Reviews written by pia machita
Registered on Nov 7 07
If you eat here and want a cheap meal get all sides (beans/rice, guac., veggies, and tortillas). Just make sure to ask for no cheese on the beans when you order to make it vegan. This meal can be had for just around $4 and will fill you up to the brim! Their downtown Phoenix location closes at 7pm on weekday nights.
Look in the Phoenix New Times for a buy one get one free coupon (usually in there every other week).
Blue Nile Cafe is the best Ethiopian place in the valley I've tried (haven't been to Tina's in Chandler). Their selection is amazing and the food is delicious. You can tell they care about their patrons and know how to cook! I highly suggest going out of your way to go here - you won't regret it! They just opened up for breakfast recently, although I haven't gone in to try it. I hear they have a tofu scramble.
Chico's is a local favorite, especially after local demos. Their California burrito is huge (and I mean huge) and can be had for around $5-6. Just make sure to ask without sour cream and cheese to make vegan (they've forgotten to take them out though in the past). They have been known to support neo-nazis though, although that doesn't seem to keep a lot of us away.
Not quite sure if Counter Culture is going to open up. I heard they were having some funding issues, even though they won a year of free rent. So, for the time being don't try to go here cause it's not there.
I recommend their deep friend cauliflower! I didn't try anything else. Not the best atmosphere, but not bad.
I'm not a huge fan of this place. Not only are the prices outrageous, but they don't really have any vegan options. Your basically paying for the atmosphere, which is one of the best in the Phoenix area. This place is cool just to check out, but not necessarily for the food.
Nothing beats their $2.29 falafel sandwhich (don't get the combo or dinner, just get the sandwhich). Their hummus and baba ganouj are delicious as well. This is a great place to take people from out of town, and a great place to go if you don't have a lot of money to spend.
I go to Lemon Grass about once to twice a month. You can't really go wrong with any of their dishes. Lunch prices are cheaper and you get a spring roll, but their dinner dishes are bigger and you're more likely to take food home with you (always a plus to have a second meal). Service is usually always prompt and courteous.
If you're vegan make sure you ask if your dish has fish sauce in it (most don't, but best to check and see). Also, if you like your food really spicy ask for it "Dennis style." They'll add more red and jalepeno peppers.
All in all, I highly suggest checking out this place. But, I wouldn't go too far out of your way for it, since there are comporable Thai food restaurants all over the valley.
Little Szechuan has been at this location for as long as I can remember. I went here close to a year ago, and wasn't a big fan of it. The dish I got (which I think was the Szechuan Eggplant dish) was way too salty and not that good. I did have a coupon, which made it somewhat affordable. All in all, I would say to go somewhere else, but it might be worth a visit to see for yourself.
This place is amazing. There are so many dishes, appetizers, and drinks to choose from. Just too bad it's all the way in the Northwest Valley (since I don't have a car and live in Tempe). Loving Hut is def. worth the trip out there. Hopefully they'll open a second location a little closer to Downtown Phoenix and the East Valley.
Def. my favorite place to get vegetarian food on Mill Ave. They're localy owned and open pretty late. I would def. suggest Med Fresh over Phoenicia Cafe (although the atmosphere is better at Phoenicia). I usually get the falafel platter and have never been dissapointed in it.
This place isn't bad, but there are better alternatives (I highly suggest Tott's Asian Grill just next to Pei Wei in S. Tempe, and mom and pop restaurants like Thai Basil). Pei Wei is a corporate chain, so you pay for what you get.
Pretty good food, but not worth the prices (although their vegan chocolate cheesecake was fantastic - but not for $5!). I don't think this place is worth the visit. If you're looking for a really nice veg/vegan restaurant check out 'The Center' in Tempe.
Thai Basil is always packed during lunch time, so either show up early or a little bit later. Also, their dinner prices are a little bit more expensive (you have to pay $2 extra per person just to get brown rice instead of white). I highly suggest trying their eggplant dishes and the curry soup...mmmmm!
3 Roots is a great coffee bar and hangout spot, but what they're overlooked for is their food. On the menu now is their delicious tempeh Reuben. I highly recommend it. They also have veggie burgers, sandwhiches, soups, and salads. This is a family run local business and needs our support. They are awesome folks and cater to the vegetarian/vegan crowd.
Udupi is the best Indian food restaurant in town. I've never had a bad meal with them. The Chili Gobi is one of the best, and their dosas are always a treat. I would def. go out of your way to go here (they're right along bus route 72). Check for their times before going. Also, they have buffets quite a bit, and are worth it if you have the cash (or card). I recommend going both times of day (lunch/dinner).
Woodlands is amazing. I got the Gobi Manchurian and was in heaven. It took about 3-4 minutes for us to get our food. The price was about $1 cheaper than Udupi and you don't have to tip as much (or at all). It's very similar to Loving Hut, in that you order and get your food in a fast-food type style.
The chutney bar is one of the main reasons to come here. You can get as much coconut, tomato, mint, and tamarind chutney as you like. They also have a delicious spicy pickled sauce (I don't know what it is).
All in all, this place is def. worth the trip (even from the west valley) and highly recommended. However, I would say to check out the reviews on Yelp too. There are some good ones on there recommending what to eat - mainly their dosas and the vegetable manchurian.
This is a small place in downtown Phoenix. It gets pretty packed, so come early or late for lunch if you can. The veggie tempura were delicious, and the veg. sushi wasn't bad either.
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