Reviews written by Casey Nielsen

Registered on Oct 9 07
 

Chicago Diner in Chicago, Illinois
May 29 10

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My boyfriend and I made this our first stop on a recent trip to Chicago. After being in the car all day and starving, the food here really hit the spot. I got the Dagwood with no onions and sweet potato fries for my side. It was excellent and definitely worth the $10. The sandwich was huge! My bf got the meatball sub which he liked very much, despite being a carnivore. :) The menu was huge and pretty much everything can be made vegan, which is great. We got the smores shake for dessert, and it was really tasty. The service was excellent. Our server was really attentive and made sure to ask us how everything was and keep us updated on how long our food would be, even though it felt like we barely waited long at all. I will definitely go back on future trips to Chicago.

Delisi's Pizzeria in Chicago, Illinois
May 29 10

I never actually got to try this place because...my boyfriend and I made the trek there, which probably took over an hour. When we walked up to the restaurant, it was dark and there was a note saying something about new management not completing the necessary paperwork, so the state had forced them to shut down. Apparently it doesn't have anything to do with health code or customer complaints (according to the note). It was very disappointing, especially considering it said nothing about this on their web site and we went way out of our way to go there. We went to Ian's instead.

Fritz Pastry in Chicago, Illinois
May 29 10

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On a recent trip to Chicago, my boyfriend and I were driving around after exploring Northwestern University. I saw a sign for Diversey Parkway, and after remembering Fritz Pastry is on that street (I had made a list ahead of time of places I wanted to check out), we went searching for it. I am very glad we found it, because the stuff was pretty tasty. The cinnamon sugar donut I had was a nice treat and the only vegan donut I've ever had. It had a great texture and flavor. Colin got some kind of coffee cake, which was also pretty good. The only thing I didn't like about Fritz was that they don't label their vegan pastries. I had to ask what was vegan (after not seeing labels and being afraid they didn't have any!), and the guy told me. It's kind of disappointing.

Karyn's Cooked in Chicago, Illinois
May 29 10

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I love that everything at Karyn's is vegan. It definitely makes for an easy dining experience. :) I ordered the stuffed eggplant. The one thing I absolutely hate is onions, and I asked for it without. I was informed that the sauce or filling or whatever is premade, so they would be in there. Even with the onions, it was still really great. The bread it came with was tasty. It had a smoky, grilled taste that was so good and unique. My boyfriend ordered the jerk tofu sandwich. It had the perfect flavor and was so good. Despite being stuffed, we had to get a dessert, since they looked so tasty. We shared a piece of coconut cream pie, and it was like no other vegan dessert I'd ever had before. The flavor was perfect. After we had finished and were looking over the bill, the waitress came over and asked us how we liked the pie. After we told her how much we loved it, she told us she had messed up cutting a piece, and asked if we wanted it! We took it with us and had it for a snack the next day. I have never gotten such great customer service before, so that definitely made our experience there even better. I can't wait to go back and try something else there, or maybe even try her raw restaurant.

Soul Vegetarian East in Chicago, Illinois
May 29 10

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I thought Soul was pretty good. We ordered the onion rings for an appetizer. The first onion ring I picked up had a hair baked into it, which was disgusting... We ate the rest of them though, and they were really tasty. I ordered the BBQ rib platter and surprise, surprise... the first thing I noticed in them is another hair. One is gross, two (in two separate dishes!) is pretty ridiculous. The ribs were good, but not great. They could have used more sauce, and the consistency was kind of weird. I think my boyfriend got the carrot salad sandwich, and he really liked it. The saving grace of my meal was the scoop of banana soy ice cream I got to go. It was so creamy and flavorful. Apparently their soy ice cream is homemade.
I think next time I would rather check out Yah's.

Great Grains Market & Cafe in Albert Lea, Minnesota
Sep 18 09

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Great Grains just opened up a couple months ago, and I finally had a chance to check it out when I was home visiting my parents. If you know Albert Lea, it is almost unfathomable that a place like this would exist there. I had to go there to believe that there was an actual all vegan cafe in the small place I had grown up in.

On the day I went, the lunch special was shepherd's pie and some kind of chowder soup, I believe. Other things I saw that they offer included a veggie burger and fries, an avocado sandwich, and a chicken wrap. I opted for the chicken wrap and was not disappointed. I think the wrap was tomato flavored, and it was huge. It had some tasty mock chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, and a bit of a light "cheesy" sauce. I had a nice glass of raspberry iced tea with it.

I went back to the cafe later and got an apple raisin turnover and a strawberry banana smoothie. Those two things were also delicious. I would highly recommend checking this place if you happen to be in Albert Lea.

At Sara's Table/Chester Creek Cafe in Duluth, Minnesota
Feb 20 10

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A friend and I went to Chester Creek for dinner a while ago. I got the falafel sandwich which was really good. The service was great too. I just wish this place had more vegan options. (And maybe a vegan dessert.)

Burrito Union in Duluth, Minnesota
Feb 20 10

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I went here for lunch today when visiting Duluth. I got a taco salad, and it was pretty tasty. I appreciate that they have a lot of different veggies, but it would be nice if they had some kind of veggie meat. The server was really attentive, and it didn't take long for us to get our food.

Duluth Grill in Duluth, Minnesota
Feb 20 10

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My boyfriend and I were in Duluth this weekend for a concert and decided to hit up Duluth Grill for dinner. I was excited to see a number of vegan options on their online menu. Upon arriving, I saw that the menu had a new vegan item on it: a very tasty sandwich with (I think this was everything..) portobello mushrooms, tempeh, red peppers, and vegan cheese. It was so tasty! They must have just started serving vegan cheese because under the item it said something about vegan cheese being available for all dishes now. That's pretty exciting... The server was really knowledgeable about vegan options, and if there was something she wasn't sure of, she went to check with the cooks. The sweet potato fries are really tasty, but watch out because they normally come with a sauce on them that is made with mayonnaise. She made sure I got mine without. Overall, the experience was great. Great food, great service, and a nice atmosphere. The only thing that could make it better would be a vegan dessert option. :)

Bravo! Cafe and Bakery in Twin Cities, Minnesota
May 12 10

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Updated 5/12/10--Please note, their fish is no longer vegan. :( The new stuff they were sent contains egg white powder and whey protein. They may be trying to get the vegan kind back, but I think it depends on what they get shipped... They have notes up, but just to warn you in case you call your order in (like I did).

Updated 4/6/10--I go to Bravo about once a week. It is right up the street from my work and one of the only vegan options within walking distance. The employees are so friendly, always chatting with me, and remember my "usual" order. They treat me very well there and are very attentive as well. I usually get the mock fish with mushrooms. I don't know what real fish tastes like, but the mock fish has a great texture. It's not weird like some mock meats are. The mock beef is great as well. The only downside about Bravo is that it is very small. If you are going out with one person, it'd be great, but I wouldn't recommend trying to go there with a group. They also have outdoor seating when it's warm though. :)

Previous review--I finally checked this place out and ordered the sweet and sour "chicken." It was pretty good, but I think there was a bit too much sauce on it. My friends liked what they got too. (I think one had mock fish something or another, and the other tried the orange "chicken.") This place is pretty cheap, and the service is good. There is a big board with all the items, and those that aren't vegan are marked. It makes it very easy to know what you can and can't have.

Cupcake in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Jul 18 09

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On Mondays, Cupcake has vegan cupcakes!!! From what I understand, it's something they are going to try out to see how it goes. If they get enough positive feedback about them, maybe they would start having them more often or all the time or something. It's definitely worth checking out. The lemon one I had was divine. The vegan cupcakes are not labeled, so if you go in on a Monday, you will have to ask which one is vegan.

Also sometimes Cupcake has vegan chili or sandwiches, it changes on the specials board.

Evergreen Chinese Restaurant in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Apr 6 10

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Yum! I love Evergreen. I've been there a few times, but I almost always get the chicken with broccoli. The texture is great, and it's very flavorful. The other entree I've gotten there is mock duck with potatoes, which was good, but no match for the chicken. (Mock duck gets boring after a while anyway.) You have to try the vegan steamed dumplings too! They are very tasty. This is a great place to bring family or friends, since there are options for everyone.

Fast and Furless Vegan Emporium in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Apr 6 10

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F&F has a nice selection of all sorts of vegan items. It was the first place in town I was able to find those new vegan candy bars, made by Go Max Go. It may be a bit on the pricey side, but come on...it's the only vegan store in town and it's a local business. The owner is very friendly and sometimes his dog is hanging out there with him. :)

Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Feb 20 09

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I love Izzy's! When I went last night, they had four soy flavors: chocolate, chocolate almond, peanut butter, and blueberry! Blueberry is by the best; it's so delicious and creamy. The soy peanut butter isn't bad either.

Foodswings in Brooklyn, New York City
Aug 10 08

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Yum! I got the drumsticks, "chicken" quesadillas, cheese fries, and a bar of some sort. (Don't worry, I was sharing with a friend, but we wanted to sample a few things!) I want to make sure to visit this place whenever I'm visiting said friend in New York. The drumsticks and quesadillas were pretty spicy, actually -too- spicy, so I would stray away from those next time. If you want some greasy vegan food (come on, we all do sometimes!), this is a good place to get it at.