Reviews written by Goldie

I'm vegan
Registered on May 24 09
 

Cup Cafe in Tucson, Arizona
Jun 5 09

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Last week I had dinner for the first time at The Cup. I was pleasantly surprised. I believe there were 2 vegan entrees and a few sandwiches and salads. My entree was creative and good. A bit bland but not bad at all. I'll definitely go bad.

Eclectic Pizza in Tucson, Arizona
Jun 23 11

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I've been to Eclectic Pizza twice. The last time was 2 months ago, before they changed their name. I got a gluten free crust and non-dairy cheese. I think they use Vegan Gourmet. The pizza was light on the cheese and sauce nothing extra. Gluten free crusts aren't usually anything to write home about, so I won't fault them for that. If the service had been at least ok, I would have given the experience a 3 stars but it wasn't. The server kept disappearing and I had to ask a million times for each thing I needed, like a glass of water. The restaurant was dead. The first time I went to Eclectic, I sat for 20 minutes waiting for the waiter to speak to me. I left. The only reason I returned two months ago was because I was dying for non-frozen vegan pizza. Looks like I'm going to be sticking with Amy's.

El Charro Cafe in Tucson, Arizona
Jun 5 09

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There are only a few vegan options but how often do you see the word vegan on the menu of a Mexican restaurant. Quality and service are always great. I've been going there for years. Each location has a different look and vibe, so try a few. They don't use lard. Most times the waiters don't understand the vegan food rules but I ask them to speak with the chef and he/she understands. So, it is vegan friendly but you have to go through some minor hoops. Usually I get a Topopo salad or a whole wheat burro have it filled with grilled vegetables, plain rice and whole beans. I think there are a few more options for vegans. There are tons of options for vegetarians. Whole beans and white rice are vegan. Chips have their own fryer. Salsas are great. Margaritas even better.

Govinda's in Tucson, Arizona
Jun 5 09

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I love Govinda's. It's more than a meal, it's an experience. If you're not comfortable dining in a zen place connected to the Hare Krishna movement, it is not for you. They have a healthy buffet with good food. Not amazing but predictably good food.

Lovin Spoonfuls Vegetarian Restaurant in Tucson, Arizona
Jun 5 09

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The fact that Lovin Spoonful is all vegan is reason enough for me to like it. The service is always quick (rare for vegetarian restaurants). Peggy manages it well. The food is good, not great. I always find it a bit on the bland side and wish the menu was a bit more creative. I still go there at least twice a month because it is predictable and a central location.

New Life Health Center in Tucson, Arizona
Sep 1 10

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New Life used to be my favorite food store in all of Tucson. I love the idea of supporting independent health food stores but New Life has changed a great deal over the years and I have become an infrequent shopper. Paula, one of the managers at this location is amazing and one of those super knowledgable individuals you used to be able to find at all little health food stores. But so many of the other staff members at this location and others just don't make the price premium worth it. I'd recommend stopping over if you've never been but don't be surprised if you find yourself heading back to Whole Foods.

P.F. Chang's China Bistro in Tucson, Arizona
Jun 5 09

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You know what is great about PF Chang, it's the perfect place to take meateating dining mates. It always seems like a place they like and I don't mind. There are a bunch of vegan options that are exceptionally oily but fair. The ambiance is great for a chinese restaurant.

Pei Wei Asian Diner in Tucson, Arizona
Jun 5 09

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Pei Wei offers great fast food for vegans. There are about 5 or so items on the menu for us. Half of the time the vegetables are undercooked but for fast food, I can't complain. It's inexpensive and clean.

Vila Thai in Tucson, Arizona
Nov 27 10

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I've been to Vila four times in the past year and each time had a wonderful experience. It's located on the second floor in a courtyard and this sets it apart from the student dominated eateries in the area. A very small percentage of the customers are undergraduate students.
They've always been able to accomodate my vegan needs. The only bad experience I had was when I ordered a "veganized" pad thai. The waiter gladly took the dish away and I ordered the red curry. My favorite is the rice paper wrap appetizer.
The owner is almost always there to meet customer needs. As a bonus, she is a very big supporter of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

Yoshimatsu in Tucson, Arizona
Jun 5 09

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Ate there for the first time last week. It's a cute restaurant. The outside does it no justice. The vegan and veg options are clearly labeled. There are tons of both. Will definitely go back.

La Fonda in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
May 26 09

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Cabo was extrememly difficult for a vegan. La Fonda has 2 menu items that they were able to make vegan. The food and atmosphere were excellent. I felt that they were able to understand my restrictions and that they were complying.

Cafe Bliss in Victoria, British Columbia
Feb 18 10

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I'm vegan but not raw. Over the years I have been to quite a few raw restaurants and enjoy the "cuisine". A few days ago I had lunch at Bliss and wish I had gone sooner than my last day in Victoria. I ordered the pizza. Tomato sauce was awesome, cracker was the perfect thickness and didn't break. I took home a big bag of their raw granola and am enjoying it. Owner is used to non-raw clientele and able to walk you through the menu. Great experience.

Green Cuisine Vegetarian Restaurant in Victoria, British Columbia
Feb 18 10

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If I lived in Victoria and lived or worked within 4 blocks, I would never use my kitchen. They have a buffet menu that changes daily, everything is vegan and there is a great selection of soups, hot foods and desserts. If I did live near the restaurant I would probably take my food to go since I'm not crazy about the atmosphere. The other drawbacks and they are minor are the price. You pay by weight and I felt it should have been about 20% less expensive and they should offer a few more plain, raw vegetables in their salad bar area. I didn't try any of their baked goods but they did look good. They also have a little "ice cream" section with four flavors, something you rarely see in a veg restaurant.

Rebar Modern Food in Victoria, British Columbia
Feb 18 10

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Rebar offers the nicest dining experience a vegan can find in Victoria. Victoria is a casual city and Rebar is a moderately casual restaurant. I had a spinach and smoked tofu salad. They had a few vegan homemade dressings for me to choose from. It's a cute restaurant and the food was better than I expected based on the decor.

Toutes Les Couleurs in Lyon, France
May 24 09

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Literally the best vegan dining experience of my life. The menu chnages daily and there are usually two vegan and two veg options. Staff was wonderful. Food was more than excellent.Could not recommend more highly.

Le grenier de Notre-Dame in Paris, France
May 24 09

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Le Grenier is by far my favorite restaurant in Paris. I was in Paris last week and wound up having dinner there three nights. The food, staff and atmosphere are wonderful. My visits in 1999 and 2003 were a similar experience.

Savory Cafe and Pizzeria in Newport, Oregon
Feb 18 10

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Vegans know how great it is to look at a menu and see a little vegan symbol next to items. Savory has about 5 items that are vegan. I got a vegetable rice bowl with their special sauce that includes bragg's liquid amino acids and nutritional yeast. They're known for their pizza and they're hoping to start offering vegan cheese in the next few months. It's casual and supposedly fills up during the summer. I'll definitely go back.

Sweet Basil's Cafe in Oregon Coast, Oregon
Apr 29 10

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They made me an awesome salad. A dozen vegetables and I had the choice of Field Roast or tofu. They also make sandwiches with the meat alternatives. The owner/chef was accomodating. I'll definitely go back.

Backspace in Portland, Oregon
Mar 8 10

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I may be vegan but don't usually love salads, at least not salads in restaurants. Backspace had a walnut tempeh salad that for some reason called to me. It was perfect. Their homemade goddess even better than Annie's. From the looks of the internet cafe I didn't expect much but I was not disappointed.

Food Fight! in Portland, Oregon
Mar 8 10

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What an amazing experience! All vegans know what it is like to wander the aisles of Whole Foods searching for the 15% of their items that meet our dietary needs. Food Fight has it all under one roof. Yes, it is a smallish store. Imagine a big 7-11. It is small but just about every cool vegan food product sits on the shelves.

Red and Black Cafe in Portland, Oregon
Jun 5 10

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I decided to give the restaurant a try after I stopped at Food Fight. The woman at the counter didn't know the ingredients in any of the menu items. She did not have enough people skills to be communicating with customers. At that point I should have left. It took over 30 minutes for them to bring out my salad and there were a total of 5 customers in the restaurant (and I saw at least 2 people behind the counter). The salad looked as though it had been sitting out for hours.

Sip in Portland, Oregon
Mar 8 10

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I place my order for my milkshake and was told by the woman at the counter to return later on to get my drink because another woman would be coming and she would make my drink. When I asked when to return she said she wasn't sure but that it would be at least 15 minutes. It is a confusing story and I'll admit I was confused by the event. I'm not sure why she couldn't make my milkshake. She had just finished making someone a juice, so she wasn't a new employee and she had showed me the soy ice cream she was going to use, so she wasn't out of an ingredient. Very very strange.

LifeSource Natural Foods in Salem, Oregon
Jan 12 10

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Wonderful bulk section, great produce and helpful staff. Highly recommend.

Marco Polo Global Restaurant in Salem, Oregon
Jan 12 10

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Last week I visited Marco Polo for the first time. Parking was easy. Ambiance was nice. My waiter was accomodating but not very helpful. I requested the owner come to the table to help me make my selection. She was unbelievable. I was unhappy with my entree (atlantic tofu) because it was completely flavorless. She immediately took it back and had the chef prepare me soemthing else. The food was good but not great and I think this is because of what I ordered. I really think that there are some hidden gems on the menu. The service sincerely made the whole experience excellent. At the end she brought me a vegan cookie. I will definitely go back.

Le Kid in Geneva, Switzerland
May 24 09

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Had lunch and dinner at the restaurant a few weeks ago. There is a lot of meat on the menu but about a quarter of the menu is vegetarian and there are about 4 vegan options. The waiter didn't speak much English, so I had trouble getting my questions answered. One of the dishwashers came out to my table to translate. The food was good but not great. I actually had the meatloaf both times. One of the side dishes brought to my table contained dairy (I knew from its taste) at which time I was told the kitchen made a mistake. Geneva is full of ethnic restaurants and if you're looking for the french bistro experience, I recommend Le Kid. They also have a nice street side patio.

Amore Restaurant in Seattle, Washington
Feb 18 10

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Ordered the white truffle mushroom risotto. Excellent. They had 3 vegan options and unlike so many restuarants, you don't feel like you're missing out on the dining experience. The three items give a good sampling of their offerings. I got a side of their tomato sauce and thought it was very good as well. Good ambiance and great music. Would definitely go back.

Healeo in Seattle, Washington
Feb 18 10

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Only had the hemp soft serve. Very unique. Too sweet for my taste but a truly unique product. They have a great superfood selection. Cool shop.

In the Bowl in Seattle, Washington
Feb 18 10

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So happy I visited In the Bowl. Very very casual. Huge menu. I ordered a phad tai and it was so so but I really think if I went back I'd hit on something I liked. My companion had vegetable fried rice. I'm not a vegetable fried rice person but it was a lot better than my dish and made me realize that I did order the wrong item. The fried rice was super fresh and not at all oily. Great place for a casual dinner or lunch.

Loving Hut in Seattle, Washington
Feb 18 10

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Loving Hut is a franchise based out of Taiwan. There are about 20 locations in the US and over 100 throughout the world. Good predictable experience. Most of the menu is Asian with a few non-Asian options. I had a faux fish dish and to be honest it looked and tasted like fish. They even used seaweed to immitate skin on the exterior. Very casual and could benefit from an investment in its decor. Staff accomodating. I'm a fan.

Plum Bistro in Seattle, Washington
Feb 18 10

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Ok, I'm a vegan "foodie" and am shocked that I never heard of Plum before. EXCELLENT. Not in Horizon or Millenium's league but a really great restaurant. So happy I found it on Vegguide's list during my recent trip to Seattle.They make mock white russians and really have a done a great job on the creativity front. I ordered a few items from their appetizer menu. The sliders were awesome. Great location and perfect atmosphere. Will recommend!

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