Reviews written by Sharyn Morrow

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Registered on Mar 24 03
 

Cafe Agri in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Aug 19 08

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Dropped in for dinner here for the first time this evening (as seen in the photographs). Cozy and cute, but definitely a spot for smaller groups, and maybe not so kid-friendly. My companion and I sampled a number of the appetizers rather than ordering entrees. We enjoyed the beet ribbon salad, baked yam crisps with kalamata avocado dip, and the portobello soong lettuce wraps. The portion of tamarind tofu was very small, but extremely tasty. We ended with the previously mentioned mango pudding with bitter chocolate. Delicious. But I'd like to try some of the other vegan-friendly desserts as well. And I plan to go back for the brunch.

Intelligent Nutrients in Twin Cities, Minnesota
May 4 06

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Today my co-workers and I ordered our food to go, but I'd love to eat in some time. The rooms are large and open, with colorful walls and eclectic furniture. I tried the soup and sandwich combo, priced at $8.50. The marinated tofu sandwich, with mixed greens (would have come with roasted peppers and onion as well, but I asked for it without) was excellent. I enjoyed the spicy lentil soup as well; it certainly cleared my sinuses. It was a tough choice between today's two vegan dessert options - a raspberry chocolate bar and a slice of turtle cake. I opted for the latter. The chocolate cake was a bit on the dry side, but still quite good. The best part, though, was the gooey caramel-nut frosting. Yum.

Jerusalem's in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Mar 11 03

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Jerusalem's has some excellent veg food, but vegans beware. I only recently found out (from one of their waitresses) that their tahini sauce often contains yogurt. The tahini is drizzled over the falafel and vegetarian platter, and mixed into the hummus. It doesn't *always* contain dairy, so you can check with the waitstaff. Or a safer route is to request no tahini or hummus at all. The dairy-free baba ghannouj may be substituted at no charge.

Midori's Floating World Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Nov 18 06

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My son and I had eaten here a few times before, but we've become regulars since finding Midori's all-vegan menu (available upon request). Rather than searching through the main menu and asking follow up questions, it's all available on two pages, with lunch and dinner specials. I was delighted to discover the vegan tempura vegetables, which can be ordered as an entree, or with soba or udon noodles. Presentation and service are always top notch as well.

moto-i in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Mar 15 10

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From the outside I'd expected moto-i to be much quieter than it was. We arrived near the end of happy hour on a Saturday and it was LOUD. The acoustics were so terrible it was difficult to carry on a conversation. We were seated in a booth next to a packed table of ten or so. One of the occupants of said table decided to belt out Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" to his buddies. These things happen and aren't necessarily in the restaurant's control (and it was mildly amusing). In the restaurant's control? Their web site does have a vegetarian menu yet when I asked the hostess about it she insisted she'd never heard of it. After repeatedly protesting that I'd just seen it and this was what had compelled me to give the restaurant a try she conferred with co-workers. After a half hour or so she returned with a menu she'd printed off and compared to their actual available menu. A lot of what I'd seen was no longer listed but she'd marked up an existing menu with little red Vs so we could order something to eat. The mock duck steamed buns were decent but not overly flavorful. We also ordered taro root chips (but ate them plain, as the chili aioli it is paired with isn't vegan). The mock duck drunken noodles were just ok. The sake they brew on site, however, was quite good. But we initially ordered it at the happy hour price of $5. When we ordered a second round no one mentioned happy hour was over and so those were $9/each. Overall I was not impressed and would only consider returning during happy hour, if I had something else planned in the neighborhood as well.

Namaste Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
May 14 06

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Namaste is a lovely restaurant. It is open, bright and peaceful. The vegan options we sampled were all delicious (though next time I'll try the tofu, mushrooms and peas entree instead of the curried eggplant and tofu). They also have an extensive tea menu; all drinks can be made vegan with soy milk. The vanilla nutmeg chai I ordered was excellent, as was the service. I'll definitely be going back.

Punch Woodfire Pizza in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Mar 11 03

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Excellent veg*n-friendly food, but not terribly kid-friendly. Those with little tykes will want to get take-out.

Punch Woodfire Pizza in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Apr 23 05

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Recently I started working in the 'burbs. I was pleasantly surprised to find decent vegan food nearby. This Punch location offers high quality personal pizzas that are very affordable (mine was around $6) and served up lightning fast.

Angelica Kitchen in Manhattan, New York City
Jun 20 03

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I should have gotten a dessert. I also wasn't wowed by the meal on my second visit. The appetizer was great...corn bread with carrot-ginger spread, and a hearty anasazi bean stew. But my wee dragon bowl (brown rice, tofu-cooked but not fried, greens, seaweed) was bland...and service was a bit spotty. I stopped in, solo, on a Friday evening when just about every table in the place was vacant...yet I was seated at the communal table with a group of loud strangers, as though I didn't merit my own table. By the time I'd finished my mediocre meal only one of the many open tables was in use. Next time I'm in NYC I may skip this place altogether in favor of Kate's Joint, VP2, or Hangawi...or to try Candle Cafe or Teany.

Vegetarian's Paradise 2 (VP2) in Manhattan, New York City
Jun 20 03

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If you're wandering around the Washington Square Park area, VP2 is the perfect place to stop by for a casual lunch or dinner. The crispy soul "chicken" is a must have. Big thumbs up.

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