Reviews written by JEC
Registered on Dec 3 04
I believe this seller is my all time favorite for getting high-quality, non-leather shoes that have the classic dress look and are at a reasonable price. They are quick to ship and they handled one of my exchanges for size very well.
I got two ties from this store to start out with, and I was very pleased. My order was filled quite quickly, and even though they're in the UK, I believe I had my ties within a week or so.
I highly recommend them if you're looking for ties of reasonable quality at a fair price.
You can get their "Tempations" brand soy ice cream at Whole Foods these days. My favorite flavor is Chocolate Chip Cookie dough, but since it's so popular it's become very hard to get a hold of.
Jaan J is the place to get beautiful non-silk ties. The material they use is a high-quality satin, and I think they compare with any silk tie. The service turn-around is incredible. I placed an order on a Thursday, and it was at my door on Monday.
Moo Shoes is great! I've gotten a couple of high quality pairs of shoes and belts from them. The online service is quite reliable, and it's worth stopping into their boutique store in Manhattan should you get the opportunity.
Yet another high-quality, reliable online shop of vegan goods. I've placed several orders with these guys to be satisfied every time.
Most of the polyester ties I've gotten from this place were of decent quality. Some were stinkers and fell apart because of poor construction. At $4.95 I had sort of low expectations though.
I've gotten some shoes, belts, and other vegan food from these guys. It's easy to place orders, they ship quickly and overall have really good customer service.
I have a couple of Vegetarian Shoes things, and I actually got a faux leather jacket directly from them when I couldn't find my size at one of the U.S. carriers. They were extremely helpful with respect to shipping (not too bad to the U.S.), and the item actually arrived one week after they shipped it.
The Cafe has a decent selection of vegetarian and vegan entrees. The day I went, the service was a bit on the slow side.
Here's my big complaint: The portions are really quite too big, and if you're doing the tourist thing in Key West, it's often unrealistic to take the other half of the entree home. The prices unfortunately also are commensurate with the size of the entree.
I had a seitan soba stirfry, which was OK. I was sort of disappointed that there was so much stir-fry liquid/juice at the bottom of the bowl.
This cute little creperie has excellent crepes, and I was excited to find that they'd do a vegan crepe - the buckwheat crepes are evidently vegan by default if you get them without butter and if you get a vegan filling. I did the typical strawberry and sugar, but it was excellent.
One of the owners actually made my crepe, and the service was personal, friendly, and excellent. I'd definitely go back.
100% was definitely a nice find in Mexico, since a lot of the food tends to be not very veg friendly. I had the soy "steak" tacos, and they were rather tasty. Service is good, and it's nicely air-conditioned to save you from the heat.
I wasn't so crazy about the Adobo Grill given the price to what-you-get ratio. The food is OK, but does not merit the high prices they charge. What I found particularly frustrating is that the menu is no indication of what is/can be vegan. I ordered a salad whose menu listing made no mention of dairy anywhere, and out it came slathered in cheese. The server was kind enough to take it back to get it without. Oddly enough, the only obvious vegetarian item, the "Plato Vegetariano" can't be made vegan at all. You have to go with a cheese-less enchilada -- again not obvious at all. Despite these drawbacks, vegans can find food here w/ good communication to the servers. I wouldn't go out of my way though.
Aladdin's is a good place to get tasty Middle Eastern food. I'm always happy with their veg menu. I definitely recommend any of the hummus plates. The juice smoothies are also delicious. It's definitely a good bargain for the prices.
The interior is beautiful, but the food really didn't match. The hummus was like any other hummus, the lentil soup was not impressive (it almost tasted like it came from a can), and the veggie kabobs were definitely lacking seasoning and flavor. My lunch companion really enjoyed his non-veg entree (lamb) though, so perhaps the focus is on meat dishes.
The service was also a big sluggish because there was one server for the whole batch of people that were in the restaurant.
Pretty good overall. I definitely agree with the statements that the fake meats are uncannily realistic. Texture and flavor-wise, they are spot on.
I've had the Himalayan Spirit (which is a BBQ-ed unBeef dish), which I really liked. I've also had the Lemon Tofu dish, which I didn't like so much. Dessert-wise, avoid the vegan chocolate mousse pie because it's too sweet and rather "grainy".
The service is generally OK, but can get really slow if there are a slug of people to deal with.
I went here once and I though the food was OK. The service was a bit slow as well. I wish they were located closer to the city proper.
Andie's has two locations, one in Andersonville on Clark at about 5200 N, and the other listed in this entry on Montrose. I highly recommend it because it's very *vegan* friendly. All of the vegan dishes are clearly marked, and there is is a large veg*n menu to choose from all together. The ambiance and the service are also really quite good. They offer pita bread at the start of the menu, but be sure to ask that they bring you the non-buttered version since it's buttered by default.
I enjoy working at Argo mainly because of their free wireless. A nice treat though is that they have about 3 or 4 different flavors of vegan muffins from the Chicago Diner for sale, and is looks like most of their milk drinks can be made with soy. They also have a selection of drinks you will not find at other coffee shops.
I'm at this Argo a lot lately getting work done, grading papers, etc. Many of the drinks can be done with soy, and I think I even saw someone order something with almond milk. Their chai definitely tastes different than the run of the mill chai. You also can't beat 2 hours of free wireless (which they'll keep feeding you more wireless cards if you ask nicely and buy another drink). I wish they would import more vegan pastries because the Chicago diner muffins, though generally fine, can be really tough and chewy on some days.
Not a bad place to catch a quick lunch - the decor is modest and unassuming. I usually get the hummus and lentil soup to go. Calling ahead to have the order ready is the best way to go.
In Feb 08, I went to one of the Saturday brunches. The brunch was a six-course meal with a max of 12 participants, who all sit family style at the table. Everything is gluten free and vegan.
Overally, I was impressed by the quality and creativity of the food, especially since they change the menu every day. Everything was very delicious, and the chef was available to answer questions afterward.
Though Big Bowl is one of those larger chains where the food can sometimes be sketchy, they generally do a decent job. I like eating here every once in a while because most of the other restaurants in the area are not veg friendly at all. The veg menu is limited, but the dishes on there are quite good, particularly the Kung Pao Tofu and the Spicy Peanut Noodles. I've always had really good, competent service as well.
On a Friday or Saturday night, it can get rather busy, so don't be surprised to find a 30+ minute wait.
This bakery is cute little find in the Ukrainian Village! They have a nice assortment of vegan-friendly goodies. I myself tried two big cookies (chocolate chip and gingersnap) which were quite good and comparable if not better than their non-vegan counterparts. I also tried a scone, which was also good. I wasn't so crazy about one of the brownies they had, but I was quite happy overall. The prices I think are a little high, but they do use organic ingredients, so it's justifiable. Definitely make a trip here if you have the chance.
So I went back recently and after trying one of their sandwiches to go, I was even more impressed. I look forward to trying their brunch as well.
This tapas place is OK. There is a fair amount of vegetarian food, but I am disappointed by the lack of vegan options, which is not impossible to handle in tapas cuisine. I also found it strange that a vegetarian paella is not offered explicitly on the menu. Nevertheless, the desserts were impressive, and I was pleased with a very smooth and delicate almond sorbet.
In terms of ambiance, it's the typical tapas bar scene, but my American sensibilities were assaulted when I had to pass through the barrier of smoke from the bar that sits near the entrance of the restaurant (at the time of this writing the no-smoking ordinance has yet to take place in Chicago). Perhaps that will all change.
Ibérico is one of the better tapas places in the city. There are quite a view vegetarian options with things that are vegan friendly or can be made vegan. It's quite large, and so it's nice for gatherings of groups of people.
I really like Cedars since they moved from their old location a couple of years ago. The interior is trendy and hip, but more importantly they complement it with really good food. I really admire them because they were able to pull off an order for a small departmental reception with only a couple of hours of notice. I also try to seek out the hummus and other dishes that they sell on campus at various outlets.
The Diner is an outstanding place to eat. I've been able to bring my vegetarian and non-vegetarian friends here, and all have been quite satisfied. In addition to the great food, the service is excellent; I just wish they would stay open later and serve breakfast at all hours.
The Counter is a decent place to get a vegan burger. The concept is interesting and they do a simple burger well, if not a bit on the pricey side.
However, you need to check with the staff because many of the accompanying sauces that appear to be veg-friendly are NOT as they contain beef/chicken stock.
This place is a great addition to the veg restaurant profile in Chicago. I had never had raw food before, so Cousin's IV was a great introduction. The food was quite excellent all around - our party had the Cousin's platter (hummus plate w/ seasoned veggies and goji berries), the lasagna, and the zoom burger, all of which were fantastic. We also tried three desserts (two cheesecakes and the coconut ice cream).
The only thing I was caught off-guard by was that the servings were generally much smaller than your typical restaurant where one generally tends to gorge oneself. The smaller portions may just be a part of the raw philosophy that I'm not aware of. It's not really near the center of the city, but it's definitely worth the trip.
I usually go to the Cousin's in Lakeview on Broadway near Diversey. I am never disappointed when I dine here; the vegetarian dish I usually get is a large platter that samples a variety of other dishes. I particularly am fond of the hummus, which is some of the best I've had. The service is also quite good. Overall, it's a nice place for a date or a gathering of friends.
Very cute interior here. The service is fine, but I had to send back my dish once because there was egg when I had explicitly asked for no egg. The food itself is just OK - a little too greasy and a little too salty.
Despite reading some mixed reviews on other sites, I enjoyed Crust. I went for lunch around 12:30 on a Saturday, and it wasn't crazy busy at all. The server was pretty friendly. I had the El Greco pizza without feta cheese; however, they brought it out with feta cheese, and I had to send it back. The server was really apologetic and comped me a free dessert (vegan chocolate cake from the Bleeding Heart Bakery). The pizza was very light and quite tasty. The cake was pretty good too. I will most likely go back in the future.
Overall, the Dining Room is a great way to get really upscale food for a great price (about $35/person for three courses without drinks). I let the staff know I was vegan ahead of time, and the chefs were able to come up with a nice menu, a beet salad w/ artichokes, some sort of risotto, and a bean cassoulet. The only thing I was sort of shaky about was the service - we got the amuse bouche twice, and for a little while it was unclear who the server actually was. I would definitely go back for lunch or another dinner though.
I actually visited again recently, and I was very pleased. The chef again took very good care of me, a very tasty salad mixed green w/ fried tomatoes, seared tofu, and a dessert trio of sorbets. The service was quite good this time around.
Duck walk holds a special place in my heart - it's small, cute, and romantic. Not a bad date place. It was one of my favorite places to order delivery from on cold winter days when I lived in the neighborhood. The food is fine, I gravitate towards the fried tofu, tofu and veggie soup, and other veg options. Just be sure to specify no fish sauce.
I've been hear a couple of times and have been pleased every time. If the weather is nice, sit out on the back patio.
This is the perfect place to go if you have a group of friends with mixed eating preferences. I also enjoy how everything is clearly labeled in addition to the fact that they have seitan as an ingredient.
One of the servers also informed me once that the Indian rotis (use a blue stick to have one added to your dish) are completely vegan.
This place is fine - the food is decent, but not anything extraordinary to write home about. The service was a bit slow on the night I went, and it wasn't even incredibly busy. The interior decor and overall atmosphere was nice and relaxed.
One big thing - I like my menus to describe what I'm getting. The menu in the restaurant has no indication as to what's in what. I'm glad I read the menu online before going (a bit more detailed) otherwise I would have been waiting forever for the server to get to that.
This place is a great find if you're looking for a clean friendly place to find your Asian cooking staples. I found that they offered a wide assortment of veg friendly foods (different varieties of tofu, a wide assortment of sauces, vegetables and fruits, and the interesting variety of mock meats). I also like the assortment of canned, read-to-use curry pastes.
The store is quite clean (without the usual fishy smell that many Asian markets have), and they keep the meat section at the back, so you can generally avoid it. A nice find overall.
I work near here, so I always like to pop in to see what dishes they've made in the deli for the day. They usually have a couple of vegetarian dishes, and one or two vegan items. If it's not entirely clear what's vegan, the staff has always been more than willing to ask the chef to find out.
I also like the grocery store because they do stock a number of veg-friendly and organic foods.
My experience here was really mixed. Yes, the interior is elegant and nice and the prices were affordable (not great, but not crazy). There are a few veg dishes, including a really tasty sesame tofu dish among some pastas which can be veganized.
The only thing that will prevent me from ever returning is the incredibly horrible service. I rarely comment about service, but this was bad enough to warrant comment. The host was rude, inattentive, and lost our seating request, so we waited watching other parties who had arrived well after us get seated. The server was not much better - incredibly inattentive, never around, and forgetful of requests.
I had been meaning to get here for the longest time, and I finally did to see what the story was. I wasn't sure what to expect, except that I had high aspirations for the price I was about to pay.
My overall impression is that I think the place is OK, but not anywhere I will be returning to. The service was actually a bit more lethargic than I would have liked because I was seated with my dinner companion and left for at least 10 minutes with a rather opaque menu -- what's good? what's vegan?
Of the three courses I had (they are all tasting size btw), only one was really impressive: sweet potato dumplings in a dandelion miso broth. I also had a celery-apple soup, which was pretty good, and a series of lentil cakes, which were a bit too spicy. Only one of the desserts was able to be veganized when I ate, a persimmon cake.
I'm largely indifferent to this place, so it means I probably won't be going back.
I wasn't blown over with the food here; the service was slow, and it's a little pricey for what you get.
The information that the black bean burger can be done vegan is patently FALSE FALSE FALSE. I did call twice to see if it can be done vegan, and they gave me a sort of "sure, we can do whatever." When I actually showed up the service was clueless (they had to make several trips back to clarify what's vegan -- "no meat, right?", "can you eat fish or seafood?", "how about milk?"). But in the end, it turns out that the black bean burger both has eggs and cheese in it.
I ultimately choose a boring pasta dish, which was horribly mediocre. After I got my food, the service was pretty much disinterested in anything else happening at the table.
The food is not great at all, and the uninformed, not caring service makes it just that much worse.
I was impressed with Handlebar because it hits a warm spot for me because they like bicyclists and vegans. The service was good, and there is definitely a ton of vegan food on the menu. I had the BBQ Seitan, which I thought was fabulous taste/spice-wise, but a little too soft and mushy texture-wise. I also had grilled mushrooms filled with soysage; I wasn't so crazy about these because of the grease overload. Nevertheless, I left happy, and I would go back in the future.
The food here is pretty good (the pies for dessert are both vegan and tasty!), and you can't beat the laid back atmosphere. I think it's both a good place for a date or for a group gathering. My only qualm is that when it got moderately busy, I felt really neglected by the servers.
Hema's Kitchen has really excellent food; I enjoyed a plate of dahl with garlic naan (make sure they don't put butter on it). The prices are quite reasonable as well. However, the service was exceptionally slow and inattentive when I went. They really weren't *that* busy either.
Though they do have a number of vegetarian entrees, I really didn't find the food to be all that great. Avoid the plaintains con mojo - they are insanely greasy - literal puddles of grease greasy. I had the vegetarian burrito without cheese and sour cream, and it was just a flavorless burrito with a little hunk of avocado. The service was slow, and the waiter was nowhere to be found for very long stretches, especially when I needed a refill on water on a hot and humid day.
I must agree - I had the raspberry sorbet and it was pretty good. I noticed that they had a decent selection of coffee drinks all available with soy.
Pretty good sandwiches, it gets really crowded around lunch time, and sometimes it can take a while to get the sandwich.
I've always been able to find a couple of veg dishes here - I like the Japanese tofu w/ mushrooms, the veg spring rolls, seaweed salad, among others. The smoothies are great - I like the taro and tapioca balls; they make it with coconut milk, so it's very tasty. The service is generally pretty good, but it gets very crowded during the busy hours, often with a long wait.
I really enjoy this new location for Joy Yee's because it's a lot larger than their other spaces. The food and service are very good, on par with their other locations. The staff here also tends to know a little better than the other locations what's veg-friendly and what's not for some reason. The only main drawback is that the chairs are noticeably uncomfortable.
Joy's is sort of an all-around default place to get Thai food in Lakeview. Though the menu says most things can be made with tofu/vegetable (giving the impression that they are vegetarian), further investigation revealed that some of their sauces have fish oil in them. Sadly, they buy those sauces whole-sale, and they can't be modified.
There are a couple of vegan things on the menu, and they are all pretty good. You have to ask to make sure some of the broths don't have bonito flakes, otherwise you might get a fishy surprise. The service is good, but on a busy night, this location gets VERY noisy (the Streeterville one tends to be quieter).
I usually order delivery from this place and the hummus and baba is quite good. I'm also quite fond of the lentil soup. Try the mango fruit smoothie for a nice treat. My only reservation is that the pita is a bit dry at times.
Incredible. The service was great; the food was phenomenal, and it was just an overall fabulous dining experience. The restaurant is great for a date or a nice outing with friends. Karyn was there when I ate, and she took the time to say hi and ask how everything was! I hope the restaurant succeeds because I look forward to going back.
I definitely enjoy the food and atmosphere at Karyn's. They have things to go in the shop that's attached, which makes it nice if you are in a rush.
The service can be insanely slow, and I was shocked to find out that the server was also the person preparing the food (this was around lunch time).
This place is a nice stop if you don't mind the crazy busy atmosphere. The food is tasty and cheap (two of us ate for $16), but it is sort of on the greasy side. They have a couple of veg friendly selections, but you cannot be a meek vegetarian/vegan here: you must ask and request that they leave out any animal-containing sauces (oyster and sauce are the main culprits). All that said, I would go back for the braised bean curd w/ king mushrooms and the Japanese tofu with mushrooms.
Very cute, romantic interior - though you can hear a lot of what's going on in the kitchen. There was one already veganizable dish on the menu (couscous stuffed pepper, which was very good), but the chef was also willing to make up something as well. To start I also had two very nice salads, one was actually a stack of grilled pineapples with some sort of sauce.
There was only one server working when I got there, and the place was starting to pick up, so things were a bit slow. Overall, however, it's a pretty good place to eat on the higher end of the scale.
I was really quite pleased to finally check out the Lake Side Cafe. The relaxing ambiance complemented the excellent food. All of the food is vegetarian and organic, and the majority is vegan or can be made vegan.
I had a vegan Chicago Polish, which was scarily close to what I remember hot dogs/polishes tasting like. My lunch partner also had the delicious Tao Bowl made of tempeh, kale, and black beans that I was robbing every 5 seconds. The vegan bakery is also something to try -- I sampled the coconut cream cake: the flavor was good though the texture was a bit strange. Overall, it's one of my new favorite places, and I can't wait to get back.
This place definitely doesn't fit in with the typical Lincoln Park establishments, which is what is so great about it. The eclectic atmosphere (though really really dark) makes it really unique. The bartenders and servers are incredibly friendly. While you're waiting for your food, you can also grab free popcorn from the old-style popcorn popper.
The food is all vegetarian with a good selection of vegan things as well. I had an avocado veggie burger, which was incredible. My friends had a pizza, which they said was really really good.
My only issue is that they still allow the smoke thing (at least until 2008), and though you have to stay 15 feet within the bar, that really doesn't do much at all.
An absolute must try! When you make the reservation for tea, simply mention that you would like the vegan tea and everything is taken care of. I was treated to a variety of vegan tea goodies: scones, fruit skewers, finger sandwiches, among other things. The service is excellent and impeccable. Expect to pay around ~$40/person for the tea, food, and tip.
Loopy Yarns is definitely one of the best yarn shops I've visited. Not only did they have the special vegan yarn section, but the people that work there are SO incredibly helpful and friendly. Their passion is very infectious. It's definitely worth a visit if you're a vegan knitter/crocheter or are thinking of getting into it.
Lula's seems to be an extremely popular place for breakfast/brunch on the weekend. I was easily able to get in at 9:00 when they opened, but when I left around 9:30 there was already a long line out the door. That said, I was disappointed that there were only two vegan(izable) items on the menu, and none of the new specials could be done vegan. I had the tofu scramble, which was fine and pretty flavorful, but it wouldn't get me coming back. My brunch partner had the non-vegan pumpkin pancakes and was very disappointed since they were turned out to be very much on the mushy side on not very pancakey. The service was fine, but not remarkable.
I was pleasantly surprised at the only vegan dish they had on the menu (a tofu scramble with potatoes among other things). It was definitely the most flavorful, colorful scramble I've ever had. The sausage is also quite tasty.
Even though they were busy (20 minute wait to get in), the service was excellent. I would go more often if they had more vegan breakfast items on the menu.
The staff is very friendly, and they are willing to help you find what you're looking for. Most of the veg things they have though can be found at the larger chains for cheaper, but they do have a nice selection of gluten-free products.
As much as an institution the Med is, I've never been thoroughly pleased when I've eaten here. I agree that the really only decent tasting item on the menu is the hummus. The service has always been slow, rude, and plain terrible. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
This is one of few restaurants I actually left angry. A large group of friends and I wanted to check it out, and a quick browse of the menu showed there were some potentially vegan options available. After an email to their info line produced no results, I called and asked the reservation desk who let me know that they could indeed handle a vegan and she'd even put a note on the reservation.
The interior is beautifully appointed and quite nice, but that's about where it stops.
The night of the dinner, the server acknowledged that there was a vegan at the table, and proceeded to sell us on having the chef's tasting at $58/head --- FOR TAPAS!! He reassured me that when all of the meat was brought out there would be plenty of options for me. So we went for it.
It was in fact not the case. The few vegan dishes that came were a horribly tasting spinach and apple dish that tasty very fishy. The classic patatas bravas potato dish had cold mushy individual potatoes lined up on a tray with a dollop of most probably non-vegan aioli (even though true catalan alioli should not have egg). When the main meat dish was brought out, all I got was a try of two smallish roasted tomatoes, a few pieces of toast with some pine nut spread, some other random fried greens, and a lovely stinking hunk of goat cheese in the middle -- again, I'm vegan.
None of the desserts available are vegan - maybe 1 or 2 of the sorbets, but the server really didn't make an effort to point anything out.
The only thing decent that I got was the tomato bread (pa amb tomaquet/pan con tomate), which COMES FREE with your meal. Even if you're not veg (and especially if you are), this place is not worth your money. You're better of getting more authentic tapas at one of the other more favorably reviewed places.
Molly's has two kinds of vegan cupcakes currently - vanilla and chocolate. They're pretty good, a bit dense, and the frosting has improved since I first tried them out. Hopefully they will add more vegan desserts in the future.
Although the service was really friendly, the food isn't great. I had a combo meal with a vegan burger, which amounted to soggy french fries, a boca burger with some sauce, and a tropical smoothy (which was good). They also seemed to be out of a lot of the items advertised on the menu.
I tried the tofu and lemongrass sandwich (#10), it was delicious! You can't beat the price of a little over $3 either. Be sure to call ahead so that they can have it ready for when you arrive since they make them to order.
NoHana is an excellent place to get value for your money. The food is quite reasonably priced, especially if you hit happy hour, and it is quite good. The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable.
A number of sushi items are veg, along with certain veg side dishes/appetizers. Beware of the miso soup that you get for free because it comes with bonito stock mixed in -- I've been able to sweet talk them into giving me a salad instead. Be sure to ask that nothing has bonito flakes in it (like the agedashi tofu sauce), the servers are generally happy to find out.
If I have to eat around campus, Noodles always tends to be my default, since it's reasonably close. It's an ok option for vegetarian food, but I've never investigated if it's truly vegan-friendly. The food is decent if you're looking for something quick and reasonably inexpensive.
The food and service here are just OK. I really didn't like the the hummus, which is usually my litmus test for a middle eastern place - the texture was a bit too chunky and the flavor on the lemony side. Maybe they've changed it since I was there last, but I haven't been back since. The service was also a bit slow and inattentive, especially since we were one of two pairs of diners there.
Opera definitely delivers for the money you pay. I can confirm that the morel mushrooms are definitely worth the trip, and they also make this sinfully delicious fried corn dish. For the entree I had a very interesting rice and veggie dish wrapped in some sort of leaf. Their Ma Po Tofu is fine, but it's like Ma Po Tofu you can get at any other Chinese place. The servers made a really big deal about their mango panna cotta - to be honest it good, but not as fantastic as the hype.
I really like hitting Osaka for lunch for the very reasonable and tasty vegan sushi. Everything vegetarian or vegan is clearly indicated on the menu. The bubble teas are also excellent. The space itself is very small, so I would generally recommend getting the food to go and eating elsewhere.
P.F. Chang's has never failed me the several times I've visited. I can easily find something vegan, and anything that's not clearly vegan can be made vegan, you just have to ask.
Pars Cove is a very cute and romantic option. The menu is geared toward the non-vegetarian end of the spectrum, but you can indeed find a couple of vegetarian/vegan friendly options. Since the number of vegetarian options is limited, I would suspect you would lose variety quickly.
Although the menu here is huge, I'm always sad about the limited number of veg options. Asking the wait staff about the vegetarian option is always handy, though they can be inattentive when the place gets busy.
I do always get one thing here, and that's the mango tofu. It's extremely tasty and beautifully presented in the shells of the mango that was carved for the dish. Be sure to get the coconut rice w/ any of the dishes.
Penny's is a great place -- it's cheap, good, comfortable, and friendly. There are enough veg choices to make it worth a repeat visit.
There are some decent veg selections on the menu here. I always enjoy the vegetarian (vegan) spring rolls. The bubbles teas are very tasty, and they always cook the tapioca balls properly so that they're soft and not chewy. I usually gravitate toward some sort of tofu dish with noodles for the entree. The service can be really spotty when it's busy (and sometimes not).
I had no idea this place was in my back yard until I checked out the guide! The service was outstanding, and I tried the vegan French Toast, which was fabulous. I also had an excellent soy hot cocoa. It has a mix of vegetarian/vegan and non-vegetarian/vegan items.
I've been hear *many* times since my first visit, and I'm totally in love with it. The vegan French Toast is the best in the city.
Ping Pong is a good dining option in the Lakeview neighborhood. I've had generally positive experiences there with the food and service. By far my favorite dish is the mango tofu -- they're also one of the few places where you can actually order brown rice with your entree.
The place is small and during busy periods it will be crowded. I've read numerous online reviews of their waitstaff; I've honestly never had a problem.
I've been to both Pizza Capri locations, and I can usually find something on the menu that is vegan-friendly and is good. The service is usually quite good, but I only come here if I happen to be close and itching for pasta or a sandwich. Since things aren't really natively vegan, I don't go out of my way.
I go to Ra every now and then for a couple of specific dishes, mainly the tempura and a tofu dish with soy sauce and red miso, which are excellent. Beyond that, not very many veg-friendly options are available. The ambiance is a bit oppressive when it gets packed, because it is quite loud.
I had dinner at Radhuni recently, and I found my experience there to be absolutely delicious. The samosas were flavorful, light, and flaky. I had daal makni, which was creamy but still retained the texture of the lentils (not the soupy mess you sometimes get), and the garlic naan can be prepared without butter. It's light, fluffy, and deliciously garlicky. The service is very attentive, and the indoor environment is very relaxed and friendly.
Reza's has a good mixture of veg and non-veg food, so it's really easy to satisfy the wants of a group. The veg food overall is pretty good. They also have a location on Andersonville right on Clark.
I went here for afternoon tea. I called ahead to ask if the full tea service ($19) had any vegan-friendly entrees, and I was told no. I was, however, able to find a couple of vegan friendly entrees on the lunch menu, so I just ordered from there. The food was good, the tea was quite fine, but the service was unbelievably neglectful especially when they weren't even busy. I think we sat for a good 20 minutes trying to track someone down for the check.
Not bad overall -- I'm always happy with the variety of veg-friendly sushi options in addition to the other foods, like age-dashi tofu (I get the sauce on the side) and vegetable tempura.
Sometimes the servers are apprehensive or unwilling to ask the the chefs about the ingredients/preparation to make sure things are indeed veg, which I found frustrating and puzzling.
These guys have been selling their food on the U of Chicago campus for a while now, and it's pretty much the only thing I eat. The vegan mac & cheese with fried greens is pretty good, but I love their jerk tofu and jerk steak wraps. I also tried their Garden of Eden salad (spinach, carrots blended with a delicious sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, and cilantro dressing), and it was one of the few times that I actually got excited about a salad. Definitely excellent food.
I tried their vegan sandwich as well, and it was VERY tasty. The online option to order your sandwich ahead of time, pay by credit card, and then pick it up in an express line at the store is a huge help.
I wish they would expand their sandwich offerings and perhaps make some vegan items available in the dessert section.
Sultan's Market is OK. I didn't think the food was *great*, but it was decent. I do recommend the lentil soup.
In terms of being a grocery store -- that amounts to cans stacked below the shelves of the service counter. The layout of the place also makes it sort of hard to figure out how to flow through the area, and the lack of signage makes it difficult to figure out what you're buying.
There are actually a number of veg friendly items on the list, all indicated on the menu with an (*) asterisk. I went in recently, and enjoyed a small array of their "tapas" appetizers. Most of them were very tasty and beautifully presented. I enjoyed the seaweed encrusted tofu, which was pretty good, but good use a flavor kick inside. The fried spring rolls in the carrot dipping sauce were crunchy, and the sauce itself is a very unique treat. I also tried the gyoza, but the cranberry sauce they serve them with is too goopy to be practical as I really couldn't get any sauce on my gyoza.
You have to stop by Sura just for the interior. The swings hanging from the ceiling are total trip. We sat towards the front where there were fewer people, and I still found it to be very very loud, in a not good way. For the most part though, they deliver a pretty good meal.
This place is clearly veg-friendly since all they sell is tea. I wanted to add it because they sell really high quality tea and are super friendly. If you're looking for a tea education, this is definitely a place to go.
A good place to hang out and study. I like their hummus plate. You also can't beat free wireless.
I definitely enjoyed the ambiance here - the food is fine - not stunning, but still very good. The server was very knowledgeable about what was vegan and what wasn't and definitely steered me in the right direction.
I had what I think was the only vegan entree on the menu and it was seared tofu spiced with a special blend of spices and some other roasted vegetables. I also had the mezze for an appetizer, which I thought was fine.
It's on the pricey end of the spectrum, but still good.
I got treated for my birthday at Tru, and the experience was phenomenal. The Chef had created a completely vegan three-course menu for me (we went for the prix fixe option) which featured a fantastic 21-vegetable ragout appetizer, a truffle with white mushroom risotto, and raspberry and chocolate sorbet with fresh berries for dessert.
The service is impeccable, and the servers do everything (serve and clear dishes, pour water, etc.) in synchronization at your table. It's truly a treat.
Most importantly, everyone who served our table knew that I was vegan, knew exactly it entailed, and provided appropriate recommendations without me having to ask -- for example the bread server offered me olive oil instead of butter. Every detail of the experience was thought through. I absolutely recommend it as a very special treat for yourself or as your treat for someone else.
Tsunami is a place I go to every once in a while because they have some decent veg options. My favorites are the agedashi tofu (I have gotten them to leave out the bonito flakes). I have also gotten the seared tofu entree, which I have always found quite good.
Beware that the miso soup contains bonito stock. If you're unsure, be sure to ask the staff.
I visited again recently, and noticed that they had added a small section to their sushi menu with vegetarian/vegan options, which made me really happy.
I ate here last fall, and the experience wasn't so great. The service was INCREDIBLY slow and rude; with reservations, it still took about 20 minutes to get seated.
The food was only OK.
The ambiance and service are quite good, but the thing I felt was lacking was more vegan options. Pretty much all of the vegetarian options on the menu fundamentally relied on dairy/eggs, which doesn't leave much. I also felt that the prices are a little steep for the portions.
I'm not sure vegan fast food is the greatest idea.
Though I enjoyed the pumpkin pie spice milk shake, the buffalo sandwich was rather dense/heavy and lacking seasoning. The fries were soggy and underseasoned (you don't have to put salt on them, but something). I did not like the tofu sticks at all, which were basically soggy deep-fried tofu. The ambiance is definitely cleaner and more welcoming than a traditional fast-food joint, but the food left me wanting.
I went back here recently to see if the customer service had improved, and I was shocked to find that it had actually gotten worse! It took me at least 10 minutes to go in and out to get a simple sandwich, and they weren't even busy. The help there either has no idea what's going on, and as a result everything is just plain SLOW. While I was waiting, one customer even came in and demanded a refund.
This place could have been a really great idea, but it's rather sad that the service is killing what I still think is really good food. I hope they get their act straightened out because I don't see them lasting very long at this rate.
I like hitting Wishbone every once in a while. Like a lot of brunch places they have a number of vegetarian items that contain dairy and eggs while the vegan items are really limited. For brunch, I would recommend the spicy black bean cakes served with the mango and/or sweet red pepper sauce. Asking the wait staff can usually help you figure out what on the menu is vegan vs. vegetarian.
This place is popular, especially for brunch and lunch hours, so expect it to be packed with people around those times.
I've eaten here a couple of times now, and I've been very satisfied. The place is small and cute, and I usually see a couple of people in here. The food is pretty good, so I wonder why there aren't more people in there. The twice cooked wheat gluten was spicy and delicious; the orange soy gluten definitely has a nice balance between the spicy and citrus flavors; vegetarian ma po tofu is also high on the list. You can actually get brown rice here for an additional charge, but I'm happy to at least have the option. One should also try the floral and herbals teas as well.
The owners have always been at the restaurant when I went, and they actually took my order every time!
This restaurant is definitely one of my favorites.
I really liked the food at Zad - the hummus was tasty, the baba ganouj was good, and they give you super hot pita bread as well. I had one of the vegetarian dishes, and it was seasoned well and really flavorful, albeit it had a bit too much rice. The only thing I didn't like so much is that the portion size of the appetizers was a bit small for the $4-5 they charge. Otherwise, it's a good place for tasty Middle Eastern food.
I thought that the fake meat options here were OK. I wasn't too crazy about the fake beef, it was a bit on the salty side, and the chicken was fine, but it looked more like blocks of tofu. The guacamole was also pretty good.
I've been pretty happy the couple of times I've eaten here. I think there was one dish I didn't care for and it was some sort of lemon seitan dish. I love the rest of the seitan dishes, and the seitan fingers for an appetizer are absolutely delicious. The service is also attentive and friendly.
I stopped by here on the first grand opening day, and I was impressed with the range of wares that were available. The shop itself is laid out beautifully, and there's a nice selection of vegan sweets, baking supplies, and cleaning products. I love the fact that this shop is 100% vegan.
The owner is very friendly, and she was always around to answer questions.
All of the same items on the other Joy Yee's menu are found here. The service is pretty good, and I've never had a problem getting a seat on a busy night. There is always a line for the bubble teas though.
I found Mt. Everest to be an interesting treat - there aren't many Nepalese restaurants in general. The food is quite flavorful, and the service is good. They have a number of veg-friendly items on the menu, so making a choice was hard.
I've gotten pretty decent tofu and veg sushi from here for take out. I've been happy all around.
This market is a nice find in Provincetown if you're looking to stock up on familiar snacks and treats (food-wise). I was also to replenish some of my toiletry supplies here as well. The store is clean, well-organized, and the staff is very friendly and helpful in finding what you need.
Though relatively quick and cheap, this place is not good. The only vegan things on the menu are the fries (the veggie burger has cheese in it). The fries are actually pretty awful, the order I got were soggy strips of partially deep-fried potato with zero seasoning.
The Crown and Anchor is an excellent place to get a nice upscale meal if you're in P-town. The server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and precisely what was vegan and vegetarian. She mentioned that the chef is very sensitive to vegan and vegetarian needs and always try to include a couple of options on the menu.
When I was there, I had a very tasty "Caesar" salad with focaccia croutons, artichokes, and a tofu dressing. The main course was a squash dish served with cranberries, some sort of green, and a quinoa pilaf. Everything was very well-seasoned, beautifully presented, and the service was excellent.
The only down-side is that they didn't have any vegan desserts on the menu, but perhaps if they get more demand, it might be something they will add.
The food is pretty good here. It's must like a cafe - you order up front and the food is brought to you when it's ready. All of the vegetarian and vegan options are labeled as to which is which. I had the veggie samosas, and they were tasty, though a bit smaller than the typical traditional samosa. I had the pumpkin kibbeh, which is a blend of chickpeas, pumpkin, and other spices - all topped off with a lemon tahini sauce and served in a pita. It was pretty flavorful overall, but perhaps a bit dry if not for the sauce.
It's an excellent option, nonetheless, for vegan options in P-town.
The Outer Crepe is a nice vegan-friendly oasis in P-town. Any crepe can be made with traditional batter, vegan batter, and gluten free batter (buckwheat). I had a savory build-your-own crepe, and it was delicious: flavorful, all the ingredients were well-seasoned, and the crepe was light and crispy. I also had a side of very flavorful veggie sausage. The owner of the shop is very friendly and willing to answer questions.
The Post Office was a huge disappointment - the large menu of options is sort of misleading for a vegan, especially when you find out that all of the pasta has egg in it. I tried the "Vegetarian's Delight" special, which unfortunately turned out to be a pathetically small plate of over-grilled veggies. I couldn't have the mashed potatoes because of the butter they premix in, so I ended up with a very sad looking, and unseasoned baked potato -- that dish cost an outrageous $15, far more expensive than the larger non-veg options on the menu. The service was also not spectacular and markedly unenthusiastic. The whole negative vibe I think rubbed off on the food.
The sorbettos here are delicious, with a smooth and creamy texture. When I stopped in, they had 7 different sorbetto flavors available - I tried three, and they were all excellent.
I got breakfast here during my last trip to Mpls. I had the mock chicken, which was pretty good. They also have unique green tea, which the owner says she has to have her family send to her because she can't find it here. Overall the food was good - I do wish they did carry vegan sweets in the bakery.
I actually stopped in here the other day for a "quick" bite to eat in the middle of the afternoon, full well knowing that the raw food prep would take longer than traditional cooked foods to prepare. They actually got the food out to me *really* quickly. I actually put in my dessert order ahead of time, and it came out right after my entree.
I had the savory casserole, and it was quite good. The dessert was a strawberry "shortcake", and it was really tasty.
The service was friendly and quick, and I was very impressed overall.
"meh" I think is the word I'd used to summarize the food. The hummus was blah, and I really didn't like their baba either. I will say that the beans and rice dish was pretty good. I'm not really compelled to come back.
I've been here a couple of times over the last few years, and my food experiences have been fine. I do complement them on having a selection of vegan items. It's a popular place so it can get crowded during the typical breakfast/brunch hours.
I visited again in Jul 07, and was definitely happier with the vegan selections they had for breakfast. I love the vegan sausage and blueberry corn cakes. Delicious! They have a number of vegan pastries, which are hit/miss. Some are really delicious, and others are terribly dry (I don't care for the cupcakes, but the carrot cake is delicious). I was also happy to find them at the MSP airport as well.
I love this place! I had great vegan garlic cheese bread and a really awesome vegan pizza topped off with a yummy piece of vegan blueberry cheesecake that we ate in about 30 seconds! The service was wonderful, and the atmosphere at night is wonderfully relaxing.
These guys have awesome soy ice cream (they had blueberry and raspberry when I went), and excellent mango sorbet. The sorbets are incredibly smooth and have a very nice creamy mouth feel.
I remember this place when I lived in Mpls., and it was beyond horrible -- well before I went vegan. I can't even imagine eating there now as a vegan.
My experience was OK here. The people were super friendly, but unfortunately I had only one vegan cheesecake option available (Lemon), and it wasn't *that* great. I hope they decide to carry more vegan options in a given day.
I used to frequent this place when I worked in the area many years ago. It was never terribly impressive. It's your typical buffet-style place with a salad bar, nothing remarkable really.
The Seward Cafe is definitely a new favorite of mine in Mpls. Once you figure out how things work, (you seat yourself, write down your own order and turn it in, etc.), it's great. The atmosphere is really relaxed and is a nice place to chill. I loved the vegan French toast and the vegan sausage patties!
I'll have to admit that I'm an out-of-towner with no knowledge of behind-the-scenes events. I actually thought this co-op offered a great selection of all my favorite veg items with a healthy bulk section as well. I find myself having to go to a couple of different places in Chicago to get everything I found here.
Though I didn't end up buying anything, the owner was incredibly helpful in explaining the products and creating an wonderfully positive environment. The owner also deserve kudos for proudly displaying her shop's wares in the store front window rather than conforming to the seedy sex shop model. To offer vegan products on top of it all raises the bar high for all her competitors.
I was pretty pleased with True Thai. They even had some appetizer selections you can't find in many Thai places (fried purple yam - though I didn't check the vegan status). The food was pretty good, and the service was friendly.
My experience here was not so great. It is reasonably vegetarian friendly, but like most diners is totally vegan unfriendly. They were able to make an oatmeal for me without milk/cream though, which was nice. However, they buttered my bread without asking, and that is the cardinal sin that draws my ire.
Vera's does have some great soy drinks (especially the chai tea). I wish they had some vegan pastries though, or at least knew if they did or not.
This is one of those places I used to go to throughout college when no other place was open, and I was out of ideas. The food is OK if you're looking for something greasy. I never was really impressed with anything on the menu, and I was usually sick afterward. Beware, the bathrooms are NASTY (run to the hotel across the street if you need to).
I swung by here when I was in the neighborhood one day to see what vegan options were available in the bakery. They were able to offer some very delicious cupcakes, which was about it. But they were still pretty good.
I asked about any vegan cheesecake options, which they didn't have - the clerk seemed rather annoyed at my question and mentioned that if I gave them 24 hours they would be able to do something. I thought it never hurts to ask.
I had a really good experience at the candle cafe. I went on a Saturday night, so there was a slight 20 minute wait, but in the meantime I had a really good mocha latte smoothie. I had the excellent porcini-walnut crusted seitan while my dinner partner had the al ceppo pasta. The service was excellent, and the experience overall was definitely very positive.
Pretty decent Vietnamese food at really great prices. Check out the design your own dish in the veg area of the menu.
This place is a nice little place to grab something for lunch. I had a Bulgolgi panini with a shake. The sandwich was pretty good - the shake was so-so. When they get busy, it gets kind of hectic and the service slides a bit.
I was really happy to run into a regular pizza joint that could actually do a decent vegan pizza. The pizza I got was pretty good, though the soy cheese they use got rather runny (pretty typical of vegan soy cheese). The service was great.
I came here for breakfast 3 times on a trip, and I was pleased every time! The sticky buns are fantastic with a cup of the fair trade coffee. The shop itself is small, but they had advertised that they will be moving the location in the fall of '06.
Overall Zaytinya had pretty good veg-friendly food. They serve mezze, which are sort of like Middle Eastern tapas. If you need vegan choices, be sure to ask the server to point out which do not have dairy.
I actually like this chain compared to it's sister Lee-Ann Chin. Everything was quite fresh and tasty. The vegetarian items are clearly marked on the menu, and they make a point to mention in the menu that the vegetarian items are free of meat, seafood, and stock. Most of the vegetarian items are also vegan, though you will have to read/ask to avoid the eggs, honey, and dairy. It's a good choice if you're in the mood for some faster veg friendly food.
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