Reviews written by sarah

Registered on Mar 24 03
 

The Grill in Athens, Georgia
Jun 6 05

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This place is just terrible. If you're vegan, don't bother. You'll simply sit there starving & drinking a vanilla coke at 4 in the morning. If you're vegetarian, you're not in much luck either--my vegetarian friend had some sandwich that amounted to a couple slices of tofurkey and mayo and a leaf of iceberg lettuce. The sandwich usually has a slice of tomato as well, however the menu informed us that all tomatoes had been swept away by recent hurricanes & would not be appearing on any sandwiches for the next 5 years. Tomato moratorium=don't eat there.

The Grit in Athens, Georgia
Jun 6 05

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I ate here almost every day for an entire year of life and am not a big fan, which attests to many things, I suppose. Well, their cakes are wonderful. But there are occasions when none are vegan, and this can be terrible and lead to some sort of fit. But when they are there they are almost always as good as cake can be, and they do make all different sorts all the time, and pies. As for the "real food" they really need to expand their vegan options. Many many things on their menu are cheese-centric and they do not offer vegan soy cheese (they offer casein-containing soy cheese which is stupid). So I've hardly ever eaten off the menu, as much as I've eaten here. One thing I used to get that I liked was the Tofu Rueben, but you have to ask for no cheese, no russian dressing, and whole wheat bread instead of marbled rye, and no butter. They have soup and vegetable side specials changing daily. Sometimes a soup is quite good. Sometimes they make vegan mac 'n' cheese which is yummy but not nearly as yummy as our own homemade stuff. Also I really don't recommend the brunch because almost nothing is vegan. I guess my best advice to anyone is if you live in Athens you should try to be able to afford to get the gas at your house turned on so you can cook.

Thai of Athens in Athens, Georgia
Feb 27 05

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The only place where I have ever seen the unique vegetable protein substances--Suegai and Sueyu--apparently made by sea lions in california and flown over the continent for the enjoyment of vegans in Athens GA. Sueyu is seaweedy tasting and I don't like it personally, but some do. I recommend Green Curry Tofu, or General Tao's Suegai. The people who run the place are very nice and currate a gallery of drawn-upon napkins for your enjoyment, these ought to be appreciated by glancing up throughout your meal.

Soul Vegetarian South in Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 30 03

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my favorite things here are kale, macaroni and 'cheese', and homemade "ice kream." sometimes the power goes out and you cannot have an ice kream shake--that can be disheartening, so have lunch on a day when the electricity is going strong.

Bahaar Pakistani in Bangor, Maine
Jul 16 04

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I've eaten here twice--first in the summer of '03 and secondly in the summer of '04. The first time it was all deliciousness, perhaps the nicest indian food I'd ever tasted in all of my breathing years. 12 months later, and it is mind-bogglingly horrible. Apparently upon upping the prices it was determined the food no longer need be palatable. Or their old chef was drowned in the city's canal maybe.

Before ordering we sat there being subjected to hilariously horrible pop music (was it actually from pakistan? half the lyrics were in english) while I innocently remarked that the place seemed to have lost a lot of its charm. Little did I know! My friend Nesey Gallons started weeping before the food came, because he was getting sick supposedly, but I realize now it was a sign. Our "mango juices" tasted like popsicles melted 60 years ago into a pair of boots and kept half-frozen in a cellar before being served to us. Not to mention not tasting like any actual mango had ever been involved in their existence. In attempting to render these beverages drinkable by increasing their sweetness infinitely, we discovered that all the sugar packets had been obtained, or stolen, from Dunkin' Donuts.

The $14 plate of Vegetarian Snacks was more or less a few stray pieces of rotty vegetables swept from under the oven, battered in sludge, and fried to a consistency resembling the scum which sometimes builds up on shower curtains. A year ago I had raved about these snacks!

The entrees were truly revolting, a pool of oil accompanied by vegetables clearly of a frozen background--we were hardly able to muster any of them into ourselves at all. My friend asked for a take-home box out of some vague sense of politeness, or pity (the box was later abandoned roadside, as it made the car smell awful). We left a tip of $1.50 on our $45 check and practically galloped out of the restaurant. Our server pursued us down the sidewalk as my friend had taken the check with him, having drawn exclamation marks next to all the prices of various drinks and dishes and had redone the math a number of times.

Little Lad's Basket in Bangor, Maine
Aug 18 03

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little lad's is all vegan with the exception of a small few bakery items that contain honey and these are not overwhelmingly exciting anyway (popcorn and a breed of bread). the food here is great and a real bargain. also it's located no more than 44 hops from the bus station in bangor, convenient for all who have been existing on sugar wafers for two days, or whatever the case may be.

Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro in Portland, Maine
Nov 2 08

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New all-vegetarian restaurant in easy walking distance from anywhere in downtown Portland. Has received many enthusiastic reviews. I find the food pleasant, but a little boring and not incredibly flavorful. The curries (so-called) are not spicy at all. It probably appeals to a wider crowd by being mild, and one is glad and grateful for any vegetarian restaurant in this town, after all. Entree portions are nice and large. Dessert portions are far too small and I can make better vegan cheesecake than that at home. Overall I recommend the soy nuggets appetizer and the peanut curry.

Little Lad's Bakery in Portland, Maine
Aug 18 03

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this is a wonderful place to eat, the only drawback being their unpredictable hours that are different every time i come to town. they have an all-you-can-stomach buffet for $5 which includes two soups, salad bar, bread, and about five different hot entrees to choose from. the entrees are always good, but the best are things like vegan lasagna or vegan mac 'n' cheese, or things involving lentils or anything with tomato sauce, i have found. they can also make you a giant waffle (but you'd better take a friend to help you eat it) topped with sweet "cream" and berries. and they make their own "nice cream." my favorite things are the mystery tarts. for only 99 cents you get to have mystery and a delicious tart. for 25 cents more you can have a tart, and no mystery at all, but for this added fee you can ensure that you will get a bumble cherry tart, which is the best kind.

Grasshopper in Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 23 04

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this food tastes like it was extracted from a septic tank and fried in 200 gallons of corn oil, then eaten by the chef and vomited onto a plate which is placed on a tray and taken to your table where you foolishly consume enough of it to wish that you were dead. then the waitstaff tries to suck your soul out thru a strange chinese tube. we were lucky to escape with our lives, however our intestines suffered greatly for the following weeks.

India Palace in Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 12 07

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Definitely your best prospect for Indian food in the area... I've been to the others and this is the only decent one, also a lot less expensive than the others. A good choice of vegetarian/vegan selections, however do NOT assume that all the vegetarian entrees are vegan! Please check with your server to request dairy-free as some of them apparently involve dairy if you do not request otherwise. The vegetable samosas are delicious... I've been a couple times with my friend and eaten only samosas, they are quite filling. The name of the entree I've had here alludes me, a slightly rarefied dish involving eggplant, it was rather good, I suppose.

Veggie Planet in Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 24 04

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Tiny basement place with a tiny menu--about a dozen dishes that can either be made "as pizza" or as something else (I'm not sure what). Be warned that this place is attached to a Live Music Club which seems to attract truly awful performers whose music will be clearly audible at your table whether you like it or not.

The vegan pizza is extraordinarily greasy--it actually leaks all over your paws as you eat it--and is just not very good. Their biggest downfall is the lack of a fully-realized vegan "ricotta" recipe. They basically just inundate their crust with piles of oily tofu, flavorless except for some hint of basil. It isn't horrible, but if you've ever had really beautiful vegan pizza you will be very sad with this.

Desserts are not great, but they always seem to have a vegan brownie and a vegan cake if you want to make yourself even sicker in an attempt to redeem the meal.

On the upside, orange pencils are on hand for drawing pumpkin patches.

Breadsmith in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Nov 2 08

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Watch out, the pumpkin muffins are no longer vegan, they sadly changed the recipe to include eggs at the Minnetonka branch, and I would assume this change is across the board for all stores.

If enough people expressed displeasure, who knows, maybe they'd revert to the old recipe. Doubtful, of course.

Breadsmith in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Nov 2 08

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After over a decade of eating the delicious Pumpkin Muffins from this store they go and stick a bunch of stupid eggs in the recipe. Without telling me, I might add. So watch out. And complain.

The only thing aside from the regular breads they seem to do vegan anymore at this location (Minnetonka) is the Chocolate Babka, still a treat, but in light of the muffins I would check the ingredients on it beforehand.

Breadsmith in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Nov 2 08

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Watch out, the pumpkin muffins are no longer vegan, they sadly changed the recipe to include eggs at the Minnetonka branch, and I would assume this change is across the board for all stores.

If enough people expressed displeasure, who knows, maybe they'd revert to the old recipe. Doubtful, of course.

Cafe Brenda in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 2 03

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i hate this lousy place. my parents took me here some years ago, with the impression of it being a "vegetarian" restaurant, and the only thing to eat was the equivalent of a potato pancake for eleven dollars or something, and it wasn't even good. i hope nobody goes to this restaurant, especially newer vegans or vegetarians, as it will leave them feeling pretty discouraged (not to mention hungry!).

Donuts Delite in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Mar 30 03

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buy no fewer than two boxes of donuts when you come here, unless you are stopping on your way aboard a bicycle, probably going to como park to ride the carousel, in which case it is safer to buy only one or two donuts, which can be clutched in one paw while the other is free to steer amongst the traffic and carriages. but then, on your way home, get another. maple-raised are my favorite. everyone loves these donuts.

Evergreen Chinese Restaurant in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 6 03

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my favorite thing was a mango shake made with fresh homemade soymilk. the appetizers--vegan rolls and make-believe chicken nuggets--were very good, though the entrees weren't that exciting.. i could have had a fine meal with just my sugary shake and appetizers all to myself.

they had nice placemats with animals on them. my mom was trying to find the animal whose year she was born in, and i said she was too old to be on the placemat. she got mad. other than that my (non-vegan) parents seemed to like the food even more than me.

Lakewinds Natural Foods in Twin Cities, Minnesota
May 15 05

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Lakewinds has transformed a lot since I last went there years ago, and unfortunately it's much less vegan-friendly now. There were no vegan items in the bakery, neither in the cake case nor in the muffin/scone/cookie case which is on the far-side of the deli island. They used to have delicious blueberry gingerbread which was vegan, and several other items. The deli case, with pre-prepared foods, was dominated by meat, and I couldn't even stand there to look at the different things because I don't like looking at pieces of dead animals. Another change I noticed in the deli was a vast installation of snooty cheeses which wasn't there before.

They used to have Oats Cream (yummy vegan soft serve) available at the deli. They don't have it anymore.

Aside from the sheer shortage of treats, the produce was not looking too good. I wanted to get a big bag of string beans & all their beans were wilted, and I ended up at Byerlys to get them.

I guess one positive thing I can say is that they have soy creamer out in a dispenser to put in your coffee if you buy a cup of coffee there. Most other places--like Whole Foods--only provide soymilk for customers buying a cup of tea or coffee. Which is annoying, because they sell soy creamer there, and soymilk does NOT make coffee tasty.

Muddy Paws Cheesecake in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Jun 5 05

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hm! most homemade vegan cheesecakes i've had were better than the slice i tried here--the taste was pretty nice, but it wasn't very firm & for some reason this disturbed me. i actually thought it might not be vegan the first bite i took because it was so creamy. i guess most cheesecakes i've eaten are made with some tofu, whereas this one tasted more like they used exclusively vegan cream cheese. blueberry was what i tried. it would've been great if they'd had more than two vegan cheesecakes out of 40 choices--the only vegan ones they had were cherry or blueberry, which seemed very modest alongside the vast array of wildly adorned inventions like neapolitan and coffee caramel! also it would be nice if they got soy creamer for the coffee. they have quite a coffee menu too.

Pizza Luce in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Mar 30 03

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you will be enchanted by the many shades of margarine and tangerines observed in the hairs of the pizza-serving staff, and also by the cake, which is often the best anywhere. another secret way of getting enough sugar here is to order a lime soda with cherry syrup to go along with your pizza and cake. there are formulas and math equations and geometries which you use to know how many toppings are best on a pizza, and the answer seems to have always been three. it can be very frustrating to accompany people to this restaurant, as there are often violent brawls which break out at neighboring tables when nobody can agree upon pizza toppings. i think the best is rinotta with roasted eggplant and spinach.

Spyhouse Coffee Bar & Gallery in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 2 03

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two dollars for nehi soda! i used to buy them for a quarter! this is still the only place i know of to buy them outside of the south. use peach flavor for blessing boats.

Whole Foods Market in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 7 03

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the proposal that whole foods' bakery in any way exceeds that at the wedge is quite incorrect! i cite the following reasons:

selection: whole foods has a mere three different breeds of vegan cake, four breeds of vegan cookie, and two vegan "bars"--and that's it! no muffins, no scones, no pies, no lemon squares! there will be no excitement for you peering into the bakery case, because if you go there once you will already know exactly what they have, and it doesn't ever change. if you like predictable drudgery from your dessert line-up, it's okay. if you like mystery, luck, and adventure, the wedge has about a million more choices!

quality: the cookies are all very good--especially the chocolate chip and snickerdoodle. the cakes, however, are lousy! freshness is an issue. at the wedge, they cut a slice of cake just for you (and you can say "make it really big!"), but at whole foods you retrieve your pre-cut slice from a lowly refrigerated case that isn't even located within sniffing distance of the bakery counter. i don't know how long those slices have been there, but my piece of strawberry cake was wet as clouds. nor was the carrot cake delicious. it might come down to their recipes, which use exclusively maple syrup to sweeten, and vegetable oil instead of soy margarine. this makes for very wettish cake. too dense. that sort of cake makes me feel sick.

no coercion: since whole foods is a chain, the recipes and everything are handed down from a national authority who tells them what to bake. many years ago, they made a really delicious vegan carrot cake, and suddenly stopped. i asked about that carrot cake a hundred times, but the people at the bakery couldn't do anything about it--they said the company just decided not to have it anymore. end of story, end of good carrot cake! at a co-op you can say or write a comment that someone at the store will at least pretend to care about, even if they never do make the blueberry shortcake you recommended.

my feelings for baked-goods are quite strong. if you are not psychologically dependent on muffins and cake you will probably find whole foods satisfactory for your grocery needs.

Angelica Kitchen in Manhattan, New York City
May 30 05

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i think the best thing about this restaurant is the fact that there's an enormous pig painted on the side of the building across the street from it.

neither the food nor the desserts impressed me. the best thing i ate was a "pickle plate", which i only ordered because it was hilarious hearing myself say "i'll have the pickle plate." the hibiscus drink was very delicious, actually it almost rivals the pig on the other side of the street. so if you love beverages you have to try it. it's perfect, i think it's sweetened with agave nectar. i drank eight dollars worth of it when i was there!

Atlas Cafe in Manhattan, New York City
Jul 4 08

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update: Last time I got stuff here the vegan soft serve was lousy and not like I remembered it at all. It was all watery and tasteless and awful too. The desserts were still terrific, though.

They also have a new location a couple blocks from Washington Square Park called "Little Atlas," which is pretty handy.

This place is quite wonderful! They have "real" food--sammiches and such--but I can only attest to the grandeur of their many vegan desserts. A whole case of cakes, brownies, bars, etc! As well as vegan soft serve with all sorts of toppings that you can eat sundae-style or have mulched into a shakey state for your enjoyment. Not the kind of place you sit down. They have about one table and two and a half chairs. But great to go there and grab treats before continuing on your way.

Caffe Reggio in Manhattan, New York City
Jun 14 08

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Reggio is a wonderful place with the most delicious coffee you can imagine. The atmosphere is perfectly conducive to long dreamy lingerings alone or with friends, reading, writing, or staring. Soymilk is available for cappuccino and other prepared drinks, but they don't have soy creamer. I always buy a little container of Silk creamer from one of the nearby convenience stores to put in my hot or iced coffee (americano).

The best thing ever is to get a "Mephisto"--strawberry ice cream blended with some sort of magical ameretto that only they have access to--so you must bring your own soy ice cream if you want a vegan one! All the convenience stores nearby sell soy ice cream. You want strawberry or cherry chocolate.

Candle Cafe in Manhattan, New York City
Jul 12 07

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Rather expensive but wonderful! I ordered some manner of sandwich involving tempeh & sweet potatoes, for dessert there was homemade cinnamon ice cream and cake. All very Delicious, cinnamon ice cream in particular! Go when you're feeling vaguely rich or (better yet) with your parents so as to not sink into some sort of Fifteen-Dollar-Sandwich-Depression (FDSD) unless already taking medication for this disorder...

Gobo in Manhattan, New York City
Jun 23 04

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we were starving in this particular neighborhood at one time, and since the menu looked alright we gave it a try. the moment we entered & were greeted by an entire troupe of goons i thought we would be dismissed for lack of fancy clothes, but we were not--i wish we had been! it was sleek and goony, you pay large sums of money for almost invisible portions of food. you practically have to sit in other people's laps, and subsequent diners are seated in your lap. as their unpleasant "conversations" descend upon you, a man approaches menacingly, clutching a trembling basket to his breast. the napkin is lifted, and the man makes grim gestures towards rows of bread. your lack of readily understanding his signals wins you two little pieces of bread like crumpled human ears. if you do dine here, be prepared to grab as much of this bread as you can, as it is the only really delicious and filling thing the restaurant offers. you will be coerced into ordering many different miniscule portions of food which taste slightly okay if you can ignore the fact that it must be eaten while peering through a microscope to see it! you are equipped with spoons & forks from dollhouse kitchen sceneries in order to wrangle these tidbits into your mouth. and it costs around a million dollars a plate. if you like your bill to include 50% more for goony posturing, go to gobo, but if you are actually hungry you should go someplace else.

Kate's Joint in Manhattan, New York City
Sep 2 03

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i like it, but they should definitely have vegan milkshakes!

Khyber Pass in Manhattan, New York City
Jul 4 08

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This used to be one of my favorites in New York City, but everything has gone downhill in the past few years and now I just feel really depressed whenever I eat there. What was once the utmost delicious pumpkin dish tastes like Chef Boy-R-Dee Afghani food these days. I don't know what happened but the quality of their ingredients is pretty dismal & they definitely don't have the cooks they used to. The Boulanee Kadu appetizer is still good (fried pumpkin-filled pastries).

Madras Cafe in Manhattan, New York City
Jun 18 05

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I got pretty excited about this place when I looked at the menu and saw vegan mango lassies on it! And the lassi was a delicious treat indeed. Unfortunately our entrees were lackluster and we didn't even finish them, despite being quite hungry. The "Nine Jewels" vegetable curry was bland and had huge pieces of onion and green pepper in it, and only a couple small florets of cauliflower, which is a much more appropriate vegetable for such a dish. The samosas were okay, and the other entree we got (something about a potato stuffed with peas) was slightly better. Still it was a quality of Indian food I'd expect to eat out of desperation in some suburb or something--certainly I had hoped for more deliciousness than this in New York City.

Teany in Manhattan, New York City
Mar 30 03

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if you are in the east village and have a late-night hankering for cake, you will be very lucky if someone knows that this teahouse has a good selection of vegan desserts, in addition to about a thousand different kinds of tea, and soups and sandwiches too. the teas looked very exciting, but the best ones cost as much as six dollars a cup, and that was the same price as a slice of cake! so it was very simple to decide upon vegan strawberry shortcake, which was wonderful with delicious strawberries and ersatz whipped cream in abundance if i recall correctly. my friend got a kind of strawberry rhubarb crisp or cobbler, which he didn't like too much, and it was kind of sad having to look across the table--peering over my towering cake bejeweled with strawberries--at the half-eaten cobbler and the sad face of my friend! so don't let your friends buy a bad dessert, because if they do you will have to reluctantly let them eat some of yours when in fact you want every forkful for yourself. i also ate a sandwich here, following the cake. overall i give it two paws up, although the atmosphere and music playing was kind of silly (lots of robots) and there are pictures of moby everywhere as if he was their mascot.

Whole Earth Bakery & Kitchen in Manhattan, New York City
Jul 4 05

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I tried a cookie and a cinnamon raisin roll. bleh, too healthy! I have no idea what in the world they make things with here, not using margarine. it was pretty clear everything was sweetened with maple syrup, as my cinnamon roll was almost underwater in it. sadly, in spite of this, it still didn't taste like dessert.

The Table in Ottawa, Ontario
Sep 2 03

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two paws up! very wonderful banana nut bread.

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