Reviews written by lance

I'm vegan
Registered on Feb 18 10
 

Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Mendocino County, California
Sep 2

rating star

The raw mock-tuna salad 'sandwich' here is incredible.

Alive! Vegetarian Cuisine in San Francisco, California
May 18 13

rating star

I visited with my wife in August '10, and we both agreed that this was some of the best raw food we'd ever had. It was elegantly prepared and presented and a perfect portion size. Such a unique array of tastes, especially the desserts.

My only gripe is that I wish it had been warmer so that we could have eaten outside because there was an unpleasant odor of garbage lingering inside. Also it's very small, so unless you are the only patrons as we were, it could feel very cramped.

Saturn Cafe in Santa Cruz, California
Sep 2

rating star

Fun diner atmosphere with huge portions and garlic fries to die for.

WaterCourse Foods in Denver, Colorado
May 22 11

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I make a point to stop in WaterCourse every time I visit Denver, usually it's the first thing I do after I step off the plane. They have a nice atmosphere and a diverse menu which can sometimes make it difficult to choose an item because nearly everything on there sounds so delicious. If an item is not already vegan, it can be easily made vegan.

I love the buffalo seitan strips and you can't go wrong with any of the sandwiches. Their vegan milkshakes are exceptional and large enough for 2 people, plus they feature local ice cream from Sweet Action. The all-vegan dessert case makes it nearly impossible to leave without taking a slice of cake, peanut butter brownie, or ho-ho cupcake for the road.

If you have an omni friend or family member who is skeptical about veg*n food, I can't think of a better place than here to bring them. WaterCourse is exactly what vegan/vegetarian dining should be.

Tasty Harmony in Fort Collins, Colorado
Jun 7 13

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Tasty Harmony serves some of the best vegan food I have eaten anywhere in the country. I simply cannot rate them highly enough!

The atmosphere is relaxing and cozy, the prices are very reasonable, and I love the focus on local and organic ingredients.

Everything I have ever ordered has been just ridiculously good. I especially recommend the reuben sandwich (marinated tempeh, homemade sauerkraut, cashew cheese and Russian dressing on toasted unleavened rye bread.) The first time I ordered one I was so blown away that I felt compelled to order another one to go.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Orlando, Florida
May 18

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I love the fact that they are 100% vegan and I really like the vibe and decor of the place, but I was very unimpressed with the food we ordered when we ate here in February.

The pizza was underwhelming and the calzone was filled with uncooked vegan cheese. It doesn't say much for the food when our favorite thing about the visit was the snickerdoodle cookies we took and ate later that night (which were awesome by the way).

That said, I have a feeling we just ordered the wrong things. I'd like to give them another try as some of their sandwiches sound really good and their Sunday brunch sounds intriguing... I'm just not sure I'll ever be in Orlando again to do that.

Abby's Health & Nutrition in Tampa Bay, Florida
Sep 2

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I did not find their deli to be very vegan-friendly at all, but the store itself had some unique and interesting products including a bunch of locally produced salad dressings and many take-and-go containers of healthy snacks in the refrigerated section. You can get other relatively hard-to-find items here like vegan cookie dough.

Loving Hut in Tampa Bay, Florida
Sep 2

rating star

Went here based on good reviews and was super disappointed.

None of the food here seems to be made from scratch. It all just seems to be reheated or fried food that comes already packeged. Although some of their items are interesting such as the vegan drumsticks, you can simply purchase them from the freezer case at the front of the restaurant and make them yourself at home.

The eggrolls we ordered were still cold in the middle and the sandwich was pretty lame. The tomato did not even seem fresh.

The owner/server was really nice and the service was okay, but the food was extremely depressing.

Taco Bus in Tampa Bay, Florida
Sep 2

rating star

The soy-meat was really good and they do offer daiya cheese but only mozzarella and not cheddar or pepper-jack which made a somewhat weird quesadilla.

For the amount of food you get, the prices are too high and I was not at all impressed with the customer service.

Buddy's Pizza in Detroit, Michigan
Sep 2

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They do have Daiya vegan cheese and can make a vegan pie but they aren't by any means 'vegan-friendly.' Unlike other Buddy's locations, this one did not mess up my order and they even brought out a clean meat-free mini pizza cutter and let me cut my own four-square which was great of them.

Buddy's Pizza in Detroit, Michigan
Sep 2

rating star

They do have Daiya vegan cheese and can make a vegan pie but they aren't by any means 'vegan-friendly.' This location always seems to have trouble getting my order right and generally seems confused or inexperienced with people ordering their vegan and/or multigrain options. That said, they have always made another pie to make up for the botched order even when I've told them it's unnecessary. The servers go above and beyond to make things right, it's just become comical that whenever I'm dragged here by family they can't get my order correct.

Cherry Deli & Catering in Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 18

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They always had a wide selection and a huge menu but were only vegetarian-friendly. Now they have expanded their menu even further and include many vegan sandwiches as well.

The menu is written very precisely in color coded chalk on blackboards all around the inside of the shop and the sandwiches are named after streets in the Eastown/East Hills neighborhoods which is fun.

There are many different breads depending on your taste and also many options for hot or cold sandwiches. A sandwich will run about $8 or 9 with a half costing about $2 less.

It's small and not much of a place to sit in and eat. Better to eat on the patio or take it to go.

Note: They are open until 9pm in the summer.

Gaia Cafe in Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 18 13

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I once had a really great butternut squash risotto here but it wasn't a regular menu item. They are known for their breakfast, but the menu is heavily lacto-ovo, lots of eggs and cheese and such.

As a vegan I have stopped eating here because the wait staff has been openly rude to someone in my party on more than one occasion and they seem openly hostile to the vegan crowd or anyone who would ask to modify (i.e. no cheese) a menu item.

Jonny B'z in Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 18

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The vegan hot dogs are good but it's the only veg-friendly option on the menu. They have shakers of different seasonings that you can put onto the fries, which is fun, but you get a depressingly pitiful amount of fries for $2 a basket.

Also, the pinball machines are broken most of the time, which is sad.

They are totally acceptable to get some vegan food in a pinch (and open late on weekends) but don't expect much more than that.

Lai Thai Kitchen in Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 28

rating star

Everything about Lai Thai is top notch.

First, the service is incredible. They are extremely helpful, accomodating and always cheerful. All the staff who work at Lai Thai know the menu inside out and it is a large menu on which nearly every item can be veganized.

Let me repeat that: Nearly every menu item can be made vegan upon request! And I'm not just talking about simply subbing tofu like most other similar restaurants. I'm talking vegan fish sauce, faux meat, fried tofu, etc.

All of the Thai curries are phenomenal. In fact, everything I've ever ordered here has been just really really good.

Lastly, the prices are incredibly reasonable.

Vegans in Grand Rapids are very lucky to have a place like this.

Stella's Lounge in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sep 2

rating star

Definitely a unique atmosphere. Can get crowded at peak times especially on Thursdays for half-off burgers including the lentil burger. All of the vegan sides/starters are really great. I especially enjoy the bbq poor man's wings with vegan ranch. It's by far one of the best vegan ranch dressings I've ever had.

UPDATE: When Stella's first started their menu was about 80% vegan with only a tiny corner of the menu called "pet cemetery" that had a few non-veg dishes. Sadly, with time they've changed and put the focus almost entirely on their beef burgers and added things like 'bacon fat' popcorn. Instead of a vegan haven it's now filled with yuppies looking to taste the 'award-winning' burger or bacon-fetishizing hipsters.

That rant aside, their vegan menu items are still delicious although on the greasy side. I continue to recommend the poor man's potato wings, vegan chicken wings, and 'no-bull steak' philly. Their bbq and mild wing sauces and vegan house ranch remain addictive. Service is usually pretty good considering how crowded it can get at peak times.

Teshlou's Little Africa in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Apr 12 13

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It easy to miss because it's just a little 'hole in the wall.' But, wow is West Michigan really lucky to have a place like this.

Service is great and the food is incredible. Just order up the combo platter and get ready to get a little bit messy.

Important to note that they are cash only and despite what it says on the internet they are closed on Mondays. Also it might be a small wait to get a table for dinner on the weekends.

Lake Street Cafe in Traverse City, Michigan
Jul 23 13

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I ate here twice while I was visiting Traverse City and my conclusion is that the vegan sandwiches and paninis are really good and the drinks, smoothies and juices are very underwhelming.

The tempeh reuben is absolutely fantastic and it was the reason we returned and ate here twice in two days. I would return again simply for that sandwich (and the bulk vegan gummies that I found in the market.)

The agave lemonade was not very good and the ginger+cherry smoothie I tried was light on the cherry and extremely heavy on the ginger.

Oryana Natural Foods Market in Traverse City, Michigan
Jul 23 13

rating star

This is a fairly large health food store similar to Whole Foods and they had many prepared grab-and-go vegan items including soups, sandwiches, wraps, cookies and dessert items. I tried a peanut butter cookie but it was fairly dry and crumbly.

My favorite find here was the gelatin-free vegan gummies in the bulk section. After leaving Traverse I was regretting that I had not bought pounds of them for the road.

Red Mesa Grill in Traverse City, Michigan
Sep 2

rating star

I did not have a good experience here. The time waited to get a table was atrocious. Our server did a very poor job and ended up double charging us for our drinks that we had already paid for at the bar while waiting for our table. When our food finally arrived some of the dishes were very hot and others had been sitting under the heat lamps so long that the sauces had dried and/or disappeared from the top of the enchiladas.

The only positives were the completely separate vegan menu, the soda was unique and locally sourced (not Pepsi/Coke), and the house salsa was above average.

I was not impressed with any of the food that our group ordered but on a less busy night and with a better server the experience might be passable.

Phoenix Earth Food Co-Op in Toledo, Ohio
May 18 13

rating star

They have a decent selection of bulk items. They also carry vegan yogurt, Field Roast grain meats, and some other harder to find items.

If they were in any other more veg-friendly city their operation would seem extremely modest, but for Toledo (with no Whole Foods, no Trader Joe's and only a handful of other health food stores) what they are doing is commendable.

Tiger Lebanese Bakery in Toledo, Ohio
May 18 13

rating star

Every time I'm in Toledo, I make a point to stop in at Tiger Bakery. This is because for a city lacking in veg options, Tiger Bakery is the best choice available.

They have a fairly large deli including all of the standard Lebanese fare like dolmas, hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel. Their fava bean salad is great, as are the spinach pies. They also have a small seating area in the front of the store if you decide to order a falafel wrap and sit to eat. You can also get large containers of The Beirut's awesome tahini here for a very reasonable price.

Rawlicious in Barrie, Ontario
Jun 7 13

rating star

Overall, the food was decent but not exceptional but I would love to give them a second chance and order some different items.

The portions were pretty great for a raw food place. I had a spiralized zucchini 'pasta' dish with pesto. The first few bites were really tasty but then after that it was just overwhelming. I guess it needed a few more things in the dish to add some variety (which according to their current menu it looks like they have done since my visit in 2012.)

Order a smoothie but skip the agave sweetened lemonade, I really did not enjoy it.

TG's Addis Ababa Restaurant in London, Ontario
May 30 13

rating star

Came in at a non-peak time and were the only patrons in the restaurant for most of our meal. We received very friendly and attentive service.

Our shared vegan plate contained perfect portion size and many different flavors to sample. It wasn't the very best Ethiopian food I've ever had, but nonetheless it was really good and I'd definitely recommend checking them out.

Vegetarian Haven in Toronto, Ontario
May 30 13

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I have the feeling that this place makes really good food and I just didn't order the right things. I would definitely give them a second chance, but I left fairly disappointed after my first visit probably from expectations being too high.

The food was artfully prepared and presented it was just extremely spicy. Like, beyond reasonably spicy and both entrees we ordered were not even labeled 'spicy.'

The set up and ambiance is trying really hard to be semi-fancy but it was uncomfortably crowded and noisy. The tables are way too close together to pull off that vibe.

B2 in Philadelphia Metro, Pennsylvania
May 17 13

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I was pretty disappointed when I stopped into B2. A small chocolate cupcake was the only vegan baked item available to eat with coffee although they claimed to usually have more. The iced soy mocha I ordered was pretty good however I was disappointed to see that they use Silk soymilk. Also, they are cash only.

They offer a vanilla vegan soft serve which I did not try. If they offered some sort of mix-in for the soft serve I would have been pretty excited because by itself vanilla soft serve doesn't do much for me.

I'd recommend stopping by Grindcore House instead of B2 if you have a choice.

Blackbird Pizzeria in Philadelphia Metro, Pennsylvania
May 18 13

rating star

I stopped by on a Saturday afternoon and took two slices to go. Service was friendly and quick and everything looked so good that making a choice was difficult.

I chose one slice that had onions, red pepper, savory seitan sausage, a garlic sauce and Daiya. The flavor of the toppings was balanced and it was one of the better faux meat pizza toppings that I've ever had. The other slice I chose was the 'Fungi' which was simply mushrooms and Daiya. As someone who loves mushrooms I highly recommend the Fungi, it was incredible and loaded with tasty, fresh mushrooms.

The only area of improvement in my opinion was that aside from the outer crust, the bread was very thin in the middle and I was wishing it was a bit thicker.

I must mention also that the slices are huge, the prices very reasonable and it's also a bonus that they carry a bunch of vegan desserts too.

Grindcore House in Philadelphia Metro, Pennsylvania
May 17 13

rating star

Grindcore is a comfortable coffee shop in a slightly odd location. They have a pretty wide selection of vegan treats including pastries, cakes, brownies, and whoopie pies.

I really enjoyed my whoopie pie, it was light and fluffy and could have easily passed for a non-vegan pie. I also tried the cheeze Danish which was okay but a little bit too dense and bready for my taste. I also had an iced mocha latte which was decent but somewhat bitter and light on the mocha flavor.

Overall, the wide selection of vegan treats was pretty great and the eclectic selection of anarchist/leftist books in the back seating area was a nice touch as well. If I lived in Philadelphia I would definitely spend many mornings and afternoons here.

HipCityVeg in Philadelphia Metro, Pennsylvania
May 17 13

rating star

There is very little seating, no table service and can get very busy. The space inside is extremely cramped. I also agree with a previous review that the prices ($16 for burger, fries and a drink) initially seem a bit high -- until you taste the food.

This place is simlly delicious. The shakes alone make it impossible for me to even consider anything less than 5 stars. The orange cream shake was incredible and the chocolate shake was mind-blowing and had so much flavor. Hands down the best chocolate shake I've ever had.

At first I was skeptical, but the kale infused lemonade was unique and surprisingly good. I also had the chicken ranch sandwich and the sweet potato fries which were both tasty and hit that sweet spot of healthy/unhealthy vegan fast food.

It was nice to see that all of their packaging is eco-friendly and compostable. I would not be surprised to see HipCity expand to become a small chain on the East coast similar to what Native Foods is doing on the West coast and in Chicago.

Red Hook Coffee and Tea in Philadelphia Metro, Pennsylvania
May 18 13

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The service I received at Red Hook was excellent. Both baristas were very cheerful and easygoing. But what I loved the most was the ambiance of the space. It's a charming and cozy space with interesting art pieces, vintage furniture and it didn't give off any sense of pretentiousness.

My review is mostly of the service and physical space as I only had a latte (which was pretty good) and didn't try any baked items or sandwiches or wraps.

Brewing Grounds for Change in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sep 11

Really wanted to check this place out while in town based on reviews and descriptions and the chance to eat vegan baked goods.

Came by at 11:30am, 12:30pm and 2:20pm on a Thursday afternoon. Closed, closed, closed. Not open at all on a Thursday when hours posted showed 8am as the weekday open time??

Pretty disappointing...

Riverwest Co-op & Cafe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sep 11

rating star

My wife and I ate here twice while in town and both times the service was extremely friendly and helpful. The guys in the kitchen prep area were simply THE BEST.

The cafe is very cozy with just 4 or 5 tables and I could see it being pretty tight if it is chilly/rainy taking away the option of outdoor seating. The prices were very reasonable.

The food was some of the best diner-style vegan food I've had anywhere in the country. The sandwiches ($7.50 - $9.50) all were excellent. We tried the tempeh reuben, BBQ tofu, and seitan philly sandwiches. I loved all three and they all had plenty of Daiya/sauce/gooey awesomeness.

For $2 you can sub out the tortilla chips for 4oz of any deli side which included balsamic kale salad and a southwestern sweet potato salad both of which were very tasty. They also were offering two vegan soups. We tried the coconut lentil soup which had great flavor and texture and was served with some delicious multigrain toast. They also had giant vegan chocolate chip cookies for only $1.50!

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