Reviews written by Sholly

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Cinnaholic in East Bay, California
Aug 26 12

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Atmosphere: 2.5
Smallish, not too much sitting space -- but that clearly isn't what this place is setup for (they put the cinnamon rolls in to-go containers, which I thought was somewhat unfortunate). The decor was minimalistic, so that despite the small space it didn't feel super crowded.

Service: 4.0
Two of our three cinnamon rolls came out very quickly, but the last took a little bit longer. The staff were nice and patient while we took forever, trying to decide on all the different combinations. Which brings us to...

Food: 5.0
Woah. I probably ate two thousand calories in the cinnamon roll I ate (I'm exaggerating, but only a little), but it was so worth it. Cinnaholic definitely knows how to do cinnamon rolls. The hazelnut frosting was freaking fantastic, and the rolls were a little crispy on the outside, and fluffy and soft inside. They had a ton of toppings and frosting that you could choose from, mixing and matching the perfect and ideal cinnamon roll for you. Yum.

Flacos in East Bay, California
Aug 26 12

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Atmosphere: 3.5
A bit small, but with ample outdoor seating. Nice decor which just added to the whole feel of the place. More of a casual cafe-style place.

Service: 3.5
The staff was friendly and helpful with our questions. Food didn't take too long to come out. They were also careful to warn us about the spice level of the hot salsa (which was super spicy, and also delicious).

Food: 4.5
The food here is fantastic! They make everything fresh, by hand in the restaurant, and it shows (or tastes?). It's very affordable. It's also just really awesome that it's all vegan and there are dishes there that I haven't had the opportunity to have at most other places. The soft taco and taquito, doused in hot sauce, were both delicious. The mild salsa is really good too, and you can taste the avocado more in that one.

Bright Star in San Bernardino, California
Jan 26 13

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Atmosphere: 3.0
Clean, well-lit, just your typical cafe-style eatery.

Service: 4.5
Both times I've been here, the food has come out super quickly. The staff is really nice and helpful.

Food: 4.5
It's delicious, and pretty nicely priced, particularly for California (especially the lunch special, which is $6.99 for miso soup, a spring roll, side salad, and an entree with rice). The vegetable dishes are all really fresh and healthy, and the food automatically comes with brown rice (white rice being extra).

B Star in San Francisco, California
Aug 26 12

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Atmosphere: 3.0
Good if you like pretty fancy. It had a mostly romantic atmosphere, so if you're looking for that it did it pretty well. Dimmed lights and classic decor.

Service: 3.5
See above, good if you like pretty fancy. One of the staff came to the table with our food and then described things to us, and then mixed the salad, and served us our soup. That sort of fancy. That said, the food came pretty quickly and the folks there were very helpful with our questions.

Food: 3.5
We got the tea leaf salad, samusa soup, lotus chips, and yellow bean tofu. Both the tea leaf salad and yellow bean tofu were fantastic, but the soup and chips were just good, but not amazing. The salad had a really great mixture of textures and flavours, and if you haven't had tea leaves in food before, you should definitely try it, because it's different from everything else. The yellow bean tofu was super creamy and had a sauce topping it that was drinkable.

Dante's Weird Fish in San Francisco, California
Aug 20 12

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Atmosphere: 5.0
I'm artsy and weird myself, so I thought the space was really awesome. It was a little narrow, and could be considered easily crowded by some people, but for me that just added to the strange atmosphere. They had really odd and awesome decor (mostly about or around the idea of fish and sea life).

Service: 4.0
The food came out relatively quickly, and the staff was helpful.

Food: 3.5
The food was good! And different. They had fish 'n' chips type entrees, with tofu or seitan instead of fish. Both were good, but the seitan one was, in my opinion, better. It was super flavorful and crispy. We also ordered one of the tacos, which was also pretty awesome. They didn't really try to mimic fish with any of the dishes that we ordered, but what they did was still different and still really tasty.

Holy Gelato! in San Francisco, California
Aug 20 12

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Atmosphere: 3.5
Kind of a strange space. They had a whole bunch of different things for sale -- but mostly cutesy, and the sorts of things one would expect to find for sale in an ice cream/gelato shop.

Service: 4.0
The staff was super nice and patient while we decided what we wanted and asked a bunch of questions.

Food: 5.0
This was some of the best vegan ice cream/gelato (honestly, I still don't know the difference) that I have had! And, not only that, but they had a whole case dedicated to vegan flavours, and they weren't typical, either. Most of them were different, and still really amazing. I had the coconut (which was amazingly creamy and coconutty) and the taro, which is a flavour that is never vegan, so it was really exciting to find.

Adama in Santa Barbara, California
Jan 20 12

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Atmosphere: 4.0
Super clean, bright (with lots of window lighting), a smallish, but well organized space. We didn't go there for dinner, but it seemed like the kind of place that would make for a romantic setting in the evening. For a late brunch, it was quiet and laid back.

Service: 5.0
Our server was extremely friendly and helpful, and had pretty perfect timing for when we needed things. Another server who stopped by a couple of times was also very nice and helpful.

Food: 5.0
We split the caeser salad, the tuna melt sandwich, and the nachos. All of these were amazing, but my favorite was probably the tuna melt (which was on the small side, but very filling, and it came with a fair-sized side salad with a choice of dressing). We also tried a couple of their cookies and muffin from the bakery case (the carob oatmeal cookie -- yay, a place that has carob! -- was the chewy, delicious sort). The bakery case's contents changes daily, but they had a shelf full of gluten-free options.

Pizza Guru in Santa Barbara, California
Jan 22 12

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Service: 2.5
Some of our dishes took quite a while to come out to us, and some of the servers weren't all that friendly.

Atmosphere: 3.0
Average pizza joint, with a slightly quirky twist. The music was a little loud, though not overly, and the place was clean and bright. The bathrooms had blackboard walls, so, points for that!

Food: 4.5
This is some of the best vegan pizza food I've had. I mean, I've never had a calzone before, let alone a vegan one (heck, I've never even seen a vegan calzone offered). It was on the pricey side for build-your-own pizzas and calzones, but everything there was delicious. They have many options for vegan toppings, including multiple vegan meats, cheeses, and a white sauce.

Saturn Cafe in Santa Cruz, California
Jan 26 13

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Atmosphere: 5.0
Rockin'. The layout of the place is just super neat -- and I like the retro, twelve-year-old-child-who-wants-to-be-an-astronaut style of the place. It's cool. Plus, it has gender-neutral bathroom choices of robots or aliens. I was sold.

Service: 3.5
It was pretty busy when we got there, but the food took a little bit of time to get to us. Not enough to complain about, and the staff was helpful and super patient (as we kept changing our minds mid-order).

Food: 4.5
I'm not generally a huge fan of burger 'n' fries joints, but this one stood out. It isn't all vegan, but they have a lot of vegan options. The Diablo burger was delicious -- and very spicy. This is the only burger joint I've been to that has actually satiated my need for spice. Plus, they had a few options for vegan milkshakes, and any place that has those, has my attention (but I was definitely eying the options for the non-vegan milkshakes, and if they can broaden their options, that would be fantastic).

Cafe Kino in Bristol, England
Aug 12 11

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Atmosphere: 3.0
Cafe-style, casual, clean, brightly lit by large windows. Plus! They had a couple of bookshelves of books and some games.

Service: 4.5
Both the chef and barista were friendly and helpful (if a little quirky). Food took a little while, but not a terrible amount of time. And it was well worth the wait. Which brings us to...

Food: 4.0
They had super good food, and you definitely get what you pay for, portion-wise. We ordered the breakfast, which came with veggie sausages, hashbrowns, roasted tomatoes, garlic-sauteed mushrooms, toast (or fried bread), and beans. It was simple, but there was a lot of different things (and a lot of the different things) and it was all delicious. We also ordered the aubergine lasagna -- the lasagna was mostly just a lot of seasoned veggies and sauce, but the flavours melded extremely well, and the side salad it came with wasn't shabby, either. Plus, the lavender-orange muffin we had to begin was amazing.

Bonus points: All the food was vegan, although the drinks had the option of milk.

Buddha Belly in Sarasota, Florida
Oct 6 09

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This donut shop has amazing donuts. Period. The only letdown is that the filled ones need to be pre-ordered, but it's well worth it. The ones with the filling can be a little overpowered by that filling at times, but are nonetheless delicious. What's especially nice about this coffee shop/donut store is how willing the owners are of making things vegan. Even the apple fritters, if asked for and pre-ordered, can be made vegan. Because they make and fill the donuts to order, any combination can be arranged, and these donuts are just as fresh as can be. If you get the chance, order a box of them. You won't regret it.

Chutneys Etc. in Sarasota, Florida
Oct 7 09

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Atmosphere: 3.5
Nice, if a little on the small side. Tabletops are covered with paper and crayons are provided (even if the wait isn't that long, it's always fun to doodle!). Dimmed lights add a bit of class, and it's a very clean restaurant all together.

Service: 4.0
Generally fast, friendly, and vegan-friendly. He now knows to hold the cheese on our salads before we even mention it, and is accommodating in letting us know which soups of the day are vegan or not.

Food: 4.5
Delicious. Everything has just the right flair. Things can be "down-spiced" if you aren't as into spicy food. For me, it's great that they aren't afraid to go all out on spiciness on some of the dishes (in particular, the Gobi Matar, which I can't help but get every time). The super-garlicky babaganoosh is also wonderful.

Amitabul in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 25 13

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i think this place is fabulous. It's a bit far from other things in the city (we took three buses), but if you can get out there, it's worth it. It gets bonus points for being all vegan, and bonus-bonus points for being an all vegan Korean restaurant. Yum.

The food came out quickly. We got the Yin and Yan and Wolfman's Dream Treats, both of which were tasty, spicy, fresh, and unique, and came with brown rice. i heard that the stews here are spectacular also, though i didn't get to try any.

Great Grains Market & Cafe in Albert Lea, Minnesota
Jul 28 10

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Atmosphere: 4.0
This isn't a place to take someone for a romantic date out. It is, as it says, a cafe -- and it does that cafe-type feel very well. It's an adorable little place, with seating downstairs -- sort of typical, average cafe-style, though the very high ceilings were nice -- as well as seating upstairs -- a staircase in the back leads up to a little loft-like area, arranged like someone's living room. The upstairs area, where we sat, was absolutely homey and adorable, with low, beautiful ceilings, a couch, several padded chairs, and dining tables, and which overlooked the rest of the cafe and market.

Service: 5.0
First of all, everyone who worked there was extremely friendly, made us feel welcome and at home, and made sure we got everything we needed. Secondly, though the smoothies took a little longer to come out, that isn't saying much, since everything, including the food, came out practically instantaneously. I literally ordered, went to wash up, and then went to sit back at our table, and the food was there.

Food: 5.0
It's a cafe, so it has cafe-type food, which I usually think of as simple and easy to veganize, and therefore not all that exciting. That said, Great Grains Cafe's food blew me away. Everything was absolutely fresh, the flavors for the sandwiches and wraps (especially the avocado sandwich and the mediterranean wrap) were delicious, the ingredients playing well together. Even the (homemade) bread was the best bread I've ever had. The entire, not-very-expensive meal was extremely filling, but in a way that felt healthy, rather than heavy. The baked goods we tried -- the apricot pastry, cinnamon roll, and date roll -- were, of course, also delicious. Both the pastry and the date roll's dough was extremely flaky and perfectly textured, and the apricot pastry was still warm.

Cat Man Do Restaurant in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 12 09

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Atmosphere: 3.0
The restaurant was clean. The space was somewhat small, but not overly so. It was a tad too informal for my taste, but it was really awesome that they had a patio area where you could eat (when it isn't covered in snow!).

Service: 3.5
Friendly, quick, and definitely vegan-friendly. The only gripe I had was that the tea came when the food did, and though that wasn't a terrible wait, it was chilly out and I wanted to get something warm in me while I waited for the rest of the meal.

Food: 3.5
Good -- and intriguing! Though most of the dishes on the menu looked fairly standard, the jackfruit curry drew my attention. As well it should have. I've never had anything with jackfruit in it before, so I can't compare this to others, but I thought it was very tasty, and the jackfruit definitely added an interesting texture to the dish. Aside from that, we had the momos which, while good, were not absolutely flooring. The portions were average, but came with rice, and the prices weren't too steep.

Delights of India in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 7 09

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Atmosphere: 2.5
Small, but relatively clean. Part of the space was taken up by a rack of clothing and other things for sale -- about which I was torn. I liked that one could buy those things there, but at the same time it definitely cluttered the space. The lighting wasn't bad -- not too bright, not too dark.

Service: 2.5
The food took a little while to get to us, and the soy chai (definitely a plus that it was available!) didn't come until the samosas did. We had no trouble getting water refills (and I certainly needed it), but getting the bill at the end was on the slow side. Despite all that, our server was a really nice man who was very willing to accommodate -- and joked with us a bit because my dish was too spicy for me.

Food: 4.0
The food was well worth the wait. Despite having to down glass after glass of water with my dish (I was well warned, it's the spiciest dish in that restaurant), the food was delicious. I ordered that and poori, which was also really good (and not as oily as at most Indian restaurants I've been too, which was nice). There were many different flavors in all the dishes, and they worked really well together.

Everest on Grand in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Oct 7 09

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Atmosphere: 3.5
Not bad, not great. Can get somewhat crowded, but the general layout is okay.

Service: 4.0
The servers were friendly, and they knew what they were talking about. Though parts of the menu were a bit muddled, the servers were very accommodating and made sure to check on the few things they didn't have answers for.

Food: 4.5
I hadn't had Nepalese food before, and the flavors were delicious and different. The spice can be altered completely to your palate for almost all the dishes, and the very spicy food is very spicy. Don't order too much, the portions are generous!

Evergreen Chinese Restaurant in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Oct 6 09

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Evergreen is a great restaurant. The service is good, and the food is delicious, yet affordable.
I'm not a big fan of mock-meat, but I still find things to eat here: the seasonal vegetable dish is light in flavor, but amazingly fresh, and the eggplant with basil is savory and, when I've had it, always perfectly cooked.
My sister, who is fond of mock-meat, finds many delectable dishes there as well: the peppered mock-pork and wonton soup are her favorites (and the wonton soup is particularly affordable).
The boba drinks here are delicious as well, though sometimes a little on the sweet side.
The atmosphere may not dazzle, but the food and service certainly do. And it gets bonus points for having boba.

Fasika in Twin Cities, Minnesota
May 12 10

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Atmosphere: 3.0
A bit too dimly lit, but that could have been because it was really overcast the day we went. The decor was simple, and the place was clean.

Service: 4.0
The service was good. The menu was well labeled, so we knew exactly what we could get. The drinks (a mango juice each, please!) came out first, followed -very- swiftly by the food. We only got the one sampler dish to split, but it still came out remarkably quickly.

Food: 4.5
Delicious, filling, and I can't stress enough how much I like Ethiopian food -- so maybe I'm biased in writing this review, but everything on the sampler plate was fantastic. Unfortunately, I really can't point you to the best eats, because I wasn't sure which was which. Still, some of the dishes were perfectly spicy (for me) and other were mild enough to cool my mouth between the spicier things. The textures and flavors of the sides were different enough to make me want to eat a lot of everything, but similar enough to complement each other and work well together.

Grand Shanghai in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Oct 17 09

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Atmosphere: 3.0
Decor was average. Cleanliness was average. It was lit a bit too much like a classroom for my taste.

Service: 3.0
The service was attentive, but not particularly friendly or inviting (though not unfriendly, either).

Food: 2.5
The mock-goose had a good texture, but was a bit too mushroomy for my taste. The other dish I ordered, the Vegetarian Delight, was average. The vegetables were fresh and well cooked, but unfortunately the sauce left much to be desired. The portions were ample, but, at least for my main course, I didn't feel like the food was worth the cost.

Hard Times Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Aug 7 10

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Atmosphere: 2.0
Definitely the grungy-artsy cafe type. Not very clean. Some of the decor was nice, quirky, and interesting, but it was just scattered across the place in a somewhat haphazard manner.

Service: 2.0
The service was quick, but rude. It would have been somewhat explainable if it had been busy when we went to visit, but it really wasn't. It's possible the employees were (all) just having bad days, but service really could have been better the evening we were there.

Food: 2.5
This review possibly needs revision for after I try more than just one dish and some cookies there. That said, the one dish I had, a tofu scramble dish with tortilla, was pretty bland. The "tofu scramble" parts tasted like tofu, the components didn't taste bad together, but certainly didn't complement each other. All-in-all, the entree I ordered was pretty nondescript. The two cookies I tried were really quite excellent, however. Especially the orange-spice sandwich cookie, which was very flavorful and surprisingly orangey.

Jasmine 26 in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Feb 12 10

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Atmosphere: 4.5
Jasmine 26 has a very romantic, aesthetically-appealing setting, with a bar running along one side of the restaurant. Great for a special night out.

Service: 4.0
Our server made sure we had what we needed and could recommend the popular vegan dishes.

Food: 4.5
We had the Salt and Pepper Tofu, the crepe, and the coconut hot pot. All were delicious, but the crepe was by far the best. It had a crunchy crisp texture, filled with tofu, mock duck, and vegetables that were perfectly seasoned, and came with a light dressing that finished this dish off perfectly. The Salt and Pepper Tofu was a great appetizer (a bit too salty for some, perhaps, but I thoroughly enjoyed it), though I think it would have been better served with a bit of rice. The coconut hot pot was very good, and the vegetables fresh, but it was not as stellar and original as the crepe (at least to someone who has had curries with lemongrass in them before).

Luci Ancora in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Oct 24 09

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Atmosphere: 4.5
What one generally thinks of as a slightly higher end, classic Italian restaurant. Romantic, dimmed lights, there was even a small fireplace in one corner. The decor was simple, but classy. All in all, nice, but a little on the small side.

Service: 5.0
Perhaps we were lucky to get a vegan server, but she, of course, certainly knew her stuff. She was very polite (even when one member of our party made quite a few complex orders), and was very attentive.

Food: 4.5
Quality-wise, the food was formidable. Unfortunately, there were not too many options available to vegans, but the restaurant in general seemed very accommodating to us (and the special was vegan as it was). Both the dishes I had were delicious, fairly classic and not too creative -- but both had a bit of a flair (for the salad, the very remarkable olives unlike most I've had, and for the pasta, shredded fried potato as a garnish). Keep away from the bread, however, as our server mentioned it having milk in it.

Midori's Floating World Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Oct 7 09

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Atmosphere: 4.5
The new location is especially nice. It's roomier, and there are plenty of windows to let in natural light. The decor and lighting (when the sun isn't out) give this place a bit of class. Very clean.

Service: 3.5
Each time I've gone, the service has been good. Not stellar, but friendly and attentive.

Food: 4.5
Midori's offers a number of vegan dishes, just make sure you ask for the vegan meal especially. The appetizers are by far my favorite part of the menu (the spicy asparagus is delicious). Unfortunately, this does make dining here rather pricey. The sushi and tempura were very fresh and tasty (bonus points for the tempura, since many Japanese restaurants I've been to use eggs in the batter).

Pizza Luce in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Oct 24 09

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Atmosphere: 3.5
Fairly clean, the layout isn't bad. Very cafe-like and informal. They get bonus points for having interesting props (for example very large cans of "food" on which they perch the pizzas).

Service: 3.5
They can be a little slow on the uptake at times, but not too bad, for the most part. One of the servers we had there was very good at paying attention to what we needed, despite being on the opposite side of the restaurant.

Food: 4.0
I'm not terribly big on pizza, but the food here is pretty good. There are quite a few things which can be made vegan upon request, or already are vegan. The pizzas can be pricey if you get more than a couple of toppings (and they have some irresistible toppings). The spinach salad is delicious and fresh.

Sen Yai Sen Lek in Twin Cities, Minnesota
May 12 10

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Atmosphere: 4.0
It was a little cramped and a little loud (of course, it was a Friday night), but I still really enjoyed the decor of this place, so I had to give it a high rating for atmosphere. It won me over immediately with the little paper cranes hanging up all over the place, and the lighting was good.

Service: 4.0
The food and drinks were a little slow in coming, but, as I've already mentioned, it was crowded. Still, our server really seemed to know what would be good, what wouldn't. What would work well, and what wouldn't, and advised us on such matters. She was friendly, and she also let us know about the vegan menus they have, which she got for us. Furthermore, the chef came out to give us our food and make sure that everything would be good.

*Bonus points - They compost, they list where the meat and bi-products come from, and seem pretty concerned with where the non-vegan options -are- coming from, and they're very willing to make just about anything vegan.

Food: 4.5
Absolutely delicious, absolutely fresh. We ordered the pad kee mao with fried tofu, and it was a good choice. Not much else to say, besides that it was fantastic. It was also awesome that we could have all their deserts (except the ice cream, but they have delicious mango sorbet, anyhow). I had the black beans and coconut milk, and it was a very different, very filling, but amazing end to the meal. I really liked the combination of textures and flavors, and it's not something I'd ever think of putting together.

Senor Wong in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Apr 16 10

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Atmosphere: 4.5
I really liked the layout of Senor Wong -- it seemed very open and inviting, and it definitely had fancy bar section. It had a romantic feel and was decorated nicely. It was a tad loud, but it is, after all, part bar, so I can forgive it that.
Service: 3.5
Our server made sure we had what we needed, checked in on us to see if we needed anymore snacks or drinks just enough, without coming over every few minutes.
Food: 4.5
The food here was amazing, and good to go with drinks, but not the kind of food you have for an entire meal. The el mockos were flavored perfectly and were crispy and delicious. Even the chips and salsa (well, the chips, not the salsa so much) were different and very good. My only gripe is that there weren't many things for vegans. This place would get shining reviews (because the food was simply that good), if only it had enough options that I could get different dishes on my visit.

Sole Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Feb 12 10

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Atmosphere: 4.0
A little small, but definitely quaint, clean, and very homey. The decor was very classically Korean cafe.

Service: 5.0
The service was excellent. Admittedly, when we went there it wasn't very busy, but the chef/owner came out multiple times to make sure we had what we wanted, asked us if the food was good, et cetera. Both she and our server were both extremely sweet and very willing to change the dishes around when we told them we didn't eat any meat, fish, or eggs (which can be an anomaly in Korean restaurants). They even made sure that the side dishes they brought out were all ones we could eat.

Food: 5.0
The food was excellent. Between the two of us, we had the korean pancake, the bibimbop, and the doenjang jigae (spicy tofu stew). The doenjang jigae was probably the best -- very spicy and well flavored. The vegetables in the bibimbop and the side dishes were extremely fresh and crisp.

All in all, the best Korean restaurant I've been to in awhile.

Triple Rock Social Club in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Apr 10 10

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Atmosphere: 2.5
Bars aren't my thing, and as far as reviewing this as a restaurant -- the lighting wasn't great, it was a little dirty. To be fair, it probably would have had a very different feel on a night when there was a band playing. I liked the benches they had for seats along one side of the room, though, and there were various other things in the place that gave it a unique feel.
Service: 3.0
Somewhat slow, but definitely friendly and vegan-friendly.
Food: 4.0
Bar food and junk food vegan style -- doesn't get much better than that! Warning - the portion sizes are absolutely huge (but fairly cheap, considering how much food you do get with each dish). Even just an order of fries is giant. Speaking of which, they have great fries. The chili was a bit too much for us, though. They also have excellent vegan mac&cheese. My sister was a fan of the Po' Boy, even though we got it with the BBQ sauce, and she generally doesn't like BBQ. All in all, great, affordable food.

Z Pizza in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 8 09

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Atmosphere: 2.5
It was clean, but nothing special. Not much of a sit-down restaurant, more akin to a chain of quick food. That said, it didn't bother me too much, because it didn't try to be a classy restaurant, and fail, it was just a bright, mostly take-out place.

Service: 3.5
Good, fast(though it was hard to judge this since when we went in it was during the less busy hours), friendly, and willing to accommodate. Not too much to comment on because there weren't really "servers."

Food: 4.0
Excellent food for what it was. I was a bit thrown off by the atmosphere of the place, but the vegan pizza was delicious. Plus, we got one pizza free because of a deal they were having -- it reheats pretty well, too. We also ordered a Pear and (not) Gorgonzola salad, which even my sister liked, and she doesn't really do salads; the flavors worked really well together, and the vegetables on the pizza as well as in the salad were very fresh.

Pepe's Bistro in Lincoln, Nebraska
Apr 27 12

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Atmosphere: 4.0
So much bike art! This place is radical. The decorations and book choices were fantastic. It was well-lit and the tables were situated so that it was very open despite being in a somewhat small space.

Service: 4.0
The chef/host/owner was friendly -- the food took a little bit to get to us, but certainly not all that long, especially considering there was only one person working there.

Food: 4.5
Awesome and super tasty! This place is very vegan-friendly -- daiya can be added to anything that one wants without extra cost. It was fresh and healthy -- it seemed like most of the things that might have been fried were baked instead. We ordered the burrito (with daiya) and the quesadilla (which is already vegan), and both were yummy (the burrito probably had a little more food for the buck).

Bonus points! This place gives discounts for bikers, and has awesome bike art all over the place. Yay.

Taj Mahal Cuisine of India in Lincoln, Nebraska
Apr 28 12

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Atmosphere: 3.5
Simple, clean, and well-lit. There was a good amount of space between the tables.

Service: 5.0
The owner was very amicable and helpful, joking with us and giving us the time we needed in order to decide (from the ample choices) what we wanted to order. Food came out quickly.

Food: 4.0
Delicious, well seasoned, and unique! I haven't been to an Indian restaurant with mock-meats before. There were tons of options. Plus, almost all the breads were vegan and there was even a vegan desert.

Peacefood Cafe in Manhattan, New York City
Nov 30 10

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Atmosphere: 3.5
Clean, bright, very much a cafe-setting, but in a good, sorta cute way. A nice niche-in-Manhattan sort of feel. The decor was nice, if simple, although the layout could have been better arranged to fit as many people in a more appealing way.

Service: 4.5
The food came out nearly instantaneously, nothing was wrong with it, and our server was friendly.

Food: 3.5
Fairly pricey, although perhaps that's just fairly average for Manhattan. The seitan sandwich was excellent. The roasted squash sandwich was fairly bland. The potato salad was really good -- with texture and a great flavor. The chili and cornbread was okay, although the chili was definitely lacking in the spice department. And for dessert, we had the blueberry shortcake which was quite delicious, although we felt it needed more of the blueberry sauce and slightly less of the super-sweet frosting -- once we did reach the blueberry sauce (hidden in the middle of the biscuit) it was, however, quite delicious.
*Bonus points for being entirely vegan.

Plant in Asheville, North Carolina
Dec 7 11

rating star

Atmosphere: 2.5
It was simple and well set up for what space they had, but it was a little cramped with the tables positioned so that it was difficult to maneuver around. Fancy, cute, semi-romantic.

Service: 4.5
The service was pretty superb. The two of us kept remarking on their mind-reading abilities, because they came by for refills on drinks and bread (for the amazing hummus platter) as soon as we were about to ask for more. Despite it being extremely busy, the staff was very attentive and cordial.

Food: 5.0
There is no doubt that Plant is expensive. It is. But all three dishes (each of our entrees and the starter) were fantastic. The flavours in each one paired extremely well with each other, and very much had their own distinct flavours. We ordered the smoked hummus starter (which was smoky! and delicious), the pumpkin seed-crusted seitan, and the raw enchiladas. The sizes of the dishes were definitely on the side of "gourmet" -- they were setup very prettifully, but they didn't take up the whole dish. They were pricey without huge portions, but they were undeniably filling and tasty.