Reviews written by mamealoney

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Baba's Village in Chicago, Illinois
Jul 5 11

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Great place to go for lunch if you work downtown! This place is a big hit with everyone at my office. The mock meats are very tasty.

El Nuevo Mexicano in Chicago, Illinois
Oct 29 11

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My husband and I went here for a special Mercy for Animals event: they had a 4-course vegan dinner and fabulous tequila cocktails, and donated part of the proceeds to MFA. The food was fabulous. My favorites were the sopas (one was filled with avocado and one was filled with Upton's chorizo) and the stuffed poblano pepper (stuffed with some kind of fake meat and just really deliciously seasoned). Usually I skip the desserts at Mexican restaurants, but they had this incredible pastry thing with vegan ice cream and a surprisingly spicy peachy sauce. This restaurant really delivers unexpected and wonderful food. Plus the cocktails were delicious :-)

Karyn's on Green in Chicago, Illinois
Jul 5 11

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My husband and I always hit up Karyn's on Green before going to a nice show downtown or on special occasions. I don't know of vegan restaurant downtown that's this nice! It has a lovely and fancy atmosphere, and the food is great. The cocktails are great too; you can get olives stuffed with vegan cheese, which is a delightful touch.

Karyn's on Green also catered our wedding. The catering menu is almost identical to the dinner menu. Note that Karyn's does NOT provide service or rentals, just the food itself. We got Blue Plate to handle those kinds of things, and it worked out great. I would highly recommend Karyn's to any vegans getting married!

Loving Hut in Chicago, Illinois
Jul 19 11

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The food is OK overall, and their fake meat dishes are not that good. I had a few really good things: vegan pho (!), cheesecake, and a salad (I forget the name, something like "the earth is our beautiful friend"?).

It's basically fast-food style, you go up and order at the counter and pay ahead of time. The whole place has a sterile, pre-fab plastic feel. Not that pleasant for me, but your mileage may vary. One interesting thing is that they are always playing The Supreme Master's TV channel. It is worth coming here at least once just for that.

Native Foods in Chicago, Illinois
Sep 13 11

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The desserts are awe-inspiring. Especially the cheesecake.

I do not consider this a fast food restaurant, even though you pay up at the counter and get your food very fast. All of the food is high-quality and quite wholesome.

Beware though, if you're like me and love faux-meaty-cheesy-greasy food, I would not recommend ordering that kind of stuff here. A lot of their faux meats and cheeses are not what you'd expect. E.g., their wings were bland tempeh, and the cheese on their nachos was essentially just bland hummus.

Urban Vegan in Chicago, Illinois
Jul 19 11

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The name of this restaurant sounds silly, but don't be fooled---this is a SERIOUS Thai restaurant. Everything here is vegan, and the menu is quite extensive. They had many dishes that you can't often find vegan, such as bean thread salad with soy beef. I tried a lot of different dishes, and all of them were yummy. The waitstaff was extremely nice, too. I came here in a group of 7, and they gave us all free miso soup, as well as a free mango slushy dessert that they were experimenting with.

As a warning, do NOT order your food extra spicy!!! The chefs are not kidding around, and the heat will bring you into a world of pain. But you won't be able to stop eating your painfully spicy dinner because it is that good.

Yah's Cuisine in Chicago, Illinois
Jul 19 11

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Yah's is quite an experience. It's almost like eating in your granny's kitchen. I got a couple free containers of the oriental noodle casserole to take home, because the server noticed I liked it so much. Plan to lie down for a while after you eat here. It is impossible not to over-eat. Well past the point of prudence and decency, you will still be avidly stuffing yourself.

Blind Faith Cafe in Evanston, Illinois
Jul 19 11

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This place is expensive, and not that good. They are surprisingly vegan-UNfriendly for someplace with a sunflower in their logo. I talked with the manager about having a large dinner here and he was very inflexible about what could be made vegan. He kind of had a condescending attitude when he talked about vegan food & desserts, assuming it was going to be inferior to other foods on the menu. I think this attitude really affects their food quality.* Their few vegan dishes are each disappointing in their own special way. The Thai peanut noodles are like 40% bland bean sprouts. The potstickers were soggy and also bland. They had a kind of interesting avocado/quinoa salad, bland, but you can't really ruin an avocado. The only good thing on the menu were the fries with vegan aoli. Oh man, those were some good fries.

* I don't actually know if the non-vegan food is any good, having not tried any. Maybe it is all terrible and there is no anti-vegan bias.

The Eights Bistro in Buffalo & Western NY, New York
Jun 30 11

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The vegan pizza and sweet potato fries are amazing! The beer is great too.

Farm Sanctuary in Ithaca & Finger Lakes, New York
Jun 27 11

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Great place, so so wonderful. Stay at the bed & breakfast and get an almost-private tour. Hang out with cows, pigs, and goats. Admire bunnies, chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks from a distance.

Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor in Ithaca & Finger Lakes, New York
Jun 27 11

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They have 24 flavors of vegan soft serve. Soft serve is not the best kind of ice cream in the world, but it's pretty fun.

Log Country Inn in Ithaca & Finger Lakes, New York
Jun 27 11

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My husband and I had a cozy stay here during our honeymoon. We stayed in the "Russian room," which was homey yet spacious and had a great jacuzzi tub. The owner was sweet and friendly, and she made us feel right at home even though we are both quite shy. She made us vegan blintzes for breakfast, plus coffee with soymilk and fruit salad. The food was just great.

It's about an hour drive from Farm Sanctuary (our reason for visiting the area). It's a half-hour drive from Ithaca, which has tons of vegan restaurants. We will definitely be coming back here for another vacation!

Waffle Frolic in Ithaca & Finger Lakes, New York
Jun 27 11

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Waffle Frolic has fantastic comfort food for lunch or dinner. The coolest thing on the menu was the vegan waffle dog. They also had several different fancy grilled cheese sandwiches, made with daiya cheese by request. You can get tomato soup too of course!

Foodswings in Brooklyn, New York City
Sep 19 11

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Amazing!! This place has the best wings I've ever had. For $10 you can get 3 big wings and a giant bowl of awesome mac & cheese. The milkshakes are also great.

Candle 79 in Manhattan, New York City
Sep 19 11

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I had very high hopes for Candle, but was not impressed. I shelled out $100 for this meal and nothing made me go "wow!". It was all tasty, but by no means worth the price. It was fun to get all dressed up and go out, but even the ambiance wasn't that special. I definitely wouldn't go there again.

Pukk in Manhattan, New York City
Sep 19 11

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It's fun to go to a Thai place with a ton of vegan options, but the food here is average. Any old Thai place that had tofu options would be just as good. The ambiance is kind of off-putting, as well; it's like eating in a slightly grimy spaceship designed by Apple. I would not recommend making a special trip to come here.

Greens Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Jun 25 11

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My five friends and I had an amazing lunch here! Absolutely everything we ordered was delicious. We had some typical Chinese dishes like noodles with mock beef, and some truly unique food like mock chicken and mango in a taro root basket. Absolutely all the food was delicious and interesting. There were a million vegan options, and the staff was very clear about which items had eggs or dairy. Everything was vegetarian. Plus, it was a friendly environment, with reasonable prices.

The Grind House in Toronto, Ontario
Jun 25 11

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The clover coffee is really good, and they had lots of beans to choose from. They also had vegan cookies, brownies, and turnovers.

King's Cafe in Toronto, Ontario
Jun 27 11

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King's Cafe is a paradise of mock meats and delightful littlw treats. The portions are fairly small, so order a lot of different dishes! My favorites were the wunagi sushi, pan-fried dumplings, vegan fish, and vegan duck.

New Tribe Piercing & Tattooing in Toronto, Ontario
Jun 25 11

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This place was friendly and clean. My first tattoo experience was a good one! They were the only tattoo parlor I could find with vegan ink.

Rancho Relaxo in Toronto, Ontario
Jun 27 11

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Awesome restaurant! My 5 friends and I had a great time here. Pretty much everything on the menu can be made vegan. They have faux chicken, faux steak, daiya cheese, and soy sour cream. All of the food was tasty and satisfying. I reccommend the cactus nachos and the mole enchiladas. The drinks were great too! And as a bonus, the restaurant is named after a Simpsons episode.

Sadie's Diner in Toronto, Ontario
Jun 29 11

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Sadie's is a typical greasy-spoon kind of diner, except that all the food is vegetarian (and most of it vegan). They have vegan poutine, which my 5 American friends and I had to try for the real Canadian experience. It was great! The vegan french toast was yummy too. The only problem was the waitress did not really understand what vegan was. Granted, she was new, but she almost gave us all non-vegan veggie bacon with our vegan meals.

Urban Herbivore in Toronto, Ontario
Jun 27 11

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Awesome little cafe. The sandwiches are amazing! They have different delicious tofu and seitan options, plus some very interesting veggies (celery root!). The juices and baked goods are fantastic too. My favorite was the lemon curd bar.

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