Reviews written by Mé
Registered on Jul 11 05
The food was quite good...which made up for a lot...
We visited the restaurant on an (of course) excruciatingly hot summer day, so eating inside was a must. However, they are not very handicapped accessible or friendly (stairs to dining areas and very low 'crash pad' type seating with Asian-inspired low tables). My dining partner was handicapped, so we had to get our food and eat it on the road.
The take-away order was filled very slowly, and they were out of a number of things (it took me 3 tries to order a dish that they had available). Then, they forgot part of my order, but it had been such a long time, I just asked for the money back for that item.
Our order was of a Vegan Reuben, Burrito, Mocha Shake and Vegan Malt Shake, and as I said, it was very good. I was particularly pleased that they made Vegan malts, and it did not disappoint.
I will go back again, but this time prepared with the knowledge that although my order will be placed for take-away, I am still going to have to wait.
It was a year ago, but I still remember how much I enjoyed La Indita (and I am personally not a huge Latin/Spanish cuisine fan). I got a combination with spinach enchilada and potato taco (very unique and not bland at all; greasy, but only to the level of most home-grown mexican food). The beans and rice are wonderful (lots of vegetables in the rice!) -and I hate rice. The salsa was quite good: we needed several refills.
They understand and do not stare when you request something be prepared vegan, and on certain nights of the month (Fridays, I believe) they request that one pays in cash or check only because they donate most of the profit from that night to a chosen local charity! They have a convenient ATM if you arrive unprepared...
I have mixed feelings over Millennium.
The food was very good (I remember that they had amazing braised greens!), the dessert was a definite indulgence, and the atmosphere is unlike any vegetarian restaurant that you have experienced. However, the service was lacking and the prices can cause coronaries.
Having dined at many wonderful vegetarian restaurants since my first visit to Millennium, I would agree that they are somewhat overrated, although they do fill the niche of being a premier vegan establishment. There is really nothing 'wrong' with Millennium or its cuisine, but one can enjoy themselves, have an amazing meal with much better service and save a lot of money by going to one of the city's many other vegetarian restaurants.
Also, do not waste money on their books. They, too, are overpriced and the recipes are insanely complicated and filled with exotic and expensive ingredients.
Very good eperience. Hot, fresh, and very fast (I had read that the service was slow, but I was actually surprised at how quick ly my order came up).
I had the vegetarian Eggplant wrap, my dining companions had the Grilled Cheese wrap and the Father Nature (an omnivore's wrap). Each of us enjoyed our meals. The lavash wrap is a nice change to always having tortilla or pita wraps. They have a little garnish bar with pickled cucumber, peppers, celery-carrot-cauliflower, etc.
We tried both the regular and 'spicy' tahini, which was really just 'spiced' tahini due to the addition of herbs for flavor -not heat. They were both tasty, and I did not find them to have too much lemon.
I will definately return.
The café is definately "cozy," thanks to the constantly packed status that it has earned. The menu is varied (Stir-Fries, Italian, Mexican, Burgers, etc.) and always delicious. They are the makers of Vegennaise, the Follow Your Heart line of dressings, and Vegan Gourmet 'cheese' -which means that you can order a vegan grilled cheese or pizza! They serve breakfast every day, and have phenomenal dairy-free milkshakes (you can blend flavours to invent your own)! Highly recommended is their Reuben (try it with the Cottage Tofu) for vegans and the lasagne for those who "do" dairy.
A definite '10' for M Cafe.
Everything is very imaginative and fresh, but not to chichi to eat. The atmosphere is not pretentious, despite the fact that it is prime star-gazing territory. It is clean, open, and inviting.
Prices are reasonable for the quality and quantity of dishes. -They do not serve micro-portioned macrobiotic.
Everything is delicious (though I had one bad bento-box experience, the other meals that I have had there make up for it). Try the Carolina BBQ or one of the panini sandwiches (the fact that they have those menu items is impressive to me. I had never had a panini before going there...).
I have not been there for brunch, but I have indulged in the sweets from their Patisserie...they are amazing. Beautifully presented and delicious.
Their one downfall is extremely limited parking and huge popularity. Be patient finding a spot, or plan on walking some distance (and be kind -do not double park!).
They really need to open a second location...
Madeleine Bistro is the classiest vegan act in town -but so welcoming that you will regularly see people enjoying their brunch in fitness wear.
I recently reviewed M Cafe (in Hollywood) and described it as 'imaginative,' but vegan chicken and waffles? You cannot get more imaginative than that! -And that is just one unique dish of many at Madeleine Bistro. (Plus, that particular dish is my omnivorous' mum's favorite. Being able to more than 'pass off' their Belgian waffles and seitan 'chicken' says a lot about the restaurant's quality.)
Brunch here is truly a highlight of any week. French toast, the aforementioned dish, wheat-free pancakes, tofu scramble, fresh juices and sinful beignets make a visit an experience over a mere meal.
A personal favorite is the 'Portophilly'- a baguette loaded with juicy portobello 'bacon,' peppers, and their own, incredible farmer's 'cheese.'
The food is beyond good and presented with acute care and attention. Give yourself a treat and make a trip to Madeleine Bistro.
Not the healthiest, but one of the most fun vegetarian places around! Classic "fast foods," served up hot and HUGE from the little Orean's hut. I have brought many omni people here to see their "double-takes" after sipping on one of Orean's SuperShakes or taking a bite from an enourmous and messy chili dog. I do not eat potatoes anywhere else -their oven version are the best! Try the teriyaki burrito, and ask for extra hand wipes!
What a huge menu! I was overwhelmed upon visiting Santé La Brea due to the plethora of options for vegans/vegetarians -I almost had to go hungry due to indesicion! I chose one of their vegetable wraps, but should you close your eyes and point, you would most likely be just as pleased with whatever you landed on. Many dishes come with their fabulous root slaw, and do not pass up the opportunity to try it -very unique. They also serve healthy omni options, so it is a perfect place to dine with "mixed company." The food is clean on the palate and in the stomache, and very reasonably priced for the quality, portions, and experience.
Service was slow, prices were high, and the 'burger' I tried was over spiced -mainly with salt. Left me with a bad taste in my mouth and a hole in my pocketbook -and no 'euphoric, clean' feeling that specialized raw foods supposedly provide...
I am not sure if it gets much better than Native Foods. They have an extremely varied menu, and I have savored everything that I have tried (or traded a dining partner for! -there is something for everyone's tastes here). They make the best seitan and the "Native Cheese" is spreadable ecstasy. Their deli case allows you to take whatever you cannot tuck in at the table home to try. Some favorites: Eat it Raw Mama! salad, Newport Reuben, Jerk Burger, and Rockin' Morrocan...
I was really pleased with Sidney's (once I *finally* reached them before closing time!). I tried their "chicken" salad sandwich -and it ended up being one of the best sandwiches that I have ever had! I appreciated the fact that one has a choice of side dishes (and God bless them for omitting melon from their fruit salad!). Fair prices, clean flavors, and close to Disneyland -what more is there? I cannot wait to go again...
Also, they are very courteous and accomodating: the woman ordering ahead of me was alergic to garlic and onions, and the entire staff went to great lengths to find a menu choice that would be suitable (including ringing up off-duty chefs!).
It is so nice to have a no-to-low salt place that caters to vegans/vegetarians. The food is very fresh, bargain priced, and good for you.
A few notes: do not expect anything to be warm besides their soups, the menu is all based off of a few items (not too inventive...simple beach food), and be mindful that when salsa/dressing is on a sandwich, the bread/pita can get rather soggy rather quickly -I would recommend requesting them on the side.
Ah, and parking is a bear...
Good enough....but not great. Overpriced on most items (though the vegetarian/vegan dishes seem to be the best values). Mushroom and tofu fajitas is tasty and a good bargain. Parking can be difficult along PCH: walk, if you are able, and enjoy your meal a bit closer to the shore -the atmosphere at the restaurant leaves much to be desired. Though you can choose your own heat level of salsa, the mild, surprisingly, has the best flavor (mix it with some of the spicy if you want the heat, too). The food almost makes up for the lagging service...almost.
First off, I really dislike Asian food, but even I enjoyed Wheel of Life. They were very helpful when we walked in shortly before closing and I became lost in a menu of unfamiliar choices. My mum helped order the Kung Pao 'Chicken,' BBQ Spare 'Ribs,' Mixed Vegetables, and String Beans. You have to order rice if you want it because each dish is served individually (I detest rice, so this was not an issue!). I appreciated the fact that the vegetables could be steamed or stir-fried, and my omni mum said that it was some of the best Kung Pao 'Chicken' and 'Ribs' that she had ever tried! A delightful surprise all around...
-And, yes, Victor is just as personable and proud about being a vegan as people have said -but he is also kind and serves great food!
Another mixed review for the Bayleaf, here. While not a standout, the Bayleaf is a reasonably priced option which is clean on the eyes and palate. The pluses include the fact that it is an all vegan option in the South Bay area, the kind service, nice salad greens, clean tasting water, and Maggie Mudd ice cream!
Two other menu recommendations: BBQ Tempeh Sandwich (the homemade sauce is quite good) and the Curry Soup (delicious!). I would not recommend the quesadilla or the Artichoke Roll, but my opinions may be biased here because I do not care for "cheese" or large pieces of raw tofu (found in the roll).
Overall, I would visit again and recommend it to others.
Consistent, 4-star service and food. Emphasis on FRESH. The perfect place for dining with omni friends and family. I have never recieved anything but the best (and I have been all the way around their vegetarian menu). Enough good things can not be said about Café Athena!
Kung Food is certainly not the best, but they are not the worst , either. The biggest draw is, unfortunately, not the delectability of the cuisine, but the fact that it is all vegan. The service is feed-line style, with dishes in hot trays, two soup tureens, two deli cases, a nice salad bar (with some creative dressing options), and a sweets case. The hot-tray set up often means food is only relatively warm and slightly mangled when it makes its way to your disposable plate. Another drawback might be the price: 5.99 USD a pound for foods, roughly 5.95 USD for a sandwich, and sweets are around 3 USD each.
They have some vegan rarities like lasagne, 'chicken' parmesan, and quiche. Recommended are the Pumpkin Stew, Spinach Aubergine, lasagne, and pot pie.
The highlight? Little treats that would come from heaven if they were not so sinful: Blondies. Do not pass them by! -And get a dollop of vegan soft serve while you are at it!
Ah, and their breakfast buffet is nice and offers many options, but OB People's weekend and wednesday breakfast service EASILY trumps it on taste.
Produce is always of the highest quality, and their deli is THE best in town, featuring the best vegan brunch around on weekends and wednesdays. One can also get pre-made, yet deliciously fresh sandwiches (their own 'BLT's, 'Chicken' or 'Tuna' Salad, Club, etc. or offerings from local Jyoti Bihanga) to grab on the run. Live musical performances take place on friday night. As their motto says, "Everyone can shop," but if you are not a member, there is a 10% surcharge to do so. It is only 15 dollars annually to join, and it is worth it, as you will find yourself there often after your first visit.
Two other plusses are the eco-friendly efforts of the store (community programs, solar-powered operation), and the fact that when they put things on sale, there is a noticable savings to be had.
The food is not bad (it is not really good, either), but the service is. Always slow and usually surly. If there is something wrong with your order, do not expect a correction, and brace yourself for a confrontation should you bring it up. Apparently they decided to drastically reduce their customer service in order to keep their prices very low.
Vegan-friendly restaurants should be encouraged, but with shoddy service and spotty food, I would recommend dining elsewhere.
I must emphatically encourage people to stay AWAY from Geranium.
We began the evening by being ignored once we were seated due to all of the wait staff's attention on one table near us with a disobedient and messy child. We were finally allowed to order: the chili and the 'Kale and Carrot Tart.' What we were served was merely disappointment.
The chili was not terrible -simply boring in taste and ingredients. The 'tart' however, which was described as being filled with kale and roasted carrots, was a tall, cold wedge of a tofu pie...with a few slivers of kale, and a fan of five slices of baby carrot on top. There seemed to be no seasonings, and upon putting a fork into it, it crumbled onto the plate. We complained about the dish being cold and were told, "Well, it is a room-temperature dish." -Well, then it should not have been ice cold.
And perhaps contained some roasted carrots and kale instead of plain tofu...
...and it would not have hurt to have been a tart, either.
After asking for the bill, we were made to wait another 20 minutes...and they brought out a random dessert. We did not ask for it, nor did we want it, as our goal was to end our visit there as quickly as possible. We told the waitress to take it back, and we then waited another 15 minutes before getting the bill.
-On which we were over-charged for the uneaten, raw-tofu-deep-dish-pie...er...'tart,' which was originally going to be rather expensive (as the menu is seriously overpriced).
We will not be going back...and I advise others to not make the mistake we did, which was giving Geranium a chance.
Do not let the mixed reviews fool you: Herbivore is a winner. My visits had found quality food, service, and atmosphere. The portions are substantial, so prices are fitting, and upon taking a bite, you will further realize the value. Every-day brunch is such a treat in the vegan scene, and Herbivore has a huge, delicious spread -with some special treats such as crêpes! The menu is so varied that anyone can find something to love and come back for again and again.
The lone girl working seemed attentive, friendly and not pushy, so we had high hopes going into our meal. However, upon seeing the menu we were shocked and disappointed. The prices were outrageously high. 7 USD for a smoothie? 4 USD for a bagel with some herbs? (We saw the package, too, and we could have bought the entire 6-pack for that price at the market.) However, we were very hungry (after discovering that 2 vegan-friendly bagel shops had closed down), and we went for it.
We regretted the decision, though, as we watched the employee prepare the food while she repeatedly touched her telephone...hair...and drop a knife on the floor. The smoothie that I decided upon was indeed smooth -too smooth. Very runny and on the warm end of room temperature.
When we tried to pay, she did not have any change and had to leave the restaurant for almost 10 minutes while she ran across the street -leaving the place unattended.
Overall, an expensive, bizarre and unsatisfactory experience. Not on the 'recommend' list.
I had a very nice mock meat barbeque sandwich. Good baguette, sauces and vegetables. Excellent prices. Discovered 'Dirty' crisps, which were very good.
The neighborhood is a little questionable, so although they are open very late, one might want to plan their visit in the earlier hours. The bargain is worth it.
I wish that there were an '11' on this rating scale because Maggie Mudd deserves it (and more)! After one bite, you will find all other ice cream alternatives sub-par. One of the wonderful things Maggie Mudd does is offer almond and coconut based options for those who wich to stay dairy-free yet avoid soy. Their waffle cones are made to order, and they magically stay crisp and crumb-free, all the way through a 5 scoop sundae (yes, I was once given two surprise 'bonus' scoops because an employee had made a mistake when putting in my first flavor choice! I ate every bit, and came as close to collapsing from joy and pain as I ever had in my life!) with all of the dairy-free fixings! All they are missing is vegan 'Cookie' Dough! Then all of my dreams will be reality...
We tried coming here 4 times before we were actually able to! The car parking situation is a nightmare! (My dining companion was handicapped, thus, we could not travel on foot very far like most of the locals.)
However, it was worth the wait.
The food is made fresh and directly in front of you. They use clean cookware for every order. I got a vegetable enchilada and then asked for a tad of soyrizo. -Their idea of 'tad' is certainly different than mine! All of their portions are extremely generous; I could not finish everything. I wished that I could, though, because it was all delicious. Good beans and enchilada sauce. Nice rice (and I do not like rice). Very good salsa and carrots.
As I recall, they will give you a free bowl of tortilla crisps with your order if you ask for it, but I could be mistaken.
I am not exactly a pizza connoisseur, but Panhandle's was the best that I can ever recall eating.
We tried a vegetarian pie -half cheese-less and half with vegan cheese (I had not had melty vegan cheese on a pizza before), and it was phenomenal. Unless you know that you love the vegan cheese, I would suggest just abstaining -the pizza is so delicious all on it's own.
It is a simple and unpretentious little restaurant, and the owner was very kind. (Since we were being chatty, I had to remind him that we needed to pay!)
They have build-to-suit or house created topping combinations, and many are veganizable. I cannot wait to go back and try some of them.
I was amazed by rainbow. It is as big as a 'normal' supermarket, but it is entirely vegetarian! They have just about everything that a vegetarian/vegan could ask for, including many unique and hard to find items. They carry numerous locally manufactured products that one will not find anywhere else (Maggie Mudd, Peasant Pies, Sparks restaurant foods, Black China bakery, etc.) They also have an enormous bulk section, which includes some refrigerated items such as bulk tofu and pickles!
One thing that I wish they had was a fresh deli, but they offer a huge selection of prepared, take-away meals. Their prices are rather reasonable and they have a nice car park!
An enthusiastic recommend.