Reviews written by twentytwo
Registered on Oct 12 07
i've picked up some of black bear's vegan cookies at the soulard farmers' market, the clayton farmers' market, and at their actual bakery location as well. they offer vegan oatmeal raisin and vegan chocolate peanut butter cookies. the chocolate peanut butter ones are my favorite -- they taste especially rich and delicious when they're still warm! their menu says they also make several varieties of vegan muffins but they have never actually been available at any time i have visited the 3 places i mentioned.
Most of the stir-fry veggie bowls are also vegan. You get steamed veggies, your choice of brown or jasmine rice, and your choice of stir-fry sauce. The thai, garlic ginger, olive oil-herb-&-lime, and hot & spicy sauces are vegan. Stay away from the teriyaki and sesame sauces - an employee told me they are chicken-based. I like the thai stir-fry veggie bowl the best, and you can add steamed tofu for only 75 cents extra. Yum!
The most satisfying things I've had here are the African Spinach & Peanut Stew and the vegan Hostess with the Mostess cupcake. Most of the things I've eaten here are on the oily side. I wish there were more vegan options -- almost everything is vegetarian (salmon is in 1 or 2 dishes). I'd say less than 1/5 of the menu is vegan. I wouldn't recommend the tofu scramble. The vegan pulled pork sandwich was yummy but not too filling.
There's also an option for vegan French toast on the menu, which may be worth trying, as well as vegan shakes. I would go back more often if they expanded the vegan options and if the meals were a little healthier (more veggies please!!!). Note that Shangri-La is only open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and you must pay in cash.
We are really blessed in St. Louis to have such a fabulous Whole Foods! There is a great salad bar, hot foods bar, Asian section with hot entrees prepared after you order, and a pizza station, as well as the traditional grocery section.
This location usually has Chicago Diner baked goods (exclusively vegan) shipped from the famous restaurant in Illinois, including cheesecake, half-pound slices of cake, muffins, monstrously-sized cookies, and brownies. (I like the peanut butter cookie and at Thanksgiving, they carry a pumpkin chocolate cheesecake that is to die for.) The selection depends on the day of the week that you visit, and if they've run out of stock or not.
For vegan meals, I like to get tofu spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce or the grilled tofu teriyaki bowl (huge and under $7). I wish they had more vegan soup options every single day, but they're good about having a vegetarian chili pretty often that is vegan. The hot bar almost always has a vegan entree (sometimes two), but they rotate the same ones over and over -- my favorite is the Tempeh Cashew Broccoli stir-fry. Get the seitan fajitas from the hot bar if you can catch that.
The deli section has a number of vegan options -- the hazelnut cutlets are delicious and I sampled a vegan Sonoma that was very tasty. The bakery serves a vegan muffin every day (either blueberry or chocolate chip) and two vegan tofu-based, sugar-free cookies (chocolate chip and oatmeal).
I love this Whole Foods, and I think I'd be out of my mind with excitement if this location added an indoor Jamba Juice, like the WF in Austin, Texas and Minneapolis.
Everyone try the Sesame Chik'n. It is divine. Especially with sweet potato fries on the side.
I also tried a piece of vegan strawberry cheesecake on my first visit, and I enjoyed every last bit of that too. Needless to say, I cannot wait to go back... In the meantime, everyone go support Green!
I really like Quicksands! If you let them know you're vegan, they will point you toward all your options -- the staff is extremely helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable about their menu items. I believe all the entrees come with soup, salad, and unbelievable freshly made bread! They have had vegan soup and salad options every time I've visited. Some delicious things I've tried and would recommend are the sweet potato bread and date bread (both amazing), strawberry-jicama salad, hummus appetizer with pita-type bread, and a "quicksand" -- a wrap sandwich with toppings of your choosing. Toppings that would especially appeal to vegans include tvp (texturized vegetable protein), tofu, and hummus. The meals I've had have been $7 to $8, but it's a great value -- they give you SO much food for your money, I left feeling stuffed (with very healthy food) and satisfied!
I really like Sun Harvest. Make sure to pick up a Nana's Cookie if you stop by the 281 location - all of Nana's Cookies are vegan, and my favorite variety is the wheat-free chocolate chip.