Reviews written by lance
Registered on Feb 18 10
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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