Reviews written by veg*ngirl

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Origins in Internet
Aug 7 11

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Love their products. Glad to know they are (almost) vegan. Thank you, Linda!

Veggie Brothers in Internet
Aug 7 11

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I ordered from Veggie Brothers for months. I really want to give this a high rating because I love the concept, but I have to be honest.

First, the good stuff. They ship the food directly to your door. So this is GREAT for veg*ns in rural areas where there are limited or no vegan options around. Also great for people who are no good at cooking or don't have the time but want to eat healthy. They have the delivery aspect perfected. The food always arrived still completely frozen in the styrofoam packaging.

Now the bad part. The items come frozen in little plastic bags. For most of the stuff they sell, you prepare it by boiling the bags thus warming up the contents that way. Then just cut open the plastic bag and empty the contents onto your plate. Couldn't be easier. The problem is that a lot of their plastic bags would leak during the boiling stage. So I would end up with watery potatoes,e tc. I contacted them and told them this and was not offered a refund, an "oh we're so sorry", nothing. So I just stopped buying from them.

This was a year ago so maybe (hopefully) they've fixed the leaky bag problem.

Ben and Jerry's in MDW - Chicago Midway International Airport, Airports
Aug 7 11

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Could have been my bad luck, but the time I visited they didn't have any vegan sorbets. I had to get a fruit juice smoothie, but it was more like a sugary drink w/o much actual fruit.

I loved Ben & Jerry's as a vegetarian, now that I'm vegan I really wish they would make some soy or coconut based flavors so I can enjoy it again.

Nourish Vegetarian Bistro and Tea House in Banff, Alberta
Sep 13 11

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I've eaten here 3 times, once per trip while vacationing in the area, and have always had a great experience.

It's gourmet veg*n food in a relaxed, casual environment. The tables are small and kinda close together but are arranged such that you don't feel like you're right on top of the other diners. A wonderfully welcoming and friendly atmosphere inside.

I've yet to order something here I did not like. I recommend the falafel salad, yam tenders, Beautiful Burrito and Nourish Shepard's Pie.

It is a cozy little restaurant, tucked away on the 2nd floor of a mini mall. It is handicapped accessible, or at least broken leg accessible. I hobbled to the building and up the elevator on my crutches one year I wanted to eat here so badly.

Wild Flour in Banff, Alberta
Sep 13 11

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This was the place I kept coming back to every day of our vacation. Service is quick. Bistro-type food is outstanding.

When I went they had a squash baguette that is vegan, made with curried basil hummus and spinach. Mouth watering delightfulness! Also quinoa salad and beet salad, both pretty good. They also had vegetarian buckwheat crepes which I did not have a chance to try. For vegetarians, there is a Ratatouille sandwich and gourmet grilled cheese.

They also had some disgusting things on their menu like a Bison Baguette and a Pulled Pork dish. So there is room for improvement.

Parking can be a challenge during the high season.

Coco's Cafe in Jasper, Alberta
Sep 13 11

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Vegan-friendly eats in Jasper National Park....life doesn't get much better than this.

Coco's has the best soy lattes on the planet. I had their tofu scramble in a spinach wrap and it was honestly the best I've had in my 20+ years as a veg*n. Special requests/substitutions are no problem. My partner had the breakfast wrap and was equally impressed. All of Coco's food and baking is made in-house.

It has an easy-to-miss brown awning out front. A few small tables inside and counter space facing the main drag (Patricia Street). Friendly staff. Progressive atmosphere.

Don't waste your time at Bear Paw or The Other Paw bakery. Coco's blows them away. I discovered Coco's on my last day in the park. Wish I'd discovered it on my first.

Jinky's Cafe in Los Angeles, California
Nov 11 11

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If restaurants like Real Food Daily and Sage Organic Vegan Bistro would served breakfast every day there wouldn't be a need to go to Jinky's. But if it's not the weekend and you're hankering for some breakfast food, Jinky's will work.

Truthfully, I didn't find it anything to rave about. They need more vegan menu items for sure. That said, it was nice to be at a "regular" restaurant and be able to order a tofu scramble with a side of veggie sausage.

It'd be a good place to go with your parents or with flesh eaters b/c there'd be something for everyone.

Madeleine Bistro in Los Angeles, California
Nov 8 11

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A vegan dream. This restaurant has every element of fine dining perfected. The food was exquisite. The wait staff was extraordinary. We were greeted warmly and given attentive but not overbearing service. Our water and coffee cups were never empty. The flow was perfect with beverages, soup, entrees then dessert coming out in perfect timing. Flawless service.

The ambience is ideal for a bistro. It's the type of place where you can feel comfortable if you're dressed up or if you're in jeans. They acheive this by keeping the wall decor simple (the office-like ceiling tiles help too) but using upscale dark wood tables, candles, cloth napkins, low lighting.

To the owners of Madeleine Bisto, my only request is that you open a restaurant in Chicago so I can eat here all the time.

Real Food Daily in Los Angeles, California
Nov 10 11

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Dined at this location twice. The food lived up to the hype. Worth raving about is the Sea Cake appetizer. It's a litte croquette from heaven...butternut squash, yam and sea vegetables, pesto with sweet chili aioli.

The atmosphere was a bit of a let down. The tables were too close together so you may as well just introduce yourself to the people next to you and eat together b/c you're going to hear everything each other is saying anyway. From the minute you walk in the door and literally bump into the hostess stand, the layout is arranged too tightly.

That said, the food is extraordinary and the menu choices excellent.

Sage in Los Angeles, California
Nov 9 11

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Gourmet vegan cuisine in a relaxed, casual setting. They serve lunch, dinner and do brunch from 9a-4pm Sat & Suns. The menu selection is amazing. It's the kind of place you could keep coming back to b/c you'd never get bored. Sage makes me wish I lived in L.A.!

As for specific menu items, the spinach quesadillas are fantastic. The burrito mole had no mole..it was more of a red pepper sauce. It was good but false advertising if you were expecting a typical thick, dark brownish red mole sauce. For dessert, deep fried black bean and fennel ice cream served with plantains. I ordered it for the plantains but found the icecream to be mind-blowingly awesome. Where else in the universe can you get this dessert? If the 'special' desserts on the menu don't appeal to you, you can order from the ice cream counter up front.

How Sage can make this high quality organic vegan gourmet food and keep their prices so low is amazing. I wouldn't change a thing about this restaurant!

Dandelion Communitea Cafe in Orlando, Florida
Jul 30 11

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Black bean quesadillas, veggie chili, salads like "Eve's Revenge", wraps, bowls like the "Hunny Mustard" with cashew encrusted tempeh strips, sandwiches, desserts and a vegan Fluffer Nutter. What's not to like about this place? They also have a kid's menu.

Funky interior with a sort of circus like tent ceiling in one room and eclectic artwork. The restaurant is in what use to be someone's home. You order in the front room, there's a little dining space next to it, then there are two more rooms in the back.

Easy street parking out front.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Orlando, Florida
Jul 30 11

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My partner and I had the Healthy Trio, Edamame and Samson Burger. The Healthy Trio was black and green olive tapenade, housemade hummus, and tomato-mango salsa served with toasted bread, tortilla chips and raw veggies. Outstanding. The edamame was lightly salted and served with a deliciously flavored soy dipping sauce. The Samson Burger is a grilled black bean burger. It was so thick it seemed like it was two black bean burgers - one on each half - so I had to thin it out a little to take a bite. This was not a problem for the husband.

The atmosphere is relaxed. Friendly staff. Clean. Wood tables inside with artwork on the walls. Both indoor and shaded outdoor seating. Street parking available. It's an easy 30 min drive from Downtown Disney off I-4.

My only regret was that I wouldn't be able to return again...this trip anyway. I would like to try the Coconut Curry Wrap, Sheep's Pie and Pecan Encrusted Eggplant. Oh, and the Sunday Brunch. This place is a top-notch casual vegan delight.

Raphsodic Cooperative Company in Orlando, Florida
Jul 30 11

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You have to know about this place to find it. There's no sign out front. I didn't even notice the name "Raphsodic" on the window's low-key lettering. It says "bakery" but no mention of it being vegan. Stealth vegan baked goods, I suppose.

The Hostess-looking vegan chocolate cupcake made it worth the trip. Out-of-this-world delicious! They had coffee (iced and hot) but it was nothing to write home about. I was impressed that they had soy and a few other choices of non-dairy milks to use for creamer. That said, I found it terribly disappointing they didn't serve espresso drinks. An iced soy latte would go great with their desserts.

Other than the baked goods, what makes this place so wonderful is the people. It has a warm, welcoming atmosphere. It's the kind of place you would love to go to day after day because just walking in there puts you in a good mood.

Whole Foods Market in Orlando, Florida
Jul 31 11

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This is your average, awesome Whole Foods. It's not huge like the one in London or the Lincoln Park location in Chicago with a bunch of restaurants inside, but they get the job done with a great selection and helpful staff. Four salad bars with a decent selection of vegan items. Lots of local items I haven't seen at other Whole Food locations. Excellent selection of organic fruits and vegetables.

The best part about this Whole Foods is the juice bar up front. They will whip you up a freshly juiced concoction or smoothie that will blow you away. They also have a gelato bar near the bakery.

Crowded, free parking in lot outside. Also, I found this location to be the easiest to access from Disney World. It is right off of I-4 at exit 74A.

Flat Top Grill in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
Nov 24 11

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In addition to their mockmeats, you can also get tofu. For some reason they don't have the tofu on the buffet, instead there is a "tofu stick" that you put in your bowl at the end of the buffet line and the chef adds the tofu for you.

This was one of my "go to" restaurants as a vegetarian and I still come here all the time as a vegan.

Flat Top Grill in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Nov 24 11

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Great for vegetarians as well as vegans, and meat eaters will be happy here also. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. For some reason they do not have tofu on the main buffet, instead you put a "tofu stick" in your bowl and the chef will add the tofu. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

Adobo Grill in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 6 11

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If you're looking for good vegan mexican food you can do better even at Chipotle. I went here as a vegetarian (not vegan yet) and suffered from a horrid lack of options. I would never go here as a vegan especially in the City of Chicago which has so many other incredible options. If you find yourself stuck here, do what I did and get a mint mohito to drink away the pain until you can leave.

Amitabul in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 17 11

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Going to Amitabul is like visiting an old friend. This place was vegan back when vegan wasn't cool, baby. (just kidding, vegan's always been cool!)

There's not much to the ambiance, but the service is kind and welcoming. Don't be in a hurry and you will have a great experience. The food is wonderful! I went here all the time as a vegetarian, not a vegan, and I didn't miss the dairy at all.

Andie's Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 7 11

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Most mediterranean restaurants are great places for veg*ns, but this places goes the extra mile. They celebrate Meatless Mondays every Monday with a special veg menu. But even the regular menu rocks. For vegans, the hummus, baba ganoush and falafel are safe. Also vegan is a roasted pepper dip, their vegan lentil soup, curried veg couscous, moroccan eggplant, portabello over lentils and my favorite the vegetable potato chop. You can get veggie combo platters also.

They use cage-free, organic eggs. No eggs is obviously better but this is a step in the right direction. When I was a vegetarian, I would only eat cage-free eggs so I was able to enjoy their Brunch specials. For brunch they have omeletes, crepes, french toast and pancakes.

It's open 365 days a year and you can order online. Makes me wish I lived in Andersonville.

Andie's Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 7 11

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They have Meatless Mondays every Monday with a special vegan and vegetarian menu...in addition to their regular awesome menu.

All their eggs are cage-free and organic (a step in the right direction). This is especially great if you are vegetarian and enjoying their Brunch specials. For brunch they have omeletes, crepes, french toast and pancakes.

Free parking at the US Bank (one block north).

Ben Pao in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 7 11

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Vegetarian items are specially marked on the menu with a green leaf, so that is appreciated. That said, the dishes are uninspired and nothing special. Vegetarians will do ok, vegans will have a more difficult time.

I'd skip Ben Pao. If you're looking for something fast, go to Protein Bar at Clark & Kinzie. If you're looking for upscale dining go to Le Colonial, a French-Vietnamese restaurant at Rush & Walton (thank me later).

Big Bowl in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 7 11

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If you have an extra 20-30 mins to travel to the northside, I'd go to Amitabul or Urban Vegan instead. Big Bowl will have something for you and you'll like it but it won't be memorable. It's the kind of place you only go to more than once if you live in the neighborhood.

Birchwood Kitchen in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 8 11

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Meh. This place is ok. For vegans they have a chickpea sandwich and some salads. Vegetarians have more options like a grilled cheddar and tomato, a mushroom and mozarella sandwich, etc.

I would definitely recommend you go to Native Foods Cafe just down on Milwaukee, then Handlebar, then Avocado Eatery and Cafe before coming here.

Bombay Spice Grill in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 29 11

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What I love*love*love about this place is the way they mark their menu. Not only is there a little green leaf next to the vegetarian items, there is a green circle with a 'V' next to the vegan items. As a new vegan, this makes surfing the menu so much easier for me. Wouldn't it be great if all menus were like this?

The next thing that impressed me was the way the items are listed on the menu. It's my personal pet peeve when restaurants - even veg-friendly restaurants - list the meat items first and put the vegetarian ones at the bottom of the list. Like we are an afterthought. Veg items are front and center on this menu.

Now to the food. I can vouch for the mango salad, samosas, and curry tofu with basmati rice (all vegan). They have a vegetarian AND vegan salads, cold appetizers and hot appetizers. Then the way it works is you crate your own entree by first choosing basmati rice, brown rice or quinoa (all vegan). They also offer noodles. Then choose from 8 kinds of vegetables or tofu and add a house-made sauce. All 5 of their sauces are vegan. It is awesome to have the menu so wide open for vegans.

Note: roti bread is vegan, naan is not.

Bourgeois Pig Cafe in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 8 11

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The 'Secret Garden' veggie panini is the best!

I love this small cafe, it feels so European to me. A great place to hang out, study, read a book. Limited outdoor seating.

Fullerton Brown Line stop is 2 blocks away. Street parking is tough to find.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 8 11

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If you can't get your friends to go anywhere else, as a veg*n you'll do ok here. You won't starve but there are so many better dining options in Chicago I'd skip this place.

It's a fun scene that's always happening. It's one of those place people go to when they first move into the neighborhood before they discover better places or somewhere you'd take your parents when they're in town.

Earwax Cafe in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 29 11

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Goodbye to an old friend.

Ok, sure, the place has a disgusting name and may have been closed due to a rat infestation. I don't care at all.

EarWax has been serving vegan food before most people had any idea what vegan was. This place has been open since 1980. I've personally been coming here since the early 90's when it was located just across the street from where it is now. It's kept the same hipster vibe and vegan-friendly menu the entire time. I feel very loyal to a restaurant whose liberal atmosphere made me feel so comfortable and served the only budget-friendly vegan food I could afford at the time. Sure, veg-friendly restaurants are everywhere in Chicago now, but let's not forget an old friend. This is the type of restaurant that set its roots in the community 20 years ago, introduced the neighborhood to veg dining and made it possible for new vegan restaurants like Native Foods to survive and thrive today.

Veg*ns in Chicago, especially Wicker Park and Bucktown, owe a debt of gratitude to EarWax. It's a neighborhood landmark. Old friend, if you are truly closing your doors for the last time, I am sorry to see you go and thank you for your service.

Ethiopian Diamond in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 6 11

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I love the Diamond! I get the veggie combo platter every time. They also have very good ethiopian coffee (it's like turkish coffee...strong!). Their entire "vegetarian" section is actually 100% vegan.

Street parking out front is pretty easy to find. I never have to park more than a block or two away.

Feast Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 11 11

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This is a wonderful place to go with a mixed crowd of veg and meat eaters. It's a good place to bring your parents when they're in town or to go for a date. I haven't been here as a vegan yet but have eaten here many times as a vegetarian.

They also do special events and can accomdate large groups. I had one of the most memorable parties of my life here. Great food and excellent staff.

Filter Cafe in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 11 12

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Meeeh....
When I go to Filter it's just b/c I happen to be in the neighborhood. I wouldn't go out of my way to come here, unless you're looking for free wifi. The place is packed with couches, tables and outlets. Much more vegetarian-friendly than vegan-friendly. The vegan items I've had here have been bland and not very memorable.

Considering Filter is located in very hip and progressive Wicker Park, they should offer far more vegan items.

Flat Top Grill in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 29 11

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This is my "home" Flat Top grill location. I've been coming here for over 7 years. It is awesome for vegetarians and vegans alike. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces. They keep the food bar area very clean so there are not sauces dripping all over or contaminating other food bins.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. If you're like me and you prefer to have two or three roti breads for the table you have to ask your server for that. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

What I love about this place is they put the noodles, rice, vegetables and mock meats up front. There is dead meat served here too but it's at the end of the line where it belongs--an unfortunate afterthought.

Usually there is no wait at all, but on Friday or Saturdays nights you can sometimes get surprised with a long wait so you can't go wrong with a reservation.

Flat Top Grill in Chicago, Illinois
Nov 24 11

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Great for vegetarians as well as vegans, and meat eaters will be happy here also. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. For some reason they do not have tofu on the main buffet, instead you put a "tofu stick" in your bowl and the chef will add the tofu. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

Fritz Pastry in Chicago, Illinois
Jul 1 11

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Stealth Vegan Pastries

Comfortable, welcoming, stay-a-while vibe inside with plenty of coffee shop type seating. Outdoor seating along side of bldg.

Amazing soy lattes.

The small chalkboard food menu has been vegetarian every time I've been in here. About 30-40% of the bakery items were vegan. But here's the dealio: the vegan items are not marked. I kind of like it b/c I'm sure there are a lot of ppl buying and eating the vegan items that otherwise would not be. I just wish there was a way to tell them, after they bit into that delicious yummy treat, that it's 100% vegan!

My faves in order:
1. chocolate cupcake (vegan)
2. cinnamon donut (vegan)
3. vanilla cupcake (vegan)

Their vegan pastries taste better than their non-vegan pastries. How do they do that?!

Green Corner in Chicago, Illinois
Jul 20 11

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If you love cilantro, Green Corner makes a drink called "Green Dream" with Cilantro, Avocado, Kale, Lime Juice, Apple Juice and Pineapple ($7). It was mind-blowing deliciousness. I mean, you know those occasional few veg*n items that you'll try for the first time and you feel like "Damn! Where has this been all my life?" You almost feel deprived for not having discovered or been able to eat it sooner. That's how I felt when I recently had my first Sweet&Sara marshmallow and how I felt long ago when I had my first taste of seitan. Anyway, I digress.

Also fantastic is the Superfood Supreme with blueberries, kale, spinach, pineapple and apple juice ($7). I had high hopes for the King Kong made with bananas, chocolate hemp protein and coconut water ($7) but it wasn't as tasty a treat as it sounded. It was good but nothing to write home about.

Green Corner also had a number of homemade, pre-bottled juices in the cooler. When I went they were all Secret Squirrel - not labeled with names or descriptions so I grabbed one and it was fantastic.

The menu on the Green Corner's website is outdated. Most of her drinks are vegan now. I'm holding the print menu in my hand - she has 21 signature drinks and only 4 contain yogurt. The only milk I see in any of the drinks is almond milk. All drinks are $6, 7 or $9.

Karyn's on Green in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 29 11

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Read conde.kedar's review (a couple below mine). He summarizes this restaurant and the vegan scene in Chicago perfectly.

Ok, now to my review. First, the decor is amazing. If you are dressed up, you'll fit in perfectly. That said, I went in jeans and didn't feel out of place in the slightest. Second, the staff is exceptionally helpful and friendly. Third, the food is fantastic. I went here as vegetarian (not yet a vegan) with a veg-leaning friend and we both loved it. You are virtually assured you will have a wonderful evening.

A great place to take a date or celebrate a special occasion. There was a table of about 25 people there when we went and all left smiling and happy. Seems like a good sign to me. I'll be back!

Landmark Centry Centre Cinema in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 6 11

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This is one of my favorite movie theatres in Chicago. Their independent film selections are excellent, theatre is clean and staff is laid back and friendly. I love being able to grab a vegan cookie and a diet coke. Individually wrapped, the Alternative Baking Company's cookies are not to be missed. I can personally vouch for the peanut butter chocolate chip which I get every time.

There's a parking structure next to the theatre. Bring your parking ticket with you into the theatre and have it validated where you buy your movie ticket. Then after the show, there is a pay machine in the theatre. The validation will bring it from $13 to $5 to park. You can't beat that for parking in Chicago.

Maggiano's Little Italy in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 8 11

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I would not go here as a vegan. I went here for years as a vegetarian (either this location or their suburban locations - quality is all the same). It was never my first choice, rather it was where we'd end up b/c it met the needs of everyone in a large group. As a vegetarian you'll do pretty good. I'd get the Eggplant Parmesan or the Four Cheese Ravioli which were always fantastic. My two star rating is because their vegetarian options are so terribly limited for an Italian place and their vegan options are virtually non-existent.

Also, they serve veal which is inexcusable. Most people know that "veal" are tortured baby cows taken from their mothers the day they are born. Few people know the connection between milk and the veal industry. Learning this connection is what caused me to go vegan. Please educate yourself if you don't already know:
http://animalrights.about.com/od/animalsusedforfood/a/MilkVeal.htm

Mana Foodbar in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 9 11

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I've been going to Mana since it opened. I love the menu. Unlike some veg*n places, they have a great variety of dishes I don't grow tired of.

The smoothies are fantastic. They're always creative like avocado, pineapple & coconut water. Other great menu items are the Five Spice Tofu, Quinoa, Maki, Sesame Noodle, Potato Pancake and Ravioli. I think I've had almost every menu item. Some dishes are better that others but I can honestly say I haven't had a bad dish.

There's room for improvement in that the staff could be friendlier. They're hit and miss on the welcoming factor, bordering on snobby. Be friendly, people.

Yes, the restaurant is small but it's nicely decorated and if you are lucky enough to get one of the booths you'll have plenty of room. Street parking is available out front but is hard to find at any time of day. I'd take the Blue Line and get off at Division.

Metropolis Coffee Company in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 11 11

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I've been to Metropolis many times. Warm, welcoming feeling. Exposed brick interior with artwork for sale and a community bulletin board when you first walk in.

Coffee and lattes are the best I've had anywhere. The food and baked goods are high quality, but it's not like they have an extensive menu. It's mostly cookies, bagels, biscotti, desserts, wraps...that sort of thing.

There are two rooms of additional seating connected to the main cafe. They are almost always packed full. Loyola University is nearby so this is a popular spot with students. Honestly, I haven't been here once and found a table without having to wait. Kind of like trying to find a parking space in Chicago, you circle around and circle around until something opens up.

They have Wi-fi. Get password from front counter.

My only complaint is that they don't have even more vegan treats and that it closes too early. Can't tell u how many times I've come by only to be disappointed when I find them closed.

Mia Francesca in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 11 11

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Great restaurant for a meat eater. Seriously, it's a well-run restaurant with great wine and nice decor. But as a veg*n I'd go somewhere else. I've been here as a vegetarian as there is usually only one veggie entree on the menu. Pretty pathetic for an Italian restaurant. I haven't been here as a vegan. I'd only return if everyone in a group wanted to go here and I couldn't talk them out of it.

mk in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 17 11

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In all fairness, I did not know about the call ahead vegan option. I was here for a special event where our host had pre-ordered the food for us so I ate what few veg*n options were available for me. I saw this place as big on meat, with vegans treated as an afterthought or given no thought at all. I wasn't impressed and have never gone back.

Native Foods in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 9 11

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I was here for dinner opening day and there was a steady line of people the entire time. The staff handled it like pros. Our food was prepared to perfection in a timely manner. There didn't seem to be any kinks that they had to work out. Very impressive.

I ordered the Ensalada Azteca Salad. My partner had the Greek Gyro bowl. Highly recommend them both. Also fantastic was the lavender lemonade.

All vegan, organic, recycled napkins, outdoor seating, water bowls out front for dogs... I love this place. Can't wait to come back again and again.

If you're familiar with the neighborhood, Native Foods is just down the street from Bongo Room. Damen Blue Line stop.

Penny's Noodle Shop in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 11 11

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Always great noodles! Tough parking, great food.

Protein Bar in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 9 11

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Vegan goes mainstream in Chicago!

This is not vegan junk food. 100% healthy and absolutely delicious.

Sophisticated, cool but still casual interior.

Ras Dashen in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 4 11

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The way a restaurant's menu is laid out always makes a big first impression. It tells me whether, as a vegan, I'm going to be treated with respect and my dietary choices held in proper regard. Are the vegetarian and vegan items specially marked? Where are they placed on the menu? Are the veg items on top of the menu or tucked below as an afterthought?

Ras Dashen had the vegan items specially marked on the menu...fantastic. It had the veggie items listed before the meat items...top notch. The problem is all the veg items are listed as "sides". The beef and lamb dishes are listed as full-out "entrees". So if you order a Meat Combo you choose your entrees and 3 sides (the veggie dishes). For the Vegetarian Combo you choose 5 sides. I am sick of being downgraded to a side dish! To anyone with an ounce of compassion and notion of proper healthy eating, vegetables are a main dish. Instead of "sides", call them "Veggie Dishes" and your whole menu will make sense.

I liked the "come as you are" casual atmosphere. Beautiful flowers made the outdoor tables tempting. Wait staff was friendly and we were well attended to though service was a bit on the slow side. This restaurant has the best injera bread of any Ethiopian restaurant I've been to. I highly recommend the Tikil Gomen Alicha (choice #5) which is cabbage, potato and carrot stew and the Misser Wat (#10) which is pureed red lentils in a spicy berbere sauce.

RAW in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 17 11

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If you shop at the big Whole Foods in Lincoln Park, you're probably already familiar with RAW. Walking into the French Market, I was delighted when I saw the familiar bright pink and green labels and realized it was one and the same. I'd eaten so many of her dishes before, having bought them at WF's. I was glad to have finally discovered the mothership! She carries so much more at this location than they have at Whole Foods.

I found it very expensive, but portions are big and I am happy to pay for quality. I actually wish she would offer items in smaller portions with correspsonding smaller price tags. That would make this place more accessible to me and I could eat here more often.

If you're driving and want to do a quick pop-in, as you are driving on Washington, just past Clinton there is a row of free 15 min parking spots on your left (leave hazzards on). If you are there for 16 mins, you will be ticketed so u have to be quick!

Roots Hair Salon in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 9 11

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An ethical hair salon....what a find! What I like about this place is they actually listen to you. They give you the hair cut *you* want, not the cut they want to give you.

They also have facials, waxing, massage, make up and can accomodate bridal parties.

Skewerz in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 6 11

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Oh heck ya! The tofu skewerz with peanut sauce are soooooo good here! Each time I come I get the same thing b/c I can't get enough of it. Start with the grilled artichoke. It's fantastic.

This place is right next to (practically under) the Damen Blue Line 'L'. Order right where you walk in and they bring it out to you when it's done. There are some very casual stools and a pseudo tiki bar where you can sit. The adjoining room has a few couches with a table where you can sit too (we're talking dive bar type accomodations).

Also, very friendly and hard working owner.

Soul Vegetarian - Ste Martaen in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 29 11

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I've also heard this food truck called the "Soul Veg Express."

The day I caught up with the vegan food truck is was a rickshaw bicycle...even cooler than a truck in my opinion. It was a stealth rendezvous because there was nothing about the rickshaw identifying it or the rider as being from Soul Veg Express. I noticed the rider was wearing a petfinder.com t-shirt, so that grabbed my attention. Then I saw the rickshaw's bumper sticker which said "Go Vegan" and I knew I was in the right place.

It makes stops all over the loop, River North and Michigan Avenue. Check their facebook page for schedule or call.

Swirlz Cupcakes in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 9 11

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I discovered this place when I noticed they were a sponsor for Farm Sanctuary's Walk for Farm Animals in Chicago. Very cool!

I like Swirlz better than Fritz for two reasons:

  • They advertise their vegan cupcakes!

I am so sick of stealth vegan cupcakes like you find at Fritz or most of the other bakeries in Chicago. Most places in Chicago have vegan cupcakes but they are afraid to advertise them b/c people still think vegan baked goods taste crappy. That's not helping the cause. The way bakeries make vegan cupcakes now, they taste better than regular cupcakes. At a minimum, Fritz and other bakeries need to put a sign on the counter that says "We have Vegan baked goods! Just ask." And they should put out samples of the vegan cupcakes. Or label them "the new vegan" cupcake. Vegan baked goods taste awesome now and if our bakeries aren't going to get the word out, who is?

  • So many vegan flavors!

They only have one vegan flavor each day so you have to be a regular to sample them all. Vegan vanilla, vegan chocolate peanut butter, vegan double chocolate, vgn vanilla on chocolate, vgn red velvet and vgn chocolate banana! That'll keep me coming back.

Tokyo Lunchbox in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 6 11

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You must try their teriyaki tofu. It's hands down the most incredible I've ever had.

This is an awesome place to go for lunch if you work in the loop. It's always a quick in and out. Never a hold up. You grab a tray cafeteria style and go through the line grabbing pre-boxed delights. They have stools and some tables so you can eat it there if you like.

Fast food Japanese at its best.

Victory's Banner in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 29 11

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Let me bottom line this for you, as a vegetarian you won't find a better breakfast in Chicago.

I've been coming here for almost 8 years. The design-your-own omeletes and scrambles are fantastic. For vegetarians, they use cage-free eggs which is a wonderful step in the right direction. For vegans, order it with tofu instead of eggs (tofu scramble). You choose which veggies, soy sausage, or other options you'd like added. It's served with a side of potatoes and bread. You can ask for black beans instead of the potatoes.

They have vegan french toast which is *AMAZING*.

Great selection of veggie burgers and sandwiches for lunch too.

I'm hesitant to share this for fear it gets too popular and I can't get a reservation anymore, but every year they have a Vegetarian Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving day. They do seatings at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. You choose whether you want the vegetarian or vegan option. It is mindblowingly delicious. If you can't dine in, you can order any of the items carry-out (you have to order ahead).

Whole Foods in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 8 11

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Worst. Whole. Foods. Ever. I am a huge fan of Whole Foods stores, so this is saying a lot. This location is largely devoid of vegan options. Those that exist are tucked away into remote corners of the store.

To be specific, I had to circle the store twice to even find the vegan section (vegan cheese, tofu, soy sausage, seitan, etc). It is buried back in a corner of the store that you'd never normally go to with the signage hardly visible. Meanwhile, the meat department is huge and can't be missed. The salad bar -- you'd think a vegan would do ok there, right? Even the tofu on the salad bar is made with dairy. Other than actual salad items like plain greens and raw vegetables, the only vegan item they had was a polenta lasagna (at least that was 5 stars good!).

I went to get a slice of vegan pizza at the pizza station which is a stalwart of every Whole Foods store I've been in. No vegan pizza! I'm sure I could have asked the guy to make me one, but I shouldn't have to....this is Whole Foods.

Technically, they carry Upton's Naturals and Soul Veg items. The Upton's items they had were close to expiration and they had *one* Soul Veg item on the shelf. This is the first time I've shopped at this location, so it's possible I hit them on a bad day but I doubt it.

Adding insult to injury, at check out I couldn't find a Veg News magazine. That should be front and center.

If all Whole Foods were like this one, I would not shop at Whole Foods. There's a better selection of vegan options that are more respectfully laid out at the little grocery store in my small town in Indiana.

Whole Foods Market in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 28 11

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Two years ago the Lincoln Park Whole Foods moved from its old location to a newly constructed mega store on Kingsbury & Sheffield (one block south of North Avenue). It is 5 STARS AWESOME. Highlights include:

* Plethora of vegan selections. Lots of fresh, pre-made vegan carry out stuff from Soul Vegetarian East. Vegan cookies, baked goods and other desserts. Some made in-store, some from Candle Cafe in NYC. They now carry the AMAZING Sweet & Sara vegan marshmallow products.

* Lots of high quality organic produce, including pre-sliced organic fruits.

*3 huge salad bars - hot and cold items

*Great cruelty-free product selection.

*coffee bar up front that has soy and almond milk, and live music.

*five mini-restaurants and a wine bar inside. Fantastic vegan hot dogs, vegan pizza, excellent vegetable sushi (if not happy with pre-made selections you can order exactly what you want and they make it fresh right there).

*Great location. It's walking distance to about everything in Lincoln Park and a super short car or bike ride from Wicker Park and Bucktown.

*Plenty of parking in huge, free parking cave. You don't need to validate a ticket, it's not gated. Spots up front reserved for alternative fuel vehicles.

And now for the bad stuff. The vegetarian and vegan items on the restaurant menus are still at the bottom of the list. Like veganism is an after-thought and vegans should still get to the back of the line. If Whole Foods isn't going to list the veggie dog in front of the frankfurter, who is?

Also disgusting is that when you walk in the main entrance, unless you cut through the body products section you're forced to walk past the fish and meat section...and it literally STINKS. People are offended by this. They should but the fish and meat in the back of the store.

Flat Top Grill in Evanston, Illinois
Nov 24 11

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Great for vegetarians as well as vegans, and meat eaters will be happy here also. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. For some reason they do not have tofu on the main buffet, instead you put a "tofu stick" in your bowl and the chef will add the tofu. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

Chowpatti in Northwestern Chicagoland, Illinois
Jul 11 12

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Outstanding food and friendly, welcoming environment. Incredible menu with a vast array of selections. Almost all vegan or can be made vegan -except no vegan ice cream : (.

If money is a concern, watch what you order. Rice, roti bread, all those things are extra. To me, it is worth the high prices to eat here every once in a while but even if I lived in the area I would not come here regularly because it's simply prohibitively expensive. For two people our bill was $75 not including tip. Just be prepared to splurge or else watch the prices of what you order because it adds up.

Maggiano's Little Italy in Northwestern Chicagoland, Illinois
Sep 8 11

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I would not go here as a vegan. Stay away! Go to Sweet Tomatoes instead which is tucked away back by Ikea on the other side of the mall.

That said, I went here for years as a vegetarian. I'd end up at this particular location b/c it was close to Streets of Woodfield movie theatres. It was never my first choice, rather it was where we'd end up b/c it met the needs of everyone in a large group. As a vegetarian you'll do pretty good. I'd get the Eggplant Parmesan or the Four Cheese Ravioli which were always fantastic. My two star rating is because their vegetarian options are so terribly limited for an Italian place and their vegan options are virtually non-existent.

Also, they serve veal which is inexcusable. Most people know that "veal" are tortured baby cows taken from their mothers the day they are born. Few people know the connection between milk and the veal industry. Learning this connection is what caused me to go vegan. Please educate yourself if you don't already know:
http://animalrights.about.com/od/animalsusedforfood/a/MilkVeal.htm

Sweet Tomatoes in Northwestern Chicagoland, Illinois
Jul 11 12

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I've been to this location about a dozen times. Incredible salad bar. Pasta bar with some vegan options, pizza, soups. Vegetarian heaven. Vegans will have a slightly tougher go of it simply b/c of cheese on the pizzas, cheese sauces on the pasta and cheese/cream based soups. That said, vegans will do fine here.

Flat Top Grill in Oak Park, Illinois
Nov 24 11

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Great for vegetarians as well as vegans, and meat eaters will be happy here also. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. For some reason they do not have tofu on the main buffet, instead you put a "tofu stick" in your bowl and the chef will add the tofu. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

Flat Top Grill in Peoria, Illinois
Nov 24 11

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Great for vegetarians as well as vegans, and meat eaters will be happy here also. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. For some reason they do not have tofu on the main buffet, instead you put a "tofu stick" in your bowl and the chef will add the tofu. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

Flat Top Grill in Southwestern Chicagoland, Illinois
Nov 24 11

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Great for vegetarians as well as vegans, and meat eaters will be happy here also. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. For some reason they do not have tofu on the main buffet, instead you put a "tofu stick" in your bowl and the chef will add the tofu. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

For the Good of It! in Southwestern Chicagoland, Illinois
Sep 15 11

rating star

Great product selection. They carry Amy's, Light Life, Cedar Lane, Garden of Eatin' and many more.

They advertise on WCPT -Chicago's Progressive Talk - which is very cool. If you live in Chicagoland and haven't tuned in, it's 820AM and 99.9FM.

Unfortunately, they also sell meat and fish so there's room for improvement.

Cafe Brio in Springfield, Illinois
Sep 8 11

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My 4 star rating is tempered by the fact that this is Springfield and pickings are slim for veg*ns or anyone who remotely cares about healthy eating. I don't know how everyone in this city doesn't keel over from a heart attack at age 40 with all the meat they eat. Anyway, if you're stuck in Springfield, try Brio. It's the best spot in downtown area.

The margaritas are spectacular by any standard. The food is the best you'll be able to do. It's a Mexican/Carribean/American fusion. Chips, salsa, guacamole, salads, burritos.

Flat Top Grill in Western Chicagoland, Illinois
Nov 24 11

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Great for vegetarians as well as vegans, and meat eaters will be happy here also. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. For some reason they do not have tofu on the main buffet, instead you put a "tofu stick" in your bowl and the chef will add the tofu. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

Himalayan Restaurant & Bar in Western Chicagoland, Illinois
Sep 8 11

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This restaurant was a wonderful find. It's nestled in a big strip mall area by the Panera. Driving by, if you blink you might miss it. I'm so glad I noticed it and stopped in.

Service is extraordinarily friendly and attentive. The dishes are spiced to perfection. I've only been here once but I would go back in an instant if I'm in the area again.

Maggiano's Little Italy in Western Chicagoland, Illinois
Sep 8 11

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I think it's a really big stretch to call this place vegan-friendly. If you're vegan and stuck at the Oakbrook mall, there are better vegan options at Stir Crazy.

That said, I went here for years as a vegetarian (either this location or their Schaumburg location - quality of food, service and decor is the same). It was never my first choice, rather it was where we'd end up b/c it met the needs of everyone in the group. As a vegetarian you'll do pretty good. I'd get the Eggplant Parmesan or the Four Cheese Ravioli which were always fantastic. My two star rating is because their vegetarian options are so terribly limited for an Italian place and their vegan options are virtually non-existent.

Also, they serve veal which is inexcusable. Most people know that "veal" are tortured baby cows taken from their mothers the day they are born. Few people know the connection between milk and the veal industry. Learning this connection is what caused me to go vegan. Please educate yourself if you don't already know:
http://animalrights.about.com/od/animalsusedforfood/a/MilkVeal.htm

Chesterton's European Market in Chesterton, Indiana
Aug 15 11

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Fresh veggies, fruits and baked goods. They always have handcrafted bath products, lotions, aprons, and body sprays from Edgewater Cottage in Valpo. That's the good part. The bad part is this market is not 100% vegetarian. Overall it's veg-friendly but there's one exception- Birky Family Farms is usually a vendor. He's a small family farmer who's been in the area since 1919, unfortunately he raises pigs. I do not know how well he treats them, does he use gestation crates, are their tails docked, are they able to roam freely, etc. You will want to absolutely avoid the pulled pork sandwiches and ribs at his booth.

Molly Bea's Ingredients in Chesterton, Indiana
Aug 15 11

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I'm not sure if it's intentional or not, but so far this place is 100% vegetarian. In fact, other than the milk in some of the chocolates and the honey, it leans toward vegan. A wonderful delight for northwest Indiana.

The owners could not be friendlier. If you are new to Molly Bea's, ask for the tour when you walk in. In about 5 minutes, they will highlight everything in the store for you, give you free samples of things you show interest in, and orient you quickly to the different products they carry.

Third Coast Spice Cafe in Chesterton, Indiana
Sep 2 12

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Update: Third Coast now has two vegan burritos! They also have 3 different flavors of vegan oatmeal. If they would only get SOY SAUSAGE, this place would be so much better.

If Third Coast would only offer a tofu scramble and soy sausage, it would be perfection. As a vegetarian, you will do very well as there are many veggie items offered. As a vegan, you'll do as well as you are going to do in northwest Indiana without driving an hour to Chicago. The staff is very knowledgeable about vegan diets. In fact, I was veganizing my build-your-own-omelette (soy cheese, ordering an omelette with no egg, etc) and the waitress asked, "Are you vegan?". I said yes and she asked if I wanted the 'omelette' scrambled with olive oil instead of butter. That is really good attention to deal - the type of which you simply do not see very often in, I'm sorry to say but this mostly unenlightened part of the country. She then pointed out all the other vegan items on the menu and offered that just about anything I wanted they would do their best to make vegan for me. Very impressive. However, what would be even more impressive is simply having more vegan items on the menu...like that tofu scramble and soy sausage.

Tiger Lily Cafe in Chesterton, Indiana
Jul 2 11

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I had the veggie bacon, egg & cheese sandwich. I asked them to add avocado and it was no problem at all. This sandwich was grilled to perfection. An absolute delight. The veggie gyro is another crowd pleaser, as are the waffles.

Note that this place is in the Sawgrass shopping center (a small/medium strip mall) and was a little hard to find. Look for the Sawgrass sign on Calumet. The restaurant is in the middle.

For out-of-towners, the addition of this restaurant makes Chesterton a "veggie destination" in my book. It's an hour from Chicago which makes it a great day trip. Chesterton is filled with antique shops. The Sawgrass mall itself is filled with different craft stands and vendors. The Brassie Golf Club is great 18 hole public course in Chesterton. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is 10 minutes north.

The only shortcoming is the very limited hours the cafe is open. I'm driving from Valpo. If I knew it was open until at least 7pm each night, I could come here and pick up dinner every day after work. Being closed Sunday and Monday with such short hours during the week means Friday and Saturday and the only chance I have to make it here. Too bad.

WiseWay in Chesterton, Indiana
Sep 7 11

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If shopping for vegan essentials in Chesterton, I would first go to Sprout's groceries in the Saw Grass Marketplace (across Rt. 49 from the Wiseway). Sprouts has items Wiseway doesn't have. Then hit Wiseway for everything else you need.

I find that Sprouts has a lot of the new products like Sweet n Sara marshmallows, Tempt ice cream bars, Upton's Naturals, etc. That said, Wiseway has a lot of products Sprouts doesn't have like a huge selection of Amy's frozen dinners, Cedar Lane, Boca burgers, Morning Star Farms, LiteLife, coconut milks, countless varieties of soy milk, kombuchas, etc. Both places have Daiya cheese.

In short, WiseWay rocks. Each Wiseway location (there are 5 so far in Northwest Indiana) is a little different in terms of the brands they carry. For vegans, the Wiseway on Rt. 30 in Valparaiso is the best around. They have a huge (and recently expanded) selection of veg*n groceries, organics and international foods. This Wiseway in Chesterton is not as good, but they're close.

Flat Top Grill in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Nov 24 11

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Great for vegetarians as well as vegans, and meat eaters will be happy here also. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. For some reason they do not have tofu on the main buffet, instead you put a "tofu stick" in your bowl and the chef will add the tofu. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

Copper Dog Cafe in Lafayette, Indiana
Sep 28 11

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I was in Lafayette for 4 days and tried to eat at the Copper Dog with no success. Accordingly, my rating for this review is based on aspects of the restaurant other than the taste of the food. Long story short, call and make reservations before you go whether it's for lunch or dinner. Think of this more as a semi-private dining experience than a regular restaurant, kind of like Schwa in Chicago.

I went by on Friday at 3pm to find them closed. They close between lunch and dinner. Then on Saturday I called to confirm that they were open. No answer. I kept getting the recording. The posted hours say they are open until 8pm on Saturdays so I stopped by at 7pm to find all the chairs on the table and the place closed up. The owner was kind enough to come over when he saw me at the door. He told me they closed b/c they ran out of food. He said everything is made fresh and when they're out, they're out. I appreciate that everything is made fresh, but there can be no doubt you will lose customers with unreliable hours. Moreover, I showed up an hour before closing on a Saturday night, not 10 mins before closing on a Tuesday. Anyone coming after me would have no idea why they were closed, would probably be annoyed and not come here again. They're also closed Sundays and Mondays.

Irregular hours aside, the menu looks incredible and a gourmet vegetarian restaurant is a wonderful addition to Lafayette.

Moe's Southwest Grill in Lafayette, Indiana
Sep 21 11

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I've heard of the Moe's chain and this was the first time I went to one. I was thrilled to be able to order a vegan buritto with tofu at a mainstream restaurant. Honestly, I was in a hurry and blew past the menu board and just told the guy what I wanted on it so I'm sure I didn't abide by the Moe's protocol. Next time I'll more thoroughly check out the menu items.

My burrito tasted great and I can't wait to go to a Moe's again! Chipotle has better rice but Moe's has tofu....it may be a tie for first.

This location was small but clean with a friendly staff. Limited outdoor seating with plain tables (nothing fancy).

Peaceful Greens in Lafayette, Indiana
Sep 22 11

Not sure what's going on with this restaurant. I was visiting Lafayette today and tried to check out Peaceful Greens. Their website was down yesterday and today. I went by in person today and there's a sign on the front door that says they are closed all week. Hope they are up and running again soon.

Parking was difficult but not impossible. Once you find a spot, there's no charge (no parking meters) so that is nice. Be careful with all the one-way streets in this area.

If you go to Peaceful Greens and it's closed, there is another all-vegetarian restaurant just up the street called Copper Dog at 660 Main St.

Sunspot Natural Foods in Lafayette, Indiana
Sep 25 11

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Shopping here is a wonderful experience.

They have books, magazines, vitamins, beauty and personal care supplies, frozen, refrigerated, canned, dry goods, bulk bins, a small produce section and lots more. They have small quantities of most items but an excellent cross-section of items to choose from. Extraordinary variety of vegan items. I found brands here that they don't carry at the Whole Foods near me in Lincoln Park in Chicago. I was impressed. If I lived in Lafayette, I would come here all the time.

It is tucked away at the back of a U-shaped mini mall so it's not super easy to see from the road. The sign for it off of Rt. 52 is microscopic. Also, the name on the building is "Sunspot" not "Sunspot Natural Foods", so if you did not know about this place ahead of time you definitely would not discover it from driving by.

Vienna Espresso Bar and Bakery in Lafayette, Indiana
Oct 10 11

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The vegan chocolate cupcakes at Vienna are 5 stars. These sugary delights are flying under the radar and not getting the press they deserve. Dare I say, they are better than the cupcakes at Fritz Pastry in Chicago, better than Babycakes cupcakes and tied with the cupcakes at Raphsodic vegan bakery in Orlando. I also tried their vegan pumpkin bread which was fantastic.

This seems like one of those wonderful cafes that you can come with a laptop or a book and just hang out as long as you want. Totally laid back atmosphere inside.

To be honest, the sandwich my parter had and the hummus and pita bread I had were just "meh". The pita bread tasted like it was warmed up in a mircowave and the olives on it tasted like cheap canned black olives. So I wouldn't come here for the food. Now, I've only been here twice so it's possible they have a killer sandwich on the menu I just haven't discovered yet. First impressions are that the real stand-outs at this place are the vegan baked goods and stay-a-while vibe.

Aladdin Pita in Merrillville , Indiana
Sep 21 11

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I've been coming here for years. The quality of the food is always high. Front counter staff are friendly and efficient. I appreciate that they have so many specially marked veg*n options on the menu.

When you first walk in, you'll notice that the front part of the space is a small store featuring all manner of middle eastern groceries. They sell fabulous walnut and pistacio baklava that they import from a bakery in Chicago's north suburbs. Also specialty candies from the middle east and all kinds of staples like hummos, bags of pine nuts, etc.

The area where the place could use improvement is its cleanliness. When you first open the front door, it's greasy. Gross. And not a good first impression. The little plastic seat in the waiting area seems to always have bugs lodged in the crevice. The place just needs a thorough cleaning. That said, this is the best Mediterranean food in Northwest Indiana served by a gracious staff and is highly recommended.

Chipotle in Merrillville , Indiana
Sep 11 11

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There are so few vegan options in Northwest Indiana that Chipotle is a mainstay. I don't know what I'd do without it.

This location is always clean and efficient with decent parking.

Taste of India in Merrillville , Indiana
Aug 8 11

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This place is awesome! We live in Valparaiso and come here all the time. Great service and incredible veg*n dishes. Separate vegetarian section on the menu.

I did not give them 5 stars simply because they serve dead animals. House of India in Schererville is even better and is all vegetarian.

Noodles & Company in Northwest Indiana - Chicagoland, Indiana
Jul 2 11

rating star

This restaurant is part of a small national chain.

All dishes start out vegetarian (except the Pad Thai which has fish sauce ). Then you can add meat, tofu, etc. Their tofu is outstanding, I only wish they'd give you more of it. Also, when you ask for extra cilantro or any extra vegetable it's 75 cents and you barely notice it. I've asked for "extra, extra, extra, extra cilantro" before just to see if I'd get a decent amount.

The Valpo location has a small outdoor seating area out front.

Taj in Northwest Indiana - Chicagoland, Indiana
Jul 2 11

rating star

Always friendly waitstaff and management. Samosas, naan, palak paneer, vegetable korma, rice pudding...all the dishes we've had here have been delicious.

There is some outdoor seating in the summer.

Flat Top Grill in South Bend, Indiana
Nov 24 11

rating star

Great for vegetarians as well as vegans, and meat eaters will be happy here also. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. For some reason they do not have tofu on the main buffet, instead you put a "tofu stick" in your bowl and the chef will add the tofu. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

Baums Natural Foods in St. John, Indiana
Aug 31 11

rating star

Baums has 3 locations in the area and they all specialize in vitamins, herbs and specialty supplements. They have a small but varied selection of Amy's frozen meals, Diana's Bananas, coconut milk ice cream and some other vegan staples. If you're in the area, it's definitely worth popping in if only to talk to Lee who is the store's vegan guru. She can find you a bottle of gelatin-free vitamins quicker than you can do a fresh wheat grass shot.

A host of products can be found on the store's shelves including baby care items, books, candles, cleaners, protein drink mixes and energy products.

In addition, Baums offers a juice bar, Ion Cleanse Detox Foot Bath that removes harmful stored toxins, massage, reflexology, accupuncture, body wraps, a Far Infrared Sauna, ear candling, hair analysis, live blood cell testing and Certified Nutritionist consultations.

Au Naturel Market in Valparaiso, Indiana
Aug 7 11

rating star

For northwest Indiana, I suppose the store is great. My progressive standards are a little higher. It's not entirely vegetarian, they sell organic meat. Suppose it's good that it's organic, but they still sell dead animals.

They have a small community advertising board up front. I was in here once and there was an advertisement up for the circus that was coming through town. It was a circus notorious for their animal welfare violations. I told the employee up front that I was shocked to see an ad like that in their store. Doesn't everyone know that circuses containing animals are inherently abusive? He said he was suprised it was up, too and he wouldn't stop me if I took it down. I was going to take it down anyway like I'd been taking down their ads and 'free tickets' all over town. My disappointment was why hadn't the owner of the store taken it down?

Billy Jack's Cafe & Grill in Valparaiso, Indiana
Aug 30 11

rating star

I've tried to eat here twice and each time I get to the double front doors they are both so dirty and covered in greasy fingerprints that I abort my plans. Please guys, your front doors are your first impression. If those aren't clean, I don't have much confidence the remainder of your place will be, much less the kitchen and other areas we can't see.

Nonetheless, the menu sounds like it has some ok veggie items on it and once I've built up my courage I will try this place a third time.

Chipotle in Valparaiso, Indiana
Oct 7 11

rating star

As a vegan, I love Chipotle! Their cilantro rice is addictive, their black beans are so tasy and their guacamole is perfection.

The chips are way too salty for me. My only other complaint is I wished they offered tofu or seitan as a protein choice like Moe's Southwest Grill does.

This location just opened this month and I could not be happier! It is VERY small but gets the job done. It's tucked in a small strip mall by the FedEx Kinko's, Oberweis Dairy and Verizon Wireless stores.

Red Robin in Valparaiso, Indiana
Oct 7 11

rating star

I'm a vegan living in Northwest Indiana...the pickins are slim here. I'm grateful for Red Robin. It is one of the restaurants I find myself returning to again and again. You can get any of their burgers made with a vegan Boca burger so that totally opens up the menu to you. Their fries are fantastic and the service at this location is almost always top notch.

Valpo Velvet in Valparaiso, Indiana
Jun 21 11

rating star

It can be tough for vegetarians in northwest Indiana, but this place is a breath of fresh air. They have an awesome sandwich board. My favorites are:

Ooh La La - Sourdough bread topped with Havarti cheese, horseradish mustard, tomato, avocado and fresh spinach and a fried egg.

Popeye - homemade "everything bialy" layered with homemade cream cheese spread, fresh spinach, tomato, cucumber, red onion. Served with ranch dressing on the side for dipping.

Say Cheese - Swiss, cheddar and provolone cheeses grilled on tomato basil bread. Add tomato ($.50).

The Veggie - Tomato basil bread, toasted with hummus, provolone, topped with letttuce, tomato, red onion, cucumber, artichokes. Drizzled lightly with homemade vinaigrette.

California Crunch salad (veg version): Mixed greens topped with scoop of hummus, pecans, avocado, artichokes, craisins, cucubers, tomato, homemade croutons and homemade vinagigrette.

Garden Grub on a Plate - plate with hummus, spinach dip, pita chips and cut up veggies.

You can also get any of their other subs made w/o meat like "The Pilgrim" - ask for no turkey, then it has swiss cheese and granny smith apple slices grilled warm on white bread with a bit of mayo and homemade cranberry sauce spread.

They also have soups, salads, fruit smoothies and old-fashioned phosphates.

They sell eggs from their own free-range chickens.

Also, you can get any dish 'veganized'. Just ask for no cheese or to substitute hummus for their (creamy) spinach dip that is used on a number of the items.

WiseWay in Valparaiso, Indiana
Aug 30 11

rating star

Living in Valparaiso, the closest Whole Foods is an hour away in Chicago. If you can't make the drive, this is the next best thing. Considering this is northwest Indiana which let's be honest is not the progressive hub of the Midwest, they have an outstanding selection of veg*n and organic frozen, refrigerated and dry foods. Where they fall short is their selection of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. That's so-so. And they don't have any pre-prepared veg*n/organic meals or pre-sliced ready-to-go fruits, things like that.

You can join Timber Creek Farms (google it) and they will deliver fresh organic fruits and veggies right to your door.

update: This Wiseway location has recently expanded it's organic/veg*n isle. All kinds of wonderful new items available!

WiseWay in Valparaiso, Indiana
Sep 1 11

rating star

This Wiseway has an "Organics Cave" in the back of the store. That's what I call it anyway. In the cave, there's a decent selection of vegan and vegetarian products. They have Daiya cheese, veggie dogs, soy sausage, seitan, Amy's frozen products, vegan ice cream, etc.

The Calumet location works in a pinch, but if you have the choice you're better off going to the mothership of Wiseways on Rt. 30 in Valpo. That store has a *huge* organics isle with an amazing selection of all different kinds of vegan cheeses, products, frozen entrees, canned and dry goods.

Whatever you do, you can skip the Town and Country grocery store at Calumet and Glenview. T&C's vegan food section consists of 5 packs of veggie dogs. It's really pathetic. Go to Wiseway instead.

Whole Foods Market in Louisville, Kentucky
Nov 2 12

rating star

This Whole Foods is not as large as some of the mega Whole Foods like the one in Lincoln Park in Chicago that has 5 restaurants in it. It's your average sized Whole Foods, but it scores big on vegan-friendliness.

Vegan-friendly baked goods galore. Salad bar and hot food bar had lots of vegan options that were clearly marked. Highly recommended is to stop at the deli and see if they have their vegan chicken salad. That and a loaf of bread makes a great lunch!

Flat Top Grill in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nov 24 11

rating star

Great for vegetarians as well as vegans, and meat eaters will be happy here also. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. For some reason they do not have tofu on the main buffet, instead you put a "tofu stick" in your bowl and the chef will add the tofu. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

Jazzy Veggie in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Aug 27 11

rating star

For a casual restaurant, this place is 5 stars.

I can vouch for the burgers, coleslaw, plantain chips and sweet potato fries which are all delicious. Specifically, I recommend the Muffaletta sandwich which is a seasoned and marinated veggie protein patty (tastes kind of like a chicken patty), tomatoes, roasted red peppers, fresh sage, sliced marinated tofu, guacamole, a garlic olive oil paste and red pepper aioli on grilled artisan bread. Also amazing is the Agave BBQ Classic which is a veggie protein patty marinated in housemade agave BBQ sauce, red onions, shredded greens, tomato and vegan mayonnaise on a bun.

Casual fast food type indoor seating. Outdoot seating is nicer if u can get it. Fantastic menu with good variety. If only I lived in Ann Arbor, i'd eat here all the time.

Order and pay at the counter and they bring it out to you when it's ready. Plastic cups, etc are biodegradable & they have recycling now. We were lucky enough to have the owner wait on us and he is fantastic.

Baguette de France in Benton Harbor - St. Joseph, Michigan
Aug 3 11

rating star

I was so happy to find a veggie-friendly eatery in this part of Michigan that I came to this restaurant again and again, each time hoping for better food. I've never been a big fan of mock meats, so that could be part of it. If you like the Tofurkey deli meats, you will probably be very happy here.

Personally, I prefer veggie burgers, seitan and tofu .... none of which are offered. That part I don't understand. If the owner is going to do something so wonderful as to unabashedly make half of her menu loud-and-proud vegetarian, why limit it to all mock meats? A mock turkey sub- ok, I get it. But why not offer at least a garden burger sub? or better yet a seitan sandwich. I would happily wait the extra time (if any) it would take to prepare.

What kept me coming back was the staff. The place has a good vibe too it and I always had a friendly experience. The restaurant is very clean.

Avalon Bakery in Detroit, Michigan
Jun 30 11

rating star

What a find! This place has a great vibe. Outdoor seating and a few small tables inside. It's a true bakery, so it's mostly cookies, muffins, brownies, all sorts of loafs of bread. They offer a few sandwiches and usually have a pizza or flatbread offered. The smoothies are outstanding as are their espresso drinks. Not to be missed are the vegan cookies. They taste better than their non-vegan cookies. How do they do that? : )

It's on a small side street. Limited free parking right in front, but plenty of metered parking on the main street (Cass).

Avalon is less than a mile from the Detroit Institute of Art. So if you're going to DIA or any of the museums, stop at Avalon! Take Woodward or Cass to Willis St.

Goodwells Natural Food Market in Detroit, Michigan
Jul 1 11

rating star

This place is right next to Avalon bakery & cafe. I stopped by in the summer & they had an amazing selection of organic fruits. It's a compact space, basically one big aisle with a counter area, but they pack a lot into it. Great variety, easy street parking & outdoor tables.

Moo Moo's Bistro in Detroit, Michigan
Sep 13 11

rating star

I emailed them for information on their restaurant and product line and never received a reply. Poor customer relations.

Sweet Earth in Detroit, Michigan
Jun 30 11

rating star

Incredible vegan vanilla softserve. Tastes to me like Sweet & Sara's vegan vanilla marshmallows (if you haven't had these, you haven't lived, they are that good!).

Grab a cup, fill it with your selection of softserve delights, add toppings from the toppings bar. Price is determined by weight. Scale at register.

Plenty of tables inside, some outdoor seating on busy but great people-watching street. Metered street parking. Friendly, helpful staff.

Birmingham is a suburb about 30 mins from Detroit.

A Vegan-Veggie Cafe in Detroit, Michigan
Aug 3 11

rating star

It's 4 stars for a dive cafe. We're not talking Millenium in San Francisco. It's great down-to-basics vegan mediterranean food in a simple, no-frills environment. Where else can you get an eggplant sandwich for $2.99?

You see the sign outside that says "Vegan Cafe" and it's a let down when you walk in and see that the other 'part' of the cafe serves meat. Almost like false advertising. I wish they would separate the two places.

What Crepe? in Detroit, Michigan
Sep 13 11

rating star

As it says in the description above (and I have to repeat b/c it's so awesome!) the front page of their website promises "For the vegan from the sweet to the savory and even down to the ice cream we will use 100% dairy free products and create a vegan masterpiece crepe just for you." I was already sold.

They have a ton of suggested crepes or you can build-your-own from a list of ingredients. I went the make-your-own route with seared tofu, avocado, tomato and spinach with the truffle zip sauce. It was 5 stars.

I've also eaten here as a vegetarian (before going vegan) and raved about the crepes then too.

I love the small dining space inside. Though it's intimate, the tables are situated just right so you're not hearing every word of conversation from the table next to you. Our service has always been great here. I can't wait to come back.

Good Harbor Grill in Glen Arbor, Michigan
Aug 23 11

rating star

Good Harbor Grill is a breath of fresh air in Northwest Michigan. Soy sausage, Silk soymilk, tofu scrambles, fresh fruit, oatmeal, granola...what a delight! I'm a frequent traveler to the region and I can tell you that no where has as good a vegan breakfast as this restaurant. I'm talking from Petoskey and Harbor Springs to Kalkaska to Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Northport, Empire to Manistee and everywhere in between. I'm a vegan traveler. Meaning, I will vacation somewhere just to try the veg restaurants. So I have pretty thoroughly scouted the area. If anyone knows of anywhere as good as this, let me know cuz I haven't found it!

The Dish Cafe in Traverse City has good breakfasts for vegetarians with the egg and cheese burrittos they offer. But vegans are stuck with the oatmeal - which is awesome by the way- but you can only have oatmeal so many days in a row. If the Lake Street Cafe inside Oryana Foods in Traverse City would serve breakfast, they'd give Good Harbor Grill a run for their money, but they don't. Greenhouse Cafe in TC has a good vegetarian breakfast but crap for vegans. For breakfast in Petoskey, you're looking at the Roast and Toast Cafe. Great coffee but for a vegan breakfast you've only got the oatmeal.

Prior to discovering this restaurant, Glen Arbor held my interest as a place for a day trip only. You know, kayak down the Crystal River, maybe check out the beach at Lake Michigan and that's about it. With the discovery of Good Harbor Grill, I'm turning this into a 3-day weekend retreat. I can't wait to go back!

Brick Road Pizza in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jul 11 12

rating star

Their menu is *loaded* with vegan options. You can get far more vegan dishes here than at the 100% vegetarian restaurant in town (Gaia Cafe). In fact, I relish the feeling in a restaurant like this because even though it serves meat, the vegan vibe dominates. Brick Road has achieved something that appears rather difficult in the restaurant world: to have a primarily vegan restaurant with a predominantly mainstream clientele.

If you're vegan, you will be happily overwhelmed with all the options on the menu and basking in vegan glory. It's the kind of place where you go and it makes you think if every place was like this, all would be right with the world. Their pizzas, sandwiches, sides - everything is delicious. Service can get slow when it's busy and when it's hot in summer they are slow to crank the A/C, but it's a small price to pay to experience these tasty vegan delights.

Gaia Cafe in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Oct 9 11

rating star

When I go to a restaurant, I go for the food and the dining experience. A great dining experience like friendly staff and great service can make up for so-so food. Likewise, outstanding eats can make up for poor service or other oversights. 5 star restaurants get both these things right. Gaia Cafe, I'm sorry to say, needs to improve in both categories.

Most importantly, this place simply needs to be friendlier. It is a real downer going in here. It does not seem like a fun place to work since the entire staff seems beaten down and angry. This energy is what is reflected back toward your diners. Please note that this review is based on my first impressions having gone to Gaia once while visiting Grand Rapids. However, judging from reviews on this and other websites, I am not alone in noticing the unfriendly attitude. The fact that reviewers have been commenting on it for years suggests to me that the problem comes from management and/or the owners. For example, when we first walked in the door there was no one to greet us. We saw a small little sign off to the side that said "Please wait to be seated" and saw one woman standing there waiting so we stood there too. We waited 10 minutes. For a while there was no one at all to be found. Then a couple waitresses came by, avoiding eye contact, ringing up things at the register or grabing plates from the kitchen then scurrying off. No one was there to say "Welcome" or "I'll be right with you". It was a horrible first impression. Finally, I asked the woman in front of us if she'd been waiting long. She said she got her just before us and put her name on the list. List? There's a list? So I ask at the counter and got our name on the list. You can see that this a not a good start to a dining experience.

Our server was a wonderful person. She had that beaten down look when she as up front and as she walked around, but when she came to our table and the entire time she waited on us, she was friendly and helpful. I told her I was vegan and asked if they had vegan pancakes or vegan french toast. She said, "No, I'm sorry, I wish we did". I appreciated the sentiment.

As for the food, the items they make are outstanding. The problem is with the menu. There are precious few vegan items and those that are vegan are not marked as such. They need to treat vegans with respect. I can understand that a meat-eating restaurant would not treat vegetarians or vegans with respect. It's not acceptable but I get it. But for a VEGETARIAN restaurant? You absolutely expect better. For crying out loud, we're both on the same team here. I'm not saying they have to be all vegan or even mostly vegan. All I am saying is that at a minimum, they should have the vegan menu items clearly marked as such on the menu or put a green leaf next to the items that can be made vegan on request. Honestly, it's like the owners had a terrible experience with a vegan once and it's left them scarred for life. I don't get it.

Marie Catrib's in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jul 11 12

rating star

Integrated dining perfected. This is one of those places where vegan, vegetarian and meat-eaters can dine and everyone's needs are fully met. That's what I mean by 'integrated'.

The food is outstanding. Everything made from scratch. Service is extraordinary. Fun artwork on the walls. Attached to the dining room is a take-out area with grab-and-go items.

It gets extremely busy on the weekends. Come prepared for a long wait. You can put your name on the list then poke around the neighborhood. There are fun shops just across the street.

San Chez Tapas Bistro in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Oct 18 11

rating star

Secret vegan menu.

Here's the deal, once you're seated you have to tell the server you're vegan and they bring you out a special vegan menu. It's awesome that they offer a vegan menu. The trouble is, unless you know to ask for it, you'll never know they have it. It would be wonderful if they could put a small note or asterick on the bottom of the regular menu that lets customers know there is a "vegan menu available upon request" or something like that. Better yet, list the vegan items on the main menu and put a green leaf or asterick next to the items that can be made vegan. It is not only vegans who enjoy eating vegan food.

Ironically, I found out about the secret vegan menu *after* we ate. So I ordered off the regular menu that eveyone gets when they're seated. The regular menu has a pretty impressive "vegetariano" section in and of itself.

Helpful staff. Beautiful interior. Kid-friendly.

Baguette De France in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Nov 22 11

rating star

At first I was thrilled to see so many veg*n options, but it's all mockmeats. Basically, if you like Tofurkey slices or other cold mockeat deli slices, you'll be in heaven.

I like fresh organic veggies, tempeh, tofu, seitan,fresh made veggie burgers or veggie sausage, so this wasn't the place for me.

Crow's Nest in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Nov 25 11

rating star

This restaurant must have given itself a complete overhaul in the last few months. The menu is now loaded with vegan options and is bursting with vegetarian choices. The tables are now perfectly spaced (crowded table arrangements are one of my pet peeves). Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and our service was top notch - better than what I've had in many gourmet restaurants.

The Crow's Nest makes my list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Michigan.

The Sugar Bear in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Jul 31 11

rating star

This is a charming little small town ice cream store that also serves vegetarian food. Fun decorations on the walls and ceiling. Board games to play while you wait. Free WiFi.

How I wish there was an ice cream stores like this around when I was a kid. In addition to regular ice cream, they offer 3 vegan flavors. They have a meat menu and a HUGE vegetarian menu. Veggie BLTs, stir fry, veg chicken patties, wraps, Quinoa Burito, veggie dogs, veggie burgers, a hummus grilled cheese, quesadillas, the list goes on and on. Never one to pass up a veggie reuben, I went with that and it did not disappoint.

It was very busy when I went in but staff handled the crowd w/o a problem. To see a restaurant like this thriving in small town America puts a smile on my face. I will definitely be back next time I have to drive I-94 through Michigan. It's easy to find. Take exit #60 off of I-94. It's on the corner across from Muffler Man & the State Police.

David's Delicatessen in New Buffalo, Michigan
Sep 4 12

rating star

This is my new favorite spot in the New Buffalo/Union Pier area. Great iced soy lattes and chais. And they whip up some amazing sandwiches. We're talking *gourmet*. For example, a vegetarian sandwich recently on the board was the "The Vitamin K" that had roasted asparagus from Mick Klug farm in St. Joe, ricotta cheese, McWethy tomatoes, and spinach, with mustard vinaigrette on multigrain toast. They have vegan sandwiches like the "Cucumber Zinger" with multigrain toast, hummus, sautéed Granor greens and local cucumbers with middle eastern spices, and McWethy tomatoes. They use a lot of local and organic ingredients. The sandwiches on the menu board seem to be constantly changing but every time I've been in, there's at least one vegan sandwich up there, often more.

p.s. If David's is closed, try Little Tokyo for veggie sushi and chinese food. Go to the stop light, make a right (on Buffalo St/Rt 12)and Little Tokyo is one block down on the left.

Squeeze in Niles, Michigan
Aug 7 11

rating star

My only complaint is I wish this place was open on Sunday. I live an hour away and Sunday is the day I always find myself free to visit.

Mitchell Street Pub in Petoskey-Bay Harbor, Michigan
Jul 2 11

rating star

Their veggie burger is good, thought it's not enough to keep me coming back here. They also have a grilled cheese sandwich and offer a Veggie Sandwich with jack cheese, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, tomato, olives, sauerkraut, onions and fresh mushrooms. Choice of grilled dark rye or deli rye bread. Various fried appetizers and salads.

In short, vegetarians will be able to get by. Vegans will be able to eat, but I doubt they'll want to return.

As I recall there was a dead animal head on the wall above the table where we were seated so I had to request another table.

Roast & Toast in Petoskey-Bay Harbor, Michigan
Jul 2 11

rating star

They're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great soy lattes and oatmeal --help yourself to the Michigan cherries, raisins and brown sugar. Go with a bagel and cream cheese or toast with peanut butter. They have 4 kinds of breads fresh baked each morning. Try the spicy veggie egg wrap. Grab a homemade cinnamon roll. Vegan? Their granola with soy milk is AWESOME.

Veggie or vegan, their salad selection has got you covered. I used to get the vegetarian sandwich which has swiss and cheddar cheese with deli sauce, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, green peppers, leaf lettuce, and tomatoes. Now I get the avocado veggie sandwich (w/o the swiss cheese), the Avocado BLT (w/o the bacon), or a PBJ.

Only dinner is served after 4pm and the vegetarian options become quite limited. They always have vegetarian lasagna and spinach ricotta stuffed shells on the menu, so if you're veggie you're good. If vegan you're limited to the salads.

Inside they have free Wi-fi and board games. When you first walk in, there's a fun bulletin board, brochure and magazine rack to your right (so bring your veggie literature to post!).

The Boathouse in Traverse City, Michigan
Jul 1 11

rating star

The Boathouse serves veal, lamb, chilean sea bass (an endangered species), Kobe beef and foie gras (from the liver of horrendously tortured geese). Could there be a more offensive menu? I don't doubt that Chef Eric Nitollo is talented, but he clearly is not educated about the sources of his menu items or he is not compassionate enough to care. Either way, I'd stay as far away from this restaurant as possible.

Brew in Traverse City, Michigan
Jul 11 12

rating star

Coffee in the morning and beer at night. You can always get a "brew". Very welcoming environment. Belly up to the bar, grab a table or sit on the couch. Board games, live music, great coffee.

Four out of the 10 sandwiches they offer are vegetarian. Only one is vegan. That said, they are loud and proud with that one vegan sandwich! And that goes a long way in my book. Moreover, they are completely open to veganizing any of the other sandwiches or their salads.

The Dish Cafe in Traverse City, Michigan
Dec 3 11

rating star

Grilled sandwiches, quesadillas, salads, soups, smoothies that are to-die-for, great espresso drinks. They have oatmeal in the mornings with a variety of toppings that you help yourself to. They always have six soups out, almost all are vegetarian, usually two are vegan. You help yourself to fantastic bakery bread that goes with it.

For your sweet tooth, the locally-made bakery treats at the counter are wonderful. In summer they have pints of cherries for sale in the cooler with the Jones sodas.

As a vegan, you'll do well with the oatmeal, smoothies, soups, salads and soy lattes. All but one of their salad dressings are vegan. Disappointingly, you'll have to make special requests for the sandwiches. My only criticism of this place is they don't offer even one vegan sandwich. That said, they are happy to accomodate. I've found both the owners to be vegan-friendly though regular staff can sometimes be clueless. My biggest disappointment with this place is that they don't use cage-free eggs.

The place has a good progressive vibe with a bulletin board up front full of local happenings. They carry the Northern Express (complimentary) newspaper which you will love. They recycle just about everything. In summer there's usually a water bowl out front for dogs, it's that type of place.

FYI, when you walk in the protocol is to place your order at the counter then grab a table. When it's ready someone calls your name and walks it out to you. Outdoor seating in the summer.

Fire Fly in Traverse City, Michigan
Dec 4 11

rating star

Vegetarians would probably rate this 4 or 5 stars, but as a vegan I give it 3 because of the lack of vegan options. If they would simply note on the menu which items can be made vegan upon request, that would go a long way.

Fine dining, beautiful decor.

Golden Chopsticks in Traverse City, Michigan
Dec 4 11

rating star

For Traverse City, this is 4 or 5 stars. It's a big city 3 stars. I've been coming to Traverse City for over a decade and visit here often. Even the locals talks about their sparse selection of ethnic foods. So I am not being snotty with my 3 star rating. It's more like if you are in TC, this is one of the few chinese and thai places within 100 miles. Likewise, this is the only place within 100 miles that serves pho (sadly, it's not vegetarian). But I don't want to give it 5 stars b/c if you've ever had thai or chinese in Chicago, Detroit, etc you will think this is just standard fare.

Thai Cafe, about a mile down the road, has slightly better Thai food. Red Ginger (upscale, pricier) has better sushi, though not as many veggie sushi options.

Very casual atmoshpere. Building looks like it possibly used to be a Burger King.

House of Doggs in Traverse City, Michigan
Dec 4 11

rating star

It's so wonderful that you can pop in here and get a veggie dog with anything you want on it. What I don't like is that veggie dogs are not properly listed on the menu. I mean, they should have a sign in the window that says, "We Have Veggie Dogs!" There are so many young kids that go to this place, they would be gobbled up.

The veggie dogs themselves are top notch, buns are pretty great, and you can get your dog made 20 different ways!

update: After coming here a few times, I'm so peeved that they don't even put a little asterick on the menu noting that any hot dog can be made with a veggie dog that I honestly don't know if I'll ever come back. It just puts me in a bad mood walking in the place.

Lake Street Cafe in Traverse City, Michigan
Dec 4 11

rating star

For years I saw the listing on VegGuide and Happycow for "Oryana Natural Food Market". Not wanting to go to a health food store, I ignored the listing thus never discovering the cafe inside. Also, it's in an out-of-the-way location - not on the main drag in dowtown TC - so it's not as though you'd discover this place from driving by. I gave it its own listing under Lake Steet Cafe so others do not pass it up.

Espresso drinks can be made with rice, almond or soy milk. Incredible selection of organic juices and smoothies.

Try the Grilled Veggie Panini with avocado, yams, red pepper, red onion, tomato and sundried tomato hummus on 7-grain bread. Also fabulous is the Tempeh Reuben and the "Hot to Trot Vegan" Sandwich with dill tofu salad, spicy pickled veggies, red onion, sprouts and tomato on North Country bread.

They also have a section with pre-made salads, sandwiches and other items so you can grab and go. There is some outdoor, shaded seating. Street parking is easy.

I don't find the staff here to be as friendly as The Dish cafe. And the food is slightly better at the Dish. But Lake Street Cafe has a better selection of vegan items and is great to go to when you need to mix it up.

The Casual Chef Cafe in Union Pier, Michigan
Aug 3 11

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What a wonderful find! Five minutes from the beach in New Buffalo. Kayak rentals across the street. Small grocery store with organic and veg*n selections next door.

Vegans will be able to get by here, vegetarians will be in heaven.

update 8/3/11: I have been here several times now and each time they have at least 6 soups ALL of which are vegetarian. They don't use the word "vegan" but instead mark the non-vegan soups which a "C" for "contains cream".

Common Roots in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 1 11

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I agree with the other reviewers that there are hardly any vegan items offered. For a restaurants that is so progressive in other aspects, it doesn't make sense. They need more vegan starters and entrees. Also, the menu should have all vegetarian items labeled and all vegan items labeled (correctly). And it's a no-brainer that your staff should be educated as to what "vegetarian" and "vegan" mean.

That said, I congratulate them on using local, organic and fair-trade ingredients.

The Pita Pit in Missoula, Montana
Jun 30 11

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This is part of a small chain of Pita Pit restaurants in the Northwest. I've been to a ton of their locations and quality is great at all of them. It's operated kind of like a Chipotle or a Subway where you put your order in at the register then scootch down the counter to the toppings area where you tell them what you want on it.

The falafel pita is outstanding. You can get it with hummus and some, not all, locations have babaganoush. They also have a veggie burger pita. That's what first impressed me about this place. The advertisement for the veggie pita says "Cheat on Meat and never look back". Cool.

I was on a cross country road trip driving through the cattle country of North Dakota and Montana. The Pita Pit was like an oasis in the desert of veggie dining. There is a Pita Pit in almost every big city along I-94 (turns into I-90), starting at Fargo and going thru Idaho into Washington State.

Daily Grub in Omaha, Nebraska
Jul 4 11

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It is nothing short of devastating that this restaurant closed (on their 1st anniversary). This place served gourmet vegan food the likes of which you'd be lucky to find in San Francisco or New York. I've eaten at the Green Zebra and Mana Food Bar in Chicago, at Millenium and Greens in San Francisco, and the food at Daily Grub blows them out of the water.

I understand the chef is currently giving cooking classes. Please, please, I beg her to open another restaurant. Come to Chicago or to the little town I'm at in Valparaiso, Indiana and you'll be welcomed with open arms!

McFoster's Natural Kind Cafe in Omaha, Nebraska
Jul 4 11

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Driving cross-country on I-80, my partner and I spent the night in Omaha simply so we could try out McFoster's the next day. It was absolutely worth it! There was no one behind the counter in the small foyer area of the restaurant when we arrived, but that didn't matter. Two servers walking by spotted us and both gave us the friendliest greetings. Told us we could sit wherever we liked.

The menu selection is HUGE. Definitely something for everyone. If I lived in Omaha, I would dine here all the time. You know you are at home away from home when the first page says "Vegan Appetizers" and "Non-Vegan Appetizers".

Our waitress (blond, young, thin, beautiful)could not have been more delightful and helpful. I ordered a ginger soy smoothie which arrived in a chilled mug garnished with an orange slice. One taste and I knew we were in for a great experience at this restaurant. I had the tempeh, lettuce & tomato sandwich. I asked to add avocado (not a problem). Got it w/ sweet potato fries. It was heaven on a plate. A relatively simple sandwich, made to perfection. My partner is a reuben affectionado. Usually turkey reubens, I'm afraid. At McFoster's, he ordered the tempeh reuben w/ fries and devoured it. His only complaint was that there was not more of it.

I'd say this is more of a lunch/dinner place but if you're in the mood for breakfast they offered blueberry pancakes and a tofu scramble.

(My only critique would be that the seating area looked like it needed a deep cleaning.)

'sNice in Brooklyn, New York City
Jul 27 12

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Great location in Park Slope. If you're visiting NYC, stay at the Park Slope Inn which is just a block away from 'sNice. It was very nice to be able to go to 'sNice each morning for coffee, baked goods, nutella and banana breakfast sandwich, bagel, etc before hitting the road for some sight seeing.

Bliss Cafe in Brooklyn, New York City
Sep 11 12

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I love that they serve breakfast until 4pm and have lots of vegan items. But most of the items are on the bland side, and I like flavorful food. More importantly, it's lacking that warm and welcoming feeling that makes you love a restaurant and keep coming back even if the food is so-so.

Paulie Gee's in Brooklyn, New York City
Jul 27 12

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House Made Vegan Fennel Sausage and Post Oven – House Made Cashew Ricotta Dollops. Need I say more? This place is vegan pizza heaven.

Candle 79 in Manhattan, New York City
Sep 11 12

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The Grilled Seitan Chimichurri appetizer ($10) may be the best thing I've ever eaten. I wish they would make this an entree and serve these skewers of divine-tasting delights over rice.

The Grilled Kale salad is heavenly. Almost a meal in itself.

Note that the Tomato-Zuchini Lasagna is a raw lasagna. Nothing wrong with that, just that the menu does not state it is raw. I saw 'cashew cheese' was on it and assumed it was a hot dish. Nope.

The Spaghetti and Wheat Balls are wonderful. This may be a good dish for any meat eaters in your group who need to ease in to the world of vegan cuisine.

Spend the money to eat here and enjoy.

VegNews Magazine in USA, North America
Aug 29 11

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VegNews rocks! I love every single issue. They also sponsor vegan travels called Veg Voyages. Check out their website.

Root Cafe in Cleveland, Ohio
Jul 25 12

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I read Conde's review (below) and was a little nervous they wouldn't have enough vegan options. To my delight, they've made the menu much more vegan-friendly, and may even have taken Conde's suggestion b/c they have a Tempeh, lettuce and tomato sandwich now! :)

For example, these are their sandwich selections:
cold sandwiches:
1) sharp cheddar, basil pesto & tomato
2) roasted garlic hummos and vegetables
3) roasted veggies, irish sharp cheddar & hummos
4) beets, rosemary, goat cheese, spinach & caramelized onions
5) tempeh, chipotle aioli, pesto, tomato & spinach
6) t L t: tempeh, romaine lettuce, tomato and chipotle aioli

hot sandwiches:
clevo sandwich - a hot, open face sandwich with hummos, spinach, rosemary & mushrooms $7 with cheese $9

Devo Sandwich- a hot, open face sandwich with organic romaine, fresh tomato, basil & caramelized onion $6 with cheese $8

They even have a vegan calzone! As for bakery items, they'll have like ONE vegan muffin, ONE vegan cookie, so you won't go home hungry but it'd be nice if they'd expand the vegan bakery options.

They have brunch on Sundays from 9a-1p. I'd love it if on other days they at least had oatmeal (with all the toppings) available in the mornings. Then I'd get the oatmeal as my breakfast and baked good to-go.

Freshlife in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Sep 11 12

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If I lived in the area, I'd shop here all the time. The place has a good vibe with simply wonderful, kind and helpful staff.

I noticed they had an anti-fracking sign on the front door which I was very impressed with. I saw the fracking areas just off of I-180, the heavy equipment going down the road and a fleet, my god it looked like a military convoy, of Calfrac trucks and men across the street from Freshlife. Not one woman or minority in the group. Anyway, fracking is a horrible process that produces vast amounts of toxic waste and destroys communities so I was glad to see Freshlife engaged in the fight.

If you're traveling on I-80 and want to swing by Freshlife, it'll take you 30-45 minutes out of your way (via the I-180 loop). Before you go, there's a few things you should know. This is not a restaurant. It's a natural food store with a very small take-out section. And what's in the take-out section is not guaranteed to be vegetarian, much less vegan. So if you're looking to make a meal out of it, I'd call and ask what they have before you go. We didn't and wish we had b/c it turned out to be meatloaf. So we thought we'd buy a loaf of bread and make some PB&J's. The only bread they had was frozen. They get a shipment of fresh bread once a week and it was sold out so we were out of luck.

They have a decent selection of fresh organic fruit. And you can load up on boxed snacks, coconut drinks, Kombuchas, chia drinks, stuff like that. In the refrigerated section, look for their homemade snacks called "Chunks of Energy." They come in about 5 different flavor combos. I got 'organic cacao-goji'. It's like a homemade gourmet energy bar sliced up into bite-size chunks. These little bites of heaven made the whole trip worthwhile. I wish I'd bought a few other flavors.

If you make the drive and can't find enough vegan eats at Freshlife, note that a new sushi place just opened across the street (avocado roll, cucumber roll). Also, there's a Ruby Tuesday in town that has a decent salad bar and a veggie burger.

Babycakes in Downtown Disney Area, Walt Disney World
Jul 30 11

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The small Babycakes booth is located inside a restaurant called Pollo Campero. I can hardly imagine a more unlikely place for a vegan bakery than inside a restaurant that specializes in serving dead chickens and on its logo out front features a giant baby chick smiling and wearing a sombrero. Adding insult to injury is the fact that Babycakes is not listed on the main directory in the center of Downtown Disney. What a disappointment.

I arrived at 9pm. They were still open but the selection was limited. I ordered a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting. It was average. After all the hype I'd heard about Babycakes in NYC, I was let down. The baked goods at Raphsodic vegan bakery in Orlando were much better. Maybe if I had arrived in the morning and gotten a fresh one. That said, my husband who is not a vegan thought it was great and wolfed it down.

All this aside, it's wonderful to have this bakery at Disney. I only wish it was its own store and was much bigger. I found Disney to be a vegan desert and Babycakes the only oasis. I would have starved had I not found a Whole Foods 20 mins away (on Sand Lake Road, exit 74A off of I-4).

The Green Owl Cafe in Madison, Wisconsin
Sep 8 11

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Things that I didn't expect to be great like the kale crisps, the green beans and the cabbage coleslaw were OUTSTANDING. At the same time, things I thought would be great like my fish sandwich, we're just so-so. Nothing wrong with the fish fillet itself, it needed a good tartar sauce and better bun.

The vegan schnitzel lived up the the hype. Yumilicious!

Drink selection is top notch. Try the kombucha. Homemade flavors. When I was there they had lavender-dandelion-red clover kombucha and it was fabulous.

One waitress working hard and three others hardly working. Not sure if we came in during a shift change, but it seemed odd. Service could have been friendlier.

Flat Top Grill in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nov 24 11

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Great for vegetarians as well as vegans, and meat eaters will be happy here also. Great variety of yum-o-licious mock meats and vegetables. Excellent variety of sauces.

Here's the protocol: the hostess seats you then you're greeted by your waitress. Place your drink order then you write your name on the little wooden stick at your table. Take the stick up to the food bar with you and grab a bowl. Go down the line adding rice, noodles, mock meats, veggies, nuts, sauces, whatever you like. At the end of the line, there is a stick for "food allergies" - add that stick to your bowl to have it grilled on the veg-only grill. Also, if you like roti bread, add the "roti bread" stick and they'll put one in your bowl. For some reason they do not have tofu on the main buffet, instead you put a "tofu stick" in your bowl and the chef will add the tofu. Put your wooden stick in the bowl so they know what table to deliver it to once it's grilled.

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