Reviews written by animal lover

I'm vegan
Registered on Sep 12 10
 

Luna Rossa Wine Bar in Stillwater, Minnesota
Jul 6 11

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Ate here this past weekend (July 2011). Waitress was not sure if the pasta was vegan, but suggested I order rissoto. They made a dish of rissoto, red sauce, olives and vegetables that was pretty good. It was a really big serving. I also ordered the side house salad (minus croutons, and made my own dressing using there balsamic vinegar and olive oil). The salad had about 2 cups of romaine lettuce, one tiny tomato, a one-inch strip of red pepper, and one-inch strip of green pepper, and a tiny slice of cucumber that was so dried up I could not eat it. I suggest asking for additional veggies if you go for any salads here. They were very nice to work with however. They also offer a cave tour which was fun.

River Market Community Cooperative in Stillwater, Minnesota
Jul 6 11

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Stopped by this weekend (July 2011) while staying in Stillwater. It's really close to the hotels and shops. They carry all the coop basics. I did not find any vegan baked goods however which I was in the mood for. They do make smoothies, just go over all the ingredients beforehand. The girl making mine was very nice but did not understand that whey protein was still a dairy product. It's an excellent location if you are staying in downtown for a few days. Highly reccomend checking it out.

Savories European Bistro in Stillwater, Minnesota
Jul 6 11

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Found a gem! Savories has an ever-changing menu with unique sophisticated dishes. I emailed them a few days before going to see what they had to offer that was vegan. This is the warm response I recieved
"Our options would revolve around items such as polenta, risotto or quinoa. We generally have veggie choices such as mushrooms, asparagus, tomato, artichoke hearts, green beans, broc, caulif, etc. In addition to that we have olive oil wine, garlic, herbs etc that we can add to flavor a dish of your choosing. Of course we have salad options and could do a pizza w/o cheese and our tempura green beans are rather popular. So you are more than welcome to join us and I am sure we can create something for you, let me know what sounds good to you."

We ate there this past weekend (July 2011) and ordered the brushetta for an appetizer (without the meat and cheese). It was a big enough portion for my husband and I. It included amazing bread, an assortment of marinated tomatoes, pickled veggies, and olives. For my meal they gave me several ideas/options. I went with risotto with veggies and fresh herbs. They somehow made it creamy just using vegetable broth. It was excellent! Service was excellent and we felt very welcomed. Our table was facing the street. There is a gas station right across the street, but to the left and to the right of it you can see the river and of course people watch. Prices for meals started at about $15, but for the quality and the portion you recieve I felt it was worth it. They have a selection of wine and beer too. It looked like they had a few small tables on the sidewalk. We will definetly be going back.

Tremblay's Sweet Shop in Stillwater, Minnesota
Jul 6 11

Stopped in there this past weekend. (July 2011) I asked the staff if their dark chocolate was vegan. They didn't think it was, and took out a box that contained some of the ingredients. I read right on the box that it contains "dry nonfat milk." They offered no other suggestions for vegan items and seemed annoyed that I was even inquiring. I STRONGLY suggest if you stop in there to verify all the ingredients before making a purchase.

BD's Mongolian BBQ in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 21 10

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As there are slim pickings for vegan friendly places in the southern metro, BD"s is a nice option. I really like that they cook the food on a wok in the back upon request, so it's not on the meat grill. They could improve there salad bar. I've had to show the manager what a mess it is before, with cheese and cut up meat everywhere. She was very apologetic and made me a salad in the back of the ingredients I choose. I really like the lettuce wraps as an option too. There website does list ingredients for the sauces so you can look at that before you go, to pick what suits you.

Camdi in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 12 10

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Visited Camdi for the first time this week. I loved it for all the same reasons listed on other reviews. I really loved the hot and sour soup! I had never had this anywhere before and loved the combination of flavors.

Fresh Picked Pizza in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 12 10

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My first time here I was amazed at how great the pizza was. One time this summer (2010) I went back I was chatting with the staff and learned they use HONEY is their crust yet still call it Vegan. The staff person could not understand why it should not be deemed vegan. Perhaps they have since changed it or will in the future but for now I will not be going back.

Good Earth in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 12 10

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As a vegetarian I have loved going to Good Earth for years. I recently went there for the first time since transitioning to being a vegan. I was a bit disapointed in the menu descriptions and the options for vegans. For example- I ordered a corn soup, the description was clear to point out it had veggie broth in it and everything else listed was vegan friendly too. I then found out it had cream in it. I was frustrated that a major ingredient like this was excluded from the description.

On their dessert menu that had Oatscreme which I was really looking forward to. About 10 minutes after I ordered it (and after my husband recieved his non-vegan dessert) they informed me they were out of it and had no other vegan dessert options. If we would have known this right away we both would have passed on dessert.

Heartland in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 21 10

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Went there recently for a special celebration. I called 2 days ahead for a reservation, and told them I was vegan and they said that was no problem they would be happy to accomodate. Upon arriving for our meal it was clear my vegan meal request was never passed on. The waiter was great about it and went and talked to the chef. My meal was fabulous and vegan. I do wish it would have had some protein in it, but realize the situation we were in. Considering how well they did on the fly, I can only imagine how awesome it would have been with a litlte preparation. I would definetly go back, but will probaly be more insistent on making sure the message got to the chef beforehand. The food is very fancy and well prepared, but it is not a bargain meal. The ambience of the restaurant was wondeful. Very quiet and romantic. We are in our early 30's and were by far the youngest people there, but did not feel out of place.

Khyber Pass Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 12 10

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My first time at Khyber pass and with Afghani food was just a few days ago. I ordered a combination platter with 3 types of vegetable dishes all served on basmati rice. The food was interesting and tasted okay. However, I thought the food would have more flavor to it.

I have been told at lunchtime they have a buffet that includes vegan options which is great to see. I'm likely to try this place again.

Mississippi Market in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Jul 6 11

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I wish there was one store that sold every product I adore, but that just does not seem to be the case. However, I find Mississippi Market on West 7th Street to be a great combination of super friendly staff/customers, not too crowded parking lot and aisles, large selection of organic produce (much of which is not wrapped in plastic which I prefer), a nice salad bar/deli area that they will custom make some items for you (such as sandwhiches and burritos both with vegan options).

They do not carry every brand and item I would like them too, but they are open to suggestions on what products to offer. I wrote them asking them to carry the Tofurky vegan pizza and within a month or so they began to carry it.

To me the biggest reason I love this place is the staff. They are all super helpful in helping you verify ingredients, find an item, and are open to special orders. One day they were out of fresh vegan muffins. I was really craving one and was talking to the bakery employee about this. She offered to make up a batch on the spot! I ordered 6 to have some to take home to freeze. In 45 minutes I had fresh, hot vegan banana chocolate chip muffins. Other times, I check the bakery menu and call the day ahead and order a batch to be set aside for me. They are very easy to work with and want to please their customers. They also have a nice sitting area that is very relaxing, along with a classroom where they offer a variety of educational opportunities.

I should note, I live in Apple Valley and prefer to drive up to this coop versus going to others that are closer to my house. That is how friendly they are and are such a nice relaxing place to shop.

Old Chicago in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 12 12

**Update*** There sauce is no longer vegan :( A waitress who is vegan herself told me they changed it this Summer.

I called ahead to ask the manager about the calzone ingredients. He was wonderful to work with. He actually read me the ingredients and encouraged me to come in and order one with just veggies and sauce for the filling. When I went in I ordered it as directed. The server informed the manager and kitchen staff and they took special care to make it "right." It came out perfect and I was very pleased with how it tasted. We also ordered nachos for an appetizer without the sour cream or cheese. I did not ask specifically about the chips being vegan however.

With such limited options in the south metro, I was SUPER pleased about this experience. We will definetly be back their soon.

** I don't exactly what credit cards they accept, I'm guessing they take more than Visa and Mastercard but I didn't know for sure.

Olive Garden in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 15 10

I was just reading the info of Olive Garden on this site and decided to look more at the official website of Olive Garden to determine if they had anything vegan. They say nothing is "wholly vegetarian or vegan" depending on your beliefs and defintions. However, I found this Q&A about the salad dressing nutrition info:

"What is the nutritional content of your salad dressing?
Each two (2) tablespoon serving contains the following: 80 calories; 70 calories from fat; fat 8 grams; saturated fat 1 gram; cholesterol 5 mg; sodium 510 mg; carbohydrates 2 grams; protein 0 gram. "

My understanding is that all pure vegan foods do not contain cholesterol. This quote from their website indicates even the salad dressing has 5mg of cholesterol per serving and thus in my opinion making it non-vegan. Sadly, it looks like I won't even bother going to any Olive Garden as they just don't seem to be vegan friendly.

Spice Thai Cuisine in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 21 10

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They have a large menu and most of it can easily be made vegan by choosing the tofu or mock duck options. I informed the waiter I was vegan and he made sure all my food was prepared that way. He was very nice and accomodating. They also let you pick your level of spice for the foods. I'd really reccomend the spring rolls made with tofu as a great appetizer.

Note- They offer a great lunch menu with smaller portions. One option is Pad Thai, and I didn't know it had eggs in it. Even though I asked for it with no meat, dairy etc., it still came with eggs. They quickly made me a new one and it was great, but just be sure to say "no eggs" so they know for sure.

This restaurant is not very far from Burnsville Center if you are in that area. It's just west on 42 about 2-3 miles.

Taste of Thaiyai in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 21 10

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I love there fresh spring rolls (sub Tofu for meat, and request vegan sauce) and the Vegetarian red curry. Staff are extremely friendly and easy to work with. Just remind them of your dietary requests every time you order. The place is on the small side and usually is not too busy with people dining there. I'd guess they do most of there business as take out. I'd also guess they take other debit/credit cards beside Visa. I've only used Visa so I didn't want to put others down without knowing for sure. If the parking lot looks busy, look for the spots marked off for people not going to Rascals.

Valley Natural Foods Co-op in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dec 21 10

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It's great to have a co-op in the Southern metro... however I think they could be a little more vegan friendly. For example they offer about 10 different deli sandwhiches/wraps pre-made. Lately they have not had ANY vegan options. They claim they are having trouble getting Veganaise. I suggested they use another vegan mayo, or a different version on Veganaise (as they had about 3 on their store shelf), or even make a different option in the mean time. Nothing has been done. The staff seem like it would be a hassle and do not care to accomodate. Sadly, this usually forces me to shop elsewhere.

Harmony Corner Cafe in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Sep 21 11

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I ate here in February of 2010. Great food, great ambience. It's nice to get away from the "chain" feel. My only hesitation in giving it an "excellent" rating is that it's only open until 3:00 p.m. some weekdays. Hopefully in time they can expand there hours. Truly a gem of a place!