Reviews written by mindy

I'm vegan
Registered on Sep 15 08
 

Ubuntu in Napa Valley, California
Oct 21 10

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My fiance and I went to Ubuntu when we were in Napa recently. While I agree that the food is a little overpriced, we still really enjoyed it. We had an amazing white bean soup that was especially good. They are lacking in the vegan dessert department, that's for sure, but overall, we really enjoyed it!

The Garden in Sonoma County, California
Oct 21 10

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LOVE this place. We went there in September when we did our Napa/Sonoma wine tour. We stopped at the Garden for lunch one day. The service was great and we got to sit outside on their adorable shaded patio.

We started with the Italian nachos, which were tasty, but certainly not healthy (oh well!). Then I had the Garden BBQ tofu with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. The tofu was done to perfection, and sliced thinly (which I like). My fiance had the Carl burger, which he liked, but we both agreed my dish was better.

The only weird thing about this place is that it's only open til 8pm daily - so if you want dinner there, go early!

Evos in Tampa Bay, Florida
Dec 1 08

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This place was decent, though the soy burger is one of the only vegan options and it has a pretty strong soy taste. The air baked fries were yummy and the staff was really enthusiastic & nice. I'd go here again, but probably just if I were in a hurry.

Banzai Sushi Bar in O'ahu, Hawaii
Apr 30 09

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I'm not a big fan of sushi in general, but what I liked about this place was that there's outdoor seating, some of which is on cushions on the floor. Also, they had alternatives to seaweed - soy paper and rice paper - which was a huge plus since I don't like seaweed. I got veggie rolls and edamame, both of which were tasty (and would probably be considered really tasty if you're a sushi lover!). They also had a couple of salads on the menu that looked good.

Cholo's Mexican Restaurant in O'ahu, Hawaii
Apr 29 09

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Great restaurant on the north shore. The server we had knew what vegan meant and recommended options. I had black bean tacos with rice and refried beans. Cholo's has a very interesting, charming atmosphere and we had a lot of fun there!

Haleiwa Eats Restaurant in O'ahu, Hawaii
Apr 29 09

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Cute restaurant, sort of a romantic atmosphere. They don't serve alcohol but will let you bring your own in and pay a corking fee--wish we had known that before hand! The food was good overall, but the tofu could use some work - it wasn't pressed nearly enough, so it was kind of slimy (but I'm sort of picky about my tofu).

The Well Bento in O'ahu, Hawaii
Jun 1 09

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The food at this place is AMAZING. They have a number of vegan options, including:
- Tempeh scallopini
- Grilled tofu, seitan or tempeh done Louisiana style, western BBQ style, or Tamari/teriyaki style.

It's all served with macaroni salad, coleslaw (both vegan!), and tahini gravy over brown rice, plus a bunch of veggies.

I got the BBQ tempeh and it was FABULOUS. It was probably the best meal I had while in Hawaii. The deli itself is not much to look at - it's not the easiest to find, and it's TINY. No seating, so you have to take your food to go, but I didn't mind that because of how good the food was. I highly recommend this place!

Austur India Fjelagid in Reykjavik, Iceland
May 27 12

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We went to Austur India twice during our 1 week visit to Reykjavik - great atmosphere and service, and it's conveniently located near downtown. I had the vegetable korma and my husband had a paneer dish, and we both ordered the same thing the 2nd time because they were so good! Prices are high relative to the US, but going out to eat in Reykjavik is expensive almost no matter where you go. The good thing is that you don't tip servers in Iceland, so that takes 20% off the bill!

Graenn Kostur in Reykjavik, Iceland
May 27 12

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This place rocked! We ate here twice during our visit to Reykjavik, and enjoyed it both times. They had a vegan lasagna (with sunflower seeds on top, which was weird but yummy), vegan soup with toast & hummus, an African curry, and even vegan desserts! This was one of the few places we went where things were actually labeled as vegan vs vegetarian, which I really appreciated. The food was inexpensive and the servings were substantial.

A Naestu Grosum in Reykjavik, Iceland
May 27 12

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Not your average mall food, that's for sure! This is a place where you can get a quick bite to eat - you order at the counter, and they dish up your food within minutes. If you order the special, it's immediate. If it's a warm sandwich, it takes a few minutes. Servings are substantial and the price is right (about $10 American, which is very cheap in Iceland - May 2012). And they either label things as vegan vs vegetarian, or the wait staff can tell you. One little note - in Iceland, the translation for chickpeas is "chicken peas" - don't worry, no chicken served at this place! :)

The Bad Waitress in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Aug 3 11

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I was so excited to see that the Bad Waitress updated their menu and now includes more vegan options! The chocolate vegan milkshake is DELICIOUS and I'll go here just for that in the future....but I was rather disappointed with their tempeh sandwich. It sounds like it's a TLT - tempeh on toast with lettuce, tomato and avocado...but they don't marinate the tempeh or make it smokey or flavorful at all. So it's a pretty boring sandwich. I'm still open to trying to vegan sloppy joe, but wasn't super impressed with what I had last time. It still gets a "good" rating because of that milkshake though!

Cafe Agri in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 1 08

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I've enjoyed this place over all. The wait staff is always friendly and helpful knowing what's vegan and what's not (many things are or can be made so). I had one thing there - a veggie tempeh - that I found very bland, but otherwise I've had good experiences. The fig dessert is surprisingly good, and they have a blood orange soda that is fantastic. The atmosphere is quaint but also romantic.

Chambers Kitchen in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Jun 11 09

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I've only eaten brunch here, but it was really tasty. I had the oatmeal with fruit and then a side of their roasted potatoes, which I was assured were cooked using oil, not butter. Both were delicious. The only complaint I had is that they don't have soy milk, which I thought was kind of weird considering all the great reviews they get about having awesome vegan food. Didn't ruin the meal or anything, just thought it was weird. I didn't ask for any special accommodations, just ordered off the menu and it was fine!

Chin's Asia Fresh in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Jul 27 11

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This place is affordable and quick, and the service is always great. I go here for lunch maybe once a week and usually get the Thai Peanut Lo Mein with tofu. The tofu here is surprisingly good! They list clearly what is vegetarian, and are able to tell you if there are eggs or dairy in any of the veg dishes.

Cue at the Guthrie in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 15 08

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I went to Cue this weekend, remembering that the last time I was there they had one pasta dish that could be made vegan. When I sat down I realized they had changed their menu (which they do seasonally) and that item was no longer on there. I explained the situation to the server and she was so great! She talked to the chef and he said he'd make me something totally vegan off-the-cuff. What came out was fantastic: veggie stuffed roasted red pepper on top of wheatberry rice, all in tomato juice. It was FANTASTIC and beautiful. Anyway, while the menu is anything but vegan friendly, they were more than accommodating and the food was well worth it!

Ecopolitan in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 1 08

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Love love LOVE this place. The spicy lentil tostadas are probably my favorite, but they also have a "sausage" pizza on the menu sometimes that is fantastic. The casheese roll alone is worth going there for.

The service is not the fastest, but if you're patient & willing to wait for awesome food, this is the place to go!

French Meadow Bakery and Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
May 6 10

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This place rocks and is definitely my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. I go there a couple times a month and am always happy with the service & the food. The tempeh cutlet and bruschetta are amazing, and their vegan specials have never let me down. Specifically, they had these great northern bean cakes once that were phenomenal. At night the atmosphere is romantic, and during the day it's sunny & bright. The vegan breakfasts are wonderful - I recommend the oatmeal and the classic vegan breakfast. BONUS: Half-priced bottles of wine Sunday through Wednesday nights.

Ginger Hop in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Oct 17 09

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I really enjoyed this place. The vegan options are clearly labeled, which is nice, even though there aren't many of them (that's the one downside--and the only reason I'm giving this place 4 stars instead of 5). The atmosphere is great, the wait staff was super friendly, and the food was delicious!

For appetizers, I tried the sweet potato fries and the tofu spring rolls, both of which were awesome. Then I had the only vegan entree option, the Bodhisattva curry with tofu. It had a very nice flavor, but could have been a little spicier for me (I guess I could have asked for extra spice). The tofu was cut into small cubes and fried, and I like it that way a lot so I enjoyed the dish overall. It was just the right amount of food, and not too spendy. I asked for brown rice, and the waiter said they aren't currently offering that, but that they're still figuring out their menu. I suggested that they add that. I also asked if the Pad Lao could be done vegan and he said that right now there is limited flexibility due to the place and chefs being so new, but that perhaps in the future that will be an option.

I'll definitely go here again - while the options are somewhat limited, what they do have is really good, and the atmosphere is upscale without being pretentious.

Good Earth in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 9 09

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I don't understand the negative reviews for this place. I go here all the time and love it. The bean burger (Planet Burger - vegan) is fantastic! It doesn't hold together the greatest, but I think it tastes delicious so who cares? It's probably my favorite thing there. When I go for breakfast I love the oatmeal with fresh fruit on the side. The atmosphere is very laid back and friendly. I've been there tons and never had a bad experience!

Heartland in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 28 09

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When you first look at their menu it doesn't necessarily look vegan friendly. However, I called and they said they always accommodate vegans and were happy to do so. The owner said that if we had called 1 day ahead, he could have had his pastry chef make something special for me. As it was, they were able to make some great sorbet, which was fine with me! I'd definitely go back here. It's more of a gourmet restaurant so the portions aren't huge, but it was definitely filling and tasty!

The Independent in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Jun 23 09

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I saw an ad recently that the Independent had a new menu "with expanded vegetarian and vegan offerings". We went there the other night, and were kind of disappointed. While the waitress (who was very friendly and helpful) knew what could be veganized, nothing was labeled as such, and the options weren't that great. We ended up getting the hummus (without the sundried tomato & feta), which was really great, and the vegetable stir fry with mock duck added. This was AWFUL. It was like they just put noodles & veggies together and coated them in soy sauce. The mock duck was practically straight out of the can - no seasoning, nothing. And it was $13 or something. We hardly touched it. I'd go back for appetizers (the hummus), but that's about it.

Jasmine 26 in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Jun 11 09

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Love this place. They really know how to cook tofu! The sea salt & pepper tofu is to DIE FOR, and the tofu in the red curry is fantastic. I really love this place and would highly recommend it!

Little Szechuan in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Jan 10 12

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We went to Little Szechuan this past weekend and enjoyed it overall. We tried the Homestyle Tofu and the Spicy Tofu. The spicy tofu was the better of the 2, but both were quite good. Crisp, firm tofu, with great flavor. The portion sizes were large (2 people could easily share 1 entree, we learned), and affordable ($10.95 each). The wine list is minimal, but has good options at reasonable prices. They have brown rice ($2 up charge), and knew what vegan meant - ie, told me what dishes do not contain fish paste, chicken stock, etc, so that was a welcome change.

Little Szechuan is in a great location and the atmosphere at the restaurant is nice - big, comfy booths & dim lighting, with a more upscale feel than a lot of Chinese restaurants I've been to.

We will likely go back here to try other things, and to get the spicy tofu again, but we didn't like it as well as some of our other go-to restaurants, so it probably won't make the regular rotation. Still, if you're going to see a movie at the West End and want a good, cheap meal, this would be a good option.

Mill Valley Kitchen in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Jan 10 12

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My husband and I REALLY like this restaurant. It has a number of (nicely labeled!) vegan options, and the staff all know what can and can't be done vegan (if not labeled vegan, that is). I love that all the dishes have nutrition information listed - it makes eating out and watching what you eat so much easier!

Some of our favorite things here: the vegetarian burger (vegan if you ask them to leave cheese off the side salad), the Rustic Three Bean salad (vegan sans parmesan), vegan chili (spicy & delicious), the smashed yukon (FINALLY some vegan mashed potatoes at a restaurant!), the coconut sweet potatoes, and the hummus & pita (although the pita is the star of that combo).

This is a great place to go if you want food that tastes healthy & fresh. The wine list is also good and has wines in all price ranges.

My only complaints: 1) I do wish they had another vegan entree other than the veggie burger, and 2) the only vegan dessert they ever have is fresh fruit. BORING!

Word to the wise: make a reservation. This place stays pretty busy from what I've been able to tell.

Namaste Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 15 08

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I've been here twice and enjoyed it both times. The outdoor seating is fun in the summer time, and the food is great. I love that vegan items are listed as vegan, and I didn't think it was that expensive (as some other reviewers have mentioned). Service was good as well.

Naviya's Thai Brasserie in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Jul 27 11

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I was very impressed with Naviya's. I found out she uses no fish paste in any of her curries (meaning they are all at least vegetarian), which was a nice contrast to a lot of places I've gone. We had the tofu spring rolls, the Rama Thai with mock duck, and the Massaman curry with fried tofu. ALL SO GOOD. The tofu is done perfectly - nice and crispy, not soggy at all. The spring rolls tasted so fresh and flavorful and had a great peanut-cucumber sauce to go with them. The Rama Thai was deliciously peanut flavored, and even the mock duck was good (I don't usually like mock duck that much). The vegetables in both curries were perfectly done.

We will likely become regulars here!

UPDATE 7/27/11: Naviya's now labels their menu with whether things are vegan or not, as well as what can be vegan, and what is gluten free. I was told that some of the curries in the past did have shrimp paste, but they have now remedied that, and most (even Massaman) can be made without the shrimp paste. But you have to ask specifically on that dish. Some of the other curries are shrimp paste free naturally. I am glad they are now labeling the dishes!

Om Restaurant in Twin Cities, Minnesota
May 6 10

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My boyfriend and I went here last night and had a great experience over all. The staff was incredibly nice, helpful, prompt & friendly. Our server, Paul, was really knowledgeable about what could be done vegan and was just great at his job in general. The man who developed the menu (he has several cookbooks too) even came over & introduced himself, asking if we had any questions, which I thought was nice.

I had the Vegetable Curry Casserole, which is the only vegetarian entree on the menu. It can be made vegan if you eliminate the puff pastry, and it was very tasty even without that. While I would definitely eat this again, it's a little bit of a bummer that there's only ONE entree option for vegetarians/vegans. That's one area where this restaurant can improve - since when is Indian food so meat heavy?? Anyway, there are at least 3 vegan breads - we tried the Fenugreek wheat bread and the Chickpea flour crepes (each order has only 2 breads each). Both were good, but we both preferred the chickpea ones. (FYI, the naan is made using buttermilk).

The best part of the meal, however, was the dal! They have a "legume of the day", and last night it was a yellow dal. SO delicious - we both really enjoyed that. Full of flavor and great with the chickpea crepes.

This is not a "cheap" place to eat - so if you're going expecting it to be your typical Indian restaurant, think again. The atmosphere is upscale (we got a cute booth downstairs), and the servers are very professional, and you pay more for it all. We knew that ahead of time so we were fine with the prices, but just know that going in!

Saffron in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Feb 22 10

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Went here for the first time this past weekend and had a great experience. When I made the reservation I mentioned that I was vegan and asked if they'd have any problem accommodating me. They said it was absolutely no problem. When we got there, they noted that I was vegan, and brought me a menu with items checked off if they were or could be done vegan. Those items were:
- Baba Ghanoush
- Yellow Lentil Dip (SO YUMMY)
- Giant beans
- Olives/picked veggies
- Fried Cauliflower
- Green salad with fried pita chips (delicious)
- Beet Salad
- Entree: Vegetarian feature (changes often)

The vegetarian feature I had was winter vegetables with a beet vinaigrette and chickpeas. It was so incredibly flavorful and just tasted very healthy and wholesome.

They have a vegetarian tasting menu as well, but the dessert cannot be made vegan (doesn't seem like they ever have vegan desserts - aside from sorbet, that is). But the dinner we had was really amazing, and I'll definitely go back.

It's not a cheap place, so expect to pay about $20 for your entree plus any appetizers/drinks you want. But I'd say it's worth it.

Seward Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 1 08

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Vegan french toast here is to die for. The oatmeal is fantastic, and the prices can't be beat. I go here for brunch quite often and have never been let down. This place rocks!

Shish in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 20 11

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I love this place, esp for the price point. I verified with them that their hummus and their falafel are both vegan. You cannot go wrong getting the Jerusalem style falafel wrap. It is SO good. Their french fries are also delicious, as is their hummus platter. They are kind of weird about labeling though - they'll always label their daily soups as vegan or not, but their regular menu isn't labeled, which is kind of annoying.

Whenever I'm over in St. Paul, I always stop here for lunch!

The Wedge Co-op in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 1 08

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The Wedge is great. If the deli were nearer to my work place, I'd likely pick up lunch here every day. They have "design your own" sandwiches and offer great marinated tempeh as a protein. The vegan tollhouse cookies are amazing, and you can get a great vegan burrito by eliminating cheese & sour cream.

El Meson in Dayton, Ohio
Nov 30 08

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Nice atmosphere; half-priced bottles of wine on Fridays. The vegetarian/vegan menu is very slim, but they have one great vegan friendly dish that's rice & peas & veggies - sounds boring, but the flavor was amazing. I'd definitely get it again.

Asylum in District of Columbia, USA
Jul 2 10

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This place has good vegan brunch on the weekends. I had the mango pancakes and tempeh bacon. The pancakes were more like crepes than pancakes, but they were very tasty. The "bacon" was awesome, but you only get 3 little slices for $3 or something - a little spendy. The atmosphere is gothic, which is kind of weird for a Saturday morning, but it's a nice little place overall. I'll definitely go back on my next trip to DC.

Dos Gringos in District of Columbia, USA
Mar 19 10

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I've only had weekend brunch here, but it was really good. I had a bagel breakfast sandwich with vegan sausage and tofu scramble on it. So yummy! The only downside to this place is that it was INSANELY busy when we were there, and I guess usually is on weekends for brunch. We had to take our food and leave instead of sitting down (not a ton of seating). But still, the food was good.

Sticky Fingers in District of Columbia, USA
Jul 2 10

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I am pretty much in love with this place. I visited 3 of the 4 days I was out in DC this spring. Their Corwin Oatmeal sandwich things are to die for. They're like those packaged oatmeal creme pies but vegan and not full of all the preservatives and toxins. Their TLT sandwiches are delicious, and their bagels with vegan cream cheese are pretty darn good too. I haven't had a single thing here that I didn't like. And I LOVE being able to go into a bakery and order ANYTHING in the case. Yay for vegan bakeries!

Zaytinya in District of Columbia, USA
Jul 2 10

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Absolutely LOVED this place. The atmosphere is upscale and gorgeous, the wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable, and the food was out of this world. I don't think we had a single thing we didn't love. The waiter knew exactly what on the menu was vegan or could be done vegan. We tried a lot of things: falafel, ottomon pilaf, brussels sprouts (some of the best I've ever had - ever), hommos, piyaz, crispy potatoes, and fresh chickpeas. The best of those things were the pilaf, the brussels sprouts, hommos, and falafel. All of it was good, though. I highly recommend this place and would definitely go back!

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