Reviews written by nikrrr
Registered on Aug 18 06
To me, the best thing about AO is the fast shipping. The turnaround on order time is kind of mind-blowing--they don't waste a lot of time on "processing" or "packing" your order like other places seem to do (vegan-friendly and non). I ordered a pair of boots on a Friday and got them on the following Monday.
Also, I really like the selection of shoes. They don't only have alternatives to leather, but a decent showing of cloth shoes. The bags are really cute, too. They've recently added some pretty nice pea coats, something that I haven't been able to find in a non-wool in my area.
Pangea is one of three online stores I rely on. They have some great store-made (I think?) cinnamon rolls.
Pangea doesn't try to send you a replacement of equal value if they run out of something you ordered, which is a plus to me, and they always send a note saying exactly what came off of your order and why.
In the two times when I've gotten an incorrect order, they were more than happy to exchange immediately at no extra cost to me.
Pangea offers a few of Simple Treats' brownies and cookies. After sampling a chocolate chunk brownie from there, I went to the Simple Treats web site and ordered the cookbook (awesome and easy to use) and a batch of peanut butter marshmallow fluff blondies. I believe there were 9 blondies (huge and thick), individually-wrapped, in a little pink bakery box. I had trouble limiting myself to eating a third of each blondie when I wanted a treat.
Each blondie (and brownie) is definitely oversized--anyone conscious about sugar or fat will need to cut them into smaller pieces. The treats are rich and filling (though a little greasy).
The price is pretty much the norm for an online bakery, and I'm pretty sure that part of it is the express shipping. It's definitely worth it every once in a while, especially if you live in a place with no vegan-friendly bakeries!
Zappos actually has a vegan category on which to sort, but for some reason it doesn't catch all of the vegan shoes. They're still a great store with well-explained materials on most shoes, free shipping, and free return labels included with your purchase. They also reply quickly to e-mail concerning questionable shoe materials.
The crab puffs were really good, and the flatbread pizza is awesome. The pizza could've used more time in the oven, though.
My friend had a veggie burger and it was pasty and soggy, looked like uncooked meat, and tasted bland. I think they were going for a grain-based taste, but it wound up, in my friend's opinion, trying to taste too much like hamburger. The plus side was that the burger had a side of thyme fries that were excellent.
The dessert we tried (peanut butter bars) tasted like a low-end energy bar. There was a 'cheezecake' on the menu as well as a variety of soy smoothies, but after the pb bar we weren't up for anything else.
All in all this seems like a pretty good place to go as long as you're not looking for a veggie/grain burger that isn't trying to be meat.
The falafel is really good, and the cook and waitress knew a lot about what was in the ingredients. The cafe is kind of dirty, though, and you kind of serve yourself with drinks, asking them to provide napkins to clean up the table, etc.
It was nice and clean, and there were plenty of vegan products. The bakery had no baked on-site vegan products (some Whole Foods stores do, maybe this one does but just on this particular day?) but had a few Fabe's items I hadn't seen elsewhere. Friendly staff.
I love the bean burrito at La Casita. You can make it completely vegan by asking for no cheese. You can get it chimichanga style but I'm sure it'll be cooked in the same vat as the other meal chimichangas. Make sure you specify no cheese ANYWHERE in the burrito, because they'll put it inside, too. The guacamole is vegan, as well, and delicious.
They have a few desserts that are vegan (strawberry and apple chimichangas (I've asked if these are fried in the same oil as the meal chimis: the answer was no): ask for no whipped cream/ice cream, though I've never had it put on mine even when I forgot to ask for it without), and of course all of the desserts are vegetarian.
For vegans there are varieties of salsas and a few chips-and-dip options; for the vegetarians, they've got several appetizers including a veggie quesadilla.
Other veganizable options include a few different types of salads that you can ask for without cheese or sour cream.
The Landmark Cafe has quite a few vegetarian options including some home-baked desserts and a slew of breakfasts. Vegans only get a gardenburger or a few modified salads. The place is kind of creepy--things are painted in primary colors and clowns are prolific on every wall and in every nook.
The wait staff is nice and friendly and seem to know all of the answers to dietary questions (except the pie crust question I asked).
Overall the food is just diner-quality (for vegan options at least) but it's a decent price if you're just looking to go out to eat with a couple of friends.
There are a LOT of vegetarian and vegan choices at this restaurant. I have had the cold rice noodle dish and another noodle dish (sorry, that one was a few years ago and I don't recall the name), both were delicious. The food is pretty enjoyable but pretty expensive for the portion size. I'm not trying to be a pig, but if you're putting out that kind of money you should at least get something to take home.
The restaurant has a romantic atmosphere even though the decor is definitely 80s. They pipe in "muzak" which isn't that enjoyable, but not loud enough to annoy. The service can also be a little slow, but the food is good enough to overlook that (unless you're starving!).
Tanuki's decor is crazy. There are tons of Tanuki statues as well as Japanese and Chinese kitsch and some live plants here and there. There's a garden and fountain, too, but I haven't seen them.
Tanuki has only a few sushi selections (roll variety) for vegetarians/vegans: a vegetable roll and an avocado roll. Both are delicious. They also have the standard Inari nigiri--I haven't tried it. Also good is the yakisoba, though those who want the usual (or so it seems) half and half ratio of noodles to cabbage, you won't be happy. The yakisoba here has many vegetables--eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, onion, etc., but not a lot of cabbage. For that and a tad too much grease in I can't give them a full 10. =) Still a great place, though, and the staff is really nice.
Note: there are plenty of vegan dishes like tempura vegetables and udon (not served/cooked in fish oil/sauce or chicken broth), but I can't stop eating the yakisoba.
I had the falafel plate and while the falafel was fine, I didn't enjoy the hummus or the tabouli. The salad was pretty good (came with the entree) and seemed larger and fresher than most restaurant side salads. The waitress knew about my restrictions and told me what I could and couldn't eat.
There's a lot to choose from on the menu; next time I'll try something else because I am going to give it another shot.
Their web site lists all baking ingredients (breads). The breads are baked fresh daily (check their menu to see which breads are baked on which days). They also have daily soups and a few items on their menu that vegans can eat without making any changes (Annie's Addiction is awesome), and quite a few things for vegetarians.
I'm not sure if the desserts are vegan, but I doubt it. Most seem to include cream/frosting of some type (and I would think they'd make a big deal about it being dairy/egg free if it were).
The Blue Willow has some somewhat decent food that is definitely outdone by other restaurants in town. They do have quite a few vegetarian choices, though, that can be ordered vegan (though don't expect them to remember that), and more vegan options than most restaurants.
The Blue Willow has three problems: Atmosphere (kind of a broken-down living room look to the place--mismatched tables and chairs, diningware, etc.), service--the waiters/cooks ALWAYS mess your order up somehow--usually they forget something on it, or add something you don't want), and price--for the small amount of food/sloppy dining room/unexpected additions/subtractions from plate, you sure do pay a lot.
Long story short: food was only okay for me, but the others, including another vegan and one vegetarian (and two omnivores), enjoyed their dishes. Service was TERRIBLE.
I had a pretty bad experience at Cafe Poca Cosa, but don't let this review spoil the place for you. Most of the people I know really enjoy it, and it's actually a pretty nice restaurant inside (there's even free parking on the corner across the street--at least it's free at night).
First of all, we made reservations a week in advance and put in two vegan requests. When we arrived at the restaurant, about a half hour early, the hostess inside insisted we put our names down on the call sheet. We did so, explaining our reservations, and were told that if the entire party wasn't present at the time of our reservation, we wouldn't get a table. We asked if at our time we could have the table and then save a seat for our reservation-included friend if she wasn't there on time and the answer was no. Luckily, she came on time.
After this incident, a waiter treated us with distaste (we were a young party, but not rambunctious, and we did not order alcohol), complaining loudly to the hostess about how we had "toys," (we were celebrating the birthday of a friend and she was looking at one of her presents, all contained within a bag and not all over the place), and every time he passed us he rolled his eyes, sucked his teeth, etc.
Anyway, the food. Sorry. The customer service experience was just so bad I couldn't help myself. The food I did not enjoy. The vegan dish was almost ALL spring mix. I could've bought a $2.95 bag of it at the grocery store instead of paying $25.99. Also, for those who are annoyed, a large section of the place is an inedible garnish (in my case, a pineapple top). I thought the plate I got (a tamale with vegetable puree) was very sweet (though I've heard this is preferable). I looked at the non-veg plates and saw a lot more food, however.
A few plusses--the tortilla chips served as a freebie are really good, and it's nice to get a giant bowl of rice to share with your companions, but an additional small plate for each of us would've been nice (or I guess they could've tossed the worthless garnish for the rice).
I also wanted to note that our waiter couldn't confirm the black beans (served family style along with the rice) as vegetarian. It's a pretty safe bet that they were, but maybe someone else can clarify this.
Oh--one other note. Lunches are between $10-15. Dinners are about $25. I've heard lunch service is actually less uptight and pretty decent.
I haven't had any meals here, only desserts. I've had the blueberry walnut bar, the strawberry pecan bar, and the vegan brownies (both with and without nuts). They are VERY good, and although I don't think they're baked fresh daily, I've always gotten lucky with a fresh batch. They've also got vegan pies listed on the side of their cooler case. Last time I was there they had a vegan pumpkin pie that looked a lot better than the dried-up tiny version sold at Wild Oats. That said, I didn't buy a slice--the strawberry pecan bar is just too good to pass up.
I had a pretty good dinner at Firecracker. The waiter understood my dietary limitations and explained that all Firecracker soups have a meat-based broth, even if they seem vegetarian. The food was really good--I got the portobello mushroom roll, cashew tofu, and cherry sorbet for dessert.
The portobello roll was crispy and the rice was sticky. It was delicious and didn't need soy sauce or any other condiment.
The entree had huge, crispy vegetables and small (but plentiful) chunks of tofu. It didn't have many cashews, but there were enough for me. There was no sauce except for the natural juices of the cooked tofu and vegetables. If you like a lot of sauce you should probably look to the other menu items.
The waiter confirmed the dessert was dairy-free but couldn't tell me the type of sugar used, so you may want to just stay away from the desserts completely. It was good but kind of not worth it--not even a half of a scoop and only two cherries as garnish--$5.00.
I love the co-op. They have excellent produce and a lot of vegan baking mixes. They also have a good selection of vegan snacks and chocolates.
You might need to say 'excuse me' to get the attention of your cashier, however.
I love Guilin's. A previous reviewer mentioned that the menu doesn't clearly mark most vegan items--that's true. I have had at least two waiters who were able to tell me which mock items were vegan, so you might be able to rely on that if you're not going with something obviously vegan. Not sure if all the waiters know, though. Still, everything I've ordered has been delicious, though the sauces can sometimes have a little bit of a weird chemical taste to them.
(Honestly, I haven't tried ordering off of the vegetarian menu out of the same fear the previous reviewer had, but someday I will trust my waiter...maybe. =) Until then, the vegan menu has quite a few items to choose from.)
That being said, I love the vegan cashew dishes. One small point to make is that if you're not much of a veggie eater (or if non-veg friends you're going with are looking forward to a lot of meat over vegetables), you're going to be somewhat disappointed. The balance leans toward vegetables over meat, mock or real. I'm sure that isn't a prob for most people reading this site, however.
The food is really, really good and there are many vegetarian options, even a few vegan options! The grilled vegetable salad was delicious without dressing--they offer a few but it really didn't need any. There are a few items that can be made veg (especially a few of the appetizers) by asking for them without meat or butter. They seem to be able to change these items as you desire, and all of the food is extremely fresh.
The service is good but they staff is constantly busy. If you don't make reservations, don't bother going, especially on a Friday or Saturday. All of the ingredients are purchased daily and the menu changes depending on what they have on hand. There are menus on the web site but whenever I've gone there are several additions and subtractions, especially dessert-wise, that are special for that night. They usually have one vegan dessert, a sorbet, but I've never tried it.
Note: The hummus is NOT vegan and contains eggs. The empanadas do contain butter, and although the vegetarian samosas are not fried in the same oil as any meat items, the waitress never got back to me on whether or not they contained butter. It's best not to order these items if vegan and if you haven't called ahead (you'll see the staff is scrambling the entire time you're there).
I've had appetizers, all three meals, and desserts at Lovin' Spoonfuls, and I honestly believe the best vegan food in Tucson is made there. That said, I did want to mention that I haven't tried any of the mock meat meals.
Anyway, I think they've really outdone themselves with their breakfast offerings. Their spinach tofu scramble is awesome. Next time I go I want to make sure to try their breakfast smoothies. I just wish there was a sister restaurant in Sierra Vista.
Vegetarian/vegan items are not clearly marked and you may need to ask about any items. I know for sure that the stir-fry and steamed veggie/rice plates are vegan, as is the rice noodle bowl (without broth) with veggies.
I've honestly only tried a few items because I can't get over how good they are and try something else. =) I think #10 or 11, which is stir fry with fried tofu, vegetables, and rice, and then another like it with steamed tofu and no sauce on the veggies are my two favorites. They also have vegan summer rolls, fried or not, and a few other vegan options that I haven't tried. Most of the items that are vegan are also the vegetarian choices, and the vegetarians also have the option of ordering milk tea and one or two more entree items.
The teas/drinks are really good. You can order fruit slushes (with or without the add-ins of tapioca (boba/bubble), coconut jelly, etc.) or you can make them into "snow" slushes (milk is added. You must specify that you want soy, and I think in a few cases that isn't an option--a few drinks are listed under the "snow" menu and they aren't on the regular fruit slush menu, so they could be pre-mixed). They also have fresh coconut milk and regular teas, hot or cold, to enjoy.
One note: I'm fairly certain the vegetable pho IS NOT vegetarian. The broth used to be chicken and that fact was noted on the menu. I think the restaurant owners may be using vegetable broth now, because the menu no longer has this note, but I highly suggest asking before ordering.
I have to say that I've never had anything even approaching good at Pei Wei with the exception of their plain, brown rice and the edamame appetizer. Their tofu tastes like overcooked cheese and they aren't generous with the vegetables. I haven't eaten there in years and I hope my review doesn't dissuade you from trying it out yourself, but there are many better quick Chinese places at which to dine.
I am huge on frozen treats. That said, it seems like Sunflower (the one on Swan, at least) has every non-dairy dessert I could ever want. Perfect place to buy your vegan sundae ingredients...well, except the soy whipped cream!
Sweet Tomatoes isn't a bad place to eat, but only if you're looking for salad. They do sometimes offer a few vegetarian soups (usually only one at a time) but I'm not sure if they're vegan, and I've asked--the staff doesn't seem to know, either (isn't there a label?). Also, there are baked potatoes.
The price is a little high for vegans, because we are limited to the salad choices and plain baked potatoes, but I'd say it's pretty fair for a vegetarian or non-veg. Plus, it's all you can eat.
I seem to have a terrible time with the staff at this Wild Oats. Most of the cashiers (when you can actually find one at a register) seem to be quite rude. Wild Oats makes great vegan cookies, though, as I mentioned in another WO write up.
This shop is a lot better than the one on Speedway service-wise--at least, they seem to be most of the time. Wild Oats (all locations) also has awesome home-baked vegan chocolate chip cookies (and oatmeal raisin, too). A pricey place, though.
Yoshimatsu actually does include a sushi house--Sushimatsu, which is located to the right of the entry. Sushimatsu is a traditional sit-and-order restaurant, and not only were the vegan (and veg) items clearly marked, they were large (the rolls were enormous; I hadn't expected that) and filling, and very good. I had some unusual 2-piece sushi that I haven't seen available anywhere else, like mushroom and asparagus. The rice is very sticky and super delicious. The iced green tea is so good and refills are unlimited.
I enjoy Yoshimatsu's food, as well (once again all vegan/veg items are clearly marked). The yam noodles are really yummy, and I love the traditional bento boxes.
The food was great! I had a veggie burger with mushrooms. They put fresh, grilled Portobellos (tons!) on top, not the normal button mushrooms. The service was really good and the staff was offering free soft serve to the customers. One member of the staff was explaining how he made the salsa and guacamole fresh--I was impressed and happy to find out. Skip the peanut butter chocolate chip shake--the chips were like wax and made the rest of the shake feel waterproofy, if you know what I mean. The restaurant itself is large, clean, and the two drive-thru customers during my visit were served quickly, even though they cook to order. I'll definitely be visiting every time I head to San Diego.
I've only been to this location of the two. We were allowed to bring our own alcohol for a birthday celebration and they gave us a good table. The atmosphere wasn't too noisy despite the small rooms.
The hummus and pita plate is excellent. I also tried my friend's portabello mushroom sandwich/burger and that was good, too. I only tried one dessert, a mint chocolate brownie, and it was a little dry but okay. The birthday boy had a chocolate pudding/mousse pie that he enjoyed very much.
Note that this isn't related to the NYC Babycakes, and only those items marked vegan are actually vegan. On my visit, there were plenty of vegetarian items available, but only one vegan item--an oatmeal bar of some type. The staff is extremely courteous.
The restaurant was empty when my friend and I arrived but quickly filled up. The sapce inside is pretty small, but the staff was friendly and our waitress (also a chef, I think) was constantly on her feet to ensure everyone was being served.
I had the falafel and hummus-both were really good and homemade. The house salad that comes with the entrees is large and fresh and their dressings are also homemade. The waitress will explain the types of ingredients used in any dish and will make suggestions based on your dietary needs. I was very impressed by her knowledge and happy that she knew my diet was important to me.
While I was there a few patrons requested some strawberry iced tea--not on the menu--but the waitress told them she'd be happy to try to make some for them. Additionally, they will customize your dish to suit your needs, and they aren't at all annoyed to have to do so. Note that vegan and vegetarian items are not marked on the lunch menu but the servers know their stuff, and their web site does mark all items.
The servings sizes are appropriate for the price you pay, although I would pay more since the food is so good and fresh.
The food is great, and there are many options. In fact, you can pretty much ask for any combination of veg*n items and they'll provide it for you, and it will be delicious. The service, however, is inconsistent. Sometimes they're right on the ball and there is enough staff to take care of both cooking and service. Sadly, most of the time there are too few employees to go around so the orders are taken long after you've arrived. Basically, if you walk into Pokez and it's crowded and not many people have plates, head down to Salad Style or something, and try again on another day.
One more thing: if you dislike cilantro, make sure you ask them to keep the pico de gallo and the guacamole off of your order. Otherwise your dish will be overwhelmed with it.
EVERY time I come here the service is amazing--drinks and chips are always full, waiters are updating with the status of the food, etc. The food is even better than the service, and the staff is super knowledgeable about vegan preferences. They didn't just assume that since it's vegan I'm gonna want it, either. I was given vegan condiment options! Have you ever typed that sentence? Great place. Do not miss it.
The food was great and you can change most dishes with whichever meat substitute you want--"chicken," "beef," or tofu--I had spicy ginger tofu (not spicy, but I was happy for that), spring rolls, and a piece of chocolate cake (the desserts that are vegan are clearly marked so). The cake was a little weird in texture, but it wound up being delicious, especially with the sweet, buttercream-like frosting. Prices were reasonable.
My friends told me that the fake meat tasted pretty close to the real thing, so anyone who doesn't like the taste of meat should probably go with the tofu or noodle dishes. Also, non-vegan items are clearly marked as such along with the ingredient that makes them non-vegan. I didn't know about the chicken problem mentioned by the other users, so I didn't ask if it was vegan or not.
I had the tofu scramble burrito. It was VERY good, with a hint of curry (which I normally don't like). My friend had a spicy flat noodle dish--she enjoyed her lunch, as well. The place is small and very clean. Parking, however, sucks. We parked illegally at the Ihop, but I think Vegan Zone validates parking (not sure). Typical vegan prices ($8.50 for mine--came with "home fries" (just normal french fries). Definitely worth it, though.
They've got a mostly-vegetarian menu, a lot of which can be ordered sans-cheese/dressing to make it vegan. They also have quite a few vegan offerings (clearly marked on the menu--the last time I was there it occupied its own section of the menu board), the best of which include their delicious cakes. I'm not certain about their other desserts, but all cakes (including cupcakes/single service cakes/whole cakes/slices) at Atlas are vegan. The cake slices are incredible and seem to be fresh baked each morning and then throughout the day as replacing becomes necessary. The cookies and cream cake is amazing. It turns out the cakes are from PA-based bakery Vegan Treats.
As mentioned before: there's really nowhere to sit (there are a few tables and there's also a bathroom behind the cake case/counter area), but there are benches outside and they do package everything to go.
Note: the service isn't bad, but the cooks/cashiers are mostly unfriendly and pretty rude.
The cupcakes are adorable and mostly tasty, but the vanilla frosting has a strange taste and often becomes strangely shiny/separates a little bit if you don't eat the cupcake right away. The shop itself is also very cute.
I only tried two dishes so I can't give a really thorough review. Friends of mine really like the sandwiches, but I went for a birthday dinner and wound up ordering entrees. The Mexican offerings are filled with cilantro (I don't know anyone on the fence with this herb--most people I know hate it, though others love it)--I ordered the Mexican Burrito and didn't like it at all. It was very large and the waitress told me she would replace it after she asked me why I wasn't eating it. I also tried the lasagna--again, a large serving--but didn't think there was anything special at all about it. Pretty expensive for just standard food.
I went right after the Oct 6-15 revamp. This was my first time to Zen Palate, so I'm not sure if the menu was changed (though I did overhear a waiter mention there were some new items).
To start I had the pan-fried vegetable buns, which were delicious and pretty big. For entrees I ordered the Tofu Delight and a cranberry iced tea. A friend ordered the eggplant dish (not sure of the name). Both were pretty good but I thought the sauce was a little heavy. The dishes came with extras (both came with spring rolls; other dishes come with different extras) and a side of brown rice. The price seemed really fair for the amount of food on the plate, and the iced tea was the best I've ever had (I know that probably sounds pretty lame, but come on! It was cranberry!).
Service is friendly and really fast. The dining area is clean and modern with neat tables that are really close together, though it doesn't seem like a notable problem until the crowds start coming in.
Another plus is that the menu clearly marks any non-vegan menu items and indicates the inclusion that makes them so (casein, honey, etc.).
I have never had anything better than their coconut cake. Okay, maybe the cookies and cream cake. The cakes here are so delicious I can't even bring myself to try anything else. Also, they are beautiful to look at. I can't wait until their online service becomes available.
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