Reviews written by alyrfrnd
Registered on Feb 8 06
chipotle isn't owned by mcdonalds, and although the owner did get some funding from the big mac, he's committed to the opposite sort of non-vegetarian farming than mcdonalds, (to say in the least-likely-to-upset-vegetarian sort of way as possible). in my mind, its sort of like taking some scholarship money from an oil man... to study environmental law.
but who cares, anyway? chipotle always satisfies! everything you'd think could be vegan is, except the pinto beans. and once when i bought a veggie burrito for a friend who wanted pinto beans, the woman working the cash register ran after me, outside into the cold, asked me if i was a vegetarian, and made sure i knew the pinto beans weren't vegetarian. that's commitment.
but i'm mostly writing this entry because i recently discovered that you can order tacos singly, which they don't publish on their menus. so when you're hungry, but not hungry enough for chipotle, you can still do it! some might be annoyed that this isn't advertised, but i'm just so excited that i don't have to be starving to get some tacos that i might actually faint from happiness. because chipotle is that good.
the food is delicious, and every meat-lover i've brought has found something good. the falafel plate is the best, as is anything with their chips. the pizzas are good, too. i found the green burrito bland, and i think the lasagna was too rich, if you can believe that. it is a little expensive (and still totally worth every penny), but if you ask they do keep one or two cheaper menu items every day, so you can be organic and vegan on a budget.
i love vegan cheesecake, and this is the best vegan cheesecake ever, but they almost never have vegan cheesecake with chocolate in it. and if it's not chocolate, it's not worth it.
i'd only been vegan for a few weeks and was starving when i went to pizza luce. i ordered a vegan pizza ahead of time and picked it up, and i wasn't sure if it was really vegan when i got home because it wasn't indicated on the box or my receipt. i was starving, so i ate it anyway. the whole thing. in like ten minutes. it was delicious, and yes, i burnt the roof of my mouth. anyway, my stomach never revolted from the attack of cheese, and so i crossed my fingers and ordered it again... this time making sure i was clear about the vegan thing. it was exactly the same - even better. i couldn't believe it. i haven't tried the other vegan pizza places yet, but i was very satisfied with pizza luce. and my non-veggie friends like it too, which is always a bonus.
i live a block from here and so end up there all the time. my favorite is the green curry (i haven't had the courage to ask if it's vegan or not), and i also absolutely love their tom yum, with tofu and tomatoes. i used to always go to chang mai thai but everything tasted fishy. at sawatdee, their sign says "seafood & vegetarian" - they make a clear distinction between the two. i never had thought about it before, but its very telling. thai food generally employs a lot of fish flavorings, but its easy to get great tasting food without that at sawatdee. additionally, most of their dishes come with tons of fresh veggies that are crisp-tender, not too mushy. delicious.