Reviews written by brooks

Registered on Jan 20 08
 

Green in Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona
Jan 20 08

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I had the cocoa puff tsoynami, too! And it was absolutely breathtaking.

The review before mine sums my experience up really well. I flew into PHX for a day, to go see a concert. Since I had a lot of time to kill before the show, I decided to go check out Green. It seemed to have some favorable reviews on VegGuide and had some different entrees that you can't get on the menus of places up here in Minnesota, where I live. When I arrived, I walked in, sat down ... and it was like something out of a small-town diner; everyone kept looking at me like I was on crack. I felt terribly out of place! After a few minutes a very nice girl that worked there came over and asked if I was planning on eating, and informed me that I had to order at the till. Once I got past that awkward moment of not knowing exactly what I was supposed to do, though, things were great. I ordered a pasta dish that came with assorted veggies, vegan meatballs, and vegan ricotta cheese. That, coupled with the impulsive tsoynami afterwards, made for an awesome lunch. The only thing I found weird was the "coffee shop" atmosphere of the place; I couldn't help feeling like an outsider, with everyone glancing over at me repeatedly like I had just wandered off the street mistaking the place for a steak joint. Perhaps it wouldn't have felt odd if I wasn't dining by myself - but I left feeling a bit intimidated. Nonetheless, the food was really quite good, and the tsoynami was totally worth it.

Golden Harvest Cafe in Humboldt County, California
Jan 27 08

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My girlfriend and I came visited Eureka last September for a good friend's wedding. I used to live in Humboldt and missed it terribly; the ocean, mountains, and all the friendly people and good veggie eats. I'd been away for quite awhile, however, so this was my first time trying the Golden Harvest Cafe. My girlfriend and I ate there two days in a row, and she still talks about the food! The first day we did lunch, and I had a seitan "chicken-bacon-ranch" type of sandwich, if I remember correctly. The second day we visited the restaurant for breakfast, and it, too, completely rocked. Go check this place out!! It will be one of the first places I stop next time I'm in town.

Harmony Food Co-op in Bemidji, Minnesota
Jan 21 08

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I just arrived in Bemidji this evening and made Harmony my first stop after checking into my hotel. I'm just finishing a tempeh and sprout wrap and a cashew and jalepeno dip called "ambrosia," washed down with some awesome GT's Kombucha. Life doesn't get much better than this!

If you live in Bemidji and haven't been to this co-op yet, you really should go check it out. If you happen to be visiting, pay Harmony a visit, too. They have a suprising selection of veggie foods, both frozen and otherwise, and they have a small deli section in the back - where I picked up my wrap and Ambrosia dip, both vegan. All in all, this place is a jewel, and great to see in a smaller town like Bemidji.

Ronald's Donuts in Las Vegas, Nevada
Jan 20 08

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All I'm going to say is this: you have no idea how close I have come to flying to Vegas just to get donut holes... seriously. Of the five days in Las Vegas my girlfriend and I spent this past year, Ronald's Donuts was probably one of the fondest memories we have.

Dakota Soda in Fargo, North Dakota
Jan 20 08

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It's been awhile since I've had the chance to eat at Zandbroz, however sometime last year I believe I did stop in and enjoyed some vegan chili and cornbread. The food was pretty good, and I have to give the place props for serving honest-to-god vegan food in Fargo, of all places.

Juano's Mexican Restaurant in Fargo, North Dakota
Jan 20 08

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Best Mexican food in North Dakota, point blank. A trip to Fargo really isn't complete without a stop to either their little burrito shop on 13th Ave S. or their full-service restaurant downtown. I don't believe many (if any) items on the menu are bona-fide vegan, but they are more than willing to accommodate and the food doesn't suffer when they do. I tend to fly more than I drive these days, so I don't make it through Fargo as often as I would like; when I do, however, I always stop at Juano's.

India Pavillion in Columbia, South Carolina
Jan 20 08

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I traveled to Columbia on a business trip last year, and I was glad to find an Indian restaurant. Most of the time, Indian restaurants are failsafe places to get good vegetarian food, and that's what I was after my first night in town.

Sadly, I was let down. I'm glad that the India Pavilion has vegetarian options on the menu, but my experience fell short of what I was expecting. The place was really, really quiet, first off - somehow "too" quiet. There were other diners there, but the restaurant came off, unfortunately, as really depressing. My food, for what it's worth, did arrive quite fast - but really didn't meet my expectations. I ordered chana masala, a pretty basic dish, but it just wasn't that tasty. I have to give 'em points for trying, but it was almost as if I was dining in a Chinese restaurant in rural North Dakota. They may try, but it's nowhere near the kind of stuff you'd get elsewhere.

That being said, it *was* Indian food, and it *was* vegetarian. From what I could gather while I was down in Columbia for a few days, this alone is certainly a plus.

(As an aside, check out my review for the Rosewood Market. I stumbled upon it the day after dining at the India Pavilion... and I ate nowhere else for the rest of my trip.)

Rosewood Market and Deli in Columbia, South Carolina
Jan 20 08

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THESE ... GUYS ... ROCK.

Last year, I was sent to Columbia on a business trip. We don't do a lot of work in the South (mostly, I end up traveling in the upper Midwest). My only other vegetarian travel experience in the South, up until that point, left me pretty worried... so I had no clue what to expect. The first night I was there, I ventured over to the India Pavilion restaurant. Unfortunately, my experience wasn't that great, so I became even more worried about where I'd eat for the next few days.

Generally, when I'm not digging on the notion of Subway for three days straight, I'll fall back on my old standby of just winging it at the grocery store. Even though my hotel didn't have a microwave, I knew I could get something, even if it was ghetto, like Potato Buds.

Blessed be the VegGuide, since it helped me find Rosewood! Man, did I eat well on that trip. Solely because of its deli, and the awesome folks working behind it, I can say with damned certainty that this market is one of the best, if not THE best, that I've shopped at ANYWHERE in the United States so far. (Mind you, I'm comparing this to Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and wherever else I have been, but this place rocks.) During my trip, I was able to try some amazing macrobiotic falafels, some sort of barbecue tofu, and a few other things ... all of which were great. The market even carries GT's Kombucha. How rad is that?

I hope to make it back to Columbia sometime, and have more freedom to check out other things around town. If all I ever do there is visit Rosewood, though, that's all I'll need to make that trip complete.

Evergreen House Cafe in Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan 20 08

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This place more or less blows my mind every time I go back to enjoy their amazing vegan food. Sadly, I don't live in Salt Lake anymore, but when I visit, I generally make Evergreen's one of my first stops. If you live in Salt Lake, or you happen to be visiting, go check out this little hole-in-the-wall restaurant. The prices are good and the food is divine. You won't be disappointed!