Bea's Wok & Roll

DeKalb, Illinois

3.6 / 1 vote

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Vietnamese restaurant with many vegetarian and vegan options

Bea will gladly change most items on the menu to accommodate vegetarians and vegans. Meals cost about $8 - $9.

Added on Apr 18 08 (last updated Jan 30 15)

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Bea will gladly change most items on the menu to accommodate vegetarians and vegans. The tofu is great and you can get your dish spicy. Meals cost about $8 - $9. The name doesn't tell you much, but apparently the place is Vietnamese. We had dinner here; the owner was very helpful, pointing out all the vegetarian items on the menu and letting us know the eggrolls are sealed with egg. (I didn't ask what was in the wrappers.) Reviewers from another food site recommend ordering off the menu board, which changes every night; there's also a regular menu. The veggie egg roll was pretty tasty and a good value (a big egg roll, obviously freshly deep fried, for $1.50). Spring rolls are available as well if you prefer to skip the fryer. We also had the vegetable potstickers; the owner reassured us when we ordered that the filling is indeed tofu, not meat, and I might have wondered. They were crisp; if these are pan fried they use a lot of oil.
They come topped with bits of green onion and slices of roasted garlic with a fairly tasty sauce on a bed of shredded cabbage. My spouse's spicy tofu wasn't very spicy, so we were glad he didn't get the regular tofu/mixed vegetables. It came with baked tofu, mixed vegetables
(underdone) and rice; it was a little dry. It arrived covered in red powder and we were worried, but apparently it wasn't red pepper (not sure what it was). I had a tofu salad, which was on the menu board and pretty
good: savory baked tofu, greens, fried noodles, chopped Thai peppers, cilantro, and a lemony sauce. The sauce had a slightly fishy aftertaste; perhaps I'm just suspicious. Tofu at this place apparently means baked or fried, which is nice; gives it a good texture and is an opportunity to add some flavor. The tea was pretty good and wasn't Lipton. Beverage options are tea, lemonade or canned soda. No alcohol allowed (no BYOB). Nice change of pace if you're in the mood for Asian and don't want to go out and get Thai. Particularly nice if you're tired of the same lo mein - mixed vegetables - fried rice treadmill. Open Monday through Sat from 10 or 11 until 8. Closed Sunday. Parking off-street in a tiny little lot.
Credit cards OK for $15 and up (two of us had dinner for $26 plus tip).

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This would be a hole in the wall, except it's a freestanding building across the side street by the Jewel on Sycamore Rd (the IL-23 in between DeKalb and Sycamore). It might have been someone's house once, and the signage is not great (right now there isn't one you can see from Sycamore, the main road).



$$ - average


  • Chinese
  • Vietnamese



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