Reviews written by Charlie

I'm vegetarian
Registered on Aug 18 11
 

The Pepper Market in Orlando, Florida
Feb 10 12

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This is a decent place to eat if you are stuck in the Disney realm, though better for dinner than breakfast or lunch.

For dinner, they have various food-prep stations that you walk up to and watch your food made to order in front of you. At least during less crowded times that helps make it easy to ensure that they really don't put cheese in if you don't want it, for example. (The downside is watching them cook meat alongside your meal.) There are are least three vegetarian options on the menu--pizza, veggie burger, and veggie burrito. I definitely recommend the burrito over the burger; the side of shredded, lightly wilted iceberg lettuce didn't make it looks promising, but the burrito is actually pretty good, if a little overpriced ($12 ).

For breakfast and lunch, they have an all-you-can-eat buffet. I didn't try those because it sounded like an expensive gamble as to whether there'd good veggie options, and in any case I'd feel like I was paying for meat whether I ate it or not.

Cafe Nola in Frederick, Maryland
Aug 18 11

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Small menu but with several vegan options, more that advertise right on the menu that they can be made vegan. It's a bit of an eclectic place that could be described as a bar, a cafe, or a mid-scale restaurant, depending on time of day, where you sit, and what you order. I had a tofu curry that had wide variety of delicious veggies and mushrooms and a brightly flavored but not hot sauce. It's the only place I ate in Frederick so I can't compare to the other options but I definitely recommend it.

Riverside Hotel in Friendsville, Maryland
Aug 18 11

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Really simple food--bread, salad and a few soups, but the salad lived up to the website claim of "world's freshest salad". Eating on the porch across from the river was lovely. Dessert options included several vegan pies with excellent vegan crust. They were enthusiastic about serving vegans, although only about half of what was available on the day we randomly showed up was vegan. I'm sure they'd do a great job for vegans if you call ahead. It also looks like it would be a delightful place to stay.

Worth stopping for the bakery as well, either for dessert or bread. Bakery prices are very reasonable.

Uno Chicago Grill in Oakland/Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Aug 17 12

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One of very few veg/vegan-friendly options in this area. The menu has reasonably healthful vegetarian options in many sections, including many that at least appear vegan. I was quite pleased with the quality of the food, though that was after I was about to give up on finding a restaurant I would want to eat at at all.

There is often a long wait for a table in summer vacation season, and the service understandably seemed a bit impatient when I was there.

Out of date info on what's vegan there:
http://veganmasterlist.blogspot.com/2007/08/uno-chicago-grill.html

Devi in Exton, Pennsylvania
Aug 18 11

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It's hard to go wrong with an all vegetarian south Indian restaurant. This is a simple storefront place, but the food is fantastic. There is a menu available, but the buffet is the most popular option. A buffet order comes with a dosa (big flat pancake/crepe type thing) of your choice cooked to order. It's right across the street from the Holiday Inn Express Exton-Lionville, which we were lucky enough to book for a great rate on Hotwire, which made it very convenient.

Unfortunately I didn't think to inquire about whether vegan options are available. The dishes certainly aren't heavy with milk/cream/cheese, but likely most use butter.

Bona Dea in Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 29 12

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It has the aura of a fine restaurant...and the prices to match, at least by US standards, but I didn't find the food very exciting. They were running a weekend special of as many trips as you like for 32 CHF, and on my second trip I didn't find myself interested in much. The Dal was bland and the curries overly salty. On the upside, the range of foods was a lot broader than most US Indian buffets, with a good range of salad bar items, plain cooked spinach, and other miscellaneous foods.

As Lola mentioned, the pricing structure is unusual, so be sure you understand it and fill your plate accordingly to take full advantage of what you pay!

Tibits in Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 29 12

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I ate here three times and liked it better every time. I only tried the buffet--there were more things offered there than I could sample in three visits. Everything was delicious, and it seems like they take care to make things healthful as well as interesting and delicious. Highlights that come to mind are the hummus, which was wonderfully spiced and enlivened by bits of vegetables in it, and a pasta/tofu dish that had delightful flavors I failed to identify. It can get expensive faster than you might expect--just because it's cheaper than Hitl doesn't mean it's cheap--but it the quality to price ratio is excellent, especially given how expensive restaurants are in general in Zurich.

Mariam's Restaurant in Windsor, Vermont
Oct 28 11

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A restaurant with 6 veggie entrees is in Windsor is an amazing find. An African restaurant in Windsor Vermont is an amazing find. Not only is this both of those, but it's fantastic food, that I would be excited to find in any city. I've only been there once and only tasted two of the curries, but the two were both vividly, but very differently, flavored, and both featured perfectly cooked fresh vegetables.

With one train a day in each direction, the proximity to Amtrak isn't all that useful, but the southbound train arrives at 11:23 AM, and the northbound train leaves at 6:20, so you could have lunch at the restaurant and get dinner to go and eat it on the train, after visiting historic sites--I recommend the American Precision Museum.