Reviews written by nogouda
Registered on Mar 15 06
I was surprised to find that there were a few vegetarian options here. I can't speak to any strict vegan selections, but if dairy is ok for you, there are some choices. I don't trust pie crusts when I dine out, so I don't order the pies...although to be fair, I have never asked if it contains lard. Maybe next time I swing by I'll ask, because that pecan pie sure looks tasty.
They offer the standard vegetarian fare (falafel, spanikopita, moussaka, etc) but it is quite good. I can't speak to the strictly vegan offers, but if you do dairy as I do, there seems enough on the menu for me to have a choice. If they have the melon soup on the menu, it's totally worth getting, as is the tomato feta soup. I would say this is a good place for a mixed veggie/carnivore group (as long as other diner's platters of meat don't bother you), as the menu will satisfy most.
They had a soup sampler offer that was good, but otherwise, the food is just so-so. The Galleria mall is just too obnoxious for me to handle.
While it can be a bit confusing to navigate when it's busy, it is totally worth going. The food is fabulous. The grocery section has quite a selection of interesting and tasty products. The bread is addictive... be sure to pick up some pita to take with you!
I highly recommend the veggie kibby or the veg. combo. I have my favorites and I rarely deviate. I love this place because it's cheap and is in the neighborhood. I think the food is great, although the service is sometimes slow, but I'm never in that much of a rush. The only thing that is sketchy is the bathroom... you go through the kitchen to get there. Overall, I enjoy the food, since I usually get the same things.
I was excited to try Lotus based on several veggie recommendations. It really wasn't all that great, in my opinion. I really wanted this to be good, I appreciate the basic no frills atmosphere, and know it's popular in the neighborhood. It just didn't taste great to me... also, although they market some soups as "veggie", I asked about the broth and low and behold, it's the ever present beef/chicken juice thing. To their credit, they were very upfront about it, no misleading about this information when I asked. The counter person was actually apologetic, and I sensed this was an ongoing issue with their menu. The staff is very friendly, and I know the prices are reasonable, it's just the food itself that doesnt do a thing for me.
As a transplanted New Yorker I tend to be a pizza-snob. Imagine my surprise when I found myself enjoying Luce. The fact that there is more than one option for little old veggie me is a delight. You can see that they put real effort in making tasty veggie options. I highly recommend the veggie muffeleta sandwich, or anything with the bbq mock duck for that matter. The recent renovations are a big improvement.
I never found much to eat, there's only so much salad one can eat. My fiance noticed that after we would eat there, he would get this sore on his nose, this happened 4 out of the 4 times we went. Once we noticed this trend, we stopped going, and he has never gotten it again. I can't say absolutely that it was because of Q Cumbers, but it's not worth it to go back to find out.
I find their prices very reasonable for organic/natural products, and they carry harder to find veggie frozen foods which are a staple for home-cooking. They have veggie/vegan offers in their deli case, and while salad bars sometimes skeeve me out, theirs looks fresh and sanitary. My favorite is the thai noodle salad... mmm peanut dressing and crunchy cabbage.