Reviews written by becky

Registered on Oct 8 05
 

Lotos in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sep 30 06

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I absolutely love Lotos! They offer a great selection of healthy vegan dishes, but I almost always got the salad whenever I went. Why? More freshly chopped veggies than you can feast your eyes on, all beautifully-prepared and much easier than preparing a salad at home. They also offer a great sauce for the salad (and most other dishes as well) that is made with steamed carrots and is positively addictive! Also, try the "plato balanceado." This oversized macrobiotic salad also comes with six veggies of your choice, brown rice, seaweed flakes, sauce, miso, and tofu. If you don't want tofu, you can also sub lentils or any other veggie. Some of their desserts are also vegan (including jello-like fruit pies made with agar instead of gelatin), but I would highly recommend their fresh juices instead! Plus, the employees are all extremely friendly, which is a huge bonus!

Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen in Los Angeles, California
Jul 18 07

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Highly recommended!

I went to Bulan last night and loved my experience! I happened to come across the place by chance, and was glad I did. Bulan proudly advertises outside of their restaurant that they do not serve meat of any kind (including fish) or use MSG in any of their dishes. We started out with the Summer Rolls, which were packed full of great fresh veggies and served with a delicious, slightly spicy peanut dipping sauce. My dinner buddy got the Pad See-Ew (made vegan without eggs), which was pretty good, though pretty average for that kind of noodle dish. I got the Kang Kiew Wan, a sweet green curry, and loved it! The spices were blended perfectly in the coconut milk, in my opinion, and I was able to get the dish made with pumpkin instead of any of the tofu or fake meats. My only complaint is that Bulan charges extra for rice with all of their dishes (brown rice was $1.50 more), even their curries, which definitely need rice. At least the prices are low enough to start that the overall price is still reasonable. We ended dinner with the coconut ice cream (all of Bulan's desserts are vegan), which was a perfect, sweet, creamy end to a delicious meal.

M Cafe de Chaya in Los Angeles, California
Jul 24 07

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Went here for dinner on a Monday night. It was busy, but tables cleared up fast because orders are placed (and paid for) deli-style at the counter. There is only one big table though, so our group of 7 was not able to sit together.

The food is delicious and fresh, and even though most of the entrees are on the expensive side, I was able to get a plate with two different salads (Sesame Soba Noodles and Chickpeas with Dandelions and Red Rice) for $7 that was filling and delicious. I also got the Shitake-Avocado sushi roll, which was also very good.

I couldn't fit dessert in at the restaurant, but the Banana Chocolate MilleFeuille cake that I got to go was one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth! All of their desserts are vegan and contain no refined sugar; I honestly don't know how they did it! I would go back here just for that cake!

Nyala in Los Angeles, California
Jul 24 07

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We went on a Monday for lunch with a party of 9, and their vegetarian/vegan buffet was a great option for a filling lunch on the run. All of the buffet options (about six or seven entrees plus a soup and salad) that day were vegan. The soup was delicious, as were the yellow split peas (a good option for those new to Ethiopian cuisine as they are a milder dish). The red lentils, however, had an overpowering clove/cinnamon flavor that I didn't enjoy, and the injera wasn't as good as I have had at other restaurants. Overall, though, a good meal, and a reasonably-priced one at that.

Vegan Express in Los Angeles, California
Jul 18 07

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Yum! I ate here for the first time tonight and wish that I had a place like this closer to my house! I got the lentil wrap (lentils wrapped in whole wheat lavash bread with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and sprouts), which was delicious. I definitely needed more tahini sauce than what they provided me with, but they gladly gave me more. It was a little heavy on the lettuce and light on the lentils for my tastes, but I am already craving seconds, so it was overall very good! My dinner buddy got a noodle dish with a miso gravy, which wasn't as good as my dish. The gravy was kind of gelatinous, with not enough noodles. Next time, I will try a breakfast burrito, and I hear that the tropical pancakes with blueberries and bananas are to die for!

Chicago Diner in Chicago, Illinois
Mar 21 07

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It's nice how everything on the menu can be made vegan. They were out of Cookie Dough Ice Cream when I went, but the Temptation Chocolate milkshake was quite good. My friends got nachos, which were quite tasty. The Polenta Fiesta entree was good, but was a little on the dry/bland side and needed some extra salsa poured on top to help it out.

Nile Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois
Mar 21 07

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The little restaurant offers great Middle Eastern food for little cost. They are generous with their portions, and everything tastes fresh and homemade. I would highly recommend the Foule, which is a dish made with fava beans and spices, drizzled with olive oil and served warm with pita. Get a small salad on the side and a few falafel, and you will be stuffed for the rest of the evening!

Soul Vegetarian East in Chicago, Illinois
Mar 21 07

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Yum! I got the BBQ protein tidbits, which more than lived up to their recommendations! The veggie gyro was a little heavy on the sauce, which was also on the sweet side for me, but the vegan cornbread was by far the best I've ever eaten! Next time, I'd go just for protein tidbits, some greens, and cornbread.

Veggie Bite in Chicago, Illinois
Mar 20 07

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Veggie Bite offers an AWESOME all-vegan menu full of your standard fast-food goodies that you can feel good about eating! I got the chili cheese fries, made with a delicious chunky bean and seitan chili and Veggie Bite's own "golden sauce," a delicious cheese substitute. I also got a Supreme wrap, in which I substituted their chick-free nuggets for the standard meat substitute. A super-rich, super-thick milkshake made with Temptation's Cookie Dough Ice Cream was a perfect end to my meal. I can't wait 'til there is a Veggie Bite open in every city, everywhere! This place is just what meat-eating America needs!

Blue Nile in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 4 06

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I went on a Saturday night with my parents and the place was almost empty. The service was great; the waiter was very friendly and gave good recommendations. I was told that all of the vegetarian entrees are actually vegan; one says on the menu that it includes spiced butter, but they have since switched to using vegetable oil. However, I too should have read the previous reviews of the place, as the "all-vegan" tray arrived with a big dollop of yogurt in the middle. The server was very apologetic and changed it right away, but his quick return with a yogurt-free tray leads me to believe two things: 1) The previous tray of food probably went to waste; I should have just asked him to cut out the part of injera that had the yogurt on it, and 2) The entrees must be pre-made and just kept warm in the kitchen, as there was no way that they re-made all of those dishes that quickly.

Overall, however, it was a great meal. My favorites were definitely the cabbage dish, the kale and carrots dish, and the yellow split peas. Yum!

Broders Pasta Bar in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Jan 23 08

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I went here for dinner with a friend, and I was more than pleasantly surprised! The server (an older gentleman) knew exactly what could be prepared vegan, such as what pastas were egg-free, and which sauces were also vegan. I got a delicious dish with eggplant, and the roasted garlic appetizer was great as well. If you're in the mood for a fancy Italian dinner that happens to be vegan-friendly, this is the place to go!

Espresso22 in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Oct 25 05

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I had heard rumors of the cult following of students that gather at Espresso 22, but had always passed it by in the past, expecting typical coffee-shop fare. However, I stopped in today and was amazing surprised! A man who I assume is the owner greeted me at the counter and informed me that almost everything he had that day was vegan (I'm assuming everything besides the obviously non-vegetarian sandwiches). Then, after asking if I was vegan, he told me he had just created a new vegan veggie burger and had made one for himself, but he'd gladly let me have it if I liked it. He gave me a sample and then proceeded to create a wonderful (and huge--we're talking hoagie-sized here!) sandwich for me out of the veggie burger. Plus, he only charged me $5, which is nothing considering how big (and delicious!) it was. As I sat and ate my sandwich, the owner came over to check on me and then proceeded around the room, stopping at several tables to chat with the students, who I assume are regulars. I can definitely see now how this spot is the well-kept secret of Dinkytown--they may not have many options (like a typical coffeeshop), but they make up for it with the great atmosphere and their vegan options! Great place...definitely check it out, and I guarantee that you will leave a happy customer with plans to return!

Update: So I did return to Espresso22, about a week later, and wasn't such a happy customer. I was craving the vegan veggie burger again, but the owner had not yet put it on the menu. He instead offered me a falafel sandwich, and I again reminded him that I am vegan (he didn't even remember that I had been in a week earlier). However, when he brought it out to me, it was slathered with yogurt sauce. Before giving it to me, he asked, "You aren't vegan, are you?" He ended up wrapping it back up and making me a new one, but I was still very disappointed with the service. The falafel tasted similar to the veggie burger, and the sandwich was just a good (and as big!) as before, but the hit-or-miss service is something to consider before going.

Everest on Grand in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Aug 5 07

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I went here tonight with a few friends, and the four of us had a great vegan meal. We got two full orders of the vegetable momos because they were so delicious! We also ordered the Kabuli chana (garbanzo bean curry), Katahar (jackfruit), and the Ramtoria (Bhindi) (okra). All three were delicious and very well-spiced. We ordered all three with a medium spice level which was perfect, but the okra dish seemed to be spicier than the rest of the dishes. The service was definitely a little slow because the restaurant was full, but I will definitely be back here soon! Yum!

Midtown Global Market in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Apr 24 07

I believe that hungry_coconut is mistaken when s/he states that La Loma's vegetarian tamales are vegan. For one, I believe that they contain cheese. Secondly, I am almost positive that they aren't even vegetarian, although they are advertised as being so. Last time I saw an ingredient list for these tamales (at that time listed as vegetarian as well), ingredients such as chicken fat were listed. It would be good to double and triple check the veg status of this restaurant. Most tamales are traditionally made with meat broth or fat, which is not considered meat and therefore is often labeled as being vegetarian. I have no reason to believe that La Loma's tamales are made any other way until an ingredient list has been checked.

That stated, the Midtown Global Market rocks. My favorite places are the produce market in the center and Holy Land Deli.

Mysore Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Feb 26 07

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I've been here three times already, and eaten the lunch buffet every time. About 80% of the buffet items are always vegan AND clearly labeled, and the selection has changed every time that I went in, which is great if you plan on going often. The complementary dosas with the buffet are also delicious. This is my new favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities!

Romano's Macaroni Grill in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Jul 24 07

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I went to a Romano's Macaroni Grill branch in Los Angeles, CA, but after checking online to see that their menu is standardized, I am writing a review for this location as it is the only listing for Romano's Macaroni Grill on VegGuide (also, I am from Minneapolis).

As a vegan who was going out to lunch with an omni, I figured that I would be safe at a place that serves pasta. Unfortunately, that was most definitely NOT the case. My server was friendly, but upon me telling him that I was vegan, I was left with no options other than a house salad. I was informed that ALL of the pastas contain eggs. I am still doubtful of this information, as pastas such as whole-wheat penne are very rarely made with eggs, but I was not about to order something that I thought might be vegan after being told that it wasn't. I was also informed that even the peasant bread, though egg-free, had butter mixed in to the dough. Needless to say, I was very disappointed.

I checked the allergen list on Romano's website, and there were indeed no meat-free dishes on the menu that did not contain eggs or dairy. I will try to contact the company to confirm the status of their pastas. Until then, I will steer clear of Romano's Macaroni grill. Service was good, but that means nothing when my only option as a vegan is a salad. It is not difficult to make pastas and breads vegan to accommodate a wider audience (including those with allergies), and it is disappointing that Romano's has not chosen to do so.

Sweetpea Baking Company in Portland, Oregon
Jul 26 07

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I also had a few different treats from Sweetpea at their AR2007 booth, and they were all fantastic! The vegan brownie was indeed the best vegan brownie I have ever had. The coffee cake was good as well, but I would pass it up for a Cookies n' Cream cupcake or another brownie any day.

The Deli Bean in Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Sep 30 06

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The Deli Bean is my favorite place to eat in Reedsburg; I eat there every time I am in town. I almost always get the falafel, which is vegan and comes with a great tahini sauce. I also enjoy their veggie wraps; I usually get the Mediterranean one with hummus, made vegan.

One thing to note is that they typically use chicken broth in their soups, even if they are veggie soups. Also, their chai smoothies come from a mix, which is dairy-based. However, they do often have soy on hand for the coffee drinks.

Ananda's Restaurant in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Sep 30 06

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I went there over the summer with my family and enjoyed my experience. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. The naan (Indian flatbread) is typically served with butter on top, but if you request it without, it should be vegan. Also, the dishes tend to be on the spicy side. This was not a problem for me, but many of my family members complained. My server for the evening happened to be vegan and was a big help, but I remember going there in the past (a few years ago) when they had a "tofu cheesecake" that I was told consistently was vegan until I was one day informed that it did in fact have dairy cream cheese in it. The Alu Channa, however, was very good.

The Cheese Factory Restaurant in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Sep 30 06

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I absolutely love this place! I go there every time I go back to my parent's house in Wisconsin; it's great for birthdays, special events, or any time you just want to treat yourself or a friend. I almost always get the vegan Black Bean Burrito, but I had the "Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise" last time and loved it! I think I have a new favorite dish!

They also have a specific vegan menu, so be sure to ask for that when you go in. My only complaint about this place is a definite lack of vegan desserts. All of the desserts are so beautifully prepared, but the majority (I think there may be a daily vegan pie offering, but that needs to be double-checked) are not vegan.

Oh, and the service may be slow, but the people are so friendly that it is worth it! This place is definitely a gem in the heart of tourist land!

The Secret Garden Cafe in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Sep 30 06

I have not been here since becoming vegan, but I do recall that the rosemary potato wedges are simply amazing! The atmosphere is also quite lovely, as previous reviewers have mentioned. This cafe is owned by the same people who own the Cheese Factory Restaurant, so go to the Secret Garden for lunch and hit up the Cheese Factory for dinner!