Reviews written by dcal

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I'm vegetarian
Registered on Aug 3 09
 

Amitabul in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 3 09

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I really wanted to like this more than I did. As it was a while ago, I can't be specific about our order, but suffice to say we tried to sample items that gave us a good idea as to what they were about. The conclusion is that they are about decent sized portions, with modestly interesting flavors. When I start saying, "I could do better than this", it's the tell-tale sign that a restaurant is underwhelming. Convenient to O'Hare, but as another mentioned, it's not especially fast. Owner/server guy was a bit indifferent. No big deal.

Fair Grounds in Iowa City, Iowa
Jun 28 11

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Mmmmmmm. Nachos. Mmmmmmmm. Waffles. Mmmmmmmm. Cakes. Mmmmmmmmm. 99% is made from scratch. They don't skimp on toppings. You'll get a powerpacked muffin or waffle or sandwich. Not fast food. Just delicious. They do it right. 100% Fair Trade coffee and tea. EDIT: June 28, 2011 - New ownership. Not sure what's going on with this place.

Masala in Iowa City, Iowa
Aug 3 09

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No reviews for a while but we're consistently pleased with Masala. Plenty of vegan options and a pleasant staff.

New Pioneer Co-op - Iowa City in Iowa City, Iowa
Aug 3 09

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I'm in here a few times a week. The diversity of produce could be a little better, but other than that, I'm proud of my co-op. I think the in-house foods to go are high quality. Plenty of vegan options. Cashew on a Hot Tin roof is my favorite sandwich. An edamame, wild rice salad also comes to mind. I'm also a fan of their vegan peanut butter chocolate pan bars. Oh, sugar coma after that, but damn, sometimes it's just plain right.

The Wedge in Iowa City, Iowa
Aug 3 09

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The Wedge is great. They now use Vegan Cow brand cheeses made locally by Fair Grounds Coffeehouse. 100% fresh vegan cheese. Ask for it!

Jasmine Deli in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Aug 3 09

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Biked here on Saturday for a quick lunch and we were NOT disappointed. A small, unassuming place. Not especially clean, but an attentive staff was ready for us. I had the curry mock duck sandwich, which seemed to be the only vegetarian sandwich option. It hit the spot. I had been craving this combo for years, having not really sought it out since living in Portland 10 years ago. My girl had the mock duck noodle soup. She didn't even have to ask and the waiter announced that this soup was vegan. She commented that it's nice to find a flavorful, clear broth. Often times you feel like they just "pour hot water in the bowl". Not this time. Good stuff!

Midtown Global Market in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Aug 3 09

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Holy Land, a middle-eastern market, and the produce section were our favorites on a recent visit. Most of the stalls didn't have much else that we were interested in, but I'm not much of a shopper. Love the concept and hope it succeeds.

Namaste Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Aug 3 09

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I dined here for the first time with my girlfriend on Friday night. The staff was very nice and quickly accommodated our desire to sit outside. We shared the coconut spinach entree, the paapri chaat and I had bhatura fried bread. Ummm. It was all really good. Asked for "spicy, spicy" on the entree and I don't think it even registered as one "spicy", but flavor-wise, still very good. The paapri chaat was a great, delicate, light mix of flavors. Really excellent. Aside from the dust coming off the road, it was a very pleasurable experience.

Seward Co-op in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Aug 3 09

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Happened upon this place whilst circumnavigating the city by bike on Saturday. We couldn't agree on the perfect late breakfast, so my girlfriend happily settled on every vegan's fallback, avocado on fresh french bread, with packets of dijon mustard. Sure, the place had a ton to choose from, and great looking produce, but this just worked at the time. A fresh squeezed OJ topped it off for me and we were back on the bikes. A quick perusal of the bakery case, showed a lot of vegan baked goods. We both thought they looked a little dry. My g/f is a vegan baker by trade an opined that tofu in place of egg replacer would have cured the dryness, but alas, we opted for another route. We'll try them next time to be sure.

Willy Street Co-op in Madison, Wisconsin
Jun 1 10

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We had a good experience here on Saturday while passing through town.

I had a marinated tempeh wrap from the grab-n-go section. It was really moist and delicious, but as an unrepentant Veganaise junkie, the odds of not liking it were minimal.

My girlfriend-o concocted a salad from the salad bar that consisted of your standard salad fare, plus a few scoops of their specialty salads. It was a nice way to try a variety and we were pretty impressed.

They have a nice outdoor seating area and we were happy to enjoy the sun with our grub.

Beans & Barley in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 31 10

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We dined at B&B yesterday. My girlfriend had a tofu burrito that was a little short on flavor. A decent amount of peppers and a really nice tortilla conspired to save the overall experience.

I had the vegan biscuits and gravy. It too was pretty average. The flavors were just a little flat. Make no mistake, I did eat it all.

My rating is a little higher than the food warranted, but it was a sunny day and our beagle was able to chill under the table out front.

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