint of spices/seeds (can't say for sure what) and it was done to perfection. Overall we really enjoyed our experience and we plan on returning to try their Caribbean dishes - they're listed on the very last page, you may miss them if you're not looking for them specifically.
It has been my experience that finding higher end individual vegan chocolates is difficult, so I was excited to find this place. I was told that their solid dark chocolates, as well as nuts and fruits dipped in dark chocolate are vegan. We tried the dark chocolate almond bark and dipped apricots - the almond bark was pretty good, and the apricots were fine, but super sweet. They're imported from Australia, in case that matters to you.
They weigh their chocolates and price them by the pound, which is nice since you can request less or more of most.
I enjoy the casual and artsy atmosphere, they have great vegan cookies, and the tofu salad sandwich I had was good, too. All they need is an herbal iced tea and they'll have it made.
This place tries really hard to be vegan friendly for the amount of space they have. It's a great place to stop in for a drink or snack if you're in the area, not a destination spot, though, unless you live near by.
I tried the baba ganush, it had way too much oil floating on top - but the pita was great and the guy at the counter was really really friendly. I would be willing to go back and try something else, maybe asking for them to go light on the oil.
I am shocked that a co-op of this size doesn't carry more vegan options. The deli rarely has more than one type of vegan food in the not-pre-packed case, and there is about a 50/50 chance they will have a vegan soup (they always have 2 kinds of soup, too). They do have some vegan things in the grab-n'go deli case, but they never really change. They only have one vegan baked good item on any given day, and it's almost always a scone - I have never seen a muffin or a cookie (except for the ABC cookies, which are great, but predictable).
They do get props for carrying the vegan grain meat products and for having an amazing vegan chocolate cake - one of the most moist I have ever had.
I love this co-op. It's my new favorite in the twin cities, by far. They have tons of vegan items for their size, and several that I haven't seen in other co-ops. I, too, saw the vegan donut holes (but didn't try them) as well as vegan donuts (not made fresh there, but still!), and vegan chocolate covered raisins in the bulk section. I realize I am writing only about junk foods, but they also have a nice produce section, and their service was top-notch. Way better than the Selby store's. Almost every employee smiled at me, and two of them were more friendly, offering help. I heart this place.
It's pricey, but they can veganize things for you if you ask. Try the BLT without any "B" and ask for avacado instead.
The service was good, the food was great. They could have more vegan options - and the server said that they are looking to exland their vegetarian selection, which would be great. Most of their breads can be made vegan, just ask them to make them 'dry' (without butter). The Aloo Tikki (curry leaf flavored potato pancakes) were really good, as well as their samosas. They brought out some flat bread/cracker-type/taco shell looking things and mint and tamarind chutneys for us to snack on while we looked at the menus - quite a treat. I've never been to an Indian restaurant where they bring out anything for free. :) I had the Chana Masala - chickpeas, onions, and tomatoes cooked in a dry sauce, and I thought it was fabulous. My mom let me sample her vegetable biryani (rice with veggies, herbs, spices, cashews, and raisins - and it was great, too. The onion kulcha was also great!
I appreciate that this place is 100% vegetarian and so vegan friendly. I wasn't too impressed by my meal. I had a vegetable dosai and iddly. I would go back, maybe it was an off night.
This is not a terrible option if you're spending a lot of time at the Mall of America and cannot stomach the idea of eating food court food. The dishes we had were large and the server and chef were very accommodating about our vegan requests. The food was a bit heavy for my taste, but my husband liked it very much. I ordered some kind of pasta and vegetable dish and my husband had a special vegan plate the chef made with asparagus, portabella mushrooms, finger potatoes, and other vegetables.
I have changed my rating from a 7 to a 9. I don't know if they have changed or I have - but I appreciate them a whole lot more now. I appreciate their determination to do things the old-fashioned way. They also get some points for selling Spokes Pizza by the slice. The selection is smaller than many of the other twin cities co-ops, but they do have vegan chunks of energy, and no one else carries those, they also have vegan chocolate covered almonds, heart thrive 'bars' (kind of a cross between a cookie, and an energy bar I guess), they have local baked goods from Hard Times and Seward Cafe, too. Oh, and they also have a bin where they sell less than presentable produce for .45 cents a pound - pretty cool. I used to stop in every so often because I could remember going there when I was really little, and the place was like a maze of really tall wooden shelves. But now I go because I have some to adore this co-op that still holds onto it's values of serving the community, and getting local folks involved.
Maybe I've been missing something, but I haven't seen any vegan options ever at this place, besides tea and maybe a piece of fruit from a basket they sometimes have by the register.
I love that you can go on-line and look at exactly what is in their menu items, and they even have that calorie counts on-line, too. The vegetarian lettuce rolls were really good - and they brought extra lettuce at no extra charge. I also tried my friend's long bean dish and that was good, too. I thought the prices were reasonable, considering how elaborate the atmosphere and service was. Also, we were in and out in a pretty short amount of time, despite that restaurant being pretty crowded.
The service was the fastest I have ever seen, but the food wasn't good. The veggie spring rolls are boring and bland, and I ordered the sweet and sour dish with mock duck and feel really sick. They assured me that there was no fish sauce in it, but I don't know - something wasn't right with that meal.
They get a strictly average rating. Yes, they have some vegan options, but that should be standard, in my opinion, so I'm not giving them huge props for it. While it seems to be true that they don't allow smoking downstairs, it doesn't make much of a difference because the entire place reeks. We sat on the front porch, and that was fine, until they lit the torches they have posted on either side of the walkway outside and the wind blew nasty fumes our way. We took off in short order. If you're not sensitive to nasty smells, and you don't mind eating chocolate raspberry bars and butterscotch krispy treats so sweet they make your teeth shed tears, you'll like this place fine.
This is a nice place to go with a mixed crowd when you don't have a lot of time. The ingredients book is really great to flip through to determine what is and isn't vegan. Their breads have a lot of unnatural stuff in them, and the soup is a bit pricey for the amount you get, but it's alright.
I was going to give this place a 3, because while the food wasn't good, at least the waiter knew what had dairy in it (nearly all the breads do except for the chapati). I had the vegetable soup, which came with two fried balls on the side that seemed to have a potato base - the soup was a tomato base with corn, carrots, potatoes, and eggplant. The soup was barely lukewarm, the balls would have been better if they were warmer (I don't know how they were supposed to be served though). Not great food, not a great temperature, but they had cool dishes and my friend got the buffet and liked it. So, it was going to get a three - but then I got sick. It hit me a couple of hours after eating there, but there's no doubt that was the food that did it. I'm not planning to go back.
I give this place a good rating for atmosphere and service, but the food is overpriced and bland. We tried the satay tofu and pickled vegetable salad for appetizers - the salad was relatively cheap and there was a lot of it, but I thought it was gross, and the tofu was okay, but not great. The main dishes were disappointing - I ordered something that was supposed to be spicy and all I can say is that it wasn't. My husband's dish was equally bland - the Buddhist veggies with tofu skin. We even left some food there rather than take it home, which I can not remember ever doing before. The menu is difficult to navigate if you're vegetarian, so be sure to ask what is in the dishes - they can omit oyster sauce and other sea life from certain dishes, and some things that appear to be veg have various sea animals in them.
Forget it. They have so few vegan options and way, way, way overcharge for some rice and vegetables that don't really have any flavor to them.
Pineda is a hole-in-the-wall place that looks sort of sketchy, but the food is pretty good and you can get an absolutely enormous burrito for $6 dollars. I cannot emphasize the heft of these burritos. They are huge.
Do not fret, the beans are vegan. And you can get salsa on the side - they have green and red. The red seems to be some sort of smoked/roasted salsa, they're both spicy, but in different ways.
My husband commented that he likes this place better than the conglomerate Chipotle because the food is good, but it doesn't give you that jittery high that Chipotle seems to. There's something about the burritos from the chain that are shamelessly addictive and these burritos are humongous, cheap, and don't seem to induce a kind of obsession like their bus-billboard advertised counterparts.
We love to run to Pineda when we're short on time and want lots of quick, cheap, good food. It's a great place to stop when you're exhausted. And be sure to try the horchata, too.
Update again: I give them props for service. I called on a Saturday night with a crazy request to put the toppings of the pizza I ordered in the shape of a heart and they did it for no extra charge. I would have understood if they'd said it was too busy, but they did it with a smile.
Update: since writing my initial review, several other pizza places serving vegan pizza have opened in the Twin Cities. I am not changing my rating for Luce, but would rather go to Galactic these days.
The spinach salad is surprisingly good, and I recommend getting "The Luce" off of the specialty pizza menu, substituting spicy mock duck and rinotta.
This place is a treat. It's open very late, the pizza and sandwiches are good. The rinotta is awesome. They have a ton of different topping options for pizza, and the sandwiches have flavor. Not a place for the health conscious though. The cake (if they have a vegan variety) is usually good, they cut you a huge slice. Beware of the frosting though, it's so sweet, after about half a piece my teeth are begging for mercy.
Most of the Luce's I've been to have rated about the same. They have a decent array of vegan options, and it's consistently pretty good.
The vegan soy cheese is good, and the atmosphere at this location is nice as well. The server knew to veganize the bread that came with our vegan salad and I'm always confident that my order will come out vegan. Try the Greek salad with tofu instead of feta - it's really good.
Pretty much all of the Luce's are the same, but I really liked the design of this one. They have a bar, and it's got a more edgy feel than the others I've been to. Our server was great about the vegan thing.
This pizza is really really good. Simple, with top of the line ingredients - so the flavors stand out nicely. As has been said, the crust is simply amazing. I don't think I've ever had crust that good before.
Skip the Crotini appetizer - it's five bucks and really not worth the money. Sure, it's good, but there's not enough food to justify it, IMO.
Also, a word of advice - ask to substitute another topping for cheese, rather than order the cheeseless pizza and add toppings. The Marinara pizza (no cheese) is $6.50, and it's $1.50 to add a topping to it. We had asked earlier about substituting, and she said we could - but we didn't choose to do it that way for some reason.
They have a variety of vegan options, including a veggie sandwich (minus cheese), a veggie and hummus sandwich, smoothies, and Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches. The regular sandwiches are $4 dollars a piece or $2.50 for half of one. They are served with tortilla chips and a pickle spear. I had a strawberry, raspberry, and mango smoothie with soy milk - it was 3.75 and large. It was pretty good, too. It's a nice large space and comfortable. The music was a bit loud, but it wouldn't have bothered me if I were there to read or write - it was a slight problem for our book group as it was a tad distracting and made it difficult to hear everyone.
The hummus and veggie sandwich was fine, the bread was soft, though - not hearty. Bananas are only .45 cents.
I love Punch! Just omit the cheese... its still great pizza! And the foccacia is really good, too.
I think this place is too pricey for what it is. Sure, you can eat as much as you want, but they don't have many exciting vegan options - your basic iceburg lettuce salad bar.
The waitress knew what was in the food, and she knew what vegetarian was all about. I had the Vermicelli Salad with tofu and mock duck. It was pretty good, but I'm spoiled by Jasmine Deli's. The service was good, and the food came out really fast, even though they were pretty busy. If you order the Vegetarian Vermicelli Salad, they substitute soy sauce for fish sauce automatically. All of the Vegetarian options are printed in green on the menu, which I liked because it really helps to speed things up when figuring out what to order.
Decent food, but the prices are pretty high and there are several other places within blocks that I would rather go to and they would be cheaper anyway.
Try the rice cracker mix in the bulk section - yum. They also carry some kinds of meat alternatives that the local co-ops don't, and some other things that I haven't found in co-ops, like saltines.
They have a natural foods section with soy milk, better than sour cream, frozen entrees, a bulk section, soup cups, etc. It's nice enough, though the meat counter is in close proximity and it smells gross if you wander too far - but it's easy enough to steer clear of that if you just wanna grab your Terra chips and run.
Their food was pretty good, but I much prefer Kilimanjaro next door. The lentils weren't cooked all the way through, i don't think and I agree that the spinach dish wasn't as good as it could have been - kind of bland. Also, they served their injeera (sp?) cold and as I think I've always had it warm other places? In any event. the veggie combo plate was plenty of food for two people, but the warm dishes weren't all warm - some were just luke-warm and I didn't like that much.
The food I tried was really good. It looks like several of the entrees can be made vegan, but it will take a bit of scanning and reading fine print descriptions to determine what is vegetarian or not. You can get tofu or mock duck in place of meat or go with vegetables if you prefer. I had a bell pepper, basil, onion, mushroom dish with a slightly spicy sauce and mock duck, it was very good. They have a rice noodle dish with peanut sauce and I tasted a bit of my husbands and that was good, too. If you're in Osseo, chances are you won't find better vegan food than this.
I ate here once a long time ago - but I remember wondering what all the fuss was about. Lots of my friends has said it was fantastic, but I wasn't impressed. I don't remember what I ordered, but I do remember seeing a guy at a table near ours get something served to him in a pineapple 'shell/skin' bowl and thinking "I'll have to get that next time".
This place was pretty good for how cheap it is. The atmosphere is nothing to get too excited about, really basic. The vegetarian dishes run at about $6 a piece, and it's a good deal of food for the price. I had the Kung Pao Mock duck, it had bell peppers, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and peanuts as well. I wasn't expecting much, so I was pleasantly surprised. I agree with my husband who said "It was cheap, and I've definitely paid more for food that was just as good, but it wasn't *great*". That about sums it up.
The service was good, but the spring rolls were BAD. The Rain forest Curry was alright - but I ordered it at a level 2 out of five on the spicy scale and it was too spicy for me. My husband ordered the basil supreme and asked for a level 2 spiciness and that was fabulous. I would go back, but skip the spring rolls - they had rice noodles, ice burg lettuce, a few shredded carrots, and a spring of cilantro, and they cost FIVE dollars! Plus, the sauce they came with was too sweet and not very good.
Nothing special on the menu. They have herbal teas that are overpriced for their size, and a hummus sandwhich that is brought in by an outside vendor that costs too much for it's quality. The atmosphere was nice for our book club meeting of four people, though. They do have the same chocolate raspberry bars that so many other coffee houses around town have (made at French Meadow) and when I asked if they had any other vegan baked goods, I was told the peanut butter rice krispy bars were, but later informed they had honey in them - don't know what was up with that.
We love the Seward! It might be because we only get to go there every once in a while, but I'm giving it a high rating anyway. It's lots of fun, it feels like community, and the food is like old style diner food, but it's vegan! It's so much fun, pretty cheap, and tastes good. Their courtyard is the best place to spend a Sunday morning in the summertime.
The vegan Rebel Rocks are quite good - chocolate coconut baked 'rocks'. The Super Green Tofu Earth was good, too, although a tiny greasy for me these days. You can never go wrong with the Biscuits and Gravy Deluxe - homemade whole wheat biscuits with a mushroom gravy topped with broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, and scallions. Delicious. The Tofu Mock Muffin with soy cheese is also a favorite - while it's a bit expensive for the portion size, it is quite a treat. They also have vegan peanut butter cups for those of you who miss Reeses.
The organic beans and rice is a delicious, nutritious bargain at 2.25 - it's a full sized plate (I was expecting a small bowl) of brown rice and pinto beans with scallions for garnish - and they have hot sauce and a jalapeno scallion sauce available for free to jazz it up a bit. Really good.
Nothin' special about this place. It's about what you'd expect for a natural foods store trying to be more Whole Foodsy. It should feel privileged to be next door to the Seward Cafe. A strike against them: they no longer offer soft serve oatscream! For shame.
This place is really cheap and really good! The baba ganush appetizer is enough for a meal, in my opinion. It's not large, but it's flavorful and too much of it would likely leave you feeling sick anyway. The folks I was with got the buffet and left feeling full and feeling a little sick a few minutes later - we suspect the olive oil is at the root of that. It's great, but moderation seems to be the key. The buffet doesn't have a lot in the way of vegetarian selection - hummos, cucumbers and tomatoes, pita, tabouli, stuffed grape leaves, lentil soup (excellent!), and seasoned rice with apricots.
I was told that they don't use honey, eggs, or dairy in any of the items that were in the bakery case today - could be a fluke or it could just be the way they do things. I got to try baklava for the first time ever and it was good!
Their Falafel sandwich is a bargain at only $4 - it tastes great and really fills me up! The Fava Bean appetizer is really good, they heat it up and serve it with pita bread.
I got a coupon for Smitten Kitten while leafleting with Why Vegans at the gay pride festival, and I just couldn't throw it away. One day, while doing some research on ebay, I discovered a new kind of vegan lip balm, Pussy Pucker Pots, and after visiting their website, saw that this hip vegan balm was sold at the Smitten Kitten. I had no excuse left not to check this place out. This lip balm is a little pricey, but it's great! The staff is friendly and helpful. The space is cheery and bright - not your usual adult toy shop. They even have two kinds of vegan lube. Their catering to all the sexy vegans out there should be applauded! Yay Smitten Kitten!
If you happen to be spoiled because your husband works at a co-op and you live in a city where you can't take six steps in any direction without tripping on some business marketing organic, natural foods, this place will look pretty dismal. If, however, you find that you are stranded in Hastings and can't find any place to get vegetarian food, this place can also look like an oasis. They have produce, a bulk section, and many of the dry packages goods that one can find at any number of larger co-ops. One thing I was stunned to see was Whole Soy frozen desert in their freezer case. I had been under the impression that Whole Soy no longer made soy ice cream, yet there it was, in Hastings.
The food itself was fine, but there were hardly any vegan options. Only two entrees were vegan and two apetizers could be made vegan. The service was slow, and it was very loud. I wouldn't bother going back.
I really like the atmosphere, but they could stand to have some more vegan options. The hummus and pita was good, but I would have loved to have had a vegan sandwich option, or maybe a baked item besides the blasted French Meadow Raspberry chocolate bars that every coffee shop and it's brother carries as the token vegan item in their case.
Yeah, it's all vegetarian, but there aren't nearly enough vegan options. If you want, you can get rice crackers substituted for bread if you order soup, but they only serve about 5 and it really isn't worth it. The soup I had was pretty bland, and a small portion for as much as they charged for it. I do support the idea, I think it's awesome that they have friendly volunteers and everything, but there weren't enough vegan options and I think that's a huge absence.
They bring out free chips and salsa and keep 'em coming. The place has a nice atmosphere - friendly staff, bright and fun. The food was a bit overpriced for what we got - I had the vegetarian burrito and was shocked that they charged $8 dollars for it. Maybe they expect you to eat a lot more chips and salsa...? The burrito was -okay- but not spectacular. Chipotle is better, I'm sorry to say,
They bring out the flat bread/crackers and yummy green sauce before the meal, which is great. The whole wheat tandoori bread was good and not too expensive, but the entrees tasted kind of weird. I had the Dal made with no dairy, which may have had something to do with the odd taste. I was expecting brown lentils, and I think they used yellow split peas, and I ordered it medium spicy, which may have affected it, too. My husband got Aloo Gobi, and that didn't impress too much either. I think we're spoiled to Udupi. Moi Mahal on Franklin is better, too. One odd thing I swore I would mention in my review is the semi-graphic panting on the wall of a woman straddling a man... I was surprised to see it on display in a restaurant.
The food is overpriced and over simple. The service is good.
We went here with my in-laws on a Saturday afternoon and they had a buffet, so that answers that question. :) I don't deal with buffets well at all and was relieved that they also allow you to order anything off of the menu during buffet hours - something that some other Indian restaurants don't do. The samosas were good, but smaller than average and the mixed vegetable dish was very good. I ordered it medium spicy and I think they did an excellent job of hitting that mark. The service was good - the waiter knew exactly what was and wasn't vegan, which I always appreciate.
Nearly everything labeled 'vegetarian' on the menu contains fish sauce or oyster sauce. The exception to this are the curries. Our server let us know that if we ordered any of the other entree without the fish sauce, they wouldn't taste very good. I believed him after my poor experience with the Taste of Thailand in Fridley - the food was incredibly bland. I ordered the one curry that was described as having a 'light peanut sauce', because the other two were coconut milk based and I can't handle more then a taste of most coconut milk based dishes because it's too rich for me. The curry came, and it was coconut milk based with some peanut pieces on top. I ended up sending it back - I've never sent anything back before. We will not be going back here - it's a lot more trouble than it's worth. They get a two only because my husband liked his dish, and the server knew which dishes did and didn't have fish sauce and was forthcoming in telling us that omitting the fish sauce would mean the food wouldn't taste so great.
Be prepared to ask a lot of questions at this place. Items labeled vegetarian likely contain fish sauce or oyster sauce. Soups labeled as vegetarian are made with chicken broth half the time. I ordered a salad listed as having lettuce, carrots, cucumber, jicama, and broccoli served with a peanut dressing, and what they brought out was spears of raw celery, broccoli, carrots, and cucumber with a side dish of peanut dressing/sauce/dip. It wasn't a salad at all, and it was missing the lettuce and jicama. The entree I ordered was fine, they were nice enough to substitute baby corn for mushrooms for me. Granted, there's not a ton of veg friendly places to go in Fridley, so this would do in a pinch, but don't bother making a special trip.
update: they are much more vegan friendly now - there's a special 'vegan menu' with vegan items marked on it, ask to see it if you'd like. The tapioca pearls have honey in them, but the jellies do not, for those who care. They also have ABC cookies now, which is nice. The staff is way more on their game as far as veganism goes, and the service was awesome.
Since joining Team Veg, I have made new friends, increased my physical fitness level, and deepened my commitment to my health. It's great when we're running and people notice our Team Veg shirts and ask questions about veganism, too. I also love it that I can socialize with other veg people and not have the activity center around food. It's a nice change from the potlucks and dine outs vegans are so fond of.
Their Thai style spring rolls with tofu are not my thing - very bland. But the Basil Pad Thai with bell peppers and mock duck is definitely my thing. The service was great, the appetizers came amazingly fast. A little pricey, but I thought the entree was really good, so it's good for a treat once in a while. I had a really tough time deciding on what to order because everything looked so good. The Mongolian mock duck dish was good, but a bit sweet for me.
I've written a lot of reviews, and I don't hand out 10's willy nilly. My husband and I stayed at Thorwood this past weekend and were blown away by the service and overall quality of our stay. I highly reccomend checking out their website (see link on this page under their address) for details on the rooms and grounds. Pam and Dick (the Inn Keepers) were gracious in meeting our requests for vegan meals, and Pam even baked us a special batch of vegan cookies(!) because the ones they put out in a cookie jar for guests aren't vegan. They were easily among the best cookies I've ever had. They also provided fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and bottled water for the taking.
We opted to eat dinners at the Inn, and chose a fancy meal one night and a simple supper the next. The fancy dinner started with a field greens salad, topped with walnuts, soy cheese, strawberries, and a tangy fruity dressing (delicious). Next came our vegan pasta torte, with fresh tomatoes and basil layered in with pasta that had been tossed with soy cheese and tofu and baked. The presentation was amazing, and we were so impressed with how gorgeous everything looked and how great it tasted. The meal came with bread, and dessert was a banana cake with melted chocolate drizzled on top and toasted coconut flakes, with a chocolate-dipped strawberry on the side. We were in heaven.
Their vegetarian chili for the simple supper option was great, too, and is already vegan. They did provide us with vegan sour cream for a topping, as well as avacado salsa and lime wedges. It is served with corn chips. The salad preceding this meal was among the best I have ever had - spinach with walnuts, soy cheese, asian pears, and blueberries with a ginger sesame dressing.
Both breakfasts started with fresh fruit (melons, berries, mango, asian pear, pineapple) all perfectly ripe. The first day we had a breakfast burrito with potatos, bell peppers, and tomatoes served with fresh homemade salsa. The second day we had blueberry pancakes topped with vegan whipped cream and powdered sugar, with heated maple syrup and vegan margarine on the side. They were fluffy and light. We eat pancakes a few times a week at our house and haven't been able to achieve anything like this. The breakfast on the first day was followed by a mango blueberry cobbler for dessert, topped with vegan whipped cream. Very good.
We felt like were in the lap of luxury the entire time we were there. The mansion is beautiful, Dick and Pam's hospitality was unsurpassed, and we enjoyed our stay immensely. I highly recommend making a reseravtion, especially if you would like to have a romantic getaway with someone special, and be certain that your vegan needs will be met.
The Vegetarian noodle soup with vegetables was okay, but not spectacular. They brought out chili sauce/paste on the side for you to add spice if you like - and it needed a lot of it. My friend ordered momos - and they looked really good, but she didn't comment on them either way. I think it's a tad pricey for the quality of the food - but I can understand the high prices given the location.
After calling ahead to check on the vegan status on the veggie burgers, it has been confirmed that they are *not* vegan.
Trader Joes isn't a place to do all of your shopping, but they do have really great deals on select basic items, as well as frozen items. They have vegan meatballs, gardenburger riblets, frozen burritos, and frozen enchiladas for about half of what they cost at a large chain or co-op. We have certain things we stock up on, and it's worth it, but this is more like a supplemental shopping location.
I recommend trying the horseradish hummus - it's great.
I love the menu the most. It's funny. I love it that there's a place where vegans can go to get nasty traditional american food. Just don't let your friends tell you to order the UberSandwich (there is no such thing and the waitress will look at you like you're nuts) or get too rowdy on the video golf game "golden tee" because they -will- throw you out.
This place had gorgeous presentation, the server was clear about what could be made without fish or oyster sauce and my food was great. I ordered the green chili and basil dish with mock duck and asked for it to be served medium spicy - it was fantastic. My sister raved about the food, saying she's eaten at about 50 Thai restaurants and this was the best she's ever had. My favorite part was the presentation - it feels like you're eating at a really fancy place even though veg dishes are all under $10 dollars.
The 7 vegetable medley is pretty good, too.
I just grabbed a side salad from their take out window today, and the server was great about explaining what had dairy in it and getting me bread without cheese, etc. However, I did notice after I ordered that they serve veal here, and I know that many people boycott restaurants that serve veal, so I wanted to mention it.
My husband and I were impressed with our server and the entrees we ordered. We tried the salad rolls, but the vegetarian ones are pretty boring - they don't have tofu or mock duck or anything, so it's just rice noodles, some lettuce, a little cilantro and carrot shreds. the Peanut Sauce is vegan and the only thing that saved them.
Our server told us that all of the curries have fish paste in them, so be sure to ask if they can make the curry sans fish/shrimp paste if you order one. They also said the salads all have fish sauce in the dressing and cannot be veganized. I got a dish with basil, onions, bell peppers, jalapenos, and mushrooms with mock duck, it was great. My husband ordered the greens dish - asparagus, zucchini, bell pepper, broccoli, spinach, basil, celery, etc. with tofu and really enjoyed it. Both were a good level of spicy and were large portions. The entrees were slow to arrive, but it was pretty busy on a Friday evening. The joint was jumpin', expect a short wait for a table if you go on a weekend evening.
The split pea soup and the bread that came with it were both delicious. They had a garbanzo soup I sampled as well, which was fabulous, too. I was happy to see the vegan and vegetarian soups labled clearly. They had maybe 8 soups and two were vegan - that's better than I had expected. They have several kinds of fresh bread, and the ingredients are listed for them all. I was very impressed - and it has a nice atmosphere, too.
I like that the soups are clearly labeled so you know what is vegan, vegetarian, and not. The bread is good as well and the ingredients are clearly listed. However, the place smells like meat and it takes a while to get used to. They also have no vegan desserts, but might start making them if people request some.
*Note* I am changing my rating rom a 4 to an 8. The last time I was here, it was nothing remarkable, and even a dissapointment. However, we ended up going back and I am so glad we did. Knowing ahead of time that they want you to spend a lot of money made it easier to be more firm up front. I didn't know what a lot of the menu items would be, so I decided to just order random vegan food and be surprised. We got Iddly and samosas for appetizers - both were excellent. My husband got Aloo Gobi, which was very very good. I got something that started with a 'U', it was like a pancake (editor's note: utthapam) - a little like the spongy bread you get at Ethiopian places, but seemed to be fried - it came with really good sauces/chutneys. I ordered the plain, and would reccomend against the plain - it was good, but could have been better, and it's not really worth $5.50 for the plain. I think the 'extras' or 'toppings' would have been well worth the .50 cents extra. We also got the garlic bread and while it was pricey, it was very very good.
The Iddly with spices was good, and the Tomato Utthapam was alright, but seemed more greasy than it's plain counterpart - I'll have to remember to ask for very little grease next time....
I love this place, but I used to love it more before they added a deli and they started hanging dead animals in plain view. I am sensitive to sights such as these and would like to know ahead of time what I was about to be confronted with. The deli is in plain view when you walk through the front doors, so it's pretty much unavoidable.
I have started stock piling noodles in my closets and above my cupboards. I can't stop buying them. They are so cheap, and good. They have a huge selection of noodle soups there, they're super cheap. If you don't mind reading a ton of ingredient lists and eating a whole lot of MSG, this is the soup mecca. I buy everything I can find that's vegan, simply because it is so cheap and it's fun to experiment. Hell, if you don't like it, it only cost 30 cents anyway! They also sell great sauces, and have a large vegetarian frozen section, as well as a fair selection of canned mock duck and fried glutens. They have the best oranges in town, too. It does close fairly early though, and is really crowded on weekends, so I recommend going during the day on a weekday.
The owners are so nice, the food is good and not your usual Indian fare, and it's completely vegetarian, so I love it.
The service is generally very good. It's a popular place. I don't know what the official policy is, but I have brought my dog and have seen other people bring their dogs and they've been welcome to sit with me in their patio area as long as they weren't disruptive. They make really good soy steamers - steamed soy milk with flavored syrup - and have a ton of flavors to choose from.
No good for vegans, at least during breakfast. The only things they told me they knew were vegan were really bland and expensive - a couple of side dishes.
Nothing special. The food is mediocre, the wait service is quick (especially given it's been pretty busy all the times I've been there), and they do have a bunch of options. Our server knew what was vegan and what wasn't. We did have a nasty experience when it came time to pay - they over charged us by five dollars, and then the cashier wouldn't accept a valid coupon we had and was very rude about it. Things until that point had just been -okay-, but the cashier was bad enough that I don't plan on going back.
Yes, I shop there. It's close, and they do have organic food. Plus, the husband works there, so we get a discount.
However... The place sure doesn't make much of an effort to be vegan friendly. No matter how many comments they seem to get about the deli being crap, they don't change anything. They bang themselves on the back for having vegan options, but their options are awful. The deli was good years ago, with african mock chicken, and all sorts of vegan hot deli items, but they have gone way downhill in recent years, and I don't even bother to look anymore. The baked good are almost always dry, and you can do much better at Whole Foods, or baking for yourself. I think they're generally over priced and underconcerned with catering to their vegan clientele, which is really stupid in my opinion, because word gets 'round in these circles. It's also frustrating when people interested in veganism go to a frickin' health food store thinking they'll be able to try some of that vegan food they've been hearing so much about, only to find that it's unappetizing and freaky.
Then there's the meat and seafood department. I am personally disgusted that an organization that claims to be so concerned about the protection of the environment, and being resposible consumers, and all that warm fuzzy stuff would push the meat thing so hard. It actually makes me angry that they pride themselves on their organic meat counter, and refuse to aknowledge how awful meat is for the environment, not to mention the animals. They like to kid themselves into thinking that they're so great because they have humane meat... okay, I have to stop. It's clear I'm not a fan.
Whole foods is a nice place to go if you need to grab some food unexpectedly. They have a nice selection of vegan food stuffs, and the desserts are pretty good, although I will agree that there's something lacking in the non-rotation thing. The guy who owns or runs whole foods (one of the two) supposedly went vegan after Viva! pushed a campaign for them to stop selling fois gras, and now he's implementing some sort of 'animal welfare' standards for animal products the chain will sell. Granted, this is hear-say, but it's hear-say from the AR2004 conference. It's a good direction for a grocery chain to be heading (if it's true).
I love the bulk section! The rice cracker asian mix stuff is really good, and for some reason I always leave with dried mangoes. Sire, they have dried mangoes at co-ops, but there's something about the ones from Whole Foods I can't resist. Also, in the refrigerated section, they have some mock meat options that local co-ops don't carry (though I can't for the life of me remember what they are - just trust me on this one...).
They have a bunch of food, but I think I'm spoiled to co-ops and asian markets near by. I did get some soft red licorice from Australia that was pretty good. They have various bags of mixed rice crackers which I love, and wasabi peas - also good. A few varieties of flavored potato chips, and also some maple creme cookies we bought but have yet to open. It was fun to poke around and see what we could find, and nice that a big chain like this carries some vegan options.
I passed by this place on a desperate search for something to eat before my appointment in the medical arts building, but when I couldn't find anything to suit me at Target, I decided to swing in and see what they had. When I asked if they had any vegan options, the workers were friendly and well-meaning - though they did point out some things that obviously had dairy in them. I told them I needed something without dairy and they were very helpful. The seasonal soup today was a squash soup that was vegan, though I didn't try it. The cous cous salad was good, it had cucumber, tomato, scallions, chick peas, lemon, and olive oil. It was a bit pricey at $3 for half a pint, but I was kind of desperate. It certainly did beat picking up some sunflower seeds at Target, though.
UPDATE: I was in again and asked what they had for vegan options that day and the staff knew exactly what vegan meant. I tried grilled vegetables with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing and they were fabulous. While this place doesn't have many vegan options, they sure know what is and isn't vegan and are up front about it. They have been super friendly both times I've been in, too!
The vegan nachos are great - and can easily be a meal. The vegan philly cheesesteak sandwich is also really good.
The vegan pepperoni calzone is amazing.
I took the metro straight from the airport and carried my luggage I-don't-know-how-many blocks to get to sticky fingers. It was worth lugging my stuff every step. The baked goods were fabulous, and the staff extremely friendly. They have a ton of selections, and I would have loved to try them all - but sadly, my tummy does have a limit to how much it can hold. I recommend the carrot cake muffin, all of the cookies, and the something-cinnamon scone. I would bet 50 to nothin' that it's all really good, though. You've got to check this place out.
The salad I had was made with translucent noodles and vegetables, mixed with a chili lime sauce. It was pretty good, but a little pricey. The service was great, they were very accommodating with making sure our meals were vegan.
A bit pricey for us, but the salads are really great. The service was great, too.
Amazing vegan selection - especially for a cuisine that often has few vegan options. The 6 layer dip is decent, but the vegan quesedilla is fantastic.
The patio is really nice and they often have live music for free, too. The fries are great, and the vegan chicken sandwich is a favorite.
Marie Louise and Steve were wonderful! In addition to being gracious hosts who have thought of everything, Marie Louise cooked us two fabulous vegan breakfasts. We should have spent all four nights of our vacation at this B&B. She made a vegan sausage muffin with grated vegetables and soy cheese, and there was fresh fruit each day. She also made vegan pancakes with fresh berries, too. There were a number of guests with special diet needs and she served us all well and with a smile. Make sure to stay here if you can - they are wonderful. We were sad to leave!
I am writing this as a warning to vegan travelers: Beach Spa B&B will claim to be vegan-friendly, but they do not know what they are doing. The first morning we were served oatmeal with blueberries, brown sugar, and tofu chunks mixed in it (!!!) and as if that wasn't bad enough, the guy drizzled tofu juice on top of the whole thing. It was foul. I asked for soy milk and he said he didn't have any, but he could puree some tofu and I could pour THAT on top.
I could maybe understand/excuse this if I had shown up the night before to book a room. But I made the reservation three weeks ahead of time. When I asked if they could make vegan breakfasts I was told it would be no problem at all. Guess it wasn't a problem for them, but it sure was for me.
I went to PETA HQ in Norfolk and got them a vegetarian starter guide, as well as a card detailing an offer for a free consult with a vegan chef, and pointed out to them that they have a well stocked natural foods store six blocks from them - but I will not be going back. There is just no excuse for using tofu juice for garnish.
Heritage Natural Foods was a lifesaver on our vacation in Virgina Beach. They have all the familiar vegan products you know and love, and I bet they'll have things you've never seen before, too. They had vegan items in the grab n' go cooler everyday, and they were amazing* - especially the vegan pasta salad. What a perfect lunch to take to the beach. Thank you, Heritage!
They have a great deli with lots of vegan options, the staff are friendly and helpful, and there is a nice space to eat, too. Try their vegan mac and cheese - it's fantastic.
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