Reviews written by Cass Danger
Registered on Jun 21 07
Way to go guys! Temptation ice cream is where it's at. Vegan - fair trade - organic - small business. It gets no better than this. The cookie dough seems to be the most popular but I'm a big fan of the peach cobbler.
I was here about 3 weeks ago so I can't recall exactly which gate it was near, but it was definitely in the Air Tran wing (terminal 2), near the furthest gate. I believe it was B7, but you could just walk toward the last gate and find it on the right side.
This is probably the most vegan-friendly airport food stand I have ever seen, as they had about 6 or 7 different vegan pre-made meals. Unfortunately, they were about $9 each, which I think is way too expensive, even for an airport. If you just need a cheap(ish) snack, they have plenty of fruit, chips, and granola bars.
I must say that I am ecstatic that the rumors of there being Soul Veg food at O'Hare are actually true. It took a few phone calls and an hour of walking around w/ luggage but I finally found it! Unfortunately, the only item there was the BBQ delights, so I'm not sure if there usually is more. The guy working had absolutely no idea they carried it.
Also, the price was $7.99 - nearly $9 with tax! - for a small portion, which probably sells for $5 in the restaurant. When the guy rang me up, the BBQ Delights came up as $5.99 in the register and I told him that is probably the correct price, as $7.99 is ridiculous, but he disagreed and rang up a $2 water to make up the price difference so I didn't get away w/ anything.
As happy as I am to have the Soul Veg item, I think it is way overpriced and didn't taste nearly as good as I hoped it would. Perhaps because I was hoping the cold wheat chunks in a plastic container would taste the same as the hot BBQ seitan served aside vegan mashed potatoes and greens I get in their restaurant. :)
I am not a big fan of Japanese food but I really enjoyed the meal I had here. The restaurant is tiny so you can't bring a large group, but the food was good. There was a long hair in the soup we had, but the staff handled it well and my friends (who are regulars there) said it's never happened before.
I had some soup and dessert here a few years ago and it was fabulous. I stopped in with a friend last week for a late dinner but apparently their kitchen had just closed but they still let us stay for dessert. I got the blood orange chocolate tart that came with a scoop of homemade ice cream, which made a lovely compliment to the tart. My friend (who is not vegan but LOVED the desserts) got the chocolate mousse cake, which was also great.
I ordered the vegan salami/sun dried tomato/roasted garlic pizza and my friend had a vegan jalapeno and sausage pizza. Both pizzas were really good but the vegan cheese garlic bread was a little dry and over oregano-y.
We looked up the ingredients and such online and found that the website has really old prices and they charge you more when you get to the restaurant. Not cool.
I hesitated to add this place because to me, a bean & vegetable taco isn't much to brag about (unless it also has seitan and vegan cheese), but a local friend informed me that nearly all of the Mexican places use chicken stock in their rice and/or lard in the beans so that this place is the go-to Mexican spot for many vegans.
We stopped by around 11pm, after most places were closed and enjoyed a veggie burrito on their outdoor picnic tables. It was basically rice, beans, lettuce, tomato, and salsa, but it was really good. I liked that they had a salsa and condiment bar where you could customize your meal - fantastic. The burrito was $4.50, making it a really affordable late-night option.
I had no intention of stopping for a meal at Cru but I biked past and saw the words "organic vegan" and had to stop. I can always go for a snack but wasn't in the mood for raw food (which makes up most of the menu) so I decided on a soup. The waitress recommended the spicy chipotle black bean soup, and I will admit to being skeptical at first. I make a darn good bean soup and I've found that many restaurant soups are very plain. This soup, however was outstanding and perfectly seasoned. It was rich, creamy, and flavorful. I think that pureeing it is what really brought all the flavors together. The service was fast and friendly, so if I'm ever in the neighborhood again, I'll definitely stop in.
What a fantastic restaurant and grocery! The grocery was very well-stocked and the prices were reasonable. I grabbed some vegan potato salad for the road (only $3) and an interesting-looking book on the secrets to longevity (only $16!) so we'll see if I'm still posting VegGuide.org reviews 100 years from now.
As for the restaurant, I thought they had a great selection of foods and the portions are huge for the pirce. I started with the vegan eggwich (tofu-like egg thing w/ vegan cheese and avocado on top of an English muffin). This was fantastic, came with fries, and was only $6. It would make the perfect small meal but I'm greedy so I also go the vegan Rueben sandwich. I loved this sandwich and it was HUGE. I took half of it to go and it made a great snack on the plane the next day. I also tried the chocolate mint shake, which was delicious and also very big.
The only thing I didn't care for was my friend's vegan fish sandwich. I understand vegan fish can be hard to do, but FYH didn't even attempt with this one. They just breaded a huge slab of tofu, put some tarter sauce on it, and called it a fish sandwich. The sandwich wasn't bad, in fact, it was fairly tasty, it just wasn't a fish sandwich and it was super heavy on the tofu.
I also appreciated that they had an outdoor dining area, so we got to enjoy our food in the open air, surrounded by plants. It was lovely. :)
I wish I would have read the last person's post regarding non-vegan products before eating here! I will base my rating on my experience, assuming all the foods were vegan.
We ordered the chicken satay, which was tasty and came with a delicious peanut dipping sauce. We also had the onion rings, which were SO good, and were perfect with the tangy BBQ sauce they give you--definitely better than ordinary ketchup.
I had the "gravy noodles" which were wide rice noodles with tofu, broccoli, and a miso "gravy", which was more like a regular sauce. It was pretty good, but I wish I would have ordered the fried chicken and blueberry pancake (which were called "tropical," for some reason), which my friend ordered because they were outstanding.
I had a mock roast beef sandwich with au jus sauce (I believe it was called the "California Dip") and it was pretty good. There were plenty of fried onions and the au jus was good, but a tad salty. The side of cole slaw was really good, and definitely more creative than the plain beans or rice, which were the other options for sides.
I also tried my friends "Ranchero" chicken sandwich, which was very good, and the chicken drumsticks, which were AMAZING. They tasted like KFC and their 12 herbs and spices. Scary.
I also had the peanut butter and chocolate parfait, which was pretty good, but was really rich.
I wouldn't describe the food as gourmet, but it's definitely delicious--one of the best restaurants I've been to in a while. My friends and I shared the vegan nachos and the walnut pate as appetizers and both were great.
Of the entrees, I've had the tempeh reuben (good), Club sandwich (great), and vegan burger with the works (outstanding). I generally don't order burgers in restaurants because they can be so plain, but this was the most flavorful burger I've had in quite some time. The avocado is definitely a great touch.
The sandwiches come with either a side salad (the Caeser comes with capers and is really good), or potato salad, which is rich and tasty but is drowning in Veganaise.
I haven't had any desserts here, but I've heard that despite fantastic descriptions, the taste is mediocre.
I was thoroughly impressed with the menu here and was very disappointed to not have discovered it prior to my last night in the city. Several local friends told me this was their favorite vegan restaurant in the city and I can definitely see why. The food is interesting, incredibly flavorful, and surprisingly affordable.
I went with the "Soul Bowl", which came with quinoa, beans, fried okra, a fried mac & cheese ball, a spicy chipotle sauce and a horseradish sauce. It was an unexpected pairing of flavors and textures but it was phenomenal. I've never had okra deep/flash fried like that so the texture was unexpected and was very good. My favorite part was the deep fried vegan mac & cheese ball. It was basically mac & cheese in a ball, (possibly breaded) and deep fried. I didn't know such things were possible but Sage executed it perfectly. All of this deliciousness was something like $9 - unbelievable!
While there, I tried a few of the raw sorbets that KindKreme offered. I really enjoyed the carrot-ginger-coconut, which tasted like raw, sweet carrot soup, if that makes any sense. It had all the components of carrot-ginger soup, but was a sweet, refreshing sorbet. Delish! I also tried the cucumber sorbet and expected it to be even more refreshing but I didn't really care for it. The flavor was a little flat and bitter so it didn't really taste how a dessert should taste (to me, at least).
Nice work, Sage, I will definitely be back!
YUM! I'm so glad that I happened to be staying with a friend a few blocks from here. I hear that they rotate very interesting vegan flavors but when I was visiting, they had maple oreo, chocolate mint, and raspberry. The maple oreo was very rich-tasting but the combination of oreos and maple was a bit too much for me. I did, however love the chocolate mint. I'm normally not really into chocolate-based ice creams, but this was so creamy and the mint flavor was strong so I absolutely loved it. The raspberry was also very good - creamy, rich, and refreshing!
After a long Sunday of walking around somewhat-deserted areas, I was very thankful to arrive at Shojin. I must say that I was very surprised to find such a nice vegan restaurant inside a shopping mall, but the service and quality was far from what you'd expect from a mall restaurant.
I started with the pumpkin croquettes, which the server recommended, but I was somewhat disappointed with them. The flavor of the croquettes was good (soft, creamy pumpkin filling, and a crispy, breaded exterior), but for some reason, they were paired with a homemade, warm ketchup. Who serves ketchup with pumpkin? Moreover, who serves ketchup - period! - in an upscale restaurant? I think the dish would be much better served with a creamy white sauce.
I then went with the spicy ramen soup, which was, indeed, very spicy. I will admit to sweating a bit while I ate, but the flavor was very good. For some reason, I wasn't impressed with the first few bites (perhaps it was just too hot), but when I let it cool a bit, I absolutely loved it. The vegetables and noodles were standard, but the broth was extremely flavorful, which really is the most important component of a soup.
I finished with the lava cake, which takes 15 minutes to prepare, I believe because they bake it fresh for you (the little dish it came in was oven-hot). The cake itself was pretty average but the hot chocolate inside made it interesting. It also came with a small scoop of vegan ice cream which balanced it out.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal and I would dine here again. However, as mentioned by conde.kedar, the portions are small for what you pay, so be prepared to drop some money if you're hungry.
What a lovely restaurant, in a somewhat unexpected strip mall! First off, the service was fantastic! The owner/chef was very friendly, funny, and did a great job of recommending food. If I hadn't just eaten a huge meal at Follow Your Heart (nearby) a few hours before, I would have ordered much more, as the dishes sounded great and the prices were very affordable.
I was referred here because they're supposed to have the best vegan pho on earth. When I told the owner this, he told me that their special soup is actually better and that I should try that. The special soup, I believe, has pho ingredients (faux meat, noodles, bean sprouts), but comes in a very rich, spicy peanut broth. It was fantastic. I added extra Siracha sauce and happily sweat my way through the meal.
I was impressed that they make their own soy milk so I got a small bottle of the pandan leaf soy milk. I'm not quite sure what pandan leaf is but it made the milk slightly green. The soy milk was unbelievably fresh and tasted like no other soy milk I've ever had. It basically tasted like tofu water. It wasn't a bad taste, it just wasn't what I expected, given that I've been drinking more processed soy milks for so long. I can't see myself pouring this on top of cereal since the raw tofu flavor is so strong, but I bet it would be great mixed into savory dishes like tofu frittatas and creamy soups.
Finally, I went with the steamed banana cake with coconut cream and peanuts. It was the most interesting and unique dessert I've ever had. The texture was very soft and slightly chewy and it was not overly sweet. I thought it was mediocre, but my (non-vegan) co-workers thought it was fantastic. I've never seen anything like it so I'm really glad I tried it.
I will definitely be back here to try the other soups and snacks! :)
This restaurant is now on my all-time favorites list, not so much because of the food (which is very good!), but more so for the calm, positive vibe it puts out. When I sat down and ordered my food, I just felt good. The servers' insistence on referring to dishes as "I am Filled", "I am Grateful", and "I am Peaceful" instead of calling them what they are - enchiladas, salads, sandwiches, etc, was a slightly annoying and hippie for me, but I nevertheless enjoyed my visit tremendously.
I looked through the cards on the table that had wonderful sayings, quotes, and exercises that emphasize the importance of being gracious, thankful, appreciating abundance, and recognizing friends for their accomplishments. I was so impressed and that I dropped a ridiculous $45 to buy the board game that these cards apparently belonged to!
As for the food....I started with a green juice (your typical green juice), and the raw bagel, which was a first for me. It came with a creamy nut cheese, sprouts, and caper "caviar" on a sprouted seed bun. I'm not a huge fan of raw bread but this was very interesting and I did enjoy it.
For my entree, I went with the raw enchiladas, which were pretty good. My favorite part of the dish was the "Mexican cabbage salad", which seemed pretty simple but had a wonderful, unidentified dressing on it. For dessert, I had the maca cacao ball, which was good, but didn't satisfy my craving for a rich, decadent dessert.
I think I need to add this to my list of favorite restaurants of all time (along with Golden Era in San Francisco). For full disclosure purposes, I'm a Vietnamese fiend so that skews my vote!
This restaurant was recommended to me by a non-vegetarian, Vietnamese colleague, as being one of her favorite restaurants. I LOVE pho, but I order it all the time and Di Lac had a much wider selection of vegan soups than most Vietnamese restaurants so I took the opportunity to order the mixed vegetable soup. I ordered the "small" for $7.50, which turned out to be a gigantic bowl of goodness, so I can only imagine how big the "large" is, for a few dollars more. The soup had a delicious broth and the veggies were bright, tender, and perfectly cooked. Yum!
For my entree, I really wanted a lemongrass chicken dish but the server informed me that the chicken isn't vegan, it's only vegetarian. So glad he was well-informed! I asked if he could recommend anything good with lemongrass and he suggested a dry tofu with lemongrass. I'm not sure if it's on the menu somewhere or if he just made it up, but it was fantastic! The tofu was very dry (intentionally), crispy on the outside, and served with a thick lemongrass/chili compote/chutney sort of topping and a side of shaved cabbage. The dish was unusual, in that it had no official sauce, and came with no veggies or rice. That said, the flavor was very unique and delicious.
My co-worker (a non-vegetarian), ordered the eggplant clay pot, which she absolutely loved. I'm not huge on eggplant but the flavor of the curry sauce was tremendous. I also got the taro shake with soy milk, which was nice and sweet, but the consistency wasn't as creamy as I've had other places.
Our server had a very strong accent so he was difficult to understand at times but he was exceedingly friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to please. I will definitely be back!
While I was hoping to check out one of the many exclusively vegetarian Vietnamese restaurants in San Jose, I ended up at Pho 69 for a business lunch and was pleasantly surprised with their vegan options. The ambiance is sort of fast-food modern to me, but the food quality is far superior to fast food. I really appreciate the restaurant specifying that the soup has a vegetarian broth, as I've encountered numerous restaurants offering "vegetable" or "vegetarian" pho, but who only have a beef broth.
I'm nuts for pho (traditional Vietnamese soup) so I went with that. I thought it had a really good broth and I loved the presentation: a HUGE bowl of soup, and a side platter with spoons and mini bowls full of hot sauce and hoison sauce, in addition to the requisite sprouts, jalapenos, and basil. I also sampled my co-workers' Malaysian curry with tofu and vegetables, and I thought it had a really good flavor. I had the basil seed and coconut drink, which sounded quite exotic to me. The drink tasted okay and anyone that knows what basil seeds are would have known what they were getting. I, on the other hand, had no idea that they are sort of gelatinousy, which I'm not a huge fan of, but I did enjoy the big coconut chunks.
September 2011 review:
Made another trip to this location and was disappointed to learn that they had already sold out of their 2nd vegan donut of the day at 10am!!!! For a place that stays open until 11pm, that's pretty early! I got a couple of the "cheesefake" donuts, which were a take on vegan cheesecake. I liked the donut, but it wasn't spectacular. What WAS spectacular, was the order of blueberry donut holes. I've had quite a few dry donut holes that are pushed off as a special product, when they're really just donut leftovers, but these were amazing. They were slightly crisp on the outside and surprisingly soft and moist on the inside. Well done! Definitely some of the best donuts I've ever had!
May 2011 review:
Thanks to a random Google search of "vegan donuts, San Jose", I stumbled upon Psycho Donuts, hooray! This particular location was a little further out of the downtown area but they have more vegan options than the one on 2nd Street. Fortunately, my friend had a car so we came out here. We had the French Toast vegan donut (awesome), Neapolitan - which had chocolate layering with pink and white but didn't necessarily have all those different flavors (pretty good), and the raspberry chocolate (very good), which was my favorite.
Thanks to a random Google search of "vegan donuts, San Jose", I stumbled upon Psycho Donuts, hooray! This particular location only had the vegan french toast donut when I visited, but it was very good. The texture was right on and the french toast variety is a very unique flavor for a donut. The other Psycho Donut location (on Winchester) has more vegan options but is a little further out of the central San Jose area.
A pho-obsessed friend in San Francisco believes that Tofoo Com Chay has the best vegan pho on the planet so we made a mini trip down here for lunch. We both had the vegan pho soup and it was fantastic. She loves it because it comes with so much fake meat (vegan shrimp and a few unidentified vegan meats), but I love pho because of the rich broth and noodles so this wasn't really anything different for me.
We also had the veggie drumsticks which she LOVES but I thought they were so-so. They came room temperature so perhaps they would have been better if they were hotter. We also got some sort of bean curd that looked like strips of tofu skin strips which were so-so. The veggie dumplings, on the other hand, were fantastic and only 3 for $1 so I wish I had gotten more!
I liked that they had outdoor seating, although next time, I'll chose a table right next to the restaurant, versus right on the street, as cars kept coming up and parking to get their take-out and the exhaust was a little overwhelming.
I went here for lunch with friends a few days ago and was impressed - and slightly overwhelmed - by the huge and extensive menu. The menu was pretty faux-meat heavy, but they did have a few all veggie dishes.
We started with the quinoa sushi (nori rolls, avocado, mushrooms, red quinoa, carrots), which was really good. We had to request wasabi (odd) and were given an odd a thin wasabi mixture that looked/tasted like it was mixed with tahini. It was good, but different from what was expected. We also had the "yam flour crecents" with tarter sauce, which were basically friex faux shrimp. The description had me expecting some fancy new take on faux seafood, so I was disappointed to get the same deep fried faux shrimp I've had a million times, but the shrimp was very good and makes for a good-sized appetizer, or entree if you're into all faux meat and no veg or starch entrees.
For my entree, I had the Bun Hue, which was a tofu/veggie/rice noodle soup with fresh mint. I normally order pho in Vietnamese restaurants but I wanted to try something new. I enjoyed the soup and would have it again. I tried my friend's pho, which was prepared well, but my friend and I both found it to be bland. It tasted like they used a very simple veggie broth, instead of a rich "beefy" broth, which is required for pho. It also lacked the fresh jalapenos, bean sprouts, and basil, that pho is known for (we had to request sprouts). Finally, I sampled my friend's sizzling tofu, which had a good sauce and a good variety of veggies. I'm not a fan of soft tofu (even if it's friend), but I would enjoy the dish if it had firm tofu or just veggies.
This place is amazing!!!! A friend and I went down there to taste test some desserts because she's going to have them cater her wedding but we ended up ordering a bunch of other food. The cafe itself is adorable, welcoming, and there is a ton of seating area in the main dining area, the side room, the huge back patio, and the front patio! The employees are friendly and it's just a great environment.
We started with the spinach artichoke dip with crostini. It has an AMAZING flavor but it wasn't really a dip so it was hard to eat. It had whole spinach leaves and huge chunks of artichoke hearts and the crostini was long and thin so you couldn't really use them to scoop up the "dip". Either way, the flavor was great so we spooned chunks of veggies onto the bread or just ate it with our forks.
Next, we had the vegan tuna sandwich, which was made using jackfruit, which I love. Jackfruit has a great flavor and meaty texture (without having to rely on processed, fake meats), but that didn't really come out in the spread because it was so thoroughly processed. It's hard to make faux fish, and this sandwich was really good.
We then got the Midtown burger, which was basically a vegan Big Mac. It was AMAZING. I normally don't go for veggie burgers because they can be so simple and easily made at home but this burger was right on. The flavor of the burger and especially the vegan Thousand Island sauce made it fantastic.
We then tried a number of cupcakes, including the red velvet, cherry chocolate chip, lime-coconut, and the faux hostess cupcakes. I think the faux hostess with the chocolate base (it also comes with a vanilla base) was my favorite. However, we visited on a Friday, which is apparently the worst day to get baked goods, as they put out all fresh baked items on Saturday. The desserts were a little dry but you could tell they're well made and I bet they're amazing fresh.
This was my first time having Cambodia food and I enjoyed it. It was generally similar to other Southeast Asian dishes (rice, noodles, stirfried veggies and tofu), but several of the dishes we ordered had distinct flavors.
I found the spinach leaves appetizer to be particularly interesting. I don't think I'd order it again because it's something I could easily make at home but I am happy to have tried it, particularly because the raw, fresh dish balanced out all the other heavier cooked food we went with. The spinach leaves dish comes with a bowl of raw spinach leaves, then a series of smaller bowls of raw chopped onions, ginger, mango, peanuts, limes, jalapenos, and fried onions. It also comes with a bowl of shrimp so just ask to omit that. I am uploading a pic from their website so you can see what it looks like, but note there's a bowl of shrimp in the pic - yuck!
For our entrees, we went with the tofu clay pot, mango soy chicken, and the mixed vegetable soup. I didn't care for the soft tofu in the clay pot (I'm not a fan of soft tofu), but I thought the broth and veggies were delicious. The mango soy chicken also had a good flavor but it didn't strike me as being any different from vegan mango chicken dishes I've had in Chinese, Thai, and generic "Asian fusion" restaurants. The vegetable soup was probably my favorite just because I really love soup and the veggies were really fresh.
For dessert, we went with the mango sticky rice, which is a very common vegan dessert in many Asian restaurants. What I really liked about this one was that it was made with black rice, which made it a little different and gave it a deeper flavor.
The service was very prompt, friendly, and accommodating, and the ambiance was warm and relaxed. I must mention that there was a really odd smell by our table, which was right next to the door. It smelled like cat and was really off-putting but I'm wondering if it was coming from outside, as I didn't smell it in the middle or back of the restaurant when I went to use the restaurant. Assuming this smell isn't a regular occurrence, I would definitely return!
Axum has some of the best Ethiopian food that I've ever had. The food is very flavorful and well seasoned. I like the taste of their food a little better than that of Wazima, but Axum is a lot more expensive, especially if you eat a lot. Not only is one combo platter cheaper at Wazima, but they also give you free refills.
The food here is excellent! I'm really glad I went with a vegan friend that dines here regularly and could recommend her favorites.
We started with the tea leaf salad, which conde.kedar describes perfectly - expensive, but fantastic! It had a very good mix of textures and flavors and the fermented tea leaves gave it a unique taste. We had a double order, which still didn't seem like enough, but I couldn't justify spending $30 on salad! Unfortunately, they forgot to omit the shrimp on the first order (it's obvious if they do this because you see little orange bits), which was annoying but I liked that they specifically said "we'll get you a different order", versus "let me scrape that off for you" :)
We also went with the samosa soup, which is supposedly their most popular dish. It tastes just like it's called - samosas in soup! The broth is thick and rich and the samosas retain their texture in the soup. 'Twas fantastic! Next, we had the fried yellow bean tofu, which I was skeptical of because I hate soft tofu (which is how the dish was described). The housemade tofu is actually made of yellow beans, not soy beans, so it's not really tofu. It had a much thicker, bean-like texture than tofu, and it was very unique and yummy.
Finally, we ordered the Vegetartian Superstar Noodles, which the waitress recommended. It was a room-temperature dish, and despite my thinking I'd prefer it warm, it was very good. It had every-day ingredients like potatoes, cucumbers, and peanuts, but it somehow tasted like nothing I've ever had before.
Wazima is the best place in SF for good, cheap Ethiopian food in large quantities. I always get the all-you-can-eat vegan platter and my favorites are the yellow split peas and the spicy red lentils. Their injera is also really light and fluffy.
The service, however, is really poor. They drop off your food and never return, presumably because they don't want you to keep asking for refills. Last night, my friend took our plate back up to the front and refilled it in the kitchen herself then brought it back with the pitcher of water.
That said, I come here every time I'm in town and probably will continue coming here just because the food is so good, so cheap, and so plentiful.
This is my all time favorite vegan restaurant. I've never had a dish here that I didn't like and I've never received poor service. This is also a great place to bring non-veg people because the food isn't just good for vegan food, it's just darn good food!
I've been going here every time I'm in San Francisco for about 8 years and I ALWAYS get the vegan pho (soup) and the jalapeno tofu - which are still my two favorites. That said, I'm very happy that I tried some new things on my last two trips.
I got the fresh spring rolls with peanut sauce, which were pretty much your usual spring roll but they were so fresh and delicious. I also got the vegan foo young both times (like egg foo young) and it was PHENOMENAL. I haven't had egg foo young in maybe 9 years and pretty much forgot about it but a friend recommended this and it was to die for. We also tried the lemongrass tofu, which was good, but I still prefer the jalapeno tofu. I also tried a friend's order of the vermicelli, which was a great combination of flavors and textures (rice noodles, fried spring rolls, fresh herbs, and sauces).
On this most recent trip, I went here twice and became even more adventurous. I ordered the pho so we could satisfy that need, while my two friends ordered the curry noodle soup and the wonton soup. Both were very good but I was particularly impressed with the curry noodle soup, which was rich, flavorful, and downright delicious. We also had an order of the vegan chicken drumsticks, which I thought were pretty good but not spectacular. My meat-eating friend, however, says they're one of his favorite items and he orders them here all the time.
This was also the first time I ordered dessert here because their cakes always looked pretty average. I am now kicking myself for waiting for so long because their desserts are delicious! I had the mocha almond chocolate cake on my first visit last week (spectacular!) and the carrot cake on my second visit. Both were rich and moist, and had really good frostings.
Please go here!
I still hold that NYC has the best Mexican food outside of Mexico, but Gracias Madre did a great job of bringing some vegan items to the table. They also have semi-outdoor seating, which is covered, but open to the street so there's lots of light and energy coming in off the street. My favorite item was the pozole (traditional Mexican stew with hominy (corn), veggie meat, and avocado) because I have NEVER seen a vegan version of this in another restaurant - vegan, Mexican, or otherwise.
During a ridiculous two-woman EatFest, my friend and I ordered half the menu. We started with the guacamole which was good, but really special because of the amazing handmade tortillas that it comes with. The tortillas are thick, hearty, and made fresh with organic corn. You can even see bits of fresh corn and you know it's fresh. We also ordered the papas bravas (or perhaps the "papas al horno") which were oily baked potatoes with a cashew cheese sauce drizzled over them. Yum. We also got the cauliflower bake, which was a sort of cauliflower casserole baked with the cashew cheese sauce (which appears in many dishes) and bread crumbs on top. I preferred this to the potatoes because it was a more involved and unique dish.
We then got the pumpkin/squash quesadillas which everyone seems to be raving about but I can't say that I was impressed. The flavor was good, but it was NOT a quesadilla. Quesadillas consist of cheese between two flour tortillas and pan fried, with or without veggies/(faux) meat inside. The dish consists of a thick, homemade corn tortilla stuffed with pumpkin puree and folded over like a taco. The cashew cheese sauce and vegan crema is then drizzled on and pumpkin seeds are sprinkled on top.
We also went with the chile relleno, which was good, but I think I'd prefer the poblano pepper to be stuffed with fake meat, rice, or beans, or something more substantial than other vegetables. The dish came with rice and beans on the side, so I just mixed it all together and it was good. We also got a side of kale, which wasn't highly seasoned enough to stand alone on its own but made a nice, light, healthy accompaniment to the rest of our heavy meal.
So glad Gracias Madre has vegan horchata (many Mexican restaurants mix dairy and non-dairy milk for horchata) and a large selection of desserts. However, I was really surprised and disappointed that they didn't have vegan tres leches cake. Tres Leches Cake IS Mexico. It is THE Mexican dessert (this argument could be made for flan) and it's never offered vegan so it would be amazing to see it on the menu.
The food is good but I think it's a bit overrated. I think everyone goes here just because it's well known, not necessarily because it's amazing food. I've never had bad food here, I just think it's a bit overpriced and that I could make nearly the entire menu at home.
The people are awesome-they oppose all forms of oppression and capitalism. They even include vegan options from their neighbor on their menu to contribute to the neighborhood and have sliding scale prices so anybody can eat there -
The food is great - breakfast rocks - waffles, pancakes, scrambles, breakfast burritos. Dinner is great, too - healthy bowls - you always leave stuffed.
This is a cute little shop but it's pretty small and doesn't have a large selection. They have some really nice hand made wallets and they sell the most amazing hand-made soap I've ever found (the lime green is my favorite!). I also got a really nice belt there but it was pretty expensive.
I was exceedingly underwhelmed with this place but I think I may have just not ordered very well or been unlucky, as the food I saw on other people's plates looked way better. There were also mostly Chinese people eating there, which leads me to believe the food is more broadly accepted as "good" and "authentic" than the usual soy meat and broccoli passed off in other veg Chinese restaurants.
Since I went at lunch time, I decided to try the lunch special for $8.25, which allows one to chose 4 of about 7 items. I love variety so this dish seemed right up my alley. I went with the noodles with bean sprouts and steamed veggies to be healthy. The former was simple but good and the latter would have been good if it didn't come cold! I also tried the pan-fried dumplings (delicious!) and the taro-stuffed bean cakes, which were disappointing. The latter were basically big fried tofu triangles with a little taro paste inside. One of my "bean cakes" was missing the taro paste - the interesting part! - so it was just fried tofu. Meh.
I also ordered the fried taro and candied walnut entree for $7.50 because I love taro and this sounded really interesting. While I enjoyed the first few bites, it wasn't anything spectacular and would have made a much better appetizer shared among people, versus a single-person entree. The dish was basically fried starch with a bland sauce and came with no vegetables, noodles, or rice to make it feel more like an entree. That said, the candied walnuts were delicious.
If I were in the area again, I'd stop in and see what's special for the day but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here.
Absolutely amazing. No matter how much I fill up on at dinner (usually at Golden Era), I can never pass up dessert at Maggie Mudds. I can never decide, so luckily, I can get three flavors of vegan ice cream in a sundae with a bunch of chocolate, whip cream, nuts, sprinkles, and other toppings.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find the Peeple's Donuts outside the ferry building, however, a friend picked some up for me to try from Rainbow Food Co-op (one of the best - if not THE best food co-op in the country). I really liked the blueberry donut, although there wasn't a very strong blueberry flavor. The texture was perfect and it was also perfectly sweet, which I think is hard to come by. I've had a lot of vegan donuts that are either dry/overcooked or are overly sweet to compensate a lack of richness but Peeples was right on! Nice work. :)
I love this place! It's a huge all-vegetarian co-op with tons of vegan options. They have bulk, packaged, and ready-to-go foods, and their bakery has lots of delicious vegan treats.
These donuts were fabulous! My friend and I shared a glazed and a blueberry glazed and both were fabulous. A lot of the toppings weren't as elaborate as some other vegan donuts I've seen in other cities (like Voodoo Donuts in Portland), but the actual flavor of the donut was better. It was sweeter and had a stronger flavor, and didn't need to rely on the flavor of the topping or glaze.
Ummmm....so this just might be one of my new favorite places! There's a lot of vegetarian and vegan restaurants out there, but very few have a fun theme or special atmosphere to them that set them apart from other restaurants and can actually draw in non-vegetarians because it's so fun. Saturn has this weird, cooky, fun, charm to it that anyone would enjoy.
I am NOT a salad person, but I'd been stuffing my face with vegan junk food all week so I went with the Sante Fe salad, which actually sounded good - not just "good for a salad" good, but genuinely "good", good. :) I had them leave off the non-vegan cheese and didn't go with the vegan option since 1) they charge extra, and 2) they use Follow Your Heart, which is fine when melted, but not all that great raw. The salad came with avocado, fried tortilla strips, and a cilantro dressing. It was supposed to come with vegan chicken strips, but they forgot to add them. I think this would have made it even better but I didn't even notice until I left the restaurant, so I enjoyed it as it was.
I also got a half order of the nachos that everyone raves about. The raving is well-deserved! I'm not a fan of restaurant dishes I can easily make at home and nachos often fall into that category. Saturn, however, has something magical about it's nachos so I was wishing I had gone with the full order! All of the toppings were good but nothing spectacular (guacamole, tomatoes, vegan cheese, vegan crema, jalapenos), but what really made the dish great were the chips. I don't know if they are homemade or if Saturn just found some amazing brand of tortilla chips that crisps up perfectly in the oven. Amazing!
My friend got the vegan burger with avocado, which was good, but nothing spectacular. Saturn offers more interesting burger options that I'd be willing to try if I return. The fries it came with were also really good. I learned later that Saturn offers "skinny" and "steak" fries. While the skinny fries were good, I couldn't help but drool over the fat fries a nearby table ordered. :)
I really enjoyed the food here, although I found it to be a bit overpriced. I had the vegetarian pepian stew, which was delicious and came with tortilas. My friend and I also split chips and guacamole, which were pretty good.
The interior is beautiful and slightly romantic. This would make a nice date restaurant.
I really enjoyed this place. Interesting vegan food has been hard to come by in Guatemala and not only does this place have many options, they are also very varied. I had the tofu teriyaki stirfry, which was very good and I was really surprised that the texture of the tofu was so firm and crispy. My friend and I also shared the veggie nachos, sans cheese and cream, and they were really good.
I wasn´t able to make the Tusday night free lecture but they are doing a series on gangs in Guatemala, so I would expect all the lectures to be pretty interesting.
I really liked the food here. The food was definitely pricier than other places, but considering it's nearly all veg and features a lot of organic and hard to find foods, the price is probably justified.
I had the curried chickpeas, which were delicious, and the pickled beets, which were also very good. I tried a sauteed veggie side dish, which was good, but not great.
The service was great. All the tables were full so the owner took us out to the outdoor dining area, which was in a beautiful garden. It actually belonged to a new restaurant that they are in the process of opening, so it was really nice of him to let us sit there.
I really liked this place, although it felt sort of funny eating at an Indian restaurant in the middle of Hong Kong. I really liked that the restaurant had a full color picture menu so you could see what you're ordering, which is particularly helpful if you're unfamiliar with Indian cuisine.
This place was outstanding. I don't recall everything we had, but I know everything was absolutely delicious. I believe we had the mock spare ribs with broccoli and something with lotus root and both were good. The staff was very friendly and the food came fast.
The area is really fun to explore but the restaurant was a bit hard to find. Keep looking, it's definitely worth the search!
Definitely the best deal in town. Amazing food for a low price and it's in a great area to explore that isn't too cluttered with bright lights and Western establishments. Lots of delicious options, but try to get the vegan BBQ pork buns when they're freshly steamed.
I had a really hard time finding vegan food in Hong Kong so I was delighted to find this place. I first visited it 4 years ago and was really impressed with the food but I wasn't particularly impressed on my last visit, about 6 months ago. It seems like the restaurant is always busy and they sort of rush you to eat, but the food is good enough and it's always fun to visit the Monestary and the Big Buddha.
This place was fantastic! They didn't have as extensive a veg menu as the exclusively-veg restaurants I visited in Santo Domingo but nearly all of those were cafeteria-style, while Adrian is a gorgeous restaurant overlooking the ocean. In my experience, restaurants like this don't usually have many veg options so Adrian is a winner in my book.
They have a separate veg section of the menu, which is very small, but I do appreciate that they recognize the importance of calling out the veg food. I ordered the mixed vegetable soup in an attempt to take a break from the mostly rice/bread/potato/plantain starchfest that was my vacation, and the soup was surprisingly flavorful! I was expecting plain veggies in water but the broth was delicious and the veggies were cooked perfectly.
I had the mini mofongo "integral", which was not made with "arroz integral" (brown rice) or any other whole-grain item, as I was expecting, but there was "veggie ham" instead of pork. While I was really happy to have this option, I was a little annoyed that 1) the "veggie ham" looked and tasted just like Bacos, and 2) the veggie mofongos were all more expensive than the meat mofongos. Why? How on earth do Bacos cost more than a big serving of meat? Seems to me like Adrian is taking advantage of health-conscious consumers who are accustomed to paying more for a veggie option.
In general, the prices are much higher than most Dominican restaurants (about 150 pesos for a mofongo), but still very cheap if you're used to paying in dollars.
I gotta say that I was pretty disappointed with this place. I am big on organic, natural, vegan food but this place just didn't cut it. First off, they didn't have about half of the items listed on the menu. My friends and I ordered various rice, soups, and veggies but everything seemed very bland and not very good. This is very likely because Crudo uses no salt and oil. I could see using only one or the other but to omit both is omitting most flavor.
I also ordered a batida, which is a fruit shake with milk (non-dairy milk in this case). When my "batida" came, it was just juice. I asked why there was no milk in it and the waitress seemed sort of surprised and confused, saying that flavor only comes as juice, even though it was clearly listed in the batida section. I showed her the menu and asked if I misunderstood but she offered no additional explanation and didn't offer to add milk. It's also annoying because since I didn't have much cash and she said they only accept cash, I told her to forget the batida. When I reconfirmed my order, she listed everything but the batida (and the amount that excluded the batida), but then brought me the batida and seemed surprised when I told her that I had said I didn't want it. Neither impressed with the food nor the service so will not be back.
I joined some friends here for a Friday evening dinner around 9:30pm and the place was PACKED! I hear that's normal, but that's okay because many restaurants close before 7pm, particularly those offering vegan food so I was very happy to come here.
The food is overpriced, as usual at Mid-Eastern restaurants in DR but the food was good. My friends and I shared the hummus and pita bread, which was good. I also had the falafel salad in an attempt to consume even more carbs (DR vegan is very heavy on the rice, potatoes, and plantains). It was good and I liked the sauce, but it would have benefitted from having more veggies in it (it was pretty much just iceberg lettuce, carrots, falafel, and sauce). I asked the server to bring me some diced tomato since she originally told me the salad comes with several veggies and that helped a little bit.
The restaurant is very pretty and it's the perfect place for large groups, particularly late at night or if you're short on cash (they accept credit!), but definitely not the typical Dominican experience if that's what you're going for.
In short: good food but overpriced. It seems like most Mid-Eastern food in Santo Domingo is way overpriced and significantly more expensive than Dominican food (or Chinese food, for that matter), so perhaps the ingredients are just expensive to important and there's no way to get around it.
I had the hummus (150 pesos - about $3), the fava bean salad (200 pesos - about $4), an order of 2 falafel (50 pesos), and an order of pita bread (40 pesos). Everything tasted good but I wouldn't say it was spectacular.
Lotos had a great variety of food - mostly Chinese, but also had a few Dominican stand-bys like rice, beans, and plantains. I pretty much enjoyed everything I had, but particularly enjoyed some of the mixed veggies since DR food is so heavy on the rice, beans, and other starches.
The food was pricier than Raices, which also has a buffet, but Lotos lets you serve yourself so you can try a bit of everything instead of committing yourself to two or three items. The staff was friendly and since it's a buffet, you could get food very quickly.
I really liked this place and was so disappointed to not be able to return. I went with a group of friends on a Friday night and we shared a small table in front of the bar. If I have the opportunity to go back, I will do whatever it takes to get the table with the swing for two! :) The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and it's so nice to be outside and surrounded by plants but to also be separated from the street, traffic, and pollution.
I started with a fresh guava juice, which was excellent. We shared a couple appetizers, including empanaditas (small empanadas stuffed with what I believe was soy meat), which were so-so (a little dry, chewy, and empty inside), and some fries, which were good. My friend and I shared two sandwiches, both of which were good. The eggplant sandwich was pretty good and more substantial, but I preferred the taste of the big spring roll-like sandwich.
Best restaurant in Santo Domingo - hands down! Generous portions, great variety and flavor, fast service, and reasonable prices. The menu changes daily so there's always new options but they maintain some consistent items like sancocho (soup), various rice, and basic veggies.
I liked everything I had there but my favorite were the mixed veggie dishes, versus the soy meat dishes. I also really loved trying the Dominican specialities like pastelon (potato/plantain/etc bake with soy meat) and the red bean dessert, both of which are normally made with dairy, and the former with meat.
The restaurant is hard to find if you're not local so be sure to check out the picture of the building!
Wow, I really loved this place, I just wish I could have gone here more than once. They had the most vegan selections of any other place I visited in Miami. While their (separate) vegan menu included really tasty-sounding and hard-to-find in Miami dishes like vegan coconut curry and vegan chicken salad, I was drawn to the "vegan platter". The platter had grilled tofu, seasoned corn (not on the cob), black bean hummus, a white bean salad, sweet potatoes. I mentioned to the server that the platter would benefit from some greens and my platter included a very simple lettuce/tomato salad but I'm not sure if it normally comes with that.
The tofu was absolutely fantastic. A lot of places claim to have grilled tofu but I think they use a sort of panini press or George Foreman "grill", which doesn't count. Books and Books actually grills their tofu and you could taste the delicious charcoal flavor on the tofu. I would say that all other items on the dish were pretty good but nothing really stood out as being exceptional. Also, every item came at room temperature and I think the food would have benefited greatly from being served hot and with more salt/spice/punch. :) Finally, the dish was SUPER carb/protein heavy so if I go here again, I would maybe order a side of sauteed greens and then take half of the vegan platter home as leftovers, as it was a pretty big and filling plate.
The service was prompt and friendly and I really enjoyed the outdoor seating which was covered and included little warming lamps to help with the evening chill.
A friend and I stopped here for lunch last week and were really excited to find a vegan Haitian restaurant but we both left fairly disappointed. We got the "little bit of everything" plate, which contained - surprise, surprise - a little bit of everything. That day's menu included curried soy fish, tofu, okra, and a bok choy/carrot mix over rice. The soy fish had a really good curry sauce which was very flavorful and interesting. I don't recall exactly what the tofu tasted like but I recall that it was very bland, as was the okra and the bok choy.
Aside from the soy fish, it didn't taste like they use many seasonings (salt, garlic, spice, whatever) and there weren't any condiments around so we were basically stuck with what we got. Our plates were $12 each - quite a bit for mediocre buffet food. I generally try to support small, independent establishments - particularly those that are vegetarian/vegan, but I really think this place is overpriced and not very good. :(
This place definitely has a good amount of vegan options but I didn't think any of them were particularly noteworthy. The soy cheese quesadilla sounded great but they use SoyaKass cheese, which contains casein (not vegan), so that was out. A lot of their interesting-sounding items contained some time of cheese that was fairly central to the dish so omitting it would have left the sandwich/salad a little boring. Most of the vegan options were a hummus wrap, a side salad, or some other vanilla-sounding item.
I decided to just get a smoothie and head somewhere w/ more substantial vegan options so I decided on a kiwi colada. Sounds amazing, right? I was expecting a rich, creamy pina colada w/ kiwi but what I got was a thin, bland kiwi-pineapple smoothie. It tasted like they just blended it with water and ice and no coconut milk. It would probably be good if you're looking for something light and refreshing, but I had a different drink in my mind so I was disappointed.
I would go here again in the future for a snack but I wouldn't rely on it for an interesting, substantial vegan meal.
A friend and I went here for dinner last week and were so happy to 1) have so many vegan options, and 2) be able to have both Japanese and Thai at the same time!
The service was prompt and friendly, but Moon really needs to redesign their menus. The server brings each person two menus - one Thai and one Japanese - both of which are the size of an adult's torso. Not only are the menus physically huge, they are really extensive (with a lot of items not being very different from one another), and they are pretty confusing. I found a number of vegetarian items listed in the "noodle" and "rice" sections that weren't listed in the "vegetarian" section, and when I mentioned certain dishes I found in the vegetarian section, the server hadn't heard of them and had to search the menu for it. Too many options!
Anyway, the food itself was fantastic. I decided to go with the pad thai with tofu and vegetables (no egg and no fish sauce) and was very impressed. It was one of the best meals I had in Miami! The tofu itself was fried to perfection and I liked that the dish came with "real" vegetables (broccoli, carrots, etc), and not just scallions, bean sprouts, and other toppings some places try to call vegetables. My friend ordered the tofu asparagus, which I thought was pretty good and he thought was great. My reason for thinking it was so-so was that the tofu was medium-soft and sauteed and I prefer very firm and/or fried tofu. The flavor of the dish itself was good.
We also ordered a vegetable roll, which wasn't explained very well on the menu so we weren't really sure what to expect. When it came, it was a dried seaweed roll with rice, vegetables and crab. I think they accidentally gave us the crab roll. They then brought one with just veggies, which was better, but still bland. Next time, I think I'll go with either the veggie sushi or spring rolls for an appetizer.
The food here isn't particularly spectacular but it's cheap, comes in big portions, and they offer way more vegan options than any other place I found in Kendall. I especially like that the cashier always asks if you're vegetarian, which then informs the cooks so they know to not add any meat sauce/condiment/other.
I went with the Japanese Chili Ramen, which sounded very exotic and delicious, but it tasted like generic Asian food. It had rice noodles, tofu, veggies, and an unidentifiable chili sauce. I didn't find it particularly flavorful or spicy but it was better once I added Siracha and soy sauce. I will say that I was pretty impressed with the tofu. I was expecting your usual tofu, either soft or firm, sauteed or fried, but this stuff was thinly sliced and tasted like it was smoked and baked. Yum.
My friend ordered the orange tofu with rice and that was pretty good, but again, not heavily seasoned and not a particularly strong orange flavor. We split the vegetable spring rolls, which were good, but were really small to be $2 each.
Considering how cheap the food was and how vegan-friendly it is, I would definitely go here again.
I was so happy to have a chance to visit this place. It's right in the middle of Little Haiti, which is mostly full of small, independent Haitian & Caribbean restaurants and groceries. Sweat Records is an actual record shop so I didn't recognize it immediately (I was looking for a cafe) but once I was in, I loved the ambiance. The lady working behind the counter was really laid back and friendly and had some good recommendations for other vegan-friendly food in the area.
As the vegan empanadas are the only savory item, that's pretty much what I got. The day I was in, they offered curry (lentils and potato, I believe), and spinach. Both were good but nothing to brag about. I don't think they had enough flavor to stand on their own but probably would have been really good with a sauce. I also picked up a container of Sweet and Sara chocolate biscotti, which I've never seen before (and I live in NY, where the company is based!). The biscotti was only $5 for the whole pack, which was a good deal.
I stopped in here last week and it happened to be a Tuesday. T-Mex happens to offer tacos 2-for-1 on "Taco Tuesday". How convenient. :)
I tried both the hard and soft shell tacos and got them with tofu since fried tofu is pretty uncommon in Mexican(ish) restaurants. The tacos were STUFFED with fried tofu, which was awesome. The tofu itself had a great texture and flavor but I think I would have preferred rice and bean tacos instead. The tofu tacos were pretty much only tofu, lettuce, and tomato, which left it a bit dry and flavorless. That said, they were 2-for-1 (averaging about $1.40 each) so I can't complain!
One thing I thought was odd was that various sections of the menu (tacos, burritos, salads) offered chicken, beef, tofu, rice or beans. I've never seen a place make you chose between rice and beans as a filling. Who wants a tortilla with just rice inside? Weird. T-Mex also adds a 10 or 15% gratuity to every order (even if your bill is $4), and has signs up that read "just water? just 25 cents!" so perhaps they are particularly price/cost sensitive.
T-Mex offers super nachos with vegetarian chili and you can get tofu with it so this is definitely what I'll be trying next time, perhaps with both rice AND beans. :)
I had the grilled veggie burrito, which was amazing, but slightly small. The side of rice and beans were also pretty small, but the rice was really good. My friend had the veggie salad, which comes in a huge fried tortilla shell, which was also very tasty.
I had the fresh squeezed guava juice, which was excellent.
On the dry erase board out front, they have "please don't feed the chickens" written down. I was waiting for the hostess to leave so I could replace "feed" with "eat". She never left so I didn't get a chance. Go here and do it for me! :)
I really enjoyed this place. I've eaten at the buffet here a number of times and have loved everything I've had. My favorites include the quinoa croquettes w/ basil sauce and the BBQ Korean tofu from the hot buffet and then the mock chicken salad (which can also be made into a sandwich/wrap) and the potato salad from the deli. I had a peanut butter/chocolate bar, which was pretty good, but the vegan chocolate cream pie was awesome.
The store has a great selection of vegan products (unfortunately, no vegan sour cream or cream cheese), but as mentioned in the below comment, their produce is very expensive.
I really enjoyed the food here, although it wasn't very spicy. I tried some sort of soup that was a coconut milk base with tofu, zucchini, and eggplant, and it was marked as the "spiciest dish on the menu" but it was barely even moderately spicy.
I also tried the sweet basil and tofu noodles, which were very good. We had the fried tofu with peanut sauce as an appetizer, which was pretty good. The only thing that consistently bothered me about the food was that they use soft tofu instead of firm. I think firm tofu works much better in stirfry and soup items.
The fruit bowls are amazing! I tried both the Amazonian cherry bowl (I don't recall it's actual name) and the deluxe sort of acai bowl that came with granola, berries, bananas, and coconut. The latter was definitely my favorite. Very tasty. It was about $7 but was filling enough for a light meal. It would make a good breakfast.
I didn't try the baked goods, but it was nice to see vegan cakes and bars at a small juice bar. I haven't really seen it much elsewhere.
Good food for a good price. I got the BBQ seitan bowl and it came with vegan potatoes, coleslaw, and some veggies. It was a heaping amount of food for a reasonable price. The place is really tiny and doesn't have any seating so we sat outside on the floor eating then took the rest home to eat.
It's right across from Down To Earth, so it makes a good lunch/dinner stop after buying groceries.
I can't rate the food here (have never eaten there), but I WILL say that their Tuesday night salsa dancing is fantastic. The restaurant/dance floor is absolutely beautiful, the music good, and the atmosphere is inviting. I danced the night away until 2am but even if you don't dance, you can hang out and enjoy watching other people, as I saw many people doing. It's hard to come by dance spots that offer good vegan options so I'm pretty excited to find out that they offer good vegan options. I will definitely be back to eat.
Alice and Friends Cafe has good food and good service. I've been here a few times and have always enjoyed myself. It's a good place to have dinner with friends, but it's also a good place to grab dessert to go--although I must say that I enjoy Chicago Diner desserts more. I've enjoyed everything I've had here, especially their stirfrys.
I was reluctant to go here because I figured I could easily get vegan Mediterranean food anywhere, but I am SO glad I ate here. The menu had a ton of vegan options, some of which I've never seen before in a Mediterranean or Greek restaurant. I had the curried vegetables which were far from plain and came with a delicious cous cous with raisins.
I also tried my friend's potato chop (deep-fried mashed potato ball stuffed w/ mushrooms), and his side of dill rice, and both were delicious. I only finished about half of my meal because I filled up on the free pita bread. It was so warm and fresh and absolutely delicious. We asked the waiter for a small plate of hot sauce to dip the bread in and it was surprisingly good.
Dang, I sure wish they had vegan marshmallows when I visited here. They had a great selection of scones and cupcakes (and both soups of the day were vegan), so I was pretty happy with that. Unfortunately, the "take a hike" scone that I got (with flax seed, pepitas, and dried fruit), was pretty dry and not very flavorful.
I'm also disappointed to learn that despite being "bleeding heart" liberals, they think that selling organic chocolate-dipped bacon is acceptable. Chocolate-dipped pigs ass is cruel whether it's organic or not. Go veg! :)
You can't go wrong here. The food is great and the atmosphere is amazing. It's a 20+ year old vegetarian diner that serves up everything from fajitas to gyros to tofu scramble and French toast at brunch. They make the best vegan milk shakes I've ever had (using Chicago Soy Dairy ice cream).
My friend and I went here for lunch today and were the only ones in the restaurant the entire time. The service was very friendly and I LOVED that they bring you free homemade tomato focaccia and oil to snack on. We polished it off promptly so they brought us more (without charging us, like some restaurants do). Delicious!
This is my first time trying stuffed Chicago pizza and I really enjoyed it. The crust and the sauce are so flavorful that I didn't even miss the (soy) cheese. My friend and I shared the 14" veggie stuffed pizza ($25 after tax), which was pretty pricey (especially since we didn't get cheese), but it was really good and we filled up on focaccia anyway so we took most of the pizza home.
P.S. this pizza tastes great cold with nutritional yeast and garlic salt sprinkled on :)
I went here for brunch during the week and enjoyed my food a lot. We started with the tostadas, which were actually beans, guacamole, and onions (needed tomatoes) on corn cake fritters instead of the traditional fried tortillas. Good but nothing spectacular.
However, I was really impressed with my main dish, the tofu scramble. It was actually chunks of cubed tofu mixed with fried potatoes and sweet potatoes, bell peppers, pesto sauce, and guacamole. Delicious. It also came with a side of sourdough toast and Earth Balance. Yum. I normally don't order scrambles because I can make them at home but this was special and I loved it. I also tried my friend's diablo tofu and it was good but I preferred mine.
Oh, and to add to Kedar's comment about the nearly all-white restaurnt, everyone was also white (myself included) during my visit. What's the deal?
Yummy!!!!! My friend and I dined here on a Tuesday evening and the place was totally packed. Apparently it's even busier on the weekend and in the summer. Luckily, we got the last free table so we didn't have to wait. The service was friendly and our food came quickly.
We got free chips and salsa but I didn't think they were spectacular. It was nice that the table has two kinds of salsas, but they were both really liquidy, and while they were very spicy (which I like), they didn't have much flavor beyond being hot.
A friend and I split the plantains (ripe, sweet plantains, not the fried tostones), which were very good. I ordered the veggie tostada (beans, guacamole, onions, jalapenos) and it was good, but wasn't spectacular. It would have benefited from some tomatoes or tofu sour cream (it normally comes w/ dairy sour cream so I ordered it without it). I tried my friend's veggie taco, which came w/ pretty much all the same stuff as my tostada but it also had rice. The rice was fabulous--yellow, fluffy, and flavorful.
I also ordered an horchata because I haven't had it in so many years (most places mix dairy milk w/ the rice milk), but Irazu staff assured me that their horchata is just rice, water, sugar, and spices. Very delicious.
This place seems like they're making a real effort to offer vegan options and I would definitely come here again. Also, the food is crazy cheap (about $3 for a big taco or tostada), so you can fill up for very little money.
I went here with a bunch of friends and ended up liking all of their dishes better than my own. I ordered the veggie ribs, which were highly recommended, but they ended up being really chewy and very un-meat like. One friend had the vegan nachos and another had the raw platter (had various spreads and pates), and both of those were really good. I ordered a slice of cake which was good, but certainly not worth the $7 I paid for it.
This was my first experience with raw food a few years ago and it was really good. I expected it to taste really bland and boring, but it was actually quite delightful. I ordered from the raw bar, where you pay per pound and I tried a little of everything. Aside from the beet cheese (which tasted absolutely horrible), everything was delicious. Although it was more than I normally spend on food, it was reasonably priced given the quality.
I really like the vibe of this place and I've heard that their vegan breakfast items (offered all day) are delicious. I think I just happened to order the non-winners on the menu. I was BEYOND excited to see they had homemade vegan jalapeno poppers ($6.50 - not bad), but very disappointed to find that they were stuffed with mashed tofu and not cream cheese. Using Tofutti cream cheese would likely be a little more expensive but would be SO worth it. Jalapeno poppers are supposed to be rich and fatty and if you're going to go to the trouble of stuffing and frying them, you might as well do it right.
I also got the small vegan mac and cheese ($4.50 - not bad), and also wasn't super impressed. I'm a big fan of the Teese cheese texture so that was right on but the mac didn't really have much flavor so I ended up dumping on salt, pepper, and hot sauce. I would have liked it better if it had some garlic, nutritional yeast, or were baked in the oven with breadcrumbs (to give some ideas :)). I also tried my friend's chocolate oatmeal cake ($5) which was so-so and overpriced.
Given that I've heard how good brunch items are, I'd be willing to return to try those items but I wouldn't re-order anything that I've ordered thus far.
Hands down, the best soul food ever. This is also the nicest Soul Vegetarian restaurant I've been to, as it has a large dinning room and not just a take-out area. The vegan mac-n-cheese is really good, as are the fried tofu tidbits. You can't go wrong with the Sunday dinner, which is a huge plate of soul food, usually something like: fake meat, greens, potato, and corn bread.
This place has certainly grown on me. The first few times I went, I thought the food was good, but pretty average. The last time I went though, I had a spectacular meal and my meat-eating friend who dined with me also enjoyed the food. Plenty of vegan options to chose from and friendly service.
This is an adorable, friendly, cool, comfortable coffee shop that is a great place to hang out, grab coffee or tea, and meet friends or get some work done. They have a great mix single and group tables along with comfy couches to relax on along with well-stocked bookshelves to utilize if you're looking for reading material. I also liked that each table came stocked with a box of Trivial Pursuit cards to read through. I dined alone and didn't feel like reading my book so I was happy to read through the playing cards.
All that said, I would not come back here for food. My food was prepared well and prepared with love but it was very bland and the vegan options are circa 1999, including salad, hummus, a Boca burger, and vegetarian chili. Not at all exciting. I got a cup of the vegetable and barley soup ($3), which was good, but not great and was just a teaser. The hummus sandwich (6) was well-stocked with sprouts, lettuce, tomato, and onion, but at the end of the day, it's still hummus on bread, which can only be so fantastic. I'd love to see some more interesting items offered, in which case, I'd be more likely to return while in Evanston.
Just like all the other reviews, I felt this restaurant was WAY overpriced. I had the masala uttapam (lentil/rice flour pancake with onions, tomatoes, rasins and cashews), which tasted okay but was mostly onions but cost $15 for some reason.
I tried a friend's masala dosa which was really good, but I wasn't impressed with the Bombay behl, which was a rice puff and chickpea noodle dish that noticbly lacked chunks of tomatoes.
The staff was friendly enough but the old lunchroom-looking bus carts that they brought food out in and bussed tables with wasn't aesthetically pleasing.
Generally, I'd say I wouldn't go here again but since it is the ONLY veg place anywhere near the hotels in Arlington Heights, I probably would if I return to the city.
Apparently this Dukem is owned by the same people that run the Dukem in DC. I've been to both, and I was MUCH more impressed with this location. The food was better and the service was friendlier (although it took about 15 minutes for us to get our check after we finished).
My friend and I shared the vegetarian special, which had the usual 6 or so items they carry (yellow split peas, yellow lentils, spicy red lentils, potatoes, greens, tomato salad) but also had a few items not usually offered on the menu, including a potato salad, and some other unidentifiable potato dish. Everything was delicious and the price was very reasonable- $16 for the platter for two. Quite often, Ethiopian restaurants will double the price for two people but not give you twice the food. This restaurant gave us one, huge platter for the same price. Yum.
All I had here was a "Fruit Tea", which was a mixture of green tea and pear, ginger, and apple juice. It had a nice kick to it and was very refreshing. They had a VERY extensive juice menu, and a reasonable vegan food menu, including cleverly named items like "Filly Cheese Phake". I only saw a few desserts, but they were all vegan and the service was very friendly and helpful.
This place is ALWAYS out of vegan desserts. They get them from an outside baker who only delivers twice a week, but they never know what day it's going to be so they can't tell you when to come back.
They have a decent number of vegan options, but they're pretty typical, like hummus wraps and tofu sandwiches.
Amazing food and a beautiful restaurant, complete with brightly colored tables and walls. The "unchicken" pasta salad is absolutely amazing, as is the citrus BBQ ribs. The rice and cabbage are good when paired with other items, but are pretty plain if you order them alone. The curry spinach is a great veggie option and is really flavorful, and the plantains are very sweet and tasty.
I was especially pleased with this restaurant because they let my friend and me bring our bikes indoors and park them in the back by where we were sitting. You really can't beat indoor bike parking in a vegan restaurant!
I am astounded that this place won a best vegan dessert award. I had a chocolate pecan torte here, which was really good, but was grossly overpriced. It was pretty much a medium sized cookie with a dollop of soy ice cream for $7. We also ordered an apricot-pineapple sundae, which sounded exotic enough, only to find out that it was canned fruit over Soy Delicious ice cream with a few toasted almonds. Definitely not worth $7.
I really enjoyed the food here and liked the fact that nearly everything on the menu can be made vegan (and gluten-free, if that's an issue).
I had the vegan lentil "meatloaf" with mashed potatoes and garlic broccoli. The flavors were good, but not spectacular. I tried my friend's roasted corn/black bean burger, which was very good, and another friend's Indian corn cakes with curried potatoes and chutney, which was amazing-very interesting and flavorful.
For dessert, we shared a vegan chocolate lava cake--which was one of the most delicious desserts I've ever had, vegan carrot cake--which was very rich and tasty, and really surprised me because it was gluten-free, and a vegan chocolate/mint shake--which was pretty good, but was a bit thin.
Overall, great experience, and it's right next to a fabulous natural grocery store, Roots, where you can stock up on all sorts of vegan goodies.
I really liked this place and was very impressed with their selection of vegan products (cheese, ice cream, faux meats, etc.). My favorite thing was the huge trays of fresh pineapple, nectarines, and other fruits that were displayed. I also loved how the staff didn't complain when my friends and I proceeded to shamelessly stuff our faces with free samples.
I used to go to Noodles and Company all the time in college but haven't been back in probably 4 years. I generally opt for small, independent restaurants but I found myself roaming around the Rockville Town Square with a friend and Noodles seemed like a safe bet. Rockville has some good veg restaurants, like Vegetable Garden and Yuan Fu, but we were on foot so these restaurants weren't possible.
The service at this particular restaurant was very friendly and the staff actually seemed to be happy to help us. I ordered the Indonesian peanut saute with tofu. My meal was wall seasoned, slightly spicy, and served nice and hot. I think it cost about $8 and the portion was a good size. I would definitely go back here.
This place was AMAZING! It's way out of the way (for someone who doesn't drive), but the service was friendly and the food was outstanding. I had some sort of sweet potato and pecan with beef creation and it's one of the best meals I've ever had. The food came quickly but I really liked that they brought you sweet bread (sort of like little cakes) to snack on while you wait for your food. My friend and I split the key lime pie but I wasn't very impressed with it.
I really loved this place because the food was good, the portions were reasonable, and the service was friendly.
My friend and I started with the fried taro balls, which were crispy and flaky on the outside but soft on the inside. I actually thought the inside was a little undercooked and mushy but my friend says they're always like that.
For dinner, we split a few dishes, including crispy fried eggplant (which was amazing, especially considering I don't like eggplant), crispy fried faux beef w/ broccoli (which was so-so; a little too crispy and dry for me), and the Kung Pao tofu w/ bell peppers (my favorite - very flavorful w/ good textures).
I loved that the menu included pictures of most of the dishes and the staff was knowledgeable and could answer questions about what's all in what dish and to make recommendations.
A number of friends recommended this place, but I wasn't too impressed with it. I only had one dish--the no name dish--which was pretty much General Tso's chicken, so perhaps this dish wasn't very representative. The sauce was good, but the wheat gluten was very dried out.
This place was amazing. I told them I only had one night in town and wanted to try everything delicious they had so they made me a "gnarly sampler platter", which doesn't exist on the menu. They just charged me for a large appetizer and gave me a little of everything--chicken nuggets, chicken fingers, meatballs, etc. The chicken fingers are the best.
I also had a small pizza and had half chicken/pineapple and half "big mac" (veggie burger, pickles, mustard, ketchup). The former was my favorite. The service was amazing.
I stumbled upon Es Natural Mex as I was walking to another restaurant in the area and what a lovely surprise it was! This was the first place I found in Mexico City that placed a strong emphasis on organic produce, although I'm sure there are others. I picked up some of the vegan frozen meats, but I wasn't particularly impressed with the oatmeal-based milanesa (sort of like a pork chop). That said, I was impressed that a vegan milanesa existed and I think the item would be better pan fried with some sauce or veggies, instead of just eating it plain on a tortilla like I did.
My favorite item from the store were the tamales. I stopped in a couple times so I tried a few different kinds. One had just veggies (some sort of greens that I had never heard of), and the other had carrots, zucchini, and tofu). Both were very good and I liked that they were made in a banana leaf instead of a corn husk, as I think the banana leaf makes it softer. In both cases, the store heated up the tamales for me in their microwave and they had some hot sauce on hand that I could add.
I picked up some natural sesame cookies, which seem to be all over the place in the city. They are pretty average but they made a decent snack. I also picked up a couple varieties of bitter citrus fruits that I was told go well sliced in water - agreed!
This is easily one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at in my entire life. It makes me wish that there were a rating above "excellent" so that I could distinguish it from the merely "excellent" restaurants I've eaten at in the past. The menu is huge and extremely varied, it is vegan-friendly, the food is very cheap, the staff is knowledgeable, and they sell veg*n products to-go, including the fresh veggie meat and shelf-stable products.
I went for lunch with a non-veg, VERY meat-loving friend, and we were both very impressed. He got his "enfrijoladas" with cheese (basically enchiladas covered with soupy refried beans instead of chili sauce), and thought they were good. He also had a vegan torta (I can't recall which), that he also really enjoyed. However, what we both LOVED were the vegan tacos. I thought all three that I had were amazing (cochinta, chicharones, and al pastor), but he thought the al pastor was a bit off. He really liked the former two and said they taste very much like "the real thing". I also had the vegan pozole (hominy corn soup with tomato/chili broth), and really enjoyed it....once I picked out the mushrooms. Note, if you hate mushrooms like I do, you may want to order something else, as 1/3 - 1/2 the bowl is mushrooms.
I'm not sure if they had any vegan desserts, as we had to run, but I liked that they had a fresh guava drink that didn't contain milk - delicious! My dining partner picked up the check so I don't know what our entire bill came out to, but I do know that three tacos (mix and match) cost about $2.50 - amazing! The price goes down as you order more, up to about 10 tacos. I was literally considering delaying my flight to go back to this place.
The restaurant is very cute and I absolutely loved sitting next to the window, where I could overlook the street and admire the old architecture and people-watch. That said, I was really disappointed at how heavily the restaurant focused on eggs and cheese. They (vegetarian) items offered were mostly items easily found in non-veg restaurants, like quesadillas, scrambled eggs, and cheese enchiladas. That said, the waiter went back to the kitchen several times to ask about ingredients and to see what could be made for my friend and me.
Turns out that the only veggies they had to stuff our enchiladas with were potatoes and carrots. The potatoes were pretty good but the carrots were just carrot shavings without much flavor. Fortunately, both the salsa verde and the mole sauce were very flavorful. Each meal came with beans and fruit or juice, and we got a basket of bread to share. Not bad for about $6 each.
It appears that many of the vegetarian restaurants in Mexico focus heavily on either eggs and cheese, and/or are limited to uninteresting hot dogs and veggie burgers. I would recommend just eating at taco carts on the street, which have more variety. I would normally only give this place 1 or 2 stars based on the lack of creativity, but since many other veg restaurants fall into the same category, it gets a 3. GO TO GOLD TACO!
I was super happy to find this place but I was disappointed to see how few vegan options they had for a vegetarian restaurant. Granted, I went during brunch, so perhaps lunch/dinner is better but from what I saw, it looked like most lunch/dinner options were fairly uncreative veggie dogs and burgers. I also I wish I had checked the hours first since a friend and I showed up at 5:15pm on a Monday, only to find they close at 5pm on Mondays. We then showed up at 8:45pm on a Thursday, only to find they were closing up for the night. Oy! I finally made it back on Sunday morn to grab a snack for the plane ride home.
Of the brunch menu, the only vegan item was a bean, corn, and cheese burrito subbing tofu for the corn. Here I go being picky.....considering the immense diversity of Mexican veg food, it was exceedingly disappointing to be eating a burrito (which is an American food, not a Mexican food), particularly one consisting of 3 largely bland ingredients. Had the tofu been marinated or fried, it would have been significantly improved, but it was just plain, soft tofu in huge chunks. Meh. I added avocado, which made it better, but I really wish it had some hot sauce and some lettuce and tomato for textural diversity. For 3 pesos (just under $3), I got the burrito, along with a small bag of organic potato and beet chips, which was good.
Thai food seems to be somewhat uncommon in Mexico City so it was nice to find this place, however, their food is considerably more expensive than most restaurants (about $11-15 per entree - which could get you up to 15 tacos for the same price!). Condesa is a pricier neighborhood and has a lot of tourists so it wasn't totally expected. I'll say that the owner and staff were exceedingly helpful in terms of getting us to-go menus and explaining what is or could be made vegan. The restaurant itself was beautiful and would make for a "nice" dinner or date.
The food wasn´t spectacular, but given that it was the only vegan place, I was satisfied with my veggie-tofu stirfry with soba noodles, although it was pretty salty.
Even the Chinese places in this mall, which would normally be a safe bet, were about 90% chicken.
This is only the 2nd Nutrisa I've visited (the other was in Veracruz), so I'm not sure how much they differ. I found this store to have fewer vegan options than the other (no vegan cookies!), but was happy they had soy milk.
After trying jackfruit for the first time at Himilayan last year, I just had to try it again at CatManDo last night. I ordered the green jack curry (spicy), which came with white basmati rice. The dish was wonderful, with a good balance of vegetables, sauce and spice.
I tried my friend's chickpea curry but it was pretty plain. It would have been better spicy, but even then, it would have basically just been chickpeas and onions on rice. We also tried the cauliflower curry with potatoes and that was very good. We had an order of puri (deep fried bread), which was only $2, and I found to be very good (but I'm no expert, so I can't really compare it to puri elsewhere). We shared the veg samosa appetizer, which was very good, but I found it to be slightly more expensive ($4.50) then samosas elsewhere. The order came with two fairly large samosas, which may very well justify the price, but I tend to prefer smaller appetizers that you can order in multiples if you'd like more, or to make it easier to split among three people.
We dined in the patio, which was lovely on a warm evening. There were flowers and plants all around, which really added to the atmosphere. The service was nice and the we didn't have to wait too long. The only downer was that they were only had enough jackfruit for one order (which is why my friend ordered boring chickpeas instead of also getting jackfruit).
I was surprised at how busy this place was on a Thursday morning (is everyone else just employed like me?). :) My friend and I stopped in for bagels and I was pleasantly surprised with the unique spreads they had. I ordered an onion bagel with lentil pate, which was absolutely wonderful. I couldn't pinpoint the spices in the pate but it was glorious. My friend had an onion bagel with carrot-walnut spread, which was also very good, but I liked the lentil spread better.
I'm a big tofu cream cheese fan so I was disappointed to find they didn't have tofu cream cheese, but I suppose their toppings are a lot healthier than anything Tofutti ever came up with. As for the bagels themselves, I was pretty disappointed with them. It's not that the bagels were bad, I just think I'm spoiled living in New York City, the center of the bagel universe. The bagels in NYC are big, fluffy, and chewy, and I found the bagels here to be small, flat, and crispy. It tasted more like a frozen bagel reheated than the freshly made, soft and chewy bagel that I was expecting. However, my friend told me good bagels are hard to come by in MSP so I guess I should be happy with what we found.
My first visit here a couple years ago was outstanding. In addition to the amazing pepper mock pork (which is raved about in nearly every other review on here), I really enjoyed the wonton soup. Delicious flavor (enhanced by Sriracha sauce, (-:) and you get a big bowl for a few bucks. Good deal. I also liked the cold garlicky cucumber appetizer we got from the fridge. I thought it would be really plain but it was nicely seasoned and refreshing.
Some friends and I ordered take-out from here last week and I gotta say I was pretty disappointed with the Vietnamese potatoes and mock duck. My friend had tried the same dish at another place and said it was amazing but we were both disappointed with the Evergreen version. The flavor was bland and the dish was far too heavy, consisting of only potatoes and soy. It would have greatly benefitted from some vegetables and a stronger sauce.
My friend and I stopped in for breakfast yesterday and I have to say I was a bit disappointed. There only seemed to be 2 or 3 vegan breakfast options, and while my friend remembered their blueberry cornmeal pancakes as being fabulous, they didn't turn out to be so great. The pancakes had a decent flavor but they were too crispy on the outside and a bit too chewy, as though the batter had been over-mixed and then the pancakes cooked a bit too long.
I looked through the dessert case but didn't see anything labeled as being vegan. Either they weren't offering vegan desserts yesterday (which would be a real shame), or they just aren't labeling vegan desserts properly. I suppose I could have asked an employee if they had any vegan cakes that weren't labeled, but I wasn't too enthusiastic about getting dessert after a somewhat disappointing breakfast.
I'm hoping this was an off-day as I've had a few people tell me how good the pancakes are. I really enjoyed sitting outside and watching people pass by (minus the exceedingly loud guy having a 30 minute cell phone conversation at the next table), so I would be up for trying this place again.
Good food, shitty service. I was warned that the punk kids that work there weren't overly friendly but I still can't believe how rude they were. They were completely un-interested in customer service and it seemed like one of them was mocking a friend who brought in his own take-out container instead of getting plastic or styrofoam. Not cool.
That said, I really enjoyed the vegan gyro that I had. The chips that it came with were just plain old tortilla chips but I ordered a side of salsa, which was super flavorful and tasty. I tried a bite of my friend's vegan cheesteak and it was also very good. I had a chocolate-dipped orange cookie, which was so-so, but I really liked the banana-chocolate chip muffin that my friend ordered, it was surprisingly moist.
P.S. Don't use the bathroom.
I shared a few dishes with friends and we had the kothe (fried dumplings)- which were delicious; the bhanta aaloo (eggplant curry) - which I was disappointed to find did not contain potatoes, as the menu indicates; and kataar aaloo (jackfruit curry) - which was absolutely outstanding.
The texture and flavor of the jackfruit was something like chicken and was very unexpected but very good. We also had some sort of noodle stirfry that reminded me of Chinese food, and it was very good, and was a much larger portion than other items.
I was here a few months ago and was thoroughly impressed with the employee's knowledge of vegan ice creams and cones (most places have no idea if the cones or toppings are vegan). I tried a few flavors but was especially impressed with the blueberry ice cream, as it's an unsual land hard-to-find flavor.
More than anything, I just love the concept of the "izzy" (mini scoop on top). I'm from Wisconsin so I LOVE ice cream, and I'm also fairly greedy and indecisive, so getting a bonus mini scoop on top is just about as good as it gets for me.
I enjoyed my meal here but I have to say that I didn't find Jasmine 26 to be deserving of all the hype VegGuide.org implies (perhaps I just didn't order the right things, though).
I tried the sea salt and pepper tofu, which came highly recommended, and I enjoyed it, but it wasn't the unbelievably delicious appetizer I was expecting it to be. The tofu was well fried and it was tasty but the seasoning was very bland (thank goodness for dipping sauces!).
I had the vegetarian pho soup, which is good, but probably would have been better if I hadn't added a 1/2 gallon of hot sauce. The broth was flavorful and I liked the mock duck in it but I avoided the tofu chunks, which were pretty plain (just tofu chunks). I sampled a friend's eggplant dish, which was very good and I think I preferred to my own.
I would return here in the future, and if I do, I would likely order the crepe that I see everyone raving about. :)
The flavor of the food was great but it seemed like the same 5 ingredients were in every dish, they were just sometimes found on bread, on noodles, on rice, or in soup. That said, I loved the BBQ mock duck sandwich and the mock duck noodle salad. The owner, who served us, was very friendly and quite the character. I would definitely eat here again.
I really enjoyed my food here. My friend and I started out with the foule appetizer (with no cheese), which is a mixture of fava beans, tomatoes, onions, and spices, served with warm, crusty French bread. The flavor was very good but it was a bit odd to eat soupy beans on bread. I was just happy to see an appetizer that I've never seen in Ethiopian restaurants (veggie samosas are usually the extent of veg appetizers).
My friend and I shared the vegetarian platter for two, which I think was fairly priced at $15. The miser wot (spiced lentils) was fabulous, and the other items were also very good. The only item I didn't care for was the salad, which was a mixture of somewhat limp iceburg lettuce, tomato, and jalapeno. There's usually some sort of salad variation on Ethiopian combo platters but this one seemed especially boring and not particularly fresh.
As is the case in most Ethiopian restaurants I've visited, they had a huge flat screen TV playing the entire time. While I wasn't really in the mood for "America's Next Dance Troop" (or whatever it's called), I was glad that at least they didn't have the volume blaring, as I've seen happen a lot. The ambiance was a bit boring, and it was weird seeing maybe 5 or 6 people gathered around watching the TV the entire time--none of whom were eating, so I'm wondering if they were just hanging out--but the service was friendly enough that I would return back.
This place is SUPER authentic, which is both good and bad. The bad is you won't find BBQ tempeh burritos w/ tofu sour cream, but the good is that you'll get delicious, authentic Mexican food, which you won't find at Chipotle, Qdoba, or Taco Bell.
I had vegetarian tacos (beans, rice, lettuce, tomato, cilantro, onion) and asked for avocado, which they didn't charge me extra for. They normally put sour cream and cheese on these so you'll have to specify you don't want it. I tried both the red and the green salsas, and while the red was spicier, I thought the green had a better and more unique flavor.
Note that they fry the tortillas on the same grill, and flip using the same spatula, as they do the meat.
I had the "Rustler" pizza and REALLY enjoyed it--one of my favorite pizzas so far. It had mock duck (what is this city's fascination w/ mock duck?), BBQ sauce, banana peppers, caramelized onions, pineapple, and vegan mozz cheese. Absolutely delicious.
They only had one vegan dessert (some peanut butter oat bar w/ chocolate), and from what the guy said, it seems like that's all they usually carry, which is disappointing.
I was staying with a friend out in St. Louis Park, which doesn't seem to be the most vegan-friendly part of Minneapolis, unless you're satisfied with chain food like Chin's Asia Fresh. We went to this Pizza Luce and was quite pleased. I had a vegan mock duck sandwich (the "muffalata" or something), which came with lettuce, tomato, vegan mayo, and some sort of sauce. I chose to have it on focaccia, which didn't really taste/look like focaccia to me but it was still very tasty. I opted for the side salad instead of chips, which was $2. They goofed the order a bit so I got both so they just knocked a couple bucks off and that was fine.
I'm usually not a salad person but the salad options here are pretty good. I had the vegan caeser salad, which came with lemon-pepper tofu, red onions, tomato, kalamata olives, and their homeamde "rinotta" cheese. It was very good, and the serving size was pretty big considering it was only $3.95.
As much as I enjoyed my meal, I think I prefer the Rustler vegan pizza, which has mock duck, banana peppers, caramelized onions and vegan mozz.
I went to Senor Wong during their late-night happy hour (around 11pm), so I can only base my review on that menu and not their normal dining menu. While the happy hour menu was pretty large (maybe 20 items), virtually none were vegan. Even the items that are normally always vegan at other restaurants, were somehow made with animal products at Senor Wongs, as though they were trying to slight the vegans.
For instance, their edamame somehow involves chicken broth. Seriously? Who does that? The waitress didn't seem totally sure about what the cooking process was, but it seemed like the edamame is steamed or boiled in chicken broth. The tostones (fried plantains) also couldn't just be fried in oil, they had to be fried in pork fat. Lame.
My friend and I ordered the El Mocko (faux duck) tacos, which was pretty much the only vegan thing on the menu, aside from maybe a side of fries. The tacos were outstanding and made a great appetizer, but would get pretty pricey if you tried to make a meal out of them ($3.50 each and they're pretty small).
The late-night atmosphere was pretty cool and I enjoyed the music but I think it was way too loud. Perhaps I only think that because I'm not really a club-type of gal, but I find it annoying when I have to shout across a small table to my dining partner. The service was friendly and one of the two waitresses serving us knew about vegan options, but they didn't really have much to work with.
I cannot believe how huge the portions are! I ordered 4 or 5 entrees to split with friends because the prices were so low so I expected the plates to be tiny. I was wrong so we ended up eating WAY too much and still taking leftovers home. I also really loved the huge booths, which totally took me back to going to super un-vegan-friendly Paul Bunyan restaurants in Northern WI when I was a kid. :)
I didn't like the tofu/hashbrown "Earth" dishes because they seemed really plain. It was just unseasoned tofu and potatoes with canned tomatoes or some broccoli on top and it really needed some hot sauce, nutritional yeast, and salt/pepper to give it flavor. However, it was cheap.
I also tried the regular fluffy vegan pancakes and the gluten-free vegan pancakes. The former were very good, and the latter was so-so (sort of crispy) but it's great to see vegan gluten-free options on the menu. The french toast was so-so, but maybe that's because I don't like my french toast very soggy, as this one was. Finally, we had the biscuit with gravy, which I really liked. The gravy wasn't super flavorful but I loved that it came with fresh scallions and tomatoes on top, which was a really nice touch.
I was not at all impressed with this place. The waitress was very friendly, and tried very hard to speak English, which she was not fluent in, but I thought the food was below average.
A friend and I split the veggie platter for two and it was decent, but not great. There was a good assortment of vegetables on the platter but none of them stood out as having outstanding flavor.
A friend ordered the spicy tofu stirfry, which was odd to find on an Ethiopian menu and didn't taste at all Ethiopian, but was appreciated by him, as he doesn't like injera bread. I tried his stirfry, and just like my veggie platter, it was decent, but not great.
I'd eat here again if all my dining companions were set on it, but I definitely wouldn't chose it as a top pick.
I was really impressed with the selection of vegan items here, given how much meat they serve. I had the "best grilled sandwich on earth" (or something to that effect), and although it wasn't the BEST grilled sandwich on earth, it was darn close to it. It had vegan meatballs, mozz cheese, peppers, tomatoes, and was absolutely huge. Leftovers make a great breakfast.
I also tried my friend's BBQ mock duck po boy, which was really good. Everyone raved about their homemade nacho cheese, but I found it sort of bland. It was room temperature and had huge chunks of tomato in it. Weird. We ended up pouring it over the leftover bread from the po boy sandwich (which was gigantic).
Considering its #1 ranking on VegGuide.org and recommendations from a number of friends, I was expecting more from The Vegetarian. Our waitress was very friendly and willing to swap things out so our meal was vegan, but the service was extremely slow. We only received our bill after we stood up and began walking toward the counter, and our waitress (who was very nice) was sitting down the last 10 minutes we were there and didn't bother to get up when we left, she only waived goodbye from her chair in the back.
There were only 2 other tables dining but it took nearly 40 minutes to get our food. After about 30 minutes of waiting, we were told that one of the dishes we ordered takes a while to prepare. If this is true, we should have been told right when we ordered it because they could easily have been trying to cover up forgetting to put our order in.
My friend and I shared the onion bhaji, which is an Indian version of onion rings. It was very good but seemed to be very batter heavy. My friend ordered the madrasi thali--basically a sampler platter--and the waitress even offered to swap the desserts so the meal would be all vegan (after omitting the yogurt). While most couple of the items on this platter were tasty, the soup was exceedingly sour. I had the pindi chana, which was an amazing chickpea with gravy sort of dish. It was a wonderful mix of sweet and savory spices in a thick brown sort of gravy, served with rice. It had a very unique and delightful flavor and went very well with bhatura (fried puffy bread).
I was super excited to try their vegan soft serve ice cream so I made a special trip there just for that. It was cold, creamy, and sweet, but I think the oat taste was too prominent. I would get it again because I like that it's homemade and it's well priced, but I don't think it's as good as Tofutti, Soy Delicious, or Temptation ice cream.
I didn't purchase anything else from the store, but I admired their selection of vegan products, especially their vegan cheese selection. I've noticed a lot of places only carry Follow Your Heart or Vegan Rella, but Wedge had both, plus some others.
I am going to write a review of this place but I am not totally sure I have visited the actual store. I tried cross-checking the address for where I visited but I'm not familiar enough with Cuernavaca neighborhoods or addresses to know if it's one in the same.
I went with friends to pick up their kids at this school (I believe it was Waldorf School) and there was a veg-friendly, healthy cafe within the campus. I saw "Buena Tierra" written on the wall but I'm not sure if that's the name of the place or if it was just a phrase. I believe the cafe is private for the school children's parents and visitor, but I'm not sure.
In any case, the cafe was lovely. It was the first place that I found that had tofu and I noticed it because they had samples of tofu marinated in soy sauce or hoison sauce available on the counter. The small pack of tofu was $3, which is average for the US but expensive for Mexico, although perhaps not so much given it's inavailability. I picked up a pack of the tofu and got some warm hibiscus tea (flor de Jamaica) and called it a day. There were lovely small tables and the setting was beautiful.
I'm a huge behl puri fan so I had to start with an order of that. If you've never had it, behl puri can only be described as a "street food" appetizer made of puffed rice (like Rice Crispies), dried noodles, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and amazing Indian spices and a sauce. It was very good. The dish was only $4 but was a HUGE serving (a small meal, really) and would have been better split between two people.
I then had the mixed vegetable roll that came on a sort of Indian pita (probably naan), rolled up in tin foil so it would have made a great to-go item. The roll was really good and pretty filling so I'd definitely recommend it as a solid to-go snack.
I was disappointed that so many of the vegetarian dishes contained cheese, but they did have enough vegan options to make my options interesting. The service was friendly, the food was good and it came quickly so I'd definitely go back. I found the TV blaring Indian Bollywood videos annoying, but it's sort of the norm in many restaurants so I guess I can't knock off too many points for that.
This was the ONLY restaurant in Hoboken where I found veggie meat. Don't get me wrong, I love my veggies and tofu, but it's nice to have another option. I went with the Szechuan veggie beef with brown rice, which was pretty good. My friend went with the veggie chicken with cashews, which I preferred.
Our waiter spoke little English but he was VERY nice and tried his best to understand us. We went during lunch so our food was only $6 - SCORE - so I will definitely be back again.
I was really happy to see that Casual Thai offers their lunch specials on the weekend, something I'm not accustomed to in NYC. I went with the pad see ew (spelling?), which is broad rice noodles with basil, bell peppers, and tofu (no fish sauce!) This dish wasn't even listed on the lunch menu, but when the bill came, I saw they had given it to me at the lunch price (and likely in lunch portion). Fantastic!
The noodles were delicious - perfectly spiced, fresh veggies, and firm, fried tofu. The soup that it came with was rather bland, mostly consisting of slightly flavored hot water with a few pieces of carrots and bean sprouts. Nothing to brag about, but it came free with the lunch and was better than nothing.
Casual Thai offers plenty of vegetarian and vegan options and the food is really good and really affordable. What I found odd, and slightly annoying, however, was the music selection. The restaurant was decorated like your typical Thai restaurant so I was expecting some traditional Thai music, or perhaps some generic "Asian" music or even "easy listening". However, what we got were a few Mexican cumbias (which I LOVE), followed by a few hyper electronic pop songs and an entire Elton John album. How random!
I stopped in here to grab a snack and some simple groceries and was really impressed with their selection. First off, they had green patty pan squash (which may be common in some places, but I've never seen it) and fresh lemongrass, which can be hard to come by. They also had a good selection of vegan ice creams and sorbets, which was my real motivation for coming, and the Ciao Bella sorbet was on sale for $3.99 - can't go wrong! I felt that some of the packaged items (vegan noodles and dumplings) were a little overpriced but I'm glad they had them and I'd probably buy them if I were in a pinch.
The design of the restaurant and outdoor seating area was a little cold for me (all metal, not really inviting), but the staff was extremely friendly and the falafel is great. I'm glad they have so many vegetarian/vegan platters offering different veggies as topping, as many places will just offer one veggie platter and then dump meat on the rest.
Normally, falafel sandwiches are drenched in hummus, tahini sauce, and veggies, which is what makes the sandwich so good, but the Hummus Bar falafel is actually really good on it's own. It's crispy, flavorful, and just plain delicious. It's open late and makes a great quick, cheap snack.
Yummy! I had no idea until walking past that Mamoun's had expanded into New Jersey. Fantastic! Their falafel sandwiches are always solid and really cheap. I also grabbed a spinach pie (I think it was $2.50, maybe $3), and it was really good.
I told the guy I was just going to eat my food right away so I didn't want a bag (trying to reduce waste/packaging!) and he said he'd mark my order "to walk". I didn't think he was serious but he then showed me the receipt. Very cool - so glad that Mamoun's has a built-in system to avoid giving out unnecessary bags that will just end up in the trash 30 seconds after the customer leaves the store. Thank you!
I loved this place!!!!!!!!! The firs two waiters weren't sure if any of their North Indian dishes were dairy-free (the menu listed paneer in most of them) but the 3rd guy we talked to knew what vegan was and was exceedingly helpful. He made a lot of menu recommendations and even warned me that most of the menu items come with butter/ghee spread on top so to just give the waiter a heads up that we wouldn't want that. He also told me about their newly-introduced pina colada, which is vegan, unlike lassis, which are usually the only non-soda beverages offered in Indian restaurants. Oh, I was also the only non-Indian person in the very busy restaurant most of the time I was there so that's a pretty good indication that the food is authentic.
Per suggestion, my dining partner and I started with the vegetable cutlet appetizer, which was basically deep fried veggie patties. They were very good and came with a tamarind dipping sauce and a cilantro dipping sauce that surprisingly contained dairy. I would not have expected this but the server warned me because he knew I was vegan.
As for my meal, I got the gobi masala curry (cauliflower w/ a tomato sauce) over rice. They didn't have brown rice, but considering I rarely see brown rice in Indian restaurants, I'm not surprised. The dish was good but I can't say it was my favorite dish ever. However, my partner and I also shared the poori bhaji (fried, puffy Indian bread served with a potato/onion/peas mixture) and it was spectacular. The serving sizes weren't huge but the prices were low, which is why I thought I'd need the poori, but I soon realized it was altogether too much food. That said, it was delicious so I'm really glad I ordered it.
I was talking to the server (who apparently is some PhD guy from Montreal who comes to NJ every weekend to help his friend with the restaurant) about vegan desserts and how great it would be for them to offer one (all of their desserts contain butter/dairy, which is pretty standard in Indian desserts). He said the restaurant had a vegan following so has thought about offering a vegan dessert. Super exciting. Please go to this restaurant and ask for vegan dessert!!!! :)
I consider myself to be a bit of a food co-op connoisseur, as odd as that sounds, and I have to say this is the best food co-op that I have ever visited in my life. Yes, better than my beloved Midwestern co-ops and the biggest food co-op in the country here in Brooklyn. Not only do they have a huge section of the co-op full of organic/fair trade produce, frozen foods, and packaged goods, they have a well-stocked deli case (including vegan sandwiches, spreads, salads, and "bom-diggidy vegan dill dip", which is amazing), and they have a HUGE bulk section in the back room.
The bulk section has every single staple that you could possibly imagine, along with hard-to-find (peppermint extract, gooseberries, molasses, teff flour, corn/quinoa gluten-free elbow macaroni) and simply random and obscure items in bulk, including dried lotus root slices and lotus root seeds. Seriously? Who carries that to begin with, let alone in BULK. They charge a very modest fee for bags as a way to encourage folks to bring their own containers, which is fabulous.
Since a friend was driving me home from Albany, I stocked up on Almond Breeze milk, which they had on sale for $2 (including unsweetened chocolate, which I've never seen before), organic bulk flowers, and random items I've never seen elsewhere, including raw curried sauerkraut and frozen vegan eggplant burgers.
I'm actually considering making another trip to Albany just to go to this co-op....and to bring all my baking extract containers to fill up while I have the chance. :)
Man, oh man, is this place fantastic. Not only do they have amazing vegan pizza, they have vegan specials like lasagna and macaroni bake. Non-vegan restaurants very rarely have vegan specials so seeing a big sign that said "Special-Vegan Lasagna, Garlic Bread, and Soda - $7" made me and my wallet very happy. This place is also using Daiya cheese, which was a big surprise since I'm a jerk from NYC and I don't expect smaller towns to be hip to Daiya yet.
I started with the vegan lasagna special and was quite pleased. The lasagna wasn't the most flavorful thing in the world (I like REALLY bold flavors) so I spruced it up w/ red hot pepper and garlic powder and was good to go. The garlic bread was decent on it's own, but was even better with some extra sauce from the lasagna, which was quite plentiful.
I also had a slice of the vegan chicken and Daiya cheese pizza (fabulous) and the vegan meatball and Daiya cheese pizza (good). The vegan chicken had a great texture and I'm pretty sure it's the same kind from May Wah distributors in NYC Chinatown. The vegan meatballs, which were apparently homemade, were a little dry, but one of the employees told me that's because they tried using a different breadcrumb but they weren't satisfied with the texture either so they'll work on it. My favorite part of the pizza was the crust. The crust was soft and chewy and obviously homemade. I absolutely loved it.
The workers there told me that about half their sales come from vegan stuff and that my gigantic order put that day's total over 50% vegan. Allow me to pat myself on the back. They also said I could buy Daiya from them since it's HALF the price of what it goes for in NYC, but they were running low and couldn't spare it (perhaps I'll plan ahead next time).
This place is so charming. The food is good, the people are nice, and the prices are super low. I got a large and satisfying lasagna and garlic bread special for only $7, and two BIG ASS slices of vegan pizza (each was about 1/4 pie), for $2.75 each. The plain vegan cheese slices are $2 and they only charge 75 cents for the veggie meat topping, which is beyond reasonable.
While visiting Southold, I found the town to be quite slim on vegan options but was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon East Garden. Chinese restaurants ALWAYS have vegan food, even if it's just broccoli with white rice. However, this place had various tofu dishes, veggie spring rolls (I've come across many places that only have meat spring rolls or only have egg rolls - neither of which are of any use to vegans), and interesting veggie options. I saw one cook stuffing pork wontons so I asked about veggie options and he informed me that they also have HOMEMADE VEGGIE DUMPLINGS! Fantastic!
I went with the General Tso's tofu, which was very tasty (perfectly fried/cooked firm tofu), but I wish it would have come with more than 2 pieces of broccoli. Another perk was that this place offered brown rice, so I went with that. I ordered the veggie spring rolls (which came with 2), and I couldn't pass up the homemade veggie dumplings (steamed). The spring rolls were average (fried crispy yumminess) and the dumplings were also pretty good, although I thought the wrapper was too thick so they ended up being very doughy(perhaps that's what happens when they are homemade).
This was WAY too much food for just me, but I needed to get to $10 to use my credit card. I couldn't believe that all this food came out to only $10.50.
Overall, I was very pleased with my meal and would definitely go back. The only drawback was that it took about 15-20 minutes to make my food, but it looked like they were preparing a big to-go order ahead of mine.
In terms of New York vegan food in general, this place is WAY behind, but in terms of vegan food in the South Bronx specifically, 555 Viva is right on. This neighborhood is permeated with fast food, fried chicken, and ice cream. The 2nd most vegan-friendly restaurant around here is Subway, which doesn't say much.
As this place is really small, I've found that they often run out of what I'm specifically in the mood for, but they usually have something I can grab. I work in this neighborhood fairly frequently and it is literally the only place I've found vegan food that isn't potato chips or french fries.
This is the only place that I'm aware of in the area that offers full plates of vegan food, versus just veggie patties or snacks. All the other restaurants around here specialize in fried chicken, pizza, and burgers, so it's a real treat.
I've been a few times and gotten the medium-sized plate ($8) so have tried many of their options. I really enjoyed the seasoned veggie bulgar wheat, which I got in addition to the brown rice. I also really enjoyed the fava beans, which I expected to be bland, but were very flavorful and provided a great balance. My first time there, there were more veggies available (okra, pumpkin, greens), but last time, it was mostly soy meats and only cabbage and okra. My first plate was very good but last time it was slightly bland. It seems like their soy meats have more flavor but as I'm trying to avoid so much soy, I'm tending toward the veggies, which are a little bland.
The plate was FULL of food and it all tasted good - very good food for a great price. Next time, I'm going to try one of their juices to go with it. The guy serving me was also very friendly and funny, I look forward to going back.
Green Garden Health Foods is a very welcomed health food store in a neighborhood dominated by fast food. They have a good selection of vitamins, herbs, juices, canned/boxed vegan staples, and a large selection of Bob's Red Mill grains and flours.
While they don't offer proper cooked food, they do offer "patties". These aren't the typical patties you find in Caribbean restaurants, which are more like empanadas, Green Garden's "patties" are really sandwiches with cabbage and carrots stuffed in a whole wheat but. It was only $2 and tasted decent, but not what I was expecting and not as good as a traditional patty.
I also had the Irish Moss drink ($6), which is normally made with Irish moss and milk but they made mine non-dairy by adding carrot juice and cashews to smooth it out and thicken it up. The flavor was really good and I think the cashews really pulled it together. Be sure to specify whether or not you want honey in yours.
I can't say that Green Light Cuisine is my favorite restaurant but they are one of the VERY few places in the area that I can get vegan food. Unfortunately, most of their veg items seem to be variations on the same thing (grilled vegetable platter, grilled vegetable panini, grilled vegetable wrap, etc). I decided on a veggie burger and fries and thought they were both good, particularly the fries. I also had an antioxidant smoothie, which was really good.
I'm happy to see that they offer Latino food so they have a good mix of menu options, but I'm disappointed that the Latino food is so meat heavy. I would have really loved some vegan rice and beans with salad and avocado. :)
I would stop by again in the future because they do offer more veg stuff than other places, but I do hope they expand their veg options to keep things interesting.
After seeing their huge neon sign that says "vegetarian food", I stopped in here on my way to the Vegan's Delight restaurant/grocery, immediately next door. I can't say that I was impressed with the service, as the lady helping us seemed distracted, unhelpful, and unaware of what food was in the hot bar right in front of her.
I asked about the lunch special, advertised as being $5, and she said it's chicken with rice and peas. I asked if there was a vegetarian option and she said they have veggie stew (which looked like frozen mixed vegetables - peas, corn, carrots, green beans - with some sauce), and a soy stew (possibly veggie chicken or beef). I said I'd try the soy stew and callalloo. When she rang me up, she charged me an extra $2, because apparently, chicken is the only item in the $5 lunch special. I complained because she didn't tell me that when I asked about a veg option for the lunch special and she got defensive, saying that the lunch special sign in front of me said only chicken (which it did not), so she only charged me $5. The lady then got on her cell phone and just walked around the (tiny) restaurant, talking away, not even acknowledging us when we left.
The soy stew was mediocre but the callalloo was fantastic. I'm not too eager to eat here again, but if I do, I'll probably just get a huge portion of the callalloo, along with some fried plantains, which were also good.
I stumbled upon Katashe's while in the area for work and was pleasantly surprised. This area of the Bronx (like many areas of the Bronx) has very few vegan options (aside from potato chips or fresh fruit, which can also be hard to come by), so I was really happy to find it and have been back several times. The food here was very similar to the food you'll find at other Caribbean veg restaurants (like Uptown Juice Bar or Veggie Castle II), which I find to be very good, but generally overcooked and a little heavy on the fake meats.
My first time here, I got the $9 combo plate, which had rice and beans, chickpeas, callaloo, fried plantains, veggie beef, and curried tofu. It was a pretty good sized plate for $9 and I left full. Overall, my food was flavorful, although the curried tofu could have used more spice, and I loved the callaloo (the vegetable, not the dish), which I have never had. It was similar to collards but had a distinct flavor and provided some balance to an otherwise all fake meat and starch plate. On subsequent visits, of tried several other soy meats and veggies (all good), but my favorite item was the stuffed pepper. I couldn't decide between the jerk seitan and curry tofu so they gave me both. Note: this is NOT an item to be eaten while driving. :)
The service was excellent and the man serving (the owner, perhaps) was very friendly. He had another guy there get me a cafeteria-style tray and take a chair outside for me so I could sit and eat my food. I must have been sort of a spectacle sitting outside eating on my own because nearly everyone passing by stopped to say hi, comment on how good my food looked, or just make conversation. I was really impressed with how friendly and eager to make conversation people at/around this restaurant were, which isn't the case at most restaurants in New York. Perhaps this place has a following I'm unaware of or this neighborhood is particularly friendly so people engage in conversations with strangers more-so than in other areas.
This place takes health very seriously and they have some crazy expensive water filtration device which they told me cost about $4,000. The man helping me showed me the bucket where the impurities come out and he took my Klean Kanteen to refill it with their "good" water. Apparently this water is alkaline (versus acidic, like many foods we eat) and has more oxygen in it so they use only this water for cooking.
I'm in this neighborhood for work fairly frequently and it has been pretty much impossible to get any vegan food aside from potato chips and candy from the may bodegas or a piece of fruit from the very occasional produce cart. So, when I happened upon Kingston Tropical Bakery and saw that they offer veggie patties, I got pretty excited, and after trying them, I got downright ecstatic!
As I've discovered that quite a few Jamaican/Caribbean restaurants actually get their patties from Golden Krust bakery, which is a reasonable option, but their patties are nothing to brag about. I was happy to find that Kingston makes all their patties in house, which is very apparent when you try one of them. The veggie patty I had was DELICIOUS! The crust was much softer and flakier than Golden Krust and the filling was much fresher and flavorful. The veggies were perfectly cooked and seasoned - not dry and plain, like patties at some restaurants.
I sure hope Kingston adds more veg options to their menu but for now, I'm quite content making a meal out of a few veg patties and a piece of fruit.
I have been meaning to get here for YEARS but the only time I've been around has been on Sundays, when they're closed. This place is a vegan's dream in the middle of a vegan dessert (not counting the veg-friendly restaurant next door). The Bronx has the fewest vegan options of the NYC boroughs (although I admit that I'm not counting Staten Island....sorry!) so I'm always super excited to come across a veg place up here.
The grocery has a great selection of every day items, random items, and Caribbean-specific items, including organic pasta, veggie burgers, Siracha sauce, and plantain chips.
I had already eaten lunch when I stopped in so all I got was a patty to snack on. Most Caribbean places I've been to usually only feature tofu, veggie, and/or the ambiguous "soy" flavor. This place had at least 6 or 7 varities, including soy fish, veggie duck, collards, and ackee. Most were around $2, but the ackee was $3.50. I know I had tasted ackee before but it had been years and I forgot what it tasted like so I had to go for it. The man ringing me up could only describe ackee as being "a fruit and a vegetable, and 'good'". That works for me! It was fantastic! It's hard to describe, as it doesn't taste like anything I've ever had. It tastes like a vegetable but has a subtle sweetness like a fruit, and a definite punch. I also had a piece of fried tofu for 75 cents just because it looked so darn good. I should have got more because it was fantastic!
I will definitely be stopping here again and will have my entire meal here, as I was more impressed with the two items I tried here than with the lunch special I had at the Healthy Choice Caribbean restaurant next door.
This has got to be my new favorite restaurant. I don't go out to eat much but I've been here twice in the last week because I've been in the area, the food is amazing, and it's dirt cheap. You can make a meal out of 3 doubles, which adds up to $4.75, or a bake and a double, which is $3.75. The doubles are absolutely delicious and I like them with extra pepper sauce. Beware that they are a greasy MESS, which is why they come in a paper bag, within a plastic bag.
I have also tried the bake (sandwich), which was very good, but isn't enough for me so I get it with at least one double because I'm greedy. I'm annoyed that they charge the same amount for a potato bake as they do for a fried fish bake, but it's only $2.50 so I guess I shouldn't whine too much. I had the pumpkin and potato bake, which was very good. They add 50 cents for every additional topping so my bake was $3. Yum.
I haven't been to this location as much as the Manhattan location but they have the same menu for as far as I can tell. While I love the hustle and bustle of the Manhattan location, including a ready supply of young, beautiful vegetarians (per some article I read about the location at some point), I like that there is usually more seating are in Brooklyn, including tables outdoor during nice weather. The Brooklyn location is also a more kid-friendly location and often has lots of families and kids in strollers, so watch your cursing!
A friend and I dined here last night and I had the vegan bbq chicken wrap w/ vegan ranch dressing. I gotta say it was probably my least favorite dish that I'd ever had at either 'snice. The BBQ chicken was really plain and the ranch dressing lacked flavor. The chunks of carrots and celery were an interesting twist to make the sandwich resemble a BBQ wing platter in a bar, but didn't spice it up enough for me.
The food only took 10 minutes to come out which wouldn't be long if the meal were more than a few pre-made items thrown on a plate or if there were more than a few other customers in the restaurant, but my friend and I thought we were waiting too long for what we ordered.
I was really fortunate to be able to get a reservation for the final weekend of 4 Course Vegan before they packed up and moved to California. It was my first time at an "underground" supper club and I really enjoyed it. The event was held at Chef Matteo's beautiful Williamsburg apartment and he had all sorts of tables and chairs set up throughout the living room and dining room. The lights were dim and there were candles everywhere so the ambiance was very calm and romantic.
The food was absolutely delicious, and not a bad deal at $40 (not including tip), considering how fancy and involved the dishes were. However, as is normally the case with gourmet food, the portions were very small so I was nowhere near full when I left (although that may just be my greedy nature!). :)
This is a cute place with decent options. It's good for reading, hanging out, checking e-mail, etc. They have a decent video selection but since it's so small, it seems like they're always out of what you want. This is, however, a good place to post/check flyers, especially those looking for vegan housemates.
This store is really cute. I love that everything here is made in Brooklyn, which supports local artists. I stopped in on a Saturday and many of the artists had tables set up and they were showing off their products.
Artez'n offers a little bit of everything and everyone there is really nice. They don't carry a ton of vegan food products because they don't specialize in food. However, the pickles and fudge they sell are vegan, and now that the fudge is getting more popular among vegans, they're becoming more aware of that market.
While Brooklyn Fudge is sold at a few other locations in Brooklyn, Artez'n has the largest display and you can also meet the creator of Brooklyn Fudg there.
I stopped here for lunch recently and was very happy to see so many vegan options. The girl at the register recommended the vegan chicken and avocado sandwich (may have been a "club" sandwich), so I went with that. The serving was very big for only $9 and it came with french fries and a pickle. The flavor was very good but it would have benefitted greatly from some sort of spread, either vegan mayo or mustard because the avocado alone wasn't enough so it was a little dry.
DELICIOUS!!!! Best bagels ever...both in store and fresh from the dumpster. :)
The Bagel Store seems to regularly introduce new vegan flavors to see what sells. I had a cinnamon-raisin-walnut tofu cream cheese on a cinnamon raisin bagel a few months ago, which I didn't see when I went yesterday. The spread was good, but I don't think it offered anything above plain cream cheese on a cinnamon raisin bagel; it was basically the same flavor.
Yesterday, I tried their new strawberry and blueberry tofu spreads on whole wheat. The guy gave me half and half so I could try both (after allowing me to sample both of them). They were both good, especially the blueberry, which had big chunks of blueberries), but I prefer the savory spreads, perhaps because they go better on the more interesting bagels that just wouldn't mix with a fruity spread. I think my favorite is the tofu scallion on the everything bagel, or maybe the tofu vegetable on the garlic bagel. :)
Also, the staff here is always SOOOOO nice. One guy even told me I could come pay for my bagel later or the next day if I didn't have the money. What? Seriously? In NYC????? So nice. The guys always seem to be having fun and that's nice to see in a business.
I am not in this neighborhood too frequently but try to stop in every time I am because the owner (or whoever is always working) is so friendly and because they have a really good selection of vegan products. I'm particularly impressed with their selection of vegan ice creams. They don't carry that many flavors of each brand (maybe 3 or 4 of each), but they offer a lot of brands, including the usual So Delicious and Tofutti, but they also carry Coconut Bliss and Tempt and I believe were one of the first places to do so.
This is also my tahini shop. The price of tahini has gone up so much in the last year but this place carries some off-brands that are really cheap and very good. So I guess this is my tahini and vegan coconut ice cream shop. :)
I gottta say that I am really underwhelmed with this place. For an established all-veg restaurant in the super veg-friendly WIlliamsburg neighborhood, their menu is uncreative and outdated (particularly brunch). Hummus wraps, tofu scramble and breakfast burritos? The menu is a long list of super basic veggie options that you find at really meaty places that don't know what the heck to offer vegans/vegetarians. An all vegetarian restaurant really needs to have a stronger menu.
I've had several of the dinner items (the curry is okay), and the vegan super nachos are good. They come with a great tofu sour cream that appeared to be homemade. The chili on top was really good, but was a bit runny, and perhaps would have been consumed more easily with a spoon.
I've been several times and the service has always been friendly, but sometimes inattentive. The space is tiny, but I love the old, wood tables (some which have matching benches) that remind me of a Norhtern getaway lodge in the woods.
First off, I'm a cyclist so I LOVE the bike theme at Boneshakers, but more than that, I love that their menu is so interesting, especially the little touches they add to sandwiches like chipotle mayo and olive tapenade. Definitely more interesting than just slathering on plain Veganaise (although I do love me some Veganaise).
I am a big fan of both sauerkraut and cole slaw so I was pretty excited to find both items on the "Polish National Team" vegan sausage. I really enjoyed both the kraut and the slaw, but I wasn't a huge fan of the sausage texture. It tasted like Field Roast, which I think most people really love, but I have never liked the texture of their sausages. That said, I dined with a meat eater who tried my dish and he really liked it. I aslo tried the Merckx Werks, which has Tofurky, sham, olive tapenade, among other items, and I really enjoyed it and liked it more than the Polish National Team, mostly because of texture. I've also had the tempeh club (so-so) and the Rueben (very good). However, it seems like they're inconsistent in their offerings, as a few friends and I have noticed that sometimes sandwiches seem "better" than other times and sometimes are grilled and hot and sometimes aren't. Weird.
We also tried the vegan hot chocolate, which came with marshmallows, and it was really good. At first, they told us they didn't have time to make it because they were so busy (apparently they make the syrup from scratch and it takes 15 minutes), but then they said they could. It seems like it only took them 5 minutes to make it and it was really good, but it didn't taste any different than any other hot chocolate I've ever had so I'm exactly sure what their homemade process involves.
Finally, I really liked that they had a screen showing the name of each song and its artist that was playing because I'm often in restaurants/clubs/bars/etc. and a song comes on that I love but I have no idea who the artist is. Way to go, Boneshakers! :)
This fudge is really good. I really love that the owner intended on focusing on the kosher market but then found that making the fudge kosher made the fudge vegan, which then became a huge hit.
I've tried all the options and they're all good. Some of the flavors taste pretty similar because they appear to be the same base but some have bits of wasabi and others have pecans or raspberry chunks. You're really good with any flavor you get and the prices are pretty reasonable (about $6 for 3 pieces).
I think I liked this place more than Kedar did. Mac and cheese is getting increasingly popular in NYC and there's more and more places devoted to it so I'm super psyched to see so many vegan options at Brooklyn Mac.
I also agree that having whole wheat pasta is pretty basic but since this place just opened, I'm hoping it's something they'll offer in the future.
I had the gluten-free quinoa pasta (with the cornflake crumble) with broccoli and caramelized onions. Yum. Having more veggies to chose from would have definitely been nice but broccoli is my favorite mac and cheese veggie so I was content. I definitely preferred the mozz to cheddar, although both tasted good. I did enjoy my friend's non-gluten-free pasta with soy meat, but I was very happy with my all-veggie version so will continue to avoid the processed soy when possible.
I hate Brooklyn's Natural as they are so ridiculously overpriced. They charge nearly double what many other health food stores charge ($5 for a pint of vegan ice cream?), so you're better off getting soy milk and veggies from the bodega or getting faux meats and vegan dairy from ANYWHERE else in Brooklyn or Manhattan.
This is, however, a good place to meet hipsters, if you're into that, or check out postings for apartments and events.
I stopped in on a Friday afternoon, hoping to get a simple sandwich since Bruar Falls is promoting itself as a cafe (during the day, at least), but I was disappointed to find out that they don't sell any "real" food. They do have vegan pastries, which was great, but I think they'd greatly benefit from having food. Also, they had Red Mango (Brooklyn company) vegan desserts when I stopped in, which I think is a step up from the usual Vegan Treats found at nearly every other cafe in NYC.
The space was pretty nice, but it has a total bar feel, so not really the place to go if you want to relax in a cafe, although the patio may be nice (I haven't seen it yet and am not sure if it's been completed).
Also, this place might be all vegan, but I didn't check into the beers they have. I don't drink so I have no idea which beers are vegan and which aren't, so I just listed this place as being vegetarian.
I LOVE BUSHBABY!!!
The food is good, the prices are right, the staff is friendly, and the music is RIGHT NO! I know of no other place in the city (or country, for that matter, although I'm sure it may exist) where I can dine on Moroccan soy chicken and grits and jam to Sade and Gerald Levert on a Saturday morning. Unheard of!
For brunch, I'm a big fan of the grits, which are perfect by themselves but even better accompanied by the soy Moroccan chicken. For lunch or dinner, the Moroccan soy chicken wrap (pretty much the same as what's served w/ brunch, but with greens and in a wrap) is really good, as is the vegan fish melt. If I had to chose between the two, I'd go with the vegan fish sandwich.
Bushbaby also offers Vegan Treats cakes, which are great if you are in the mood for sweets, but I've been eating the same 6 Vegan Treats cakes at every veg-friendly restaurant in the city so I usually pass.
Please go to Bushbaby. I promise you won't regret it!
This place is wonderful!!!! I've been walking by it for nearly 7 years but can't believe that I am just now trying it. They've always had decent vegan options but recently introduced an all-vegan menu, which they are advertising outside with a big sign. I talked to one of the employees (possibly an owner), who told me he did some research online and wanted to get the best vegan products so he got Gardein mock meats and Daiya cheese. Well done!
The prices are super affordable and the portions are generous. I went with the vegan enchilada plate that came with two enchiladas, brown rice, beans (pinto or black), a simple salad, pico de gallo, and tofu sour cream - all for only $8!!!! The enchiladas weren't all deliciously deep-fried and baked to perfection, but for a made-in-3-minute, $8 treat, there's nothing better! The beans were surprisingly flavorful, as was the tofu sour cream. I was really happy the dish came with brown rice and a generous helping of pico de gallo. On top of all that, the service was super friendly.
I will definitely be back soon and frequently!
Champs is probably one of the cutest restaurants/cafes that I've been to and I love that they are all vegan, but I can't say I was particularly impressed with the food.
I was here for brunch recently and ordered the tofu benedict, which was pretty decent but nothing spectacular. I tried my friend's french toast, which was also good but the bread was VERY thick and hard, like an Italian baguette. It wasn't bad, just a little more bread than I care for in french toast. The sticky bun, however, was absolutely stellar and I will definitely be back for another.
I then stopped in for cake a few days later and was pleased to see that they had many flavors aside from the usual chocolate, coconut, and chocolate/peanut butter that the Vegan Treats-satured NYC has grown accustomed to. I went with the white/yellow cake with peanut butter frosting, which came recommended by the girl helping me. The cake wasn't bad, but it was very dense and didn't have a lot of flavor. I prefer moist cakes, so this wasn't really my thing. The frosting tasted good, but the flavor wasn't enough to compensate for all that dense, mild-flavored cake.
This place was opened by the same people that used to own Boneshakers so a lot of the menu is the same. While I've never had the savory sandwiches on the menu here, I had several at Boneshakers (notably the vegan eggwich sandwich), and enjoyed them, so if I stop by here again, it will definitely be for lunch. :)
I marked this restaurant as being "great", not so much because of the food but because of its beautiful decor and its huge glass windows/doors that open up in the summer time (a feature that many veg restaurants lack). I did enjoy my food here but I feel that their menu is too similar to other Pan Asian restaurants in NYC (Wild Ginger, Vegetarian Ginger, etc), offering the typical General Tso's tofu, orange "chicken", and more. I'd really like to see such restaurants develop their own specialty that differs from what other Asian veg restaurants offer.
I started with the spinach wonton soup and really enjoyed it. The wontons (which I think were filled w/ a tofu/veg meat/mushroom mixture) were very good and I liked the pieces of spinach in the soup, but I thought the slices of veggie ham in it were unnecessary and a bit awkward to eat w/ the wontons. For my drink, I had the mango lassi because this is probably the first place I've found that makes it with soy milk and soy yogurt (veg Indian restaurants always just use dairy). The mango lassi had a good, creamy texture and I liked the mango flavor, but I think the flavor of the plain soy yogurt was overpowering.
For my entree, I went with the orange seitan with broccoli, which has come highly recommended. I did enjoy it but didn't think it was anything spectacular (perhaps my expectations were too high). I feel that there was too much breading in comparison to the seitan and it was a bit chewy. My non-veg dining partner had the General Tso's tofu and really enjoyed it (and he also liked my seitan). I tried the tofu and preferred it to my orange seitan.
The meals come beautifully prepared with a fresh flower on the plate, but I must say I'm always a bit grossed out at the thought of flowers being reused on plates (what if someone sneezed all over the flower?). Perhaps they use fresh flowers for each plate, but considering the quality of the flowers they use, I think this is very unlikely. The service was prompt and friendly and the restaurant was very clean (very nice bathroom) so I would return again and will look for something less commonly offered on the menu.
I was SOOO happy to come across this place. I had training for work about a half mile away, where the only lunch options were a McDonalds or two super meaty bodegas. While walking on my lunch break, I came across Downtown Natural Market, which had a big sign that read "vegetarian lunch buffet". I went in to check it out and found out that the entire store is vegetarian.
I picked up some groceries (at pretty standard prices), and got a vegan chicken empanada for $2.75, which ended up being way too dry. I also got a piece of vegan carrot cake, which was really good, and apparently made by a local vegan baker. I think they get their stuff from some of the Carribean spots around where Veggie Castle used to be, as the guy at the juice bar told me that "some guy on Church St." brings the vegan cake.
The hot buffet bar seemed to have some good-looking options, but I was disappointed that most of the items were made using the same soy chicken drumsticks. There wasn't much variety of soy meats and I didn't see any interesting all-vegetable items, aside from some plain greens.
I've tried a hand full of of Dun-Well donuts at Cocoa V and the other NYC restaurants that sell them and they've either been amazing or so-so. They do a good job of recreating the fluffy, doughy, slightly chewy texture associated with donuts, but I've found some of them to not have enough toppings or to have too mild a frosting so the donut ends up being somewhat plain. That said, I'm still totally ecstatic to have a vegan donut shop in my neighborhood and I went 3 times their opening week because they kept selling out by 2pm!
The shop itself had an old-timey feel (similar to Lula's, I suppose), and the owner/employee behind the counter dresses the part. The donuts cost about $2.50 each, which is probably really pricey compared to Dunkin Donuts but really cheap compared to most vegan desserts in the city, which run about $5 for a slice of cake or small shake. My favorite part was that they let me put my donuts into my own tupperware container so I didn't waste a bag. Thanks!
In general, I've preferred the donuts with more substantial toppings, like the S'mores and the jelly donut, which had a lot of delicious jelly inside. I didn't particularly care for the green tea ginger or the blueberry donuts, which I found slightly bland. Also note that the donuts taste much better fresh than left-over, as the sugar/frosting sort of melts away into the donut, which compromises the texture and flavor.
What I'd really love to see are cakey donuts like bear claws and crawlers. Come to think of it, I've always had a very strong preference for cake donuts so that may have biased my evaluation of Dun-Well.
I actually had to stop at this place for work and when I went in, I saw they had two ice cream cases, so I asked if any was non-dairy, and they told me the "parve" was non-dairy. They didn't say they know what's in the non-dairy or have any labels to show me, but they said they use Klein's ice cream, which is a Brooklyn-based ice cream company that also provides Food Swings w/ vegan ice cream so I trusted it.
One of the guys wasn't particularly helpful, perhaps because I was the only non-Hasidic Jewish guy shopping there, as was the case in many stores I visited around here, but when I stopped by another time, a younger guy I spoke with was nice.
I looked over the ingredients on some of the candies and was really happy that the chocolate-covered almonds were vegan, as many contain dairy. I tried a few of the vegan ice creams, including the cherry (which was good, but I have never really liked cherry, so not sure why I got it), the coffee (which was okay, but again, I've never liked much so not sure why I got it), and the fudge swirl, which was very good. The cone was $3.50 for 3 small scoops, which isn't an outstanding deal, but isn't as bad as it could be, so I guess I was satisfied w/ my purchase.
This place is amazing and is perfect to take your skeptical meat eating friends. The PuPu platter is great (variety of deep fried faux meats), as are all the vegan milk shakes. If you're in the mood for something that's not deep fried, you can also get the baked drumsticks and mashed potatoes or mac and "cheese." This is definitely the best late night hangout in Brooklyn.
I was SOOO happy to find a Four Seasons booth at BAM's Dance Africa event last weekend (there were 3 all vegetarian booths selling similar Caribbean food) but I decided on Four Seasons since they had the best prices. This was my first time eating at Four Seasons in a few years and even when I did eat at their restaurant, I mostly just got snacks because I had previously filled up at the (now closed) Veggie Castle across the street.
I got 4 items for $7 and I decided on lo mein (nothing spectacular on its own but is good when mixed with fake meat), sauteed cabbage and carrots (good), curried tofu (slightly bland), and the sweet and sour chicken (delicious!).
Everyone there was really nice and they gave very generous portions. I look forward to visiting your restaurant again soon!
I was drawn to this place because its awning said "vegetarian dishes" right on it, which I didn't see anywhere else in the neighborhood. I was really impressed with the separate section for vegetarian items but I can't say I was impressed by the food. All of the sides were decent (I had the rice, pumpkin, chickpeas, and potatoes), but the veggie meat wasn't very good. It had an odd texture to it and didn't taste like much of anything. It was supposed to be seitan but tasted like a dumpling (bread dumpling, not Asian dumpling). I sampled the other faux meat, which tasted more like TVP, which was better, but not great.
The small plate was $7, which wasn't bad, but it just wasn't spectacular. There wasn't much flavor in it so I requested hot sauce, which they gave me, and definitely helped. I was glad they had vegan cake, but again, I wasn't impressed. I tried the red velvet cake but it was too dense and was just sweet, but not flavorful.
The staff didn't seem too knowledgeable about what the faux meats were supposed to be (the veggies were obvious), but they were nice. The woman serving me allowed me to try three items instead of two since I couldn't decide. This place looks sort of hit or miss (I went in one day and they had 7 items but the next day they only had 4), but I'd be willing to try it again, in hopes I was there on an off-day.
I stumbled on this place when I was working in the area and was drawn to the "tofu selection" sign in the window, which is something you don't come across very frequently in a neighborhood heavily populated by Hasidic Jews. I walked in and was really pleased to find so many vegan products. I don't know if the store was entirely vegetarian, but it was definitely mostly vegetarian.
They had a great selection of vegan snack items, ice cream, cheese, and the sometimes hard-to-find Tofutti vegan cheese pizza. The store owner was also pretty nice, and I heard him telling some other customers that they have gluten-free matzos.
I was really pleased with this spot. My friends and I had been walking in the hot sun all day and this place was totally what we needed. The environment was really chill, the music was great, the service was friendly, and the design/decor was beautiful.
We sat on the (very comfy) couch and played Scrabble (my favorite game) while we waited for our food. My friends got the veggie burger, which I sampled and enjoyed. It may have just been a Gardenburger, but it was good because it had been grilled and was piled high with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. I ordered the tofu burger, which was actually just grilled tofu (I was expecting a homemade tofu burger), but it was good. I wish there was a good substitute for the non-vegan pesto that I had them omit, but I still enjoyed w/ just ketchup and mustard. I didn't like it as much as the veggie burger, but you can't go wrong with $6.50. I also paid $1 to get the truffle oil on the fries. I really liked them, and they had a special flavor, but I wouldn't have guessed it to be truffle oil if I didn't already know.
Finally, while it looked like the Mexicans in the kitchen were working harder than the non-Mexicans in the front (as is usually the case), I spoke with one of them, who said they are treated pretty well. I always ask immigrant staff about how they're treated since so many are exploited. He may have been overly kind to his employer if he thought I was testing him, since after all, he was doing the cooking, cleaning, and errand running while the front staff hung out outside between orders, but I would guess that conditions are at least better than at most restaurants.
HOLY COW! I entered this place and thought I'd died and gone to vegan Heaven! If the huge selection of vegan ice creams wasn't enough, I walked to the back of the store and saw a cooler with about 40 different types of vegan ice cream cakes, complete with sprinkles, Hello Kitty toys, and anything a vegan or Kosher kid could ever want. I initially thought the novelty treats (ice cream bars, cookies, etc) were a little pricey, at about $9 a box - and yeah, that is WAY pricier than "traditional" treats you'd buy at a grocery - but a lot of the treats average less than $2 a piece, which is much less than you'd pay for dessert in a restaurant.
I've had Klein's ice cream before and I know that butter pecan is my favorite so I had to go with that. For my second scoop, I got some sort of vanilla-base ice cream with nuts, cookies, carmel, or something. This was just yesterday but I can't remember what was in it but it was fantastic. I also tried the orange swirl, which was really good.
I can't wait until my niece and nephew come to town so I can buy them one of these vegan cakes!
This place is huge and offers and astounding variety of vegan ice creams, including soft serve (2 or 3 varieties), regular vegan ice cream in a cup or cone (about 12 flavors), vegan ice cream cakes, and novelty desserts. I'm not sure if this is the same as Klein's kosher ice cream or if they just buy from Klein's (which is also the ice cream used at Food Swings and other veg restaurants). As for ambiance, the place looks like a bright Candyland playground with Hebrew music playing in the background. Seriously.
I got a cone with 2 scoops, which was about $3.50, which is pretty cheap. Definitely more cheaper than upscale places like Lula's and Stogo. That said, Ice Cream Castle's ice cream is made with tons of water, sugar, and I think corn syrup. The upscale places make small batch coconut, hemp, and cashew-based ice creams so you get what you paid for. I don't recall what flavors I had but I've had tons of Klein's ice cream so it doesn't really matter. They're all good (minus pistachio and coffee, in my opinion, which I've never cared for).
When I was in, the service was friendly, but I feel compelled to share an experience of a female friend that went once. She was told that she wasn't allowed to enter because she was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. As this place is run by super orthodox Jews, they have modesty laws (posted on the building!). My friend said the people were very rude and wouldn't let any women enter, but let the guys in. I didn't have any issues when I went so it may depend who's working. Some non-Jewish employees told me that sometimes the rules are enforced and sometimes they aren't.
Delish! My friend and I came at the end of the night so the food wasn't as fresh as it could be, but it was still delicious. You generally are only allowed 2 faux meats on the 5 item platter, but since it was our first time there, the lady gave us 4! The fried vegan fish was amazing, and the "sausage" was also very good. The mac 'n' cheese was so-so.
The grocery was pretty extensive and carried a lot of everyday products along with vegan Meats from May Wah grocery.
I've only been here once but the food was pretty good. I wish they had more greens on the hot food buffet, as they offered mostly rice, beans, and soy meats. I like cabbage, but I really want some callaloo or okra! I did like the vegan chili the best out of all the hot food buffet items but my favorite was definitely the callaloo patty, it was fresh, crispy, and flavorful.
The only thing I really don't like about this place is that there's no seating whatsover. If you live in the neighborhood or are driving home, cool. But if you're just visiting or are biking there, you either have to stand around and look funny being the only person eating in the restaurant, you have to eat on the street, or risk the food spilling all over if you bike home.
I've been living in this neighborhood - which is predominantly Dominican and Mexican - for four years, and this is the first time I've ever had vegan Mexican(ish) food near my house. I was SO excited to see this place go up and see soy cheese and tofu sour cream prominently featured on the menu.
I had the garden veggie burrito, which had grilled veggies, brown rice, pinto beans, pico de gallo, and tofu sour cream. It was supposed to have soy cheese, but I didn't get it since they didn't have the packaging so I couldn't confirm there was no casein or whey in it. They told me to come by the next day and they'd give me the package to check. The burrito was pretty good, but sorta healthier than what I was looking for, which is my fault for ordering brown rice and grilled veggies when I was in the mood for soy cheese and guacamole.
The staff was super friendly and very happy to tell me about the veg options. They also told me that only white people have been ordering the veg options, which is not surprising, but I still found funny. They said the owners are Mexican, which made me really happy, since it seems the only places in the neighborhood that have veg stuff are owned by Southeast Asians. I ended up speaking with them in Spanish since they didn't understand why I was asking to see the packaging but their English was certainly good enough to ensure you get tofu sour cream and soy cheese.
Please support this place! :)
This isn't my favorite restaurant but it's the closest veg-friendly place to my house and it's open late so I often end up bringing visiting friends here for a late-night meal. I've had a few things off the menu and they've always been good, but never spectacular. Their tofu fajitas are pretty good and those are always offered. Last time I was there, I had a seitan cheesesteak, which I think was on special, but wasn't too impressed with it. The seitan texture was sort of weird but the overall flavor was pretty good.
While I'm really glad that Life has added more vegan stuff over the years, I'm disappointed that they seem to refuse to add vegan desserts. All they've ever offered is a fruit crisp (minus the ice cream), which is sort of disapointing since you're only getting half the dessert you pay for.
This is a fun restaurant and probably a good place to drink or pick up dudes/chicks, if you're into that. I'm not really a bar type so it's not my thing, but it's pretty popular w/ other local folks.
I can't say this was the best Thai food ever, but given the current offerings in the non-hipster section of Bushwick, I am VERY impressed. This is the first restaurant I've seen make an effort to cater to vegetarians and the staff was very knowledgeable about menu items.
I had the fried tofu with peanut sauce as an appetizer, which was nice and crispy, but the sauce was more corn syrup than peanut sauce. I tried both the tom yum lemongrass soup (so-so) and the tom kha coconut soup (delicous!). For entrees, my friend and I split the veggie fish with string beans, and the massaman curry with veggie duck. The former was pretty good, but fairly salty, and the latter was outstanding--definitely one of the best curries I've had!
I don't think the food is as good as that at Uptown Juice Bar or Veggie Castle, but the prices are cheaper and it's close to my house. :) Also, the service was VERY friendly. The jerk tofu was pretty good (nice and spicy), as was the curried goat.
I stopped in The Natural Blend this weekend on a really hot day (first hot day of the spring/summer), and was SOOOO pleased to find they had a large selection of vegan ice cream. They only charge $2 for the first scoop and $1 for each additional scoop. I got three scoops (woulda got more if the cones were bigger), and got the butter pecan (delish!), cookies and cream (yummy), and "great nut" (not delish). I saw the description "Great Nut" and asked what it was, specifically asking if they meant "Grape Nuts", like the little cereal, and the employee didn't seem to really know so just confirmed what the sign said, "it's great NUT". Well, it was actually Grape Nuts in vanilla ice cream, which I find to be really weird, but it only cost me $1 so it's no big deal.
I also tried their potato salad, which was really good. I'm a potato salad freak so it breaks my heart when veg spots use egg mayo to make it. When asking what in the case was vegan, the employee specifically told me they use Veganaise to make the potato salad so it's vegan. When I stopped in, the only non-vegan item in the case was lasagna, which contained dairy cheese. There was a quinoa salad, a noodle dish, and a bunch of other tasty-looking sides.
I really like this place because they have a great vegan selection, the owner is friendly, and it's a great small business option instead of going to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. They have pretty much everything you need and most of their stuff is organic.
I love that they have a lot of gluten-free stuff, but it's sort of frustrating that they don't re-stock it really fast so you can't necessarily count on getting the GF mix you need.
I attended a NYC board games meetup event at Olga's restaurant last night and thought it was really nice of them to keep the spot open 2 hours past close just so we could play games.
They had a fair amount of vegan side dishes (about 5), but they didn't have any vegan main dishes or desserts, which was a disappointment. I got the sweet potato and lentil dish and garlic broccoli, both of which were good, but the potatoes could have used more flavoring. The owner (I think?) said she thought there may be eggs in the bread they serve with the sides so I asked if I could have a couple of the mint roasted/broiled tomatoes instead and she said that was fine. The tomatoes had a very strong, robust flavor and were a bit too intense for me to enjoy on their own but they went very well with the potatoes.
This is the 2nd or 3rd restaurant that I've visited that serves you from the food bar and then throws the plate in the microwave to heat it up. While I understand that many behind-the-scenes restaurants may do this, I get really turned off when the microwave is right in my face and I see it. That said, it's nice to be able to see their kitchen space, as I always like spying on the people preparing my food.
Okay, so this is definitely my new favorite restaurant in Brooklyn. They have so many vegan options, the prices are reasonable, and the food is DELICIOUS. My friend and I split the vegan super nachos, which was a huge plate of amazing chips (probably homemade, not just some supermarket-bought chips), fully loaded with soy chorizo, vegan cheese, tofu sour cream, olives, onions, salsa, and more. Not only did they taste amazing, but the plate was huge and it only cost $9. I loved that not only are their nachos REAL nachos (as in, they had vegan cheese, sour cream, and veggie meat, and not just an order of meaty nachos minus the meat, cheese, and sour cream), but they don't charge extra to get vegan cheese/sour cream. Amazing.
Then I had a vegan burrito. I chose to get seitan asada (pan fried, breaded seitan), although tofu, soy chorizo, and I think tempeh were options (as was also the case w/ the nachos. The seitan was unbelivable and frying it really gave it a flavor boost. It came stuffed w/ beans, seitan, vegan cheese and sour cream, guac, and salsa. I'm pretty sure this is the best vegan burrito I've ever had and my meat-eating companion was VERY impressed.
Finally, Papacito's knocked my socks off by having vegan horchata. A lot of places add dairy milk to horchata (which is a sweet rice milk beverage) so I haven't had a vegan horchata in years. It was very tasty and it complimented the meal beautifully.
Papacito's used to be a small little restaurant but they must have taken over the space next door to them because now the interior is twice as big. The service was also pretty good and I would definitely go back.
Penny Licks is one of the most adorable sweets shops you'll ever come across. They have a good selection of vegan cakes, but unfortunately (for me at least), they are all the same Vegan Treats cakes you can get in every other veg-friendly spot in NYC.
They also offer Temptation vegan ice cream, made by Chicago Soy Dairy, which is one of my favorite companies on earth (small, all-vegan company, run by vegan activists that care about making not just a vegan product, but one that is also fair trade). Since you can get Vegan Treats cakes just about anywhere in NYC, I would definitely opt for an ice cream dessert here.
Perelandra has a great selection of vegan packaged and frozen goods and it's a nice addition to the neighborhood. They also have a lot of organic and natural products and usually offer 20% off their vitamins and supplements.
While the deli usually has interesting menu items, many of them are almost vegan but not quite, which is really annoying. I was in their yesterday and they had a soy chicken sandwich with soy cheese (which contained casein). They also had a veggie tuna wrap (that contained egg whites). They came so close on a number of items, but many of the strictly vegan options were limited to really simple stuff like a plain veggie wrap or tofu salad. They did have one vegan chocolate chip bar, which was nice.
I don't drink so I can't comment about the plentiful vegan drinks, but I can, however, comment about the food. :) I also know Pine Box does a lot of trivia nights and fun sort of events, which is always welcome.
I went to Pine Box recently for their final vegan waffle brunch of the season; they say they may start it up again next spring. I went with the berry waffles, which were good and pretty reasonable. I'd say the taste was average and they were served on a paper plate, but it's a bar, for goodness sakes, so I'm happy with that. :)
My friends and I also shared some vegan empanadas which are made by V Spot in Park Slope. My favorite was the jerk seitan, which was nice and spicy. The sauce it came with was also really good and came in a huge plastic cup. I tried my friend's Philly Cheesesteak empanada, which would have been amazing if either 1) it didn't have mushrooms, or 2) I didn't hate mushrooms. The flavor and texture was right on, so if you're not opposed to fungus, I'd recommend that one.
Again, I don't drink so I don't care all that much that there's a vegan bar in my neighborhood (aside from obviously beinig happy that there's no meat/dairy on the menu), but in the event that I'm roped into "going for drinks", I'm happy to have a vegan establishment to suggest. :)
Delicious!!! I've had take-out pizza here numerous times, and while I'm glad they offer vegan sausage and pepperoni, I think I like the all-veggie pizza better. I know they used to use Follow Your Heart but I think they switched to Daiya. The last pizza I ordered here was a vegan soy cheese pizza with olives, roasted garlic, and sun dried tomatoes. Unfortunately, the cooks forgot to put on the tomatoes but the pizza was still really good. The cheese melted nicely and even the meat eaters really enjoyed it.
Last night, I dined there for the first time and enjoyed their (semi-) heated patio. We started with a broccoli roll, which was basically a calzone but with some large, open slits on the top so it was less bready than a calzone. It came STUFFED with broccoli and vegan cheeze and a side of warm marinara. It was fantastic. It was $6.50 ($5, plus $1 for vegan cheese, plus 50 cents for whole wheat crust), and it was enough for a small meal. However, I'm greedy so my friend and I also ordered a large vegan cheese pizza. For $14, you get a 14-inch pie with melted Daiya cheese. It was very good, but I think I'll get it w/ some veggies on it to spice it up next time.
This place was lovely! When I stopped in last week, it was bright and clean inside, the (reggae) music was playing, and everyone working there was very friendly. I got a green goddess smoothie and I don't recall everything in it but I do know that it had sour sop (guanabana) and was very tasty. I like that this place lets you sample the smoothie before they pour the rest of it into your cup so you can request more of something or ask that it be thinned out.
The Red Mango cakes they had looked amazing (tastier and harder to come by than Vegan Treats cakes), but I had to go with the vegan Caribbean black cake, which they make in house. I've been wanting to try this forever, as it's pretty time-intensive to make and requires a lot of fermentation and I haven't seen it vegan anywhere. I did like the flavor, but it's definitely more of a specialty, acquired flavor, and isn't going to hit the spot if you're looking for a sweet, fluffy cake with frosting.
I will definitely be back soon for one of their lunch juice and sandwich specials and another piece of cake!
What a lovely restaurant! I've walked by many times but only recently dined here. The food is varied and affordable and the service is friendly. I was in on a Thursday evening that started off a little slower than usual so I just read my magazine while I ate. The music started around 7:30pm and a sizable group of jazz-lovers streamed in.
I decided on the daily special, which was not called a salad, but it was basically a salad. I am normally NOT a salad person, but this was really good because it was very hearty - minimal lettuce, and lots of seitan, avocado, and other toppings. It was $10 and very good. I also had the chips and guacamole. The guacamole was very good but I think the chips were a little to hard/thick for my taste. I prefer lighter chips, but there was nothing wrong with them.
I had a lovely evening here and will definitely be back to try the vegan reuben!
I have been trying to visit Salud for ages and had very high expectations but had a terrible first experience. I told the staff that I was vegan, confirmed that they use vegan mayonaise and soy cheese and decided on a vegetable tamale and a flor de calabaza quesadilla (squash blossom quesadilla).
Not only did my quesadilla come with dairy sour cream (I'm glad that I asked before eating it), but I opened up my tamale and it had chicken inside!!! Seriously? How does this happen when I'm so clear about my diet and when there's only 2 other tables in the restaurant on a slow afternoon? One of the girls (manager?) was exceedingly apologetic, said she doesn't know how it happened, and said she herself is a vegetarian and assured me it would never happen again.
This seems like a really good place to support and they are clearly making an effort to include vegetarian and vegan options on their menu, but my first experience really made me question how well-educated the kitchen staff is on the importance of getting orders right - particularly when dietary concerns are in question.
It's always nice to find a place that sells vegan ice cream, but it's pretty much just Tofutti in a cone. They do have a few food options, but the place is pretty small. It's a nice place to stop in for a quick bite to take out.
This place is cute and cozy and the staff is nice, but their food is really average. I initially went here because I felt bad that they are located a few doors from Veggie Castle (AMAZING vegan Caribbean food w/ tons of options), and I figured they can't compete. I tried one of their hot dishes and a dessert but both were really plain. They also only have a few stools for sitting so it's not the best place to hang out or bring more than one or two friends. Go to Veggie Castle.
I am SO happy to have found this place. I'm in the neighborhood on a fairly regular basis but am usually on Fulton Street, a block away, and never spent much time walking around Livingston, which is much less interesting.
The store is consistently packed and it seems to be a staple in the community and I'm the only one new to the game. :) I usually get the banana/tofu yogurt/noni shake, which is spectacular. The small (8 oz, perhaps), is $3.25 and the large is around $5.75, which seem slightly pricey, but considering I don't buy shakes much, this may very well be normal.
I've gotten grocery items here and there, including Tofutti vegan cheese slices and I can't wait to try their frozen tofu yogurt, which they use in their shakes. Last time I was here, I was on my way to work but I will def be back to get it on my way home next time! I've also gotten some vitamins here, which seem to be pretty reasonably priced.
I'm glad they have some Caribbean soy patties since it's a hot, ready-to-eat option, but I usually pass because they look like the same Golden Krust patties that are sold all over the place in Crown Heights/Flatbush/Downtown Brooklyn.
I stopped in for a snack this week and ended up getting the sunflower-zucchini hummus. While the menu has a decent number of reasonably-priced entrees, there were very few sides/appetizers and those they did have were a bit expensive.
The hummus on the menu was $3.50, which I thought was a good price for 1/4 c. of hummus and some celery, cucumber, and carrot. However, when I went to be rung up, I was charged $5.50 for the hummus "appetizer", which wasn't actually on the menu. Apparently I had ordered the "scoop of hummus" (not sure why anyone would order a scoop of hummus with no veggies or crackers to go with it), but since the menu had not been updated with the hummus appetizer, the owner only charged me $3.50. I think $5.50 is definitely too much for a small hummus appetizer, especially when most entrees are only $3 more and come with significantly more food.
The owner was exceedingly friendly and brought me some sprouted bread to go with my hummus. I'm not a big fan of raw bread (I find it to be too heavy and moist to serve as bread), but it was a nice gesture and I was happy to sample it. The hummus was very good with veggies and I think it would be even better with flax crackers. Next time I go, I'm going to bring my full appetite because their entree menu looked very appealing and reasonably priced (around $8.50).
Finally, I liked that they had a few dessert options (not raw, but I'm not raw so it works for me) that were only $3. A lot of raw places have only really expensive raw desserts and a lot of non-raw vegan places only offer gigantic slices of cake for around $6, which are usually way too big and too pricey for someone who just wants a small dessert.
I sort of stumbled on this place, and when I saw the $3.50 lunch special that was "good for vegetarians and vegans", I HAD to go in. I ordered the tofu hamburg, which comes with salad, white rice and beans, which I thought would be pretty plain and small, given the price, but I really enjoyed it. I think the beans and rice were cooked together, so the otherwise plain white rice had some flavor to it. The tofu hamburg itself (which is apparently Japanese meatloaf) tasted like a mixture of tofu scramble and egg foo young.
I also ordered the kimchee tofu for $4.50 and was really excited about it, as I love kimchee and I love tofu, but I didn't really like this. I was thinking the tofu would be baked, marinated, or somehow prepared, but it was actually a big block of plain, uncooked, silken tofu with kimchee on top. I took it home with me, spiced it up, and scrambled it with some noodles and it was much better.
I really was hoping for some miso soup but was sad to learn they use fish stock. I told the waitress that I'm vegan and she didn't seem to think fish was a big deal ('it's not meat, just fish', which was a very traditional Japanese response), but she was cool about telling me which items did and didn't contain fish and how she could adjust items to make them veg.
I was expecting this place to have really bland, fake-ass Mexican food, but I actually really enjoyed it and think they did a great job w/ vegan menu items. I was skeptical about the "conejo" burrito because, who the heck puts cabbage on a burrito? However, I must say this was one of the best burritos I've had that I can remember. I actually started putting cabbage on my burritos at home because of this burrito, but I can't get it to taste like Taco Chulo's. The vegan sour cream on it also added a great touch, and I'll be back soon to try their other vegan items.
I went on a weeknight and the place was pretty packed and had a nice vibe going on. I was by myself and didn't have much time so I just ate at the bar. My food came pretty quickly and I borrowed a newspaper from the stack to read until it arrived. Nice place.
My roommate has been telling me how wonderful Tai Thai is for quite some time, as she used to live down the block from there and ate there all the time. I thought the food was okay, and I wouldn't be opposed to eating there again, but I wasn't really impressed with the food. This could be because I ate there at lunch, when the $5.50 lunch specials may not necessarily represent the finest dishes to come out of their kitchen.
I had the Thai spaghetti green curry, which was angel-hair like rice/wheat noodles with eggplant, carrots, cabbage, onions, a little tofu, and a green coconut curry sauce. It was like a thick soup and it was spicy as HELL. They warned me this was the spiciest dish on the menu, and I did enjoy it, but it had me sweating with a runny nose, so definitely stay away from it if you don't like spicy food. It came out SUPER hot, but it was tolerable after it cooled down about 30 minutes ago.
I also got the pad thai veggie (no egg) which was good, but a little sweet for my taste. I took most of it home in my little tupperware container and actually enjoyed it better the next day, after the flavors had settled a bit. I also really liked the veggie spring rolls that came with each entree.
This place seems to be quite busy during the lunch hours, with lots of single people and small groups in and out for a quick, cheap lunch. The food comes really fast and the staff is friendly, so it's a good place to stop if you're in a rush.
This place is great!!!! I stumbled upon it when I was working in the area and was surprised at their huge selection of vegan items, most notably their big jars of Veganaise, which are hard to come by in NYC (everyone sells the only the small jars). They have pretty much anything you would want from a health food store and their prices are pretty reasonable. The staff is also really nice.
The food is pretty good but nothing special. I'm also annoyed that they seem to have just stolen recipes from Atlas Cafe (2nd Ave @ 4th St. in Manhattan). Also, since they carry Vegan Treats instead of making their own desserts (like every other vegan restaurant in NYC), there's really nothing that makes them stand out.
I may be the oddball in Brooklyn, but I am SOOOOOOOO sick of the same menu at all of these so-called pan-Asian restaurants. You get the exact same thing at Vegetarian Ginger that you get at Red Bamboo that you get at Vegetarian's Paradise 2 that you get at Soy and Sake, etc. etc. etc. Everyone uses May Wah faux meats (which are great!) and it seems like they all add the exact same sauces and vegetable mix.
My first time here, I had the General Tso's chicken lunch special, as the waiter recommended it, but I wasn't too impressed with it. The soy chunks were deep fried and tasted a bit overcooked and chewy. I was also disappointed that the meal only had 3 pieces of broccoli, I definitely wanted a more even balance of faux meat and veggies. The flavor was good, but it would have been nice for the spice to be evenly spread throughout the sauce, versus having dried chilis, which were very hard and super spicy when you eat them directly, versus having their seeds blended into the sauce. The wonton soup that it came with was delicious, and you can't beat $5.95 for a lunch special. That said, the portions are smaller than at many other restaurants, so if you're really hungry at lunch, you may need to order two dishes!
My second time here, I had the spring rolls (very good), scallion pancake (so-so), and some special of the day that had thick rice noodles, mixed veggies (mostly broccoli), and seitan, and this dish was very good. There was a really good ratio of veggies to noodles to faux meat, and the flavor was great. The meat-eating friend I was with, had some of my meal and she couldn't believe how good it was.
We started off with the banana chicken rolls, which sounded too interesting to pass up. They are banana and soy chicken breaded and fried. They were good, but the breading was super thick and quite greasy, and the banana was on one side and the soy chicken on the other side, so you couldn't get it all in the same bite. I think it also would have been better with a dipping sauce other than ketchup.
I got the crispy divine fish delight with lemon sauce or something like that (there's an image in the pic section). I can't say that it was my favorite item in the world, but it was definitely reminiscent of traditional Chinese fish that I ate in China before going vegan. The "skin" was pretty crispy and the "meat" (soy) was soft. I tried my friend's beef and veggies and I preferred that to my fish.
I went here for lunch recently and was really glad to get a tasty vegan snack but was disappointed to find that they don't serve entrees for lunch. That said, I understand they may not have the market demand to serve hot food all day and I hear they're now serving vegan food for dinner, which is great.
I got some vegetable soup which was really good and was interesting because they put raw baby spinach leaves in the container before pouring in the hot soup. The spinach leaves were slightly wilted and provided a good texture contrast. I also had a vegetable patty, which was good, but they're the same Ital Shak patties you can get at many veg spots around the city.
I see Veggie's always announcing interesting vegan food (like rasta pasta or Jamaican rum cake) so I'm hoping to stop by for dinner soon.
I've only had carrot juice here and it was good, but I think the prices are pretty high ($6 for 12 oz!), but that's not too surprising given the high price of the gym membership. I, personally, chose not to patronize the gym/juice bar because I find their prices to be totally out of reach for the majority of neighborhood residents. Nearly all of the gym/juice bar patrons are 20-something white kids that are new to the area and I think this is frustrating to long-time community members and working families.
I don't so much have an issue w/ the juice bar, but I don't trust the gym that its located in and operated by. It seems like the whole "green" thing is a publicity stunt (although they do have some great recycled products and practices), they don't recycle, they stock petroleum-based, non-organic, tested-on-animal, multi-nationally-owned products in the bathroom, and use Clorox and Windex for cleaners. Given their apparent lack of commitment to going green, I question their commitment to vegetarianism.
It's amazing to be able to get vegan pizza w/ cheese in Brooklyn, unfortunately, the piece I had was all dried out. I think it was just sitting in the case too long so a fresher piece would have been much better. I had the black bean pizza and it definitely had potential. I also tried the vegan mozz and sausage calzone, which was pretty good.
They have vegan mini rolls, 6 for $1 and they were really good. They weren't listed as vegan on the menu so we asked and they are definitely vegan.
I stopped in here on a Saturday night and was super hungry but was a bit disappointed with my pizza. I've been to the Bedford Ave Vinnie's a bunch of times but this was my first time at their Greenpoint location. I had the vegan chicken/pineapple slice and the vegan Teriyaki slice (which didn't really taste like teriyaki) and they were both so-so.
I love that they offer so many vegan options but I think the main problem was that they didn't bake the pizzas long enough. Vegan cheese often doesn't melt as quickly as non-vegan cheese so when I got my slices, the cheese didn't look at all melted. Vinnies should definitely throw the slices under the broiler for a minute if the regular oven doesn't melt the cheese sufficiently.
This space is really cute and I always love the combination of bookstores and cafes, especially those that feature vegan and fair-trade food. I've tried the lentil chili (which is apparently purchased from a local soup restaurant and not made in-house) and it's good, but I prefer mine to be chunkier and come with more beans. It comes with bread and a salad for about $6, which isn't a bad deal.
I also had the hummus platter but was a little disappointed. It cost $7.50 so I expected it to come with a decent amount of food but instead, I got a huge plate of lettuce, with a small mound of hummus and some carrot sticks and bread. There was way more lettuce than anything else and there weren't enough carrots or pieces of bread (I think I got 4 small bread wedges) for the hummus so I ended up eating it with the lettuce and a fork. Not so great. I'll stick to chili next time.
I really want to like this place but I've been about 4 times and just can't get excited about it. The atmosphere is bright, warm, clean, and trendy, but I find the food to be very mediocre.
I've had a number of lunch and dinner entrees, none of which were remarkable enough to remember, and all were well-prepared, in that the ingredients were fresh and the presentation was attractive, but I feel they all lacked flavor and creativity. What I mostly recall about my meal are the vegan cheese wontons, which I was SOOOO excited about. I was imagining the crispy "cheese rangoons" that I used to get at Chinese restaurants with cream cheese and scallions inside. Not so. These rangoons, while fairly tasty, were mostly spinach, with little chunks of "soy cheese", which actually tasted like frozen tofu and nothing like soy cheese.
They have plenty of vegan options but I wasn't overly impressed. My friends and I went on the first day they opened and they were pretty disorganized and frazzled, which I suppose can be expected on the opening day. However, it didn't seem like employees were overly concerned with cleanliness (staff with really dirty fingernails preparing and serving food, and staff not washing their hands before touching food after they've handled money or touched their hair/face). I haven't been back since opening day, so hopefully they've gotten better.
I've lived here for about 5 years but hadn't stopped in much because I don't drink and they didn't have vegan food. They added a new vegan menu this summer and I've been back a few times since. I really like the buffalo wings and like that they come with a few didn't flavor/sauce options to chose from. I also really like the vegan philly steak but the "breaded and fried vegan chicken sandwich" turned out to be a Boca chicken burger, which was okay, but I could have easily made at home. I have no idea if the salad is good, but the fries are always tasty and the price is always right.
The one thing I don't like about this place is that it's really dark, dark to the point that you can barely see the person in front of you. I've also been here where there is some obnoxiously bright and busy show/image projected onto the huge screen, which is exceedingly distracting when you're trying to have a conversation with someone. Also, I think they're going for the "artsy" feel with the graffiti in the bathroom but I think it makes it look dirty and shady and I'm afraid to do anything beyond wash my hands, and I barely even want to touch the sink to do that.
I'm going to review my July 2007 entry because back then, they didn't have a ton of vegan options but now they do. I've never had a sandwich here that I didn't like but I must say the chicken pot pie wrap is one of my favorites.
I really like that 'snice (all their locations) offer "real" side dishes, like roasted broccoli or potato salad, instead of just chips. It may cost a couple bucks extra, but it's definitely better quality and healthier than the usual chips or fries.
This particular location tends to be really busy - particularly around lunch time - and I read somewhere it's a good place to meet other single veg New Yorkers, in case that means anything to you!
Yummy! I've been to all the s'nice locations and I have to say that this is my new favorite. The West Village location is warm, bustling, and fun; the Brooklyn location is large and friendly; but this location has a way better selection of vegan baked goods and happens to be right near my office. :)
The menu looks pretty much the same as other s'nice locations (vegan Reuben, triple-decker tofu sandwich, hummus wrap, soy chicken sandwich, etc), but instead of just a few plain jane vegan cookies/cupcakes, they had a ton of homemade vegan goodies, ranging from stuffed sandwich cookies to apricot jam bars to all the usual. I had the apricot bar, which was good, and also the "kitchen sink" cookie (or something to that effect) that contained chocolate chips and potato chips. I didn't taste the chips, but the cookie was peprfectly sweet, salty, crispy, and fatty. Yum!
I also had the triple decker tofu club sandwich, which was pretty good, but could have used more dressing. There was a good amount of tofu on it but I didn't like that all the tofu was piled in the middle so I had to shift it around so I didn't have 1/2 inch of tofu in the middle and all bread around the sides. I also had the roasted broccoli and the panzanella salad (croutons, tomatoes, canellini beans). The broccoli was so-so, as it seemed over cooked. I'm sure it was delicious hot and crispy out of the broiler but a couple hours later, it just tastes dry and chewy. The panzanella salad was pretty good and I liked that it was a less ordinary side option than pasta salad or broccoli (which are delicious, but very common).
I've had some fantastic meals here and some so-so meals here. The best meal I ever had was a peach pancakes weekend brunch special. The vegan chicken parm and the Thanksgiving-style turkey/stuffing/cranberry sandwich platter is pretty good, too. The garlic greens and corn bread are also really good. The most boring thing I've had was the meat loaf dinner, which was dry and every item on the plate was bland. Either way, it's definitely a good place to hang out with friends. They actually have crayons at the table so you can color on your place mat!
The first time I was there a few years ago, the waitress seemed pretty clueless about veganism and which options were vegan. The girl who waited on me last week was also somewhat unhelpful, asking if I wanted a dish vegan, only to tell me that it's not offered vegan. In between these times, I've had no issues with the staff, but I do question overall how knowledgeable they are of vegan items.
Also, what's with the new name, "12 Carrots"? That's got to be the least creative, boring name for a restaurant. It sounds like a place that no omni/carnivore in their right mind would want to go so when inviting non-veg friends to dine, I will continue calling it "Curly's" :)
I absolutely love this place. A friend and I went and nearly ordered the entire menu. My favorite entree was the lasagna (from Raw Soul), which had a more robust flavor than raw lasagnas I've had elsewhere. The garlicky greens side dish was amazing, but definitely avoid it if you're sensitive to how your breath might smell.
All the desserts we had were amazing but I particularly enjoyed the raw chocolate cheesecake, which tasted like a chocolate-coconut cream pie. The gluten-free Babycakes cookie with mint cream filling was also delicious.
The staff (perhaps owner) was extremely nice and gave us some seaweed salad on the house. Very friendly and personable.
This is the SPOT!!!!! They're all vegetarian and nearly all vegan, organic, fair trade and small-business. Of course you'll find your token crazy co-op member there, but everyone is really nice and it's certainly the most ethically driven business to support.
It's mostly bulk and fresh stuff but they do have packaged sandwiches, ice cream bars, and other snacks that are ready to eat.
Adelina's was closed for a number of months (they say they were remodeling) but they just opened up again a few weeks ago. I stopped in for dessert and was disappointed that half of the cakes (mostly cheesecake) were NOT vegan. They had a raw mousse/torte thing, and some raw chocolate, but that's about it.
I had the "superfood chocolate bar" with goji berries and almonds in it. It was decent, but had that distinctive "healthy" taste too it. I'm all for healthy, but not when it comes to dessert. I would have preferred some rich, fatty hunk of chocolate, but perhaps that's just me.
The employees were nice but seemed a little frazzled and disorganized, despite the restaurant not appearing to be very busy. Perhaps they're still getting their things together since reopening. I was happy that the staff knew what was vegan and went to check ingredients on some things.
I was very disappointed, however, to see SO much egg and milk used in their dishes. I would have expected a veg restaurant focused on health and raw food to have more vegan options. It seemed like half their items had cheese in them and their brunch menu is mostly omelettes.
I didn't actually eat here but I was disappointed enough with my experience that I feel the need to write a review. That said, the menu likely has more vegan options than any other restaurant in Inwood so I may be willing to visit again in the future and I'm in the area.
I stopped in for lunch, hoping to take advantage of the $5.95 lunch special. For some reason, typically pricey meat options like shrimp and cashews are part of the lunch deal but the only vegetarian options are broccoli and rice or soft bean curd with string beans - boring! I asked if I could get a veggie meat instead of the meats but was told no. If I wanted veggie meats, I'd have to pay $10.95 - nearly double. Not cool. More than the lack of getting a good deal, I didn't appreciate that the server was very cold and rude. Even though there wasn't a single other customer in the restaurant, her tone implied that I was bothering her so I decided to leave and go to Yummy Thai for some vegan noodles.
The food is pretty good but I don't think some of it is worth the price. They have interesting selections that are presented beautifully but the portions are a bit small. The sandwiches, however, are really big and only around $8.
I love that they have an extensive ingredient menu so that no matter what your allergy or aversion is (gluten, sesame, tomatoes, onions, etc.) you can easily avoid it without having to rely on poorly informed servers.
DO NOT GET THE CORNBREAD! A friend of mine was told that the cornbread was amazing so we ordered an entire loaf and it was horrible. It tasted like it hadn't been cooked thoroughly and as though it was just a bunch of whole kernels of corn mashed together. Disgusting. However, there were two types of cornbread, so it's possible that the variety we didn't order was actually good.
I really enjoyed my meal here, partly because the food was good but partly because I really liked the restaurant decor. New York city is famous for delicious vegan food but so few of the vegetarian/vegan restaurants have a classy/fancy enough style to be appropriate for a date or a nice family dinner. Apple is beautifully decorated and they have plenty of vegan options to chose from.
My dining partner and I started with the protein sushi rolls, which were very good, but nothing extraordinary. For my meal, I had the Buddha's Delight, which was "tofu, soy patty, and veggies with cellophane noodles". I had it without the mushrooms and was pleased to find that the soy patties were actually chunks of May Wah veggie chiken (or something that looks/tastes exactly like them). The flavor was good but it was mild so I added hot sauce to it. The woman next to me was looking over my meal (and probably my dining partner's fish steak) and decided on getting the Buddha's Delight, which she then loved. Good choice, my friend!
I was also really excited that they have a lot of good non-alcoholic drinks. I get so annoyed just drinking water at restaurants when soda is the only non-alcoholic beverage. Apple had tons of non-alcoholic fruity drinks and I decided on a guava daiquiri, which was delicious.
I gotta say that I was pretty disappointed with this place. I stopped in for a quick vegan sandwich and cupcake, only to find out that they no longer have vegan baked goods.
I ordered the avocado sandwich (avocado, red onions, jalapenos, tomato, lettuce, sprouts) on whole grain bread because I LOVE avocado. I was quite disappointed to get my sandwich and not see the avocado slices I was expecting, but rather find a guacamole-like paste that obviously contained preservatives and was likely frozen. I'm guessing it's the same crap guacamole made in Mexico, frozen, then shipped to American Taco Bells. They might be using the same guacamole dip Trader Joe's uses, but that's still not very good, especially considering it was supposed to be an avocado sandwich, not a guacamole dip sandwich.
I also was disappointed to see that I only got two jalapeno slices on my sandwich and they were the canned variety so they weren't very spicy. I will say, however, the multi-grain bread was very good and the employees were friendly.
The food here is exactly the same as it is in their East Village location. It is good, but not the best Ethiopian food in the city. The staff at this restaurant speaks better English than at the East Village location (good for folks w/ allergies), but is not that much friendlier.
I'm used to being ignored in Ethiopian restaurants, but was put off by my waitress having an extended and very loud conversation with a friend who stopped in to chat. I was the only person eating in the restaurant but the waitress didn't check up on me until after her friend left. Quite annoying.
I brought in a coupon from the African Diaspora Film festival but nobody in the restaurant had seen it. My waitress called her boss to verify, and he had no idea they had put out a coupon ad, but he told her to honor it, which was nice, but shows a lack of disorganization.
The food here is good but it's not the best Ethiopian food around (Meskerem, a short walk away, is better). The staff is friendly, but I dined here with a friend with severe allergies and our waitress had a lot of difficulty understanding what we were saying.
We got the veggie combo platter, which is the best way to try out many of the items on the menu, and it was pretty good. We went on a Monday night and it was quite busy. The dark lighting is sort of romantic, so perhaps keep that in mind when you chose who you will dine there with. :)
Big, tasty, vegan lunch for $10? Why, I don't mind if I do! I stopped in for lunch last week and was very surprised to see how much food came on the lunch platter. There was rice and bread (of course!), plus salad, lentils, cauliflower, a chickpea/potato dish, and a fried goodie. I think they gave me two salads since I told them I'm vegan and the dish usually comes with a yogurt option. I can't say that the salad was interesting enough to eat twice, but I was very glad they were knowledgeable of which items were and were not vegan.
The meal was supposed to come with dessert but it wasn't vegan (it really should be! :) ), but I was too stuffed to eat dessert anyway.
The service was prompt and friendly, and I love that they serve brown rice and make small, healthy changes that you don't typically find in Indian food.
I hate this restaurant, not because they have bad food (I refuse to eat there), but because they call themselves a vegetarian restaurant, despite having a menu that is about 1/3 fish. People are constantly in there telling them that fish isn't vegetarian and that they should get it off the menu or change their name/sign, but they will just be very dismissive and say something like "Oh, it's okay, some people think fish is vegetarian. I don't want to argue."
Furthermore, their vegan options are limited to salad and steamed veggies. Are you kidding? Most steakhouses can do better than that. I just posted the place in case someone has heard of it and wanted to know what it's all about. Don't eat here!
The first time I went here, I thought the cupcakes were disgusting and didn't know what all the fuss was about. The second time around, I had some mini chocolate brownie bites, which were delicious. Later, I had a cookie sandwich with mint cream filling (from 24 Carrots Juice Bar on the Upper West Side), and it was also delicious.
I hear a lot of good things about this place, so I think my first visit was just on an off-day.
I loved this place! The food is reasonably priced (cheap if you go for lunch), it's very good, it's beautifully plated, and it's one of the few veg-friendly spots in Wash Heights. I'm a noodle gal so I went with the Pad Kee Mao (stir fried flat noodles, bell peppers, bamboo, basil, tomatoes) with vegetarian mock duck. The mock duck was very good - as always - as were the noodles and every other aspect of the dish.
When I got there, I told them I was in a rush and asked if they had dishes that could be made quickly and I got my food in under 10 minutes, which was good. I loved that they took the time to put little edible garnishments on the plate (shaved carrots, beets, and parsley) which made it more beautiful, and provided a nice contrast between the cooked and raw food.
This place is really cute and they have a decent selection of vegan bakery, which I am happy to report comes from Brooklyn-made Red Mango, instead of from Vegan Treats. Vegan Treats is great but it comes from Pennsylvania and is in pretty much every veg restaurant in NYC so it's nice to have some variety.
I'm not a coffee drinker so I'm a big fan of The Bean's soy hot chocolate, which is also vegan. The lady who rung me up knew the chocolate syrup was vegan because she has checked for people in the past but she still brought out the container to show me. Very nice.
My only issue with this place is that the front door doesn't close all the way so you get a super cold draft if you're sitting near the front.
Delish!!!!! It's so tough to get vegan Mexican food beyond the usual beans and rice so I was really happy to eat at Benny's. I've also been to the Ave A location, which seems to have a slightly different menu and also charges for chips & salsa. I had a veggie beef burrito at the Ave A location, which I didn't see on the menu here, but this place had a curry veggie burrito special (which I didn't get), that I never saw at the place on Ave A.
My friends and I got free chips and salsa here, but they weren't that great. I had the "Super Chicken Burrito" but subbed tofu for the chicken and it was GREAT! It came with beans, guac, salsa, tofu, sour cream (I got the tofu sour cream), and it usually comes w/ cheese but since I didn't feel like paying $1.75 to get soy cheese, I just left it off.
We went on a Friday night so it was super busy. We waited about 35 minutes for a table but it was worth the wait and the staff was really friendly.
Also, I really like that the delivery guys here are provided helmets and reflective jackets, as many restaurants don't provide anything and totally step all over them. I spoke w/ one of the delivery guys and he says that the restaurant treats them pretty well.
I really enjoyed this place. They had SO many veg burrito/taco/fajita options, not to mention vegan toppings (vegan sour cream and cheese, in addition to typical toppings) which is fairly hard to come by in Mexican restaurants in NYC. I had the veggie beef burrito, and while there wasn't much veggie beef inside, there was plenty of other stuff and the sour cream--which tasted home made--was very good.
It was slightly annoying that you have to order chips and salsa separately and don't get them automatically, like you do in most Mexican places.
I can't believe it took me over a year to get to this place. The restaurant is classy and well-decorated and the food comes prepared very beautiful but the prices are very reasonable. I went for lunch recently and got the $9 lunch plate, which came with about 8 different items: rice, lentils, eggplant, pickled veggies, bread, and a few other items. My server and the owner seemed to be aware of what vegan is and they even had a vegan dessert (a sweet bread), instead of the usual buttery Cream of Wheat orange concoction.
I happened to walk by this place about a year ago and noticed their "50% discount for anyone arriving on a bike" sign. I couldn't believe the discount. I didn't think they'd have vegan cookies, but when I went in to check, they actually did! They weren't my favorite, but I kept going back since I love the idea of this place and it's better than packaged vegan cookies.
I prefer the chocolate chip to the oatmeal raisin cookie, and I definitely like the cookies more than I used to. They're good cookies, I just tend to prefer softer cookies. The only time I had something other than the cookie (I believe it was a raspberry cupcake or something), I didn't particularly care for it. It was too healthy tasting to be a cupcake.
Also, the bike discount has since decreased to 25%, but it's still a huge discount.
I've been going to their East Village location for about 2 years but just visited this place for the first time last week. The vegan selections are the same and I still prefer the chocolate chip cookie to the oatmeal raisin.
When I stopped in, they had a raspberry muffin but it looked so heavy on flax and sesame seeds that it appeared super heavy and resembling more of a Cliff-bar like hiking refueler than a sweet snack.
I also really like that this location has some seating so my friends and I were able to lounge for a bit, instead of having to stand around in the cold outside and eat our cookies, as is the case at the East Village location.
I've been to all of the Birdbath locations and they're all lovely. The company is truly dedicated to being green and even delivers their goods in bike taxis! The 1st Ave location (the first one, I believe), is tiny and there's no room for seating. They now offer 10% off if you arrive by bike but used to offer 50% (I think it cut into their prices). The West Village location is large enough for a few people to seat, and while this 3rd Ave location doesn't offer space to sit, they have a great variety of savory foods that the other locations lack.
The standard vegan bakery items are chocolate chip and oatmeal/raisin cookies. Both are good but they're not my favorite cookies in the city. Last time I was at this location, I got the smoked tofu and edamame hummus sandwich, which was fantastic! The bread was burned around the edges and I was a little surprised they would use such blackened bread in their sandwiches, but everything else about the sandwich was right on. There were many different flavors and textures and it made the perfect dinner on the go.
This is a lovely upscale restaurant with good food and good decor. The portions were pretty small for the price, but I guess that is to be expected at a fancy restaurant.
The cheese pizza with caramelized onions was incredible! I have been dreaming about it ever since.
I was so happy to learn that my co-workers brought me vegan cupcakes from here for my birthday a couple weeks ago....the bakery's first day open!
We tried several cupcakes and they were all pretty good. I will say that some of the stuffed cupcakes seemed a little raw on the inside, but that may have just been the cream getting the insides all soggy. I enjoyed the red velvet the most and wish I would have taken pictures!
Blossom du Jour is pretty much the only Chelsea place where you can get fast food-style vegan food so I'm a fan. I was surprised to find that their menu is so different from what they offer at Blossom, Cafe Blossom, and V-Note. As noted, there is very limited seating so be prepared to either stand or get your food to go.
I went with the vegan fish sandwich, as one of the employees recommended it and because it's a lot harder to come by vegan fish than it is to come by seitan and tofu sandwiches. The sandwich was pretty good, and reasonably priced at about $8, although I would have needed to also get a side to fill me up.
I've been here a million times for events but have never eaten or gotten coffee here. This is a really good place to support because all of the events are free (although some suggest a donation) and they cover a range of progressive topics like animal rights, environmentalism, hunger/homelessness, race relations, gender equality, and more.
They've recently started to have more events focusing on Latino issues (they just had, what I believe to be their first, event in Spanish), which I think is necessary for the surrounding Puerto Rican community.
I wasn't impressed with the food here, but it was end of day, which may be why there were SLIM pickings and the food wasn't very fresh. I went with a bowl of spiced chickpeas (the ONLY item on the hot bar) for $3 and a veggie samosa for $1. Neither were spectacular but they were cheap, quick, and veg. This area is very much lacking good vegetarian food so I was really happy to find this restaurant and I hope to return during the day, when the food is hopefully fresher.
It's a nice place to grab a quick lunch because their salad bar already has everything prepared so they can easily whip you up a salad, sandwich, or wrap in a few minutes. They have a good selection of pates and salad fixins but could use more desserts.
I like their 1lb. sample platter because it allows you to try some of everything. I particularly like the macadamia nut meat and this cauliflower/carrot/green bean mixture, but I'm not a fan of the squash salad or pumpkin/poppy pate.
I tried the blueberry/banana ice cream, and wasn't impressed, particularly because it was $5 for what tasted like a banana pureed with frozen blueberries.
I've been here three times and have always enjoyed my meal. They are heavy on fake meat, but their preparation style is much different than the million Pan-Asian sort of restaurants in NYC. I always get the vegan fried shrimp for an appetizer, and if the fried shrimp weren't good enough, they come on top of steamed and deliciously seasoned broccoli, sprinkled with candied walnuts. Outstanding. The only thing that would make this better is if it came with cocktail sauce instead of plain vegan mayo.
I've had a number of the entrees, all of which were good, but I mostly enjoy the General Tso's Chicken, which is what the waiters often recommend. Most recently, I had the vegan steak lunch special, which was really good, and had a nice balance of faux meat and veggies, but I don't think the texture was as good as other menu items.
Buddha Bodai, while known for great food, is not known for good service, which is often slow and can be inattentive. When I last went with my boyfriend and his brother (who are Mexican), the service was exceptionally slow, and we had to ask for water twice, and then ask for take-out containers, and then ask for the bill. I can't help but wonder if the staff is even mildly racist (nearly all restaurant patrons are Chinese or white), and I was offended when the waiter said "adios" to us when we were done. Perhaps it was an honest effort to communicate with them, as they don't speak much English, but the entire situation just made me uneasy.
I like that Cafe Blossom offers both higher-end items (like seitan with lemon-caper sauce, mashed potatoes, and chard) and more affordable items like vegan cheeseburgers and Philly steaks. The higher-end items are very involved and unique, but even the burgers are far from typical, being served on foccacia bread with chipotle aioli.
My favorite item is the seitan w/ caper sauce (mentioned above), as it's very interesting and unique, but I also really like the veggie burgers. The vegan bacon cheeseburger (sans mushrooms) is my favorite. I also really like the southern burger, which has avocado and caramelized onions. It also has the chipotle aioli, but I needed to ask for an extra side of it last time to fill up the sandwich. I like you can get sweet potato fries or cajun sweet potato fries instead of plain fries w/ your sandwich for no extra cost. I ordered the cajun sweet potato fries but think they gave me the regular sweet potato fries. Either way, they were very fresh and tasty.
I have to say that one of my favorite features of Cafe Blossom (and Blossom, for that matter), is that they make their own desserts and don't just cop out and sell Vegan Treats cakes like about 20 other veg spots in the city. I've had a few of their cakes and they've all been good, but not as rich or moist as I'd expect from an upscale restaurant.
I've been here 3 times recently and largely enjoyed my meals very much (minus a couple disappointments).
First of all, the brunch here is great. Too many vegetarian/vegan restaurants in the city offer little more than pancakes and tofu scramble, as though it were 2000 and veganism were some new fad. The brunch/lunch item here is not only well-varied, but it's offered EVERY DAY (not just weekends!) and most items are a few bucks cheaper than their dinner counterparts.
I really like the lunch appetizers, particularly the raw beet carpaccio (spelling?), and the mini cordon bleu bites. I also had the fried cashew cheese dumplings, which were good, but I feel that all the fried dough overpowered the flavor so they may be better steamed. For the brunch entrees, I've had the fried seitan with greens and biscuits, which was absolutely delicious. I also had the vegan eggs benedict (recommended by a server), which was very underwhelming. The cornbread, soy ham, and Hollondaise sauce were good, but then it came with two big, plain slabs of tofu that I didn't know what to do with. There was a little bit of a sauce on them, but they tasted mostly raw. Why weren't they pan fried? Grilled? Am I supposed to eat them plain or put them on top of the ham and cornbread? Either way, the tofu was bland and plentiful.
I also recently had some fried seitan, tofu, and soy ham/cheese sandwich for dinner, which came with an onion ring and some sauce on it. The sandwich was pretty interesting and I liked the flavor, but it felt WAY too heavy on the soy meat, and lacking in the seasoning and dressing. I would have loved something "fresh" on it like lettuce or tomato, but I can understand if they were going for a refined, fried fest with this one.
In general, the desserts have been very good here but I find them to be a little overpriced. I had a banana cake stuffed with chocolate and a small scoop of ice cream. It was good, but for $14, I would have preferred to order another entree!
I really like this place because it's cheap, good, and says "vegetarian food" on the awning, which is always a plus for me. I usually just get the falafel with hummus, which is $4.50. The flavor is really good (not spectacular, but good), and I like that the tahini sauce is nice and garlicky.
When the weather is nice, I like to sit at the outdoor tables and watch people, as it's right near 1st Ave, which is a good people-watching area. :)
I LOVE the food here. The plates are large and the food is beautifully presented. When you order an entree (which is usually a mock meat and a side like potatoes or rice), you also get to choose 2 sides (collard greens, mac and cheese, various steamed vegetables, fried plantain, etc).
I was very surprised at how involved and flavorful the food was. I've had various veggie meats but the curry mock duck with brown rice is my favorite. I've had most of the sides but the vegan mac and cheese and collard greens are my favorite. The okra is also pretty good. The brown rice wasn't the plain rice I was expecting the first time I came; it was a delicious rice mixture with chunks of carrots, herbs, and seasonings. I've been served plain brown rice during subsequent visits. The collard greens also were sauteed with onions, carrots, and seasonings (sometimes a bit too oily, but very good). This huge plate of food was only $8!
I also tried the "Harlem chicken nuggets", which were 4 crispy soy chicken chunks for only $2.50. They were SO good, but I was upset that they came with two plastic cups of ketchup instead of a good sauce. The waitress said they usually have a sauce but were out. They have a number of $2-3 appetizers, like spinach rolls (delicious!) and eggplant fritters.
The first couple times I went here, the service was terrible. The guy who greeted me and another lady (manager?) were very friendly, but my waitress seemed annoyed to be working. She was really slow, went around taking other people's orders before even giving me a menu, didn't bring water until my food came, and didn't bring my check (I had to go get it myself after waiting 10 minutes). My most recent two visits have included very good service, however.
I've been to the 2nd Ave location a million times but this was my first time uptown. I was really surprised by how different the two locations are. The East Village/2nd Ave location really promotes being veg/vegan and has a really cool, young crowd. The uptown location is full of middle class moms pushing strollers and they barely mention they're veg.
The pizza signs say the soy cheese contains casein but the manager told me they JUST started using Follow Your Heart (vegan) cheese but haven't updated the signs yet. This location doesn't have nearly as many vegan options as the 2nd Ave location and they only say "vegan" in small letters. The menu here also seems to be much larger.
I had the Naturale pizza, which had egggplant, red pepper, and spinach. I thought it was a bit dry and I didn't like the eggplant. I was disappointed that there was only one other vegan option and since it was full of mushrooms, I didn't get it.
I had dinner here a couple years ago and really enjoyed my meal. One thing I remember is that there was wine in a LOT of dishes, so watch out if you're straightedge or abstain from alcohol for another reason. The service is very friendly and the restaurant is beautiful.
I just had brunch here for the first time this past weekend and it was spectacular. I dined with a non-veg friend and she was very impressed with the food. I had the breakfast burrito, which had seitan, rice, carmelized onions, beans, and spinach, and it was really good. She had the multi-grain waffles with fresh fruit and cranberry butter and that was excellent. I liked that the whole grains made them healthier, but it wasn't the super-gritty mess you sometimes get with whole grains.
We shared the salad of the day, which was absolutely spectacular, and I'm not even a salad person. It had arugula, black rice, hearts of palm, avocado, tomatoes, radishes, and had a basil dressing. Outstanding. We also shared the apple phyllo dough tart, which was their homemade apple ice cream, topped with an apple sauce, surrounded with crispy phyllo dough and drizzled with a sweet sauce. Very good, but the dough was sort of hard to eat since so crispy.
I had the recommended green drink, but I wasn't really into it. I'm generally not into green drinks but figured it was worth a try. It's probably good if you like green drinks, but next time I'll get OJ for breakfast. My friend had fresh apple juice, which was good, but it had a hair in the glass, so they got her a new one, and comped both the drinks and our dessert, which was very thoughtful.
I really like a lot of the food at Candle Cafe but the more that I go, the more that I feel that the food is overpriced. I think that you're paying for ambiance and the Candle brand, versus the quality/elaborateness of the food. I recently stopped in for brunch, and was really disappointed to find only TWO items being offered. Really, Candle? You're one of the best vegetarian/vegan restaurants in the city and you can only come up with two brunch items, one of which is pancakes? That's pathetic.
I can make pancakes at home so I ordered the vegan "huevos rancheros" which were good, but basically, it was a simple tofu scramble on some tortillas with some salsa and cream. Tasty, but a fairly simple dish and not worth $16. I also had a scoop of the homemade coconut-chocolate ice cream, which was tasty, but again, the serving was tiny and definitely not worth $4. I'd rather get an entire pint of vegan ice cream for that price.
People seem to really rave about this place but I've been there a number of times and wasn't impressed. Everyone suggested the "chicken" nachos but they tasted pretty average to me, something I cold easily make at home. I've also had a raw salad that was pretty good (if you're into raw food), and a smoothie that was really small and not very flavorful.
I do, however, love the ambiance. The live music and the lighting is just right and if you're able to get a table outside, it's a lovely experience.
The lunch buffet is pretty good, but nothing spectacular. It tastes like all the other buffets in the area. This place tends to be pretty crowded so maybe others know something I don't know. The only thing I've had off the menu is the behl puri and that's really good. The menu has plenty of vegan food and the dairy items are clearly marked.
It is quite the rare occasion that I meet a falafel that I don't like, but I really didn't like Chickpea's falafel. While I appreciate their effort to offer a healthier falafel by baking it versus frying it, I feel that the taste is totally compromised.
I tried both the original and broccoli falafel in a pita, and both had a mushy and crumbly texture. Although I usually like veggies stuffed into most of my food, the broccoli bits seemed inappropriate in the falafel and made the already awkward texture that much more awkward. The jalapeno-scallion hummus was really good, but there wasn't that much on the pita.
That said, I appreciated that they let me charge a $5 falafel, as I was totally out of cash and many restaurants have $10 minimums.
Why is this place even on here? They don't have one single vegan option. It's a regular, ol' dessert restaurant, no different from any other place. Boooooo!
I was so happy to stumble upon this place! I had just come from dinner so I didn't order a sandwich, but there was a big sign advertising "free samples" so I stopped in for one. Turns out, the restaurant had just opened 2 weeks previously.
I had never heard of cigkoftem and it looked pretty boring so I was skeptical but who turns down free samples? The sample came wrapped in a piece of lettuce with the option of getting spicy sauce. I was still skeptical after the first bite, but after finishing off the sample a few bites later, I decided that I liked it very much. The texture is very different from what I'm used to in a sandwich filling (it resembles a moist, uncooked veggie burger, although not unappealing as that description suggests) but I really enjoyed it. The spices were very good and I believe it would make for a great quick, healthy snack instead of the usual falafel.
I will definitely be back!
Cinnamon Snail has a fairly extensive menu for a food truck. They have curried tofu and teriyaki seitan sandwiches, fancy salads, and tons of baked goods! Yum.
I haven't made it to Hoboken to try the truck but was lucky enough to try it when they participated in the NYC Food Truck Festival in Brooklyn last week. I enjoyed my teriyaki seitan sandwich but wasn't super impressed buy the curried tofu sandwich. The latter didn't have much of a curry flavor so it was slightly bland. I was also very unimpressed with the desserts. I ordered both a strawberry-glazed donut (which was SUPER bland, barely any flavor from the glaze) and a toasted coconut donut, which had a more flavorful topping but the donut itself was crazy dried out and overcooked. Boo! I also tried my friend's "cinnamon snail" which was basically a cinnamon roll. It was decent, but nothing to brag about. It lacked sufficient cinnamon filling and glaze and was mostly dough.
The Food Truck Festival was insanely busy so the wait was like 30 minutes for a sandwich. It is very possible that Cinnamon Snail was overwhelmed at the event, especially being a new business, so I hope to try their food again soon to get a better idea of what it tastes like on a normal day.
Review from March 2011:
I stopped in for a light dinner and dessert, only to learn that they no longer serve food, which was a bit disappointing. I got a number of chocolate bars - high-end candy bars, I suppose - which were fantastic. The candy bars run around $7 each, which isn't too bad given the size of the bar. My favorite was the "Butterfinger bar", which tasted exactly like a Butterfinger (at least my memory of a Butterfinger, which I have admittedly not had in at least 7 years!). :)
I'm disappointed they no longer serve food but I suppose that was never their forte. It's a cute little dessert shop, perfect to stop in for a quick piece of chocolate or something to go.
Review from August 2010:
I took my mom here last week while she was in town and we both really enjoyed it. As we hadn't had dinner yet, we started out with two savory options, the nut cheese platter and the quiche of the day. The quiche of the day was spinach and it had a very good flavor and crust. It also came with some plain sweet potato chips and was very good. This plate was $11 and I think it was a decent deal. The nut cheese platter was about $13 and it came with a nut pate with a good flavor and a hummus-consistency and a nut cheese that had a very deep, almost pungent flavor that tasted somewhat like wine. I didn't care for this cheese but my mom enjoyed it. The dish was artfully prepared, with the slices of the nut cheese interspersed among sliced strawberries, but I think it was fairly pricey given the price. Both dishes served as appetizers.
For dessert, we decided on a make-your-own platter and chose the praline pecan (which had a delicious flavor but was very grainy), the almond toffee (which was fantastic), the raspberry fruit pate (which was good, kind of like a big gum drop), cranberry-orange bark (which was also good, but I felt it was too soft to be bark and I personally didn't care for the cranberry-chocolate mixture)), and the apricot carmel (which I felt had a great apricot carmel flavor and a great chocolate flavor, but I didn't care for the two tastes when combined).
Overall, the chocolates were well prepared and there is tremendous variety but they are quite small. My mother also noticed that it would likely be cheaper to order chocolates independently, as many of the sweets are 75 cents to $1.50, but for some reason, a platter of 5 is $13, which was really disappointing and I feel somewhat dishonest.
The ambiance was nice and we were happy to get a table on a busy Friday night. The service was friendly, but I feel it was just a little slow and I think the waiter was trying a bit too hard to be friendly and connect with us as customers. Either way, I would go back in the future, but probably just for dessert, which I plan on ordering as independent items, vs. the platter.
I was here before they went veg a few years ago and wasn't particularly impressed. I went again recently and am still not totally impressed with the food but the service is very friendly, they're open late, and I love that they're all vegetarian.
I asked for a sample of their famous tortilla (which the menu encourages you to do) and instead of getting a small bite-worth, like I expected, I was handed a huge, hot, fresh tortilla that was DELICIOUS. I then asked which salsas are the best to go w/ chips so they gave me a little plate w/ samples of all the salsa. How sweet!
The menu is super confusing to read (for instance, you can't just order "chips and salsa", you have to order chips from the tortilla section and then pic a salsa from the condiment/side section). Weird. All the salsas were decent but I think my favorite was the pico de gallo since I like it fresh. They also have a bunch of burritos with different names but there doesn't seem to be much variety among them, as in, one burrito has cheese and sour cream but another just has cheese. They have both vegan cheese and tofu sour cream and they don't charge extra for them, which is fabulous.
I ordered the spelt burrito, which came with pinto beans, soy cheese, rice, and salsa. Not bad but not spectacular. For $6.50, though, I shouldn't complain because it was pretty big. The soy cheese could have been melted more (it was in big chunks) but I'm really glad that they carry it. My friend had the tofu burrito and said it was really good so maybe I'll opt for that next time.
Good food and beautiful atmosphere.
I've had a number of dishes here over the years but my absolute favorite plate, the vegetable mosaic platter is no longer offered (perhaps it's seasonal?). It had orange scented fennel, spicy quinoa, whipped sweet potatoes, garlic green beans, and a few other veggies. All were cooked and seasoned perfectly, were very distinct, yet none clashed with each other.
I had the veggie burger a couple years ago and it had a magnificent flavor, but the texture is unexpectedly soft. I had it again a few weeks ago and the texture was much improved but the flavor wasn't anything spectacular. The nicoise-style white bean and pesto soup has an amazing flavor, but could use a bit more pesto. The seitan tenderloin is also good, but I don't think it's one of their best dishes. It's not particularly creative or exceptionally flavorful.
The only dessert I had here was a brownie sundae with homemade ice cream, which was tasty and artistically prepared. My only complaint was that it was exceedingly sweet - even for a dessert!
I just stopped in Cowgirl the other day, drawn in by the "OMG - We have vegan funnel cakes!" sign they had outside. Cowgirl has a good selection of homemade baked goods, including all the usual cupcakes and cookies, but also more interesting items like donuts, sticky buns, and apparently funnel cakes. Oddly enough, they also have a hot bar to make burritos (beans, rice, toppings, etc).
I got the sticky bun, which came recommended by the employee working. I thought it was very good but it would have been better warm and ooey-gooey. I think I'll throw it in the microwave next time. I also got the plain frosted donut with sprinkles. This also had a good donut texture but was SUPER greasy. I don't recall the individual price of either of these but together, they were about $7.
Note that this place is tiny and take-out only!
I was very satisfied with my meal here. The food was very flavorful and the service was exceptional. I had the Rose Petal dish, which was $15 (a bit overpriced), but was a delicious soy meat dish with perfectly steamed vegetables and red/brown rice. I also had the rice noodles with veggies and faux meats, which was around $10 and very good, although it could have benefited from more vegetables. Both dishes were large portions and were more than enough for one person.
Because I was so satisfied with my first visit there, during dinner time, I decided to check it out for lunch. Bad idea. The lunch specials are very cheap, but the quality is poor. I got the sesame soy nuggets with broccoli (which I was pleased to see came with red rice and a spring roll), but was very disappointed with the entree. The soy nuggets were very tough and lacked flavor and while some of the broccoli was piping hot, some of it was still frozen. I suppose this isn't a surprise, as they brought me my food within 5 minutes of ordering, but it's especially disappointing, as the restaurant wasn't busy and they could have spent more time preparing my dish.
Aside from the veggie spring rolls, which were delicious, I found the food here to be pretty blah. I had the veggie steamed rice rolls but thought they were just soggy and lacking flavor. The soy bean dumplings were so-so and I didn't touch the mushroom dumplings (because I HATE mushrooms), but my dining partner tried them and said they were terrible.
Even though the food was not so great, the prices were low enough that it wasn't a totally unpleasant experience. I wouldn't go here again if I had a choice of another place, but I'd go here if I was hungry and didn't know where else to go that had vegan options.
I really like this place. I'm a sucker for lunch buffets, so this is what I usually have here and I haven't been disappointed, although I'd like to see fewer buffet items with butter and cream.
I had some sort of potato puff balls thing with sauce and lots of spice but I can't remember what it was called. It's probably an appetizer or a small plate (I ordered this separately, it wasn't off the buffet), and it was delicious.
This has to be one of my new favorite places. The food is quick, cheap, and delicious. I ordered the pan-seared veggie dumplings, which were slightly greasy, but was told they're quicker to make than the steamed variety and I was in a rush. The dumplings came out in about 5 minutes and were piping hot. I threw on some soy sauce and Siracha sauce and called it a day.
I also had the banana coin (dessert dumpling w/ banana, pine nut, and goji berry), which was amazing. It was only $1 so I wish I would have ordered more.
I might have to start stopping in between 3-5pm on a regular basis, because their 6 dumplings for $3.50 special is a really good deal! 6 dumplings is a pretty good snack or a really small dinner. I love dumplings so I'd probably get two of the 2 6-packs and call it a night.
This is a lovely grocery and cafe with tons of vegan options. There is a nice seating area upstairs which is great because you can eat, read, check e-mail, and people-watch down in the store.
One of my friends once ordered a vegan egg salad sandwich and got real egg, but aside from that, I've never had or known of any problems.
A Dominican friend invited me to Papasito's recently and told me that they have really authentic Dominican food. The atmosphere was extremely no-frills and relaxed, which is great if you have time to spare, but let the server know if you're in a rush, as I hear it's the Dominican way to have a long, slow meal so servers take their time. We were in no rush and were enjoying the food and the music so it wasn't a problem. The lighting is dim and the music and TV are loud, so don't expect to have a deep conversation or a romantic date or read the Times while you eat. El Papasito is, however, a great place to hang out with friends.
I was initially very reluctant to go to a Dominican restaurant because they are known for eating nothing but meat and plantains and very little (or no) vegetables but I'm really glad I did. They have an entire vegetarian menu, including tofu, veggie fajitas, and vegetable mofongo. They were out of tofu the night I dined so they recommended the veggie mofongo. It turned out to have butter in it but honestly, I'm just glad they're making an effort to have veggie food. I've been to a million Dominican restaurants that don't even have an appetizer I can eat, let alone an entire veg section, so I'm glad they're trying.
The veggie mofongo was good, but I can't say it was spectacular. The veggies (broccoli and carrots) were obviously frozen, but I was just happy they had a non-animal topping.
My favorite part of the experience was dancing with the waiter. We told him we wanted to listen to bachata and I said I wanted to dance so he turned up the music, turned down the lighting, and we took a spin in the middle of the dining area; it was fantastic. And yes - he did receive an extra tip. :)
I've walked past this place a million times but never gave it much thought. I went in for a juice but the line was long, the produce (in the juice bar) looked slightly sad, and I wasn't impressed with whoever was working at the juice bar.
All that said, I went in tonight (with a coupon!) and had a great experience. They offer a huge variety of vegan and organic items and while the prices are comparable to other health food stores (like Lifethyme and Earthmatters) - slightly pricey! - they had some really good deals that I was able to stock up on. I was particularly excited that they carry the large container of the (new?) almond milk yogurt - AND it was really cheap. I've only seen the small containers at a couple stores around the city but I hate wasting all the small cups so I prefer to buy the large tubs. Thanks!
I was also impressed with the deli. The vegan offerings (egg roll, potato knish, soy chicken nuggets) were much more interesting than I expected. I was also really glad to see they offered Vegan Diva sweet treats to mix things up a bit. I was juice fasting when I stopped in today but I will certainly be back for soy nuggets and a donut!
I loved this place! There's not a ton of veg-friendly places in the neighborhood (aside from bean tacos), so this was a real treat. A friend and I dined for lunch and tried a number of dishes. We both got the vegetarian wonton soup-which was fantastic! It had a good flavor on it's own but it was even better with some hot chili sauce. I had to pay $1 extra to get the wonton soup with my lunch special but it was definitely worth it.
We went with the crispy tofu for the appetizer because the server said it was firm tofu. When we got it, we realized that it was actually soft tofu. It wasn't as soft as most soft tofu but it definitely wasn't firm. I'm not a big fan of soft tofu so this wasn't my favorite. The batter wasn't spiced and the tofu itself is plain so the dish lacked flavor. It came with a soy sauce to dip it in, which was okay, but not enough to give it flavor.
I went with the mixed vegetables and tofu (not on the menu, but I wanted both tofu and veggies, not just one or the other so I paid $1 extra), but it was very good. I explained I'm not a fan of the soft-style tofu so the server brought out a VERY firm piece of tofu, which she called "dry tofu" and said they could make the dish with that. It was great. The tofu was good but I actually enjoyed the veggies (broccoli, carrots, pea pods) even more so I'll just go with the veggies next time. My friend ordered the Chinese broccoli with brown rice, which was good, but it was just the one veggie and I prefer more variety within a dish.
The service was fantastic. All the servers were attentive and very kind. I will definitely be back. Even though I paid $1 extra for the veggie wonton soup and $1 extra for the not-on-the-menu dish, my entree was still only $8 or $9 and the crispy tofu was $4. Not bad. I'lld definitely be back.
I was super glad to be able to find a place with so many tofu cream cheeses (although I was a bit dismayed to see the tofu-fish spread) so I didn't mind waiting 10 minutes in line for a bagel.
I decided on the pumpernickle bagel with tofu sundried-tomato spread since I've never seen that vegan cream cheese flavor elsewhere. The bagel was good, but I was disappointed that they didn't toast the bagel (maybe they are too busy). Since the bagel wasn't warm, my cream cheese didn't melt at all, which I really like. Also, I thought the cream cheese had a very strong basil or oregano flavor that was a bit too strong.
Although I wasn't super happy with my bagel, I sampled my friend's everything bagel with scallion tofu cream cheese (which was warm for some reason) and really enjoyed it.
Half the food I had here was very good, the other half was good, but not nearly as good as I was expecting. I was also expecting more authentic Korean, vs. Korean fusion. I tried a number of appetizers and entrees and the pancake sampler (corn/cilantro, scallion, kimchee) was my favorite. The yam chips with tomato/dill dip sounded amazing but pretty much tasted like potato chips.
I stopped in for a quick dinner and asked if they had any noodle dishes that could be prepared quickly or if their dishes required more time to prepare. The waitress assured me the food could be prepared quickly and my meal was brought to me within about 5 minutes. Amazing. What is more amazing is that the food was perfectly cooked and there was no sign that shortcuts were taken or that the food was rushed.
I went with the drunken noodles which come with wide, flat rice noodles, red bell peppers, onions, Chinese broccoli and some type of fantastic sauce. I chose to get the vegetarian duck with this dish but I'm sure it would have been equally fantastic with tofu or just with vegetables. I specified no egg and no fish sauce and the waitress asked if I was vegan. How lovely that she knew what vegan meant. I will definitely be back.
As I was in a rush, I wasn't able to enjoy much time in the restaurant, but the 30 minutes or so that I was there, I enjoyed the quiet, laid back atmosphere and the stylish photographs and furniture displayed. The dark, candle-lit restaurant seems like it would be a good date location.
I didn't make it to the back of the restaurant but I saw people come out from there so I think there may be a larger back room.
I was very impressed with this place. This place serves meat, but they had so many more interesting vegan dishes than I've seen at most veg restaurants!
We started with the yuca fries (pretty good, but could have been cut thinner and cooked longer) and the red quinoa coated soy drumsticks (the quinoa coating was pretty tough, but it was a worthwhile shot).
For an entree, I had the vegan Caeser Salad (and I am NOT a salad person) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had avocado, vegan hemp caseser dressing, lotus crostini, caper blossoms, and cornmeal crusted tofu. Delish! I sampled my friend's rosemary tofu skewers with grilled papaya and it was amazing. The skewers were actual rosemary twigs and the flavor was completely infused in the tofu.
I was so happy to stumble upon the Garden Cafe. I can't say that they have a ton of vegan options but this particular neighborhood isn't really vegan friendly so I appreciate that they're making an effort to offer meat-free dishes.
The food is very affordably priced and is well-prepared. Better than the food, though, is the atmosphere. The restaurant is beautiful, particularly the garden. I went during the day and enjoyed the sun coming through the roof (the garden is covered in the winter), but I'd love to go at night and see the lights set up.
I had the homemade chickpea burger and it was great. I'm usually not big into veggie burgers but I loved that it was homemade and it was chickpea-based, not soy or black bean, which are more common (although I do love black bean burgers). What really made the burger special was the garlic-sauteed spinach that topped the burger, in addition to the usual mixed greens and tomato. The fries the sandwich came with were also perfectly crisp and delicious.
I will definitely be back!
I really like Gobo. I have been there so much that I always feel like "Oh great, Gobo, again?" when somebody suggests it, but I am always happy we go.
Their pine nut lettuce wraps are amazing (it's a hot, spicy pine nut mixture-not raw), and their pineapple fried rice is also very good (and cheap, relative to other items). Their "avocado wasabi tartare" was recommended as the best item on the menu but it pretty much just tastes like really expensive guacamole. Their soy protein spinach rolls are great but the butternut squash risotto isn't too spectacular (it's also a pretty small serving).
They also have good juices and desserts, although I generally go across the street to Lifethyme Natural Food for dessert.
I have to say that while I've really enjoyed my meals at the West Village location, I wasn't particularly impressed with my meal at the UES location this afternoon. My dining partner and I started with the curry masala and roti appetizer, which I've had before and liked. I liked it again today (very flavorful) but there are two problems with it: 1) you get a big bowl of the masala curry and only one roti so you have a LOT of curry left over, and 2) the curry is VERY thin, it's like a soup, so it's difficult to eat w/ the roti and you end up eating it with a spoon.
For my entree, I had the butternut squash risotto ($18) which was WAY overpriced. The flavor was somewhat bland and the rice was too chewy. Additionally, the portion size was very small for an $18 price. I also tried the Vietnamese street noodles and really liked the flavor but also think $15 was too much for the small dish which was mostly just noodles.
In my experience, the lunch portions are a much better deal so I'll stick to that in the future.
Lunch specials are WAY cheaper than dinner ($10 vs. $25), but the food doesn't seem as high in quality and the restaurant is empty so you don't get the full dining experience.
For lunch, I had a spicy tofu and veggie soup with rice, which was good, but I wouldn't say it was spectacular. It was mostly cabbage, tomato broth, and the tofu was soft, which isn't my favorite--especially in soup. I also had the steamed dumplings with nut filling for an appetizer, and this was phenomenal.
For dinner, I had the rice cakes w/ mixed veggies, which was okay but I thought the "rice cake" texture was a bit odd (I'm not really used to Korean food). The cakes were big chunks of glutenous rice flour or something, but the sauce and veggies were good. A friend ordered the Mongolian tofu, which I sampled and thought was phenomenal.
The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and the service is impeccable. Definitely a great place to bring a date or bring folks skeptical of the quality of vegan food.
This place is really cute, the food is good, and the service is very friendly. My friend and I shared an ackee patty and a soy patty and both were good, although I preferred the soy patty. The ackee seems like it may be an acquired taste.
One of the workers let me sample a raw curry plantain dish, which was absolutely delicious. I'm not raw food expert, but this thing didn't taste raw at all. It had a strong, robust flavor, and the seasoning blend was different from any raw food I've had before.
I love that this place has a separate veg/vegan section on their menu and identifies items that AREN'T vegan. They have a great range of options and even offer brown rice as an option (50 cents extra).
It's annoying that neither of the soups on the lunch special are vegan. I tried getting a spring roll instead but they wouldn't let me. I thought this was rude. I later found that they have miso soup, so I'm wondering why they didn't offer that (perhaps they don't allow it).
I had the broccoli with garlic sauce over brown rice and it was pretty good. The broccoli had a great flavor (although I wonder if they use MSG), but the rice was a bit dry.
God bless Hotel Tortuga for their chips and salsa bar! As soon as I walked in, it reminded me of Burritoville, and come to find out, it's the same owners! I can't say that the chips and salsa were the most spectacular I've ever had but they're free and they're plentiful and that works for me.
The menu was full of so many interesting vegan options but there was no way I could order anything but the chilaquiles since I've NEVER seen this veganized and I've been dreaming about it forever (but apparently was too lazy to make on my own). Chilaquiles are basically Mexican lasagna made of layered fried tortillas, cheese, and meat. Hotel Tortuga uses Daiya vegan cheese and I got my chilaquiles with the soy chicken mole. Delicious! The cheese made the dish ridiculously greasy but it was still very good and I loved that there was also homemade tofu sour cream.
My friend had the vegan pozole tacos, which were also very good. He also had the portobello tacos, which he loved, but I passed on since I don't like mushrooms.
The food is well-priced, good, and far more interesting than pretty much anything you'll get at other Mexican joints (except, perhaps Mexican Radio). I will definitely be back!
Their food was HORRIBLE!!! Seriously, this is the worst vegan Chinese food I've ever had. The flavors were bland, the textures weren't appetizing, and most of the food came out luke-warm. The "fake meats" didn't taste like fake me should, and this place has no excuse, considering how close they are to May Wah (veg grocery store that sells tons of fake meats to the public and to restaurants).
Furthermore, the service was poor and the waitress actually reminded us to give her a tip before we even walked away from the table.
This location is usually very busy so I have never been motivated to stop in. I had take-out from here once and thought the hummus was so-so. I hear from an Israeli friend that the hummus here is extremely authentic but it's just not my thing. I'm guessing this is because, despite being authentic, it's not as fatty, sweet, and salty as the Americanized versions I've likely grown accustomed to.
I've had a number of sides at the St. Marks location (which is less busy), including the stuffed grape leaves, healthy salad, and falafel, and enjoyed them. I'm assuming the items here would be the same.
Considering the name of this place is "Hummus Place", I anticipated enjoying the hummus more. That said, an Israeli friend told me this is one of the only places she can get authentic hummus, so perhaps this stuff is really traditional and I just like the sweet, salty, fattening stuff offered at most American places. :)
I ordered the 3 appetizers for $8.95 (normally $3.50 each), but since they mixed up what I ordered, I actually got to try four items. I had the chickpea-topped hummus (I forget how it's referred to on the menu), falafel, healthy salad, and stuffed grape leaves. The healthy salad (cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro) was pretty plain but it made a great topping for the hummus and pita (whole wheat). The falafel was also good and came with this cilantro-lemon sauce and tahini.
I like this location because it's a little more low-key and less crowded than the MacDougal location. I also love that the kitchen is open and I got to sit at a table in direct view of the kitchen so I could see the cooks making my food.
Integral Yoga Natural Foods has a wide variety of vegan products--although my first stop is always the 4th Street Food Co-op (all veg food co-op). They have an extensive bulk section and TONS of bulk spices, which is really hard to come by.
They specialize in organic products and sometimes have in-store tastings for new or featured products. You can come by really good deals (I once found carob rice milk for $1.19 per carton), but the store is usually pretty busy.
A friend and I had dinner at Johns of 12th Street this week and what I enjoyed most about the experience was how beautiful the restaurant is. There aren't nearly enough cozy, candle-lit restaurants in NYC (or anywhere for that matter) that offer substantial vegan fare so this was a nice option. The servers were very attentive (bordering on annoying by refilling our glasses every time we took a sip).
As for the food, we started off with the Margherita pizza, which came with tomato sauce, Daiya cheese, basil, and garlic. Overall, I thought the pizza was delicious. There were a few burnt spots on the bottom of the crust, but in general, the crust was fantastic. It was light, chewy yet crispy, and fluffy. For $12, the pizza was also a pretty good deal.
We then shared the tofu-spinach ravioli, which we were initially excited about (how many places have vegan ravioli?) but weren't too impressed with it. In addition to the dish being served room-temperature, the ravioli filling lacked flavor. It tasted like tofu and spinach, but not much else. It definitely would have benefitted from some more garlic, onion, and herbs. Considering the dish only came with 6 or 7 pieces of ravioli (each piece was maybe 2 bites each), the $17 we paid for it was ridiculous. I would imagine that if the ravioli is homemade (which it may be; the menu doesn't specify), it may be very time consuming, but given the portion size and its dismal flavor, it is definitely not worth $17.
Aside from the ravioli, I really enjoyed my dining experience and would definitely come back.
The food here is creative and very tasty, but the prices are pretty high ($20 for a piece of lasagna and $10 for a slice of pie). However, I've liked everything I've had from here. I especially liked this "ground beef" stuffed cabbage with spicy orange sauce, called "bergolia" or something. It has a strong, spicy flavor and doesn't just taste like a nut pate lettuce wrap. Their "a-nut" (faux tuna) spread is also really good, especially on their flax crackers.
I've had a number of their spreads (pesto, alfredo, cheddar), and I think my favorite is the cheddar because it's bold and spicy. I had it on their onion rings, which are a tad salty, but taste like raw, healthy French's fried onions.
They have an amazing Irish moss parfait (strawberry or chocolate), and many delicious desserts. I had the chocolate cream pie, which was very tasty and rich, but the somewhat strong coconut flavor was unexpected.
This neighborhood has tons of vegetarian and veg-friendly Indian joints, but most are sit-down restaurants that are big on their buffets. I was walking around, looking for something quick that could be eaten on the go so Kabob Factory seemed perfect. They had a sign outside that said they have vegetarian food, and I loved that the menu had "vegetarian" and "non-vegetarian" items, versus "vegetarian" and "normal", which is just insulting.
The cook confirmed that I'm a "pure vegetarian", which apparently is what they call somebody who eats no meat, and he confirmed that no ghee or dairy was in what I was ordering. I couldn't decide between the potato and the spinach kathi rolls, so he put both into the roll. I asked for hot sauce, which he said they don't have, which I found weird. Indian food can get HOT, so it was odd that he suggested I stop at McDonalds to pick up hot sauce.
I was really happy with my find until I saw that he was cooking my veggies like 4 inches from someone's chicken tikki masala. He was using the same utensils on both of them and I could see the red sauce from the chicken getting on my veggies. I asked why they don't separate the food and use different utensils and he assured me that wasn't my food and that they take special caution to not mix anything. 1 minute later, he scooped of the same veggies I was looking at, rolled them up, and gave it to me. I questioned this and we had a bit of a discussion, and he assured me that many vegetarians eat there and that no meat gets onto the veggies. I disagreed because I saw him cooking.
This was a huge turn off for this restaurant and I don't want to go back, but as I have never been in the kitchen of non-vegetarian Indian restaurants, this may be what is done in every kitchen, Kabob Factory just has their kitchen in open view so you see it. Next time, I'll opt for one of the all-veg Indian spots around there (like Madras Mahal or Chennai Garden), but not Tiffin Wallah, that steals all the waiters tips.
This is a great hangout and is good for large groups but the food is pretty average and I think a lot of items are overpriced. I was really excited to try their "shrimp" bites but it was pretty much battered tofu bites with cocktail sauce. The veggie burger is also so-so; nothing spectacular. Their vegan nachos are good, and their mashed potatoes are amazing, as are the gravy/cheese fries, but their brunch is totally not worth it (super plain tofu scramble).
Most recently, I friend and I ordered the vegan southern chicken dinner for two (something like that), which came with lots of food: fried tofu, BBQ tofu, collards, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and black eye peas - there was lots of food for about $17 but we both thought that nearly every item on the platter was bland.
Their desserts are also not very good--go to Atlas (2nd Ave btw 4th and 5th) for dessert. Last time I dined, they had no desserts and we were told that they sometimes don't have desserts, as Kate (the owner, I would imagine), does all the baking and doesn't always have time. I guess that's okay for a brand new, tiny vegan restaurant, but this place has been around forever and underwent a decent renovation so I'd expect them to get it together and have a consistent menu.
Great food for a great price. You can get a tasty meal (soup, noodles, stirfry) for about $7/8 any time of day. It's pretty much lunch prices all day long. I especially like their pho soup and lemongrass curry. The service isn't anything to brag about and can be a bit slow but considering the taste and price, it's well worth it.
They have a decent number of vegan options, but I think this place is way overpriced. I had vegan chili, which was really plain and tasted like canned chili. My friend got a vegetarian quesadilla, which I didn't try, but he said it was decent, but plain.
I love Lifethyme Natural Foods! Their organic buffet (both hot and cold) is nearly all vegan and they sell tons of vegan goodies like deli slices, ice cream, pudding, and cheese. Their deli section is nearly all vegetarian and has tons of vegan options (both raw and cooked), and their bakery is vegan - organic - kosher, and is the BEST vegan bakery in town. The cake is always fresh and moist and I think the flavors are a lot more creative than the chocolate cake with chocolate frosting you get at most places.
I was initially put off by the number of smoothies that contain unnecesarily non-vegan ingredients like chocolate whey powder and honey, but was happy to see that the friendy staff would sub pretty much anything for the non-vegan ingredients. I've tried both a tropical style smoothie, that was mostly fruit and ice, and a richer ice cream style smoothie that was soy milk, fruit and peanut butter, and both were really good.
I didn't look at ever single dessert item, but noticed that most (if not all) were vegan, which was really nice, considering so many vegetarian places skimp on the vegan desserts.
I tried stopping in the other night and they were closed at 7pm (gate down, lights off, no staff inside), which is VERY strange for a Manhattan spot in the summer time. There was also a sign from the city on the door, which made me think they were closed for repairs or violations, but I didn't see any info about that on the notice. On the other hand, it looked like there were some baked goods inside one of their cases inside so I don't know what to think.
If you're in the neighborhood, stop by to see if they're open, but don't make a 30-minute trip out of your way like I did because they may not be open.
Review from October 2010:
I went to this place once 3 years ago and was fairly un-impressed with my food so I didn't go out of my way to return. However, a number of my friends were raving about how good the food was - particularly the mac and cheese, so I figured I should revisit. I went for lunch last week and was very pleasantly surprised. I still love the vegan Russian dressing, but am happy to have discovered the vegan mac and cheese. It was very cheesy and flavorful, as were the cheesy potatoes. I filled my plate up with these two items, some steamed broccoli, and a bountiful salad. I ended my meal with a peppermint patty sort of thing that was only a $1 and it was great. I'm definitely going to make a point of getting down here more.
Review from August 2007:
The food is pretty mediocre, but considering you get a big plate and bowl for $4, it's a decent place to go if you're cheap and hungry.
A lot of the vegetables on the buffet seem to be just plain frozen or canned veggies (corn, green beans, etc.) with some margarine, salt, and pepper. The vegan eggplant and tofu dish was very good, and the salad bar portion had a fair amount of toppings and interesting salad dressings to chose from. The vegan Russian salad dressing was my favorite.
My friend and I shared a coconut macaroon sort of dessert, which was pretty good, especially since it was only $1. I like that they have lots of mini desserts so you can sample a number of them instead of committing to one huge piece of cake that may or may not taste too good.
I'm very happy that Loving Hut is here, as there aren't a ton of veg options in this part of Chelsea, but I can't say that I find their food to be particularly creative, authentic, or tasty. The menu does have a pretty wide variety of items (veggie burgers, Thai curries, quesadillas) and everything is very reasonably priced.
The Shanghai dumpling appetizer for $6 is good, as is the spinach quesadilla, which is about $7. I've also had the curry udon soup, which is a little too thick and chunky to be called soup, and would benefit from more of what I consider "real" vegetables, versus being mostly potatoes and some carrots. The Thai curry is good and the tofu in it has a great texture, like it had been frozen.
I've had the veggie burger but wasn't that impressed with it. The whole wheat bun it came on and the spicy chipotle sauce were great, but I didn't too much care for the burger itself. It tasted like super-processed veggie ham and not like a burger. That said, it was $5 and made the perfect next-day lunch on my flight.
The service is also very friendly, although sometimes scattered, and I talked w/ some of the employees about their working conditions and they all seemed pretty happy. A lot of restaurants exploit workers (particularly recent immigrants) so it's nice to find a place where the workers feel they are treated well.
I first visited Lula's the first week they opened, and unfortunately for me, due to the unexpected immediate success of the parlor, they were out of pretty much everything. I returned to Lula's again last week and was pleasently surprised with everything I tasted.
I sampled nearly all of the ice creams (which are homemade in very small batches), and then ordered a few scoops of my favorites. The cinnamon pecan was absolutely amazing, and it was an unexpected combination, as the only somewhat non-traditional pairing of cinnamon is usually with chocolate. I also had the cake batter ice cream, which was outstanding.
Blythe (one of the owners) allowed my friend and me to sample the soft serve, which was good, but not nearly as good as the small batches. The soft serve is Temptation ice cream, which is also a great small, vegan company to support, and it definitely hits the spot if you would prefer soft serve to traditional ice cream.
This is an excellent establishment to support. It's a small company, vegan powered, offers excellent service, has beautiful and original decor, and serves AMAZING vegan ice cream. Go here!
I have been to the lunch buffet a few times, and although it's a couple dollars more than other places (Tiffin Wallah is only $6), I feel the food is higher quality and there are a couple more options. I also really like that they bring you a dish with these sort of Indian-style breadsticks, which are delicious.
While the food was really good, and the waiters were friendly, on my last visit here, I thought the man ringing my friend and me up was rude. He was acting as though they didn't have any change if we paid with a $20 (not a huge bill), so we thought he was just trying to keep an extra $5 for himself for a tip. I've never seen this happen here before so it may not happen on a regular basis.
Fast, cheap, yummy. You can get a falafel (plain or with hummus or baba ganouj) in about 1 minute for about $2.50-$3. Deal. They get really packed late night on the weekends, but the food still comes fast so you're in and out in 5 minutes, even when there's a long line. Don't count on getting a seat because they only have a few seats so you're usually better off to get it to go and eat in the park.
I just had the worst falafel experience at Mamoun's St. Marks the other day. I made such a huge mess and it was a total disaster. The taste of the falafel was okay, but not spectacular, but I guess that's what you get for $2.50. I actually had hummus with my falafel so it was $3.
What really got me was how sloppy the sandwich was. Granted, falafel isn't meant to be a super neat food, but I was really astounded with how messy this was. It seems like with every single bite I took, a few pieces of lettuce and tomato fell out. I was sitting at the table out front and I made a huge mess all over the table and on the ground. It just seemed like a poorly made sandwich (and I used to be a Sandwich Artist at Subway, so I am a real expert :) ). I also got a nice big hot sauce stain on my pants. Unfortunately, as there were no napkins inside I couldn't clean up my mess. It was pretty embarrassing but as I was alone, I just got up and walked away like nothing happened. :)
DELICIOUS!!!! I had the "mini" falafel, which was a regular sized pita with 2 falafel in it and I stuffed it beyond belief with pickled carrots, tomato salad, tabbouleh, and roasted cauliflower and broccoli. The roasted cauliflower and broccoli were absolutely amazing so I went back and re-filled my dish after I finished off the sandwich.
The falafels are a bit pricier than other falafel places, but it's well worth it, considering you get to chose from so many interesting toppings. Also, this is an all-veg establishment so you don't have to stare at a rotating dead lamb behind the counter.
There isn't much of a difference in the food selection and quality between all the Maoz restaurants (although I found a sauce/dressing at a location in Philly that I'd never seen in any NYC location), but the main difference is in the store layout. The West Village location has tables that seat about 12 people, the Union Square location has a very small window table with two or three stools, and this location has a very small window table with no chairs (the table is higher so you can stand and eat).
I had my usual falafel sandwich, which was decent, but I think that I messed it up by adding too much cilantro salsa, which totally threw off the flavor. I was happy to see that there was a ton of roasted broccoli and cauliflower, which are by far, my favorite toppings. I was also really glad to see that there was a printed "not vegan" sign above the coleslaw, which is something I haven't seen at any other location. I also had the Belgian fries, which were outstanding. The fries were $3.50 and the portion was so huge that I could only eat half. I met up w/ a friend afterward that was more than happy to finish off my fries. They were so good that I was just eating them plain, whereas I usually only eat fries with ketchup.
Nearly everything here is vegan and they even have veg versions of meats like squid and eel. I have no desire to try them, but you never know when they may come in handy.
My favorite are the vegan chicken drumsticks--these are the ones that Red Bamboo, Foodswings, and so many other restaurants serve. You can just throw them in the microwave and pour on BBQ sauce, but I prefer to marinate them (lemon rosemary or spicy citrus) and either grill or bake them.
My meat-eating family tried them when they visited and couldn't believe how good they are. My sister is even going to start ordering them in bulk and having them shipped to Wisconsin!
September 2009 review:
I find the food here to be fairly overpriced and the menu to be slightly confusing but the food is SOOOO good. Unfortunately, Mexican Radio doesn't give you free chips and salsa, but a basket of mixed fried chips (yellow, blue, red corn tortilla chips) and homemade salsa is only $3 and it is out of this world. Far superior than anything you'll get free in most restaurants.
There is a vegetarian/vegan-friendly symbol, but unfortunately, there is only one symbol so there's a couple vegetarian items that aren't vegan. I was upset to learn that the chimichangas were one such item because there is cheese or something already in the batter. My 2nd choice was seitan flautas that were labeled as "choose your own filling" (their "fillings" section includes seitan, mixed veggies, and a few other veg options), but was told that the only fillings offered were beef, chicken, or mushrooms. Glad they offered a veg option but I don't do mushrooms so had to find a 3rd choice.
I decided on the mixed mole enchilada platter, which had 3 enchiladas, each containing a different mole sauce (there are 5 in all and they're all vegan). I think my favorite was the raspberry mole. The plate of 2 enchiladas was $16 so I got the plate of 3 for $18, which seemed like a much better deal. They were good, although the beans and rice were a bit plain, but I don't think it was worth $18.
My friend ordered the seitan burrito w/ vegan cheese and sour cream, which was absolutely amazing, but definitely overpriced at $17.
The ambiance here is sort of chill but tacky, with Christmas lights hung up all over the place. However, there was not one single Mexican person eating there so that's a pretty good sign that the food isn't authentic, although it's pretty good.
June 2011 review:
I've since returned numerous times (usually with coupons!) and I have to say my favorite items is the stuffed plantains. They let me get two stuffed with seitan and two stuffed with veggies. They came with tofu sour cream and vegan cheese and a side of beans and rice. Delish! Nothing super fancy, but very different and more creative than you'll find in most Mexican restaurants.
Delicious! I'm a big fan of the other veggie options in Harlem (particularly the new and improved Uptown Juice Bar and Cafe Veg), but Mobay offers a very different experience. It's more upscale and more appropriate for a date or nice dinner. It's also one of the few places you can get decent vegan food and watch sports. An important basketball game happened to be on the night I dined there so the bar was full of excited fans. Everyone was fun and friendly but I wasn't in the mood for sports so I dined in the back of the restaurant and enjoyed listening to the R&B music playing.
I decided on the tofu with brown gravy because the menu described it as being addictive or something to that effect and it was quite good. For my sides, I went with the collard greens, which were also very good, although I can't say I've really had "bad" collards in my experience. What I really enjoyed was the cabbage. The waitress recommended the cabbage over the sweet potatoes (the other vegetarian option), but cabbage is often prepared minimally and can be quite bland so I wasn't sure what to expect. The cabbage, however, absolutely blew me away. It was lightly cooked (steamed or sauteed) so it was still a bit crisp and it had onions (perhaps white and green) and just had a very strong, very delicious flavor. I mostly ate the cabbage alone but it was also very good mixed with the tofu so that the tofu wasn't so heavy.
My meal was $15, which is certainly pricier than any other vegan restaurant in the area, but the food was very well prepared, the service was excellent, and I really enjoyed the ambiance. I will definitely be back!
I had the Red Menace burrito which has tofu, rice, beans, soy cheese, tofu sour cream, lettuce, and tomatoes with a mole-style enchilada sauce on top. I wasn't a big fan of the enchilada sauce, as it was too sweet for me (cloves and cinnamon flavor), but the burrito was really good. I also really enjoyed the hot salsa (tasted like homemade habanero salsa) and the guacamole was really fresh.
Also, I'm really excited about any place that uses Chicago Soy Dairy cheese, as they're some of the coolest dudes out there.
I really enjoyed their food and the service was very nice. We started with the sampler appetizer, which was very good, especially the "spring rolls", which tasted like lentil/potato filled spring rolls that were breaded and fried.
I love this guy. Delicious and cheap vegan food. You can't go wrong with a dosa and a drumstick. The only problem is that you get SO much packaging for each meal (plate, fork, cup for soup, cups for sauces, etc.). However, he'll let you bring your own dishes and serve you on those. (-:
Unfortunately, he sometimes goes days or weeks at a time without being there (usually when he's busy catering or something), so have a back up plan. Madras Mahal on 2nd Ave between 4th and 5th street is probably the closest veg Indian place.
If you just want a samosa, drumstick, or other quick, fried item, you can get it from the take-out window in front of the cart and don't have to wait in line (which is often quite long), which is for food that needs to be cooked, i.e. dosas, curries, etc.
I'm a pretty big fan of this place, as Chelsea isn't the easiest area to find interesting vegan options, especially at groceries and delis. I generally just grab a container of hummus or a vegan cookie for a snack, but they do have an extensive selection of ready-to-go vegan meals and box/can/jar/frozen items you can take home to prepare.
I also really like that they have such a large gluten-free section (both in the baking area, and then gluten-free, vegan cookies with the other vegan cookies). They also have a ton of Ezekiel and sprouted grain breads, and not just the typical variety.
As happy as I am to have another vegan-friendly restaurant in Manhattan, I can't say that I was particularly thrilled with this place. Otarian has a few decent vegan options (veggie burger, curry, Indian rice dish), but a lot of the "vegan-friendly" options like tacos, leave off cheese and/or sour cream without replacing it with a non-dairy alternative, which would be easy to do. They did, however, have one vegan dessert (chocolate cake, I think), which was really cool.
Also, I think the prices are expensive for what you get. My veggie burger was about $8, and while it was good, it wasn't particularly filling and it came with no sides. It was also served wrapped in paper, and not on a glass plate, garnished with fresh veggies, so I'm not sure why they're charging so much. I felt the same way about the spicy noodle curry. It was good but not great, and the portion was too small to charge $8. One of the employees was telling us about their combo meals (no substitutions, meaning only one is vegan), and with the entree, soup, and dessert, the price came to $18 or $19. GET OUT OF HERE!!!!! Who in their right mind would pay $18 for a mediocre fast food meal?
Finally, while I appreciate their effort to go green, I'd love to see them adopt some basic ideas, such as, serving NYC tap water instead of bottled water or turning down the blaring, fluorescent light bulbs. Also, is it really necessary to wrap each already plastic-wrapped entree with a cardboard strip that explains how "green" the restaurant is?
I stopped in Otarian last week for a quick lunch so I was pleased to see that they had many ready-to-go sandwiches and salads, along with a serve-yourself hot food bar. I went with the vegan Vietnamese Baguette sandwich because it was big, cheap, had avocado (yum!), and was ready-to-go. For $6, the sandwich was good. However, it was very "bready" and I think it would have benefited from a more flavorful sauce - or more of the same sauce since the tofu was kind of bland.
While I didn't try other items at this locations (I had a few entrees at their former Village location), in general, I find Otarians prices to be more than they should be. Granted, the food is vegetarian and supposedly eco-friendly (it would be more eco-friendly if each item didn't contain a separate cardboard strip that advertised its eco-friendliness), but at the end of the day, it's fast food. For what you'd pay for a veggie burger and fries here, you could get a big plate of noodles, veggies and tofu/soy meat at pretty much any Thai, Chinese, or Vietnamese restaurant. If you're going for ambiance and value, Otarian isn't your best bet. That said, this part of Midtown is not known for its vegetarian options so I'm really glad that Otarian is here and I would stop back in the future if I'm in the area and need a quick snack.
This place is FABULOUS!!!!!! I just had dinner here the other night and have to say it's definitely one of my new favorite vegan-friendly places. Not only do they have vegan food, but they have an entire vegan menu that has way more interesting options than some all-veg places.
My friend and I were hoping to get the vegan potato pizza with Daiya cheese but they were out of it so we got the asparagus and veggie sausage pizza w/ Daiya. It was really good but I don't think that asparagus is my favorite pizza topping. The cheese was fabulous and definitely works better on pizza than does any other vegan cheese. Our pizza was $17, which is not bad considering the quality ingredients they use.
We also had (two orders of ) vegan gnocchi with cherry tomato sauce and it was FANTASTIC. The sauce was very good and the Daiya cheese it comes with makes it that much better. The only thing is that for $13, the portion was REALLY small. It was more of an appetizer than an entree, for sure.
More than anything, I love the ambiance of this restaurant. It's definitely classier and more romantic than most veg-friendly restaurants in the city, complete with candles, dim lighting, and sprigs of herbs and flowers on each table. That said, the tables are oddly long so you are really far from your dining partner (not so romantic), but aside from that, it's great!
YUUUUUUUUUM. Not the largest selection of tofu cream cheeses, but three varieties isn't bad. I had the sourdough bagel, which was very tasty, as was the tofu scallion cream cheese that topped it.
I really liked that this place toasts the bagel first so that it's nice and warm and the cream cheese melts a bit. I prefer it to Ess-a-Bagel for this reason (also because Ess often has a long line), and perhaps it's why they charge about 40 cents more.
The falafel isn't as good as Taim or Maoz, but it's still pretty good and they have a great selection of vegan items. I had the cauliflower falafel, which was basically a regular falafel with fried cauliflower. I really liked it, although the breading seemed a bit to heavy to remain within their "healthy food" description.
I love this place and am never disappointed by it. Interesting combinations and friendly service. My favorite appetizer is the curry Thai pancake and I have too many favorite entrees to chose. This is a great place to bring a meat-eater (assuming they like Thai), as the food is pretty "realistic."
On a side note, their bathroom and bathroom sink are pretty cool so you should also be sure to stop in there.
Punjabi is an excellent example of price vs. quality. The food is good, not great, but you can't beat the price. $3 for a bowl of rice, lentils and veggies! Note that none of the dishes are marked as being spicy (but they are!) so be sure to ask if you don't like spicy food.
Pure is, in my opinion, the BEST vegan restaurant in the city, raw or otherwise (and I am far from a raw foodist). Their food is highly creative, beautiful, healthy, filling, and also healthy. The atmosphere is also beautiful and it is a great date spot (although it's pricey so you better really like your date!). :)
The food at Pure Food and Wine is phenomenal. If I had to rate them purely on the quality/taste/creativity of their food, they would get 5 stars. However, considering how pricey they are, I have to only give it 4 stars since it's high prices make it largely inaccessible to most New Yorkers. They are very heavy on the mushrooms, which I abhor, but their chefs are creative and the dishes involved so I do not feel my food is lacking by leaving the mushrooms off.
I've had some items for take out, like the lasagna (very good and very filling because it's loaded with dense nut cheese), and the collard green rolls (fantastic - a favorite snack!). I dined in the restaurant recently for the first time and it was a real treat. I happened to be dining with one of the cooks and we received superior treatment so 1) I can't say my experience was representative, and 2) I was SPOILED beyond belief to try way more dishes that I'd ever be able to afford on my own.
We started with smoothies and I went with the unfortunately named "spanking", which had coconut and several other tropical fruits. It was very good, but certainly not worth $14. We then had the cheese platter, which consists of 3 Dr. Cow cheeses (so they aren't homemade), flax/seed crackers, strawberry and basil. Very good, but considering you can just buy Dr. Cow cheese in the store, I would go with something else next time. We then had the hazelnut crostini with caper Bernaise (macadamia/cashew cheese), sauerkraut, and sprouts. It normally comes with cremini mushrooms but I had it without. This dish was OUTSTANDING. Definitely my favorite the entire night.
We started with the mini pizza entree (raw cracker-like crust, nut cheese, tomato, and greens) which was so-so. I was told that it normally comes with mushrooms, which would likely make it very tasty (assuming one likes mushrooms). We then had the pad thai, which comes with kelp noodles, bok choy, and mushrooms (of course). I am not huge on the texture of kelp and I don't like mushrooms so this wasn't my favorite dish but I could tell that it was very well-made and may be popular with others. My favorite entree was the spanikopita. It had coconut-meat "pastry" sheets and was stuffed with seasoned nut cheese and surrounded with cauliflower and grapes. It was a tad salty but it was delicious.
For dessert, we started with the sundae with both chocolate and vanilla ice cream and caramelized nuts, and it was fantastic. We then had the "cheesecake", which didn't really resemble cheesecake, which is okay with me because I don't care for cheesecake. The nut cream tasted like cheesecake but it also had a maple-beer reduction sauce, ice cream, and other flavors that made it much more interesting than the usual dessert.
I really hate that this place serves fish, as it's completely vegetarian otherwise. However, they do have a lot of vegan options and some of them are really good. Their mock chicken burrito is good, but their salsa is the worst of I've ever had in my life. You can taste the canned tomato sauce! I also ordered chips and guacamole, and the guac would have been good, but it was mostly green peppers, which were inappropriate and overpowering.
I tried the chocolate vegan soy shake and it tasted good, but doesn't hit the spot if you're in the mood for a thick milkshake (in which case, get a vegan one from Red Bamboo, a few blocks away).
This place was amazing. The menu is exceedingly interesting and the staff is very knowledgeable about the dishes, and individual ingredients, which is great if you have allergies. The dishes are decent sized portions, and even the smaller dishes are filling because they are nutritionally dense.
I went with a group of friends and we shared the following dishes:
-Nori rolls stuffed with cream cheese (very good, small meal. Comes with a side salad that is sort of plain but has a delicious dressing)
-Indian platter (amazing--could hardly believe it was raw, large portion. It came with 3 or 4 items, all very different and very tasty)
-Meat balls and gravy (delicious--the meatballs didn't taste raw, and were very hearty. The cauliflower mashed potatoes were light but very good.
-Dessert Platter (This came with 4 desserts on it and we weren't impressed with any of them. It was a $20 platter and was pretty disappointing.)
I absolutely loved the food here and found it to be much more unique than raw food found elsewhere. I had the raw enchiladas, which were flax tortillas, nut meat filling, tomato sauce, pine nut cheese, and olives. It was outstanding and surprisingly filling. I have also had the combo plate, which features half a wrap, half a burger, and a mini pizza. This was SO good--all three dishes with distinct flavors--and was very filling.
I've also had their raw lasagna and chocolate-coconut cheesecake at 24 Carrots Juice Bar (72nd and Broadway) and absolutely loved both.
I stopped by tonight to pick up a snack for tomorrow but the guy working told me that the items that really appealed to me (raw "Big Mac" and raw egg-salad sandwiches) can get soggy overnight so are best eaten fresh. Good to know. With that info, I just picked up a raw cookie dough ball made of nuts and chocolate (and probably maple syrup or something) as a snack.
The prices were reasonable (for raw food) and they had a good selection of food so I'll definitely be back.
All my vegan friends want to go here when they're in town and all the AR groups cater through Red Bamboo so I'm pretty sick of their food, but it is very good.
I've taken a lot of meat eater friends here and they've all enjoyed the food, especially the BBQ drumsticks and the chicken parmesan sandwich.
The food is reasonably priced, but the lunch specials (about $7) are a WAY better deal than the dinner platters ($12).
The first thing you notice about this place is the beautiful patio. My friends and I sat outside in the patio on a nice warm day, happy there were table umbrellas because the weather was drizzling on and off. However, while the patio was absolutely gorgeous and very relaxing, there were an incredible amount of ants crawling around, many coming up our legs and then around on the table. We also saw a huge rat in the neighbor's backyard in the middle of the day, but were glad the little guy didn't come over to the restaurant.
As for food, three of us split an appetizer sampler and an entree sampler. Neither appear on the menu but we got the impression that they do this on a regular basis so just ask for it. Each was $21 and came with all of the options on the menu. This was a fantastic way to try everything so now I know what my favorites are.
I would have to say that of the appetizers, the crab cakes with dill sauce and the sushi rolls tied for my favorite. The soul chips (spiced flax crackers, basically) with the sauce of the day (a sort of cashew-lemon cream resembling sour cream) was also very good. Of the entrees, we all absolutely loved the squash "pasta" with pesto sauce. It was extremely flavorful and didn't make me think "this is good for raw food" because it was just plain good. I also liked the squash pasta w/ bolognese sauce, especially the little "sausage" balls they came with, which had a fabulous fennel flavor.
The desserts looked beautiful but seemed a bit pricey so we didn't try any. We felt pretty satisfied for our meal, but were ready for a snack shortly after, which either means the food isn't filling or that we're just plain greedy (or a bit of both). :)
I am a mac and cheese FIEND and I've gotta say that I'm disappointed with the lack of vegan mac-serving restaurants in NYC. There's a couple places but the mac is either uncreative (Follow Your Heart dumped on plain noodles) or just plain not flavorful. S'Mac takes the time to make their own vegan cheese sauce (possibly cashew-based), and there toppings go way beyond the usual broccoli offered in most restaurants.
I went with the small mac, which was about $5 and a good large snack (or VERY small meal). I got the usual broccoli, which I just love in mac and I also went with figs just because it seemed interesting. The figs themselves were good but I didn't like them in the mac because the cheese sauce is already a little sweet and the figs made it too sweet for my liking.
Either way, I'll be back for sure to order larger portions with more toppings.
Note that this place is pretty small so it can be tough to get a table. Also, since all the mac is made fresh, you may have to wait 15-20 minutes for your meal, but it's worth it. :)
I absolutely love this place. Their tapas are incredibly unique and delicious, as is everything else on the menu. Their daily tapas specials are always the best, especially the hummus.
They have lunch bowls for only $6 that feature either rice or noodles, plus a mock meat and veggies. Their weekend brunch is really good but is very pricey. Their scones (especially blueberry) are out of this world.
I enjoyed my food here but I wasn't overly impressed with the menu. My favorite Vietnamese dish is pho soup but Saigon 48 only offers chicken and beef broths. They said they could make the soup with water, but the broth is what makes the soup so good so I had to pass on this.
I was also in the mood for noodles, but all of the dishes in the vegetarian section were rice dishes (although I could pay more to get noodles instead but I felt it was silly they didn't offer noodle dishes in the veg section).
So I then looked to the noodle section, which had only one veg option, mixed vegetables with brown sauce. Could they have picked a less interesting description? They offered chicken, beef, and even shrimp, but no tofu, and wouldn't let me sub tofu for one of the meats. They said I would have to add the tofu on as a separate item. LAME. I really wanted noodles so I got the mixed veggies with chow fun (wide rice noodles) and tofu. The dish was very good (and a very large portion for $9.50), but it didn't taste particularly Vietnamese. It tasted like a generic Asian noodle and vegetable dish.
The service was attentive, but they brought us the bill while we were still eating (tacky), then after we paid, they came and picked up the tip within 30 seconds, while we were still talking. The restaurant was pretty slow so there was no reason for them to rush us out of there so we were a bit put off by this.
I must say that Saluggi's far exceeded my expectations. I had never heard about them offering vegan options and then all of a sudden they have Daiya cheese and a huge sign in the front window that says "try our vegan pizza with Daiya cheese". Outstanding!
I took my (vegetarian, but not-vegan-yet) mom here for dinner when she was in town and we were both very impressed. We had a coupon so we ordered the large veggie pie, which came with red sauce, olives, peppers, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and Brussels sprouts. We also added vegan Daiya cheese to it. This pizza was phenomenal. The Brussels sprouts were roasted to perfection and really made it special and the vegan cheese melted perfectly. At $25, the pizza was pretty pricey, but it really was delicious.
We also got the garlic fries, which I was expecting to just be regular fries with garlic powder. NO! These fries looked home cut and came with tons of fresh garlic crushed on. The garlic flavor was way too intense for my mom but I loved them. I barely ate any because the pizza was so big but I took them home in my pizza box and reheated them for a late-night snack. :)
We dined outside because it was one of the first really warm days in spring, but I can't say that I really enjoyed the outdoor dining experience because it was right on a busy street with no trees, but plenty of people shouting, cars honking and blasting rap music. I would forego the outdoor seating in the future but I will definitely be back to eat.
I've heard from a number of people that this is supposed to be the best vegetarian Indian restaurant in the city but I don't think I know enough about Indian cuisine to be the judge of that. That said, I really enjoyed the food.
We started with the lentil donuts (not sure what they're called) that came with sambar (soup) to dip in. The donuts were good and then I just finished off the sambar on it's own. My friend and I shared a potato-onion dosa, which was pretty spectacular, and a veggie uthappam, which was good but I would have preferred it to be a little softer.
The restaurant has a pretty large-sized dining area but they tend to get busy. The decor is nothing to brag about, as it's pretty generic and sort of reminded me of a decorated cafeteria.
I wasn't particularly impressed with this place. I was with friends who wanted to try a veg Indian lunch buffet and the staff made it seem like they had a lunch buffet, but after we entered the restaurant, we realized they didn't have a lunch buffet, they only had lunch specials.
The menu was terribly confusing, with a picture of the lunch special, but no price or description. The only lunch special actually listed on the menu (and highlighted) was twice as much ($14.95) as the lunch special we were quoted ($6.95). We ordered the $6.95 lunch special, and I requested no dairy. They said it comes on the side so I asked that they just not include it at all. They gave me a big bowl of dairy soup and dish of yogurt. Additionally, my soup (I believe it was mulligatawny) was only broth.
I found the waiters to be unhelpful and it seemed like they were just starving for business since they were MUCH slower than the restaurants offering buffets. I must say, however, the quality of the food here is definitely better than what you get in a buffet and the price is reasonable.
I just stumbled upon this place when walking though Curry Hill and saw a sign that said "vegetarian". Awesome! I had to check it out. I was looking for a quick ready-made snack or food from the hot bar, which they didn't have, but they did have a really good selection of all things Indian (vegetarian, at least). Since most Indian vegetarians aren't vegan, I wasn't surprised to not see anything labeled vegan, but it's really not that hard to read labels so it's not a big deal.
The service isn't fabulous, but that may be something cultural. It seems like the clientele is mostly Indian and perhaps they're used to what I would consider a lower level of service. Either way, it seems to be a typical Indian grocery store with a great selection and reasonable prices.
I took my mom here for dinner and we both thoroughly enjoyed this place. We were a bit confused by the menu, as the "pizza and wine" pairing didn't indicate that the $21 was per person, and not for two people. As I don't drink, I asked the waiter if I could get something in place of the wine and he said I could have an extra appetizer. He was being so accommodating and kept adding things we could "have" but then we found out that the special was per person, which we weren't interested in. He said to not worry about it and that he would still bring us a lot of stuff. He hadn't yet placed the order so he could have canceled it so he was being really nice.
We tried both the bruschetta and hummus appetizers, the former being a little bland (basically just tomatoes and basil in a bowl), and the latter being outstanding (some of the best hummus I've ever had, topped with tons of kalamata olives). We tried the taste of India pizza w/ yucca cheese, which was good--very unique and tasty, but I think chickpeas are a little hearty for a pizza topping; the pesto pizza with rice cheese (which was fabulous), and the bruschetta pizza w/ soy cheese, which was probably our favorite.
I will definitely be back here because the service was excellent and the pizzas were very original and tasty. When our waiter was telling me about the yucca cheese, which I had never heard of, I asked for a sample and he brought me a small bowl with about 1/4 cup of shredded cheese to try! Very nice. We sampled a little bit then sprinkled it on top of the other pizzas.
Everyone is always raving about Souen so I figured I had to try it. I thought the atmosphere was absolutely beautiful and inviting, but I wasn't impressed with the food. In fact, I was disappointed with my meal, but perhaps that was because based on friends' experiences, I was expecting it to be the best meal I've ever have.
My friend and I sat upstairs, right at the gate that overlooks the main floor. I absolutely loved this location, as it was like an indoor balcony, allowing us to see everything that was going on both upstairs and downstairs, while not freezing outside. :) This place is cute, cozy, and inviting, and I'm hoping that I just happened to have a super average meal here. I do plan on returning.
I really like the atmosphere at this location. The restaurant is right on the corner and there are a lot of windows with natural light coming in so it's nice to look outside while dining. I dined with a few friends and they all enjoyed their food a lot more than I did, which was also the case when I dined at Souen in the Village so I think that their food just isn't my style. The food is fresh and well prepared, it just isn't flavorful enough for me. Don't get me wrong, I like healthy food, but I like my food to be more heavily seasoned, be it with garlic, ginger, onions, hot peppers, etc.
I ordered the lunch special, which came with a veggie sushi roll (which was good) and two sides. For some reason, I chose the steamed udon, which was plain noodles (no dressing or sauce) and the fried tofu (good fried batter but then nothing to dip it in!). Very boring choice. I should have gotten veggies or something. I asked for some hot sauce so I could spice things up a little and found that they charge $1 for chili paste. Seriously? I understand charging for a special homemade dressing, but charging $1 for a couple teaspoons of store-bought chili paste to go on my SUPER plain noodles just rubbed me the wrong way.
My waitress was nice and I think the restaurant is beautiful, but I am not sure I would come back. Or if I do, I would get the soup or noodle dishes that seem like they would have more flavor.
I am ecstatic to finally have a place in NYC to get vegan sushi that includes more than just avocado, cucumber and plum. Soy and Sake has such interesting combinations as soy salmon and avocado and vegan tuna and cucumber (note that the fish options taste like tuna salad or salmon salad with vegan mayo, and not chunks of soy fish).
As an appetizer, a friend and I shared the vegan fried shrimp with mayo. The unexpected presentation was chopped up fried shrimp mixed with the vegan mayo, sitting on top of rice noodles inside a margarita glass. What was really odd was the clear plastic cube placed inside the noodles that flashed blue and red lights from inside the glass. Weird. We also shared a sushi platter and my favorite was either the avocado with soy tuna or salmon (can't recall which, as they tasted similar). We had a big plate of 3 kinds of sushi (6 of each), and it was only $11 for the lunch special. What a deal!
I was, however, very turned off by the huge fish tank in the middle of the dining room. I think the restaurant is mostly there for the trendy crowd, and not so much the animal rights community. It's unfortunate tropical fish are stuck living in a glass box for the amusement of restaurant patrons, but I do hope that the larger community dines here instead of the other meaty places in the neighborhood.
I agree with all of Dave's points below. The ice cream is fabulous but it's really overpriced and it's disappointing that they only have plastic dishes (no real dishes and no cones). Apparently they're having difficulty making a vegan waffle cone. Vegan waffle cones exist but maybe they just aren't as high of quality as what Stogo wants, as they are definitely higher end.
I sampled like 7 kinds of ice cream and then got a pint of ice cream with 4 flavors. Everything I tried was delicious but I especially liked the strawberry sorbet, which was like fresh strawberries, blended to an icy perfection. The pomegranate chip had a great flavor, as did the Mexican chocolate, which was very nicely spiced.
I was told that the 3 flavors can fit into the "regular" portion (about $6.50), but she told me she could probably get 4 flavors into the pint. I figured it would be only $1 or $2 more, but it ended up being $9.70. Whoa!!!! $10 for a pint of ice cream is absolutely outrageous, regardless of how good it is.
I'm sure I'll be back here because the ice cream is SO good, but I won't go much since it's so pricey.
Review from Oct 2010:
I am so disappointed with this place! I went in here this past weekend and every single aspect of my dining experience was negative. My food took about 20 minutes - which is shocking, as I ordered 2 items from the (already prepared) buffet, and 1 item from the kitchen - mac and cheese - which is also already prepared. I think they forgot about my food and then just pretended it had taken a while to make. The food itself was terrible. The mac and cheese was super bland and watery - do NOT order it. The fried tofu was dry and overcooked; and the greens were decent, but I could have easily made them at home. I also got a piece of blueberry cake that was exceedingly bland. The layer of blueberries on top drew me to it but weren't sweet enough to make up for the fact there was no frosting. My modest meal was like $13 - way too much given the portions.
Perhaps the mediocre food wouldn't have been so bad if the table I was eating at (and all the surrounding tables I saw) weren't dirty. And it would have been nice if one of the cooks and the apparent "boss" didn't get into an all-out shouting match in the kitchen. Their fight was VERY loud and the employee came to the front several times, cursing and screaming about how he gets "no respect". Not only did the boss not effectively manage the situation or ask the employee to leave, he didn't address the outburst or apologize to any of the customers in the dining room. To make it even worse, the music stopped just before their fight began so ALL you heard was the fight.
Review from July 2007:
I usually go to Uptown Juice Bar because they have a wider selection, but they usually have the same thing over and over, so Strictly Roots is a nice alternative. This place also has a cozier and more authentic atmosphere than Uptown Juice Bar.
They don't have many options, but whatever they do have is good and the staff is friendly. I had lasagna and fried plantains and they were both really good. I tried the cassava dessert but didn't really care for it.
Vegetarian restaurants are EXTREMELY hard to come by in Times Square, but this place is all-veg and is very good. I had the bhel poori (puffed rice, crispy poori, potatoes, and onions), and the aloo papdi chat (flour crisps with potato, beans, onions, and loads of sauces). Both were great and the latter was particularly creative and tasty--I have yet to try non-chickpea beans in an Indian restaurant.
My friend had the vegetable biryani (basmati rice, mixed veggies, and spices) that was very good and it came with an extremely pungent piece of pickled mango. The flavor was good but was not spectacular. Like many restaurants, this (and perhaps other dishes) was prepared using canned or frozen veggies instead of fresh veggies. We also had some sort of lentil-potato ball that was listed under the samosas. There were 3 tiny balls for about $6, so although they were pretty good, I'd say they weren't worth it.
I think the falafel here is pretty good. I've eaten here a few times and the flavor has been consistent. I like that in addition to lettuce, tomato and tahini (which is standard), you also can get sauerkraut and hot peppers if you like.
The one thing I don't like about this place is that they have a HUGE outdoor sign that reads "20% student discount" up front, but they only have small signs inside saying that the discount only applies to sandwiches. I ordered a falafel platter and was then told that the discount only applied to sandwiches. I explained to the owner that he should put that on the large sign outside because it's misleading so he reluctantly gave me the platter at the price of a falafel sandwich. I've only ordered sandwiches since then and the customer service has been pretty good.
I sampled all three falafels, and all were very fresh and tasty. I couldn't tell much of a difference between the red pepper and the harissa, but the green (with cilantro and mint) was definitely my favorite. The hummus and salad in the falafel sandwich were both good and the pita was really soft and chewy.
Note that the babaganouj and saffron aioli are NOT vegan (both contain mayonaise).
I've seen the food cart in Soho a lot around Hudson/Spring so not sure if the Financial District is still their main location. The food is delish and a welcome change to the usual hot dog cart.
My first time here, I had the pumpkin Teanychino which was smooth, nicely spiced, and topped with frothy deliciousness. When I was here for dinner recently, I got the vegan Cubano, which was really good, but not at all like a Cubano. You can't go wrong w/ soy meat, avocado, and vegan cheese, but it would have been better if the cheese was sliced thinly and possibly melted, versus just coming in huge, room-temperature chunks.
Teany has a nice, but not overly ambitious menu and huge tea selection, but I'm disappointed that they offer the usual Vegan Treats cake and brownie selection that every other veg restaurant also offers instead of making their own desserts.
I must also say that Teany to be fairly pretentious. Patrons tend to be young, white, and stylish, and it really just isn't my vibe. Nobody has been rude, they just feel much more self-absorbed than my usual crowd.
The service is very friendly and they are always happy to have you there. Everything is vegan except for one item (I believe it's battered zucchini). All the vegan items are marked as "vegetarian" and the one non-vegan item isn't marked as vegetarian.
There is a GREAT array of food, but the fried food does get dry toward the end of the night.
It took me like 2 months to get here, but I am so glad I finally made it through. I went with friends last Sunday, then went again for dinner on Tuesday, and then for a snack on Wednesday. I tried several of the sandwiches, including the vegan chicken quesadilla with Daiya cheese (which is FANTASTIC!), the vegan chicken/bacon/ranch wrap (quite yummy), and the vegan chickpea tuna melt (which was good, but would have benefitted from the filling being warm, versus a cold filling in an otherwise warm sandwich). I liked that the chickpea tuna filling isn't as processed as the frequently-used "tuno", but at the same time, it doesn't give you the same "tuna-ish" texture/flavor, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, depending on what you're going for.
For my sides, I had the sweet potato fries, and they were good, but I was disappointed to find out that they were really roasted sweet potatoes, and not the crunch, fried goodness that I was expecting. I also had the vegan potato salad, which was good, but I think it could have benefitted from more Veganaise (I'm a Veganaise NUT).
As for the desserts....YUUUUUUUUUM! I had a different donut every time I went and all of them were spectacular. I had a chocolate chip donut with vanilla glaze (yummy), an apple cider donut (super yummy), and then a double chocolate donut (outstanding!). The donuts are baked, not fried, so they aren't the vegan alternative to what Dunkin Donuts is offering, but they are absolutely delicious in their own right. The chocolate donuts tasted like really dense brownies. All were very flavorful.
Terri seems to be quite busy and successful (awesome!) but I'm hoping once they get a better hang of things, that they'll be able to move away from using so much packaging, either by using reusable plates, or at least serving sides on the same plate as sandwiches when you dine in, versus serving dine-in sides in plastic containers.
I used to love this place...until I started dating somebody there that told me more about the owner and their policies. I ate at their lunch buffet at least once a week and had dinner a few time (liked the spicy potato/jalapeno dosa)
There is always plenty of staff, ready to help you, but they are paid below minimum wage and the owner actually steals ALL the tips left on the table and in the tip jar at the register (the owner rings up people 90% of the time). Not only is this unethical, but it is illegal in New York City. He gets away with it because most of his staff are illegal immigrants who are afraid to say anything.
The lunchtime buffet is all vegetarian and the owner was always very friendly and willing to show me the few items that weren't vegan. I later learned from my boyfriend that there were many non-vegan dishes that the owner tried passing off as vegan (either they contained milk and/or ghee, including the chapattis, which the owner specifically said are vegan).
The owner is very disrespectful and unappreciative of the staff, forcing most of them to work 6 12-hour days per week, not paying any over time. He even forces the delivery guys to provide their own bikes and doesn't give them helmets, lights, or reflective gear.
If you are vegan based on ethics, I strongly encourage you to not patronize this restaurant, as the owner is very unethical in dealing with his staff. In fact, I encourage you to call the owner and complain.
I ended up not getting anything to eat here after speaking with the staff, but still wanted to write a review because I was so pleased with the service. It's really disappointed that the bun, sauce, cheese, and tofu bacon on their "famous" veggie burger aren't vegan, but I was really impressed with the knowledge of the employee I was speaking with. She went over all the vegan options and how different menu items could be modified to be vegan.
I felt sort of bad not getting anything after talking with her, but I felt they couldn't offer more than a plain Jane sandwich I could make at home. I suggested that they switch to using vegan buns and tofu bacon (at minimum) so that not only vegetarians, but also vegans, could enjoy the sandwiches, but there didn't seem much interest. Hopefully more people will ask for vegan options there and they'll decide to be more vegan-friendly
Tu-lu's doesn't offer as many vegan options as some other bakeries in the area, but the fact that they offer vegan gluten-free baked goods makes them worth noting. Very few vegan desserts in NYC are gluten-free, unless you want to get a raw item, or possibly some ice cream, but gluten-free, vegan baked goods are very hard to come by and Tu-lu's fills that void.
I stopped in the other night and grabbed a couple sweets, including their chocolate chip/cherry/oatmeal cookie and was very impressed. The texture wasn't as good as a gluten item, but gluten-free baking is incredibly difficult so I was satisfied with texture and flavor.
The chocolate muffin/cupcake thing was a different story, however. It had a really good, moist texture and a rich chocolate taste, but there was a subtle, yet pungent underlying flavor like onion or something. I couldn't quite put my finger on it but it was quite unpleasant. I wonder if they used chickpea flour in this recipe, as I know that raw chickpea flour tastes utterly disgusting, so perhaps that's also the case for fully cooked items containing too much chickpea flour and not enough other flours (rice, almond, whatever). I'm hoping this was a one-time flop and I'd be willing to re-visit and try it again.
I really like this location. There's not many vegan-friendly places on the Upper East Side (relative to other neighborhoods), especially that offer affordable and fast food (I love Candle, but it's sit down and pricey).
I had the Mother Earth pizza by the slice and it was REALLY good...after I picked off all the mushrooms. I saw some green sauce in the fridge behind the guy ringing me up and I asked what it was. He said it's a jalapeno pesto and that it was vegan (but NOT the basil pesto). I asked to try it so he gave me a little cup full of it and it was delicious.
Everyone in this restaurant was really friendly and seemed happy enough to work there. Like most restaurants in New York, the cooks were all Mexican, but what I really liked was that those who appeared to be managers were also Latino and treated there employees with respect (something that does NOT happen in most restaurants).
I went to meet an out-of-town friend at Grand Central Station and was starving. I know Two Boots carries the boring, cheese-less, salad on a plate, vegan "Mother Earth" pizza, so I reluctantly went there, thinking it would be the near only vegan option in the food court. WRONG! Two Boots apparently started carrying Daiya vegan cheese a few weeks previously. Awesome! They still have the boring Mother Earth, which some people must like since it's been around for years at all their locations, but thankfully for me, they now offer a veggie slice with Daiya cheese. I went with that and it was $4 - not bad! The pizza was right on - hot, gooey cheese, fresh veggies, and a decent-size serving. I actually regretted not having gone back for a 2nd slice. I will def be back, as this is the only place I know in the area that has vegan pizza.
Searching for vegan food after getting off a long train ride is no fun so I was really excited to find vegan pizza-by-the slice here. I had the "Mother Earth" veggie slice, which was the only cheeseless piece they offered. I've had the same slice at other locations and it was really good, but at this particular location, it was pretty dry, likely because it was nearly closing time, which isn't the best time for fresh pizza.
In a word, pretentious. The pizza is pretty good but is unbelievably overpriced. The menu is thoroughly off-putting, emphasizing that they only take cash, don't serve slices, and that they don't do substitutions (they only have like 5 ingredients!). I asked the waiter about garlic bread and he looked at me like I had just asked for a side of crack or something; as though garlic bread is unheard of in a pizza place.
After the waiter dropped off the pizza, he never came and checked on us again, even though there was only one other table in the restaurant. This place is NOT worth it. Go to Viva Pizzeria on 2nd and 12th.
The food here is pretty good but a bit overpriced, even taking into account the fact that it's organic. A sandwich and small salad (which is more of a coleslaw that is definitely more interesting than the usual Romaine and tomato concoction most restaurants serve up), is around $10 or $11, when I think it should be about $8 or $9.
My friend and I split the tempeh Reuben and the grilled tofu sandwich. Both were really good, but I think the Reuben had more flavor. However, the tofu sandwich came on slightly greasy toasted bread which was delicious. They both also came with a pickle, which made my day. :)
I love this place! They have amazing fake meats and they know how to make veggies taste good (although I rarely order veggies when I'm there because the fake meats are so good). The portions are really big, so unless you're VERY hungry, you'd be good with a small plate.
Their cheese pizza is good but they always seem to be out of it (as they are with their fabled vegan fish sandwich) but their desserts are horrible. They taste like sweet bread with no icing. I hear they started carrying Vegan Treats cakes so look out for that.
Watch out for their hot sauce. It will kick your ass. I advise you to put it on the side and dip your food in it. I was sweating and could barely breathe last time I had it.
This pita is definitely better than the $2.50 pita you can get at about a million places in NYC, but it's not as good as the one you can get at Maoz for the same price. I has a falafel and hummus pita that I totally overstuffed with an embarrassing amount of salad bar toppings (see photo I uploaded). The hummus and falafel itself were good, as was the fresh-baked whole wheat pita, but the salad bar toppings were really cold, which was sort of disappointing. The cole slaw and tomato/cucumber salad were great cold, but the roasted cauliflower and garlicky carrots would have been better warm, or at least at room temperature. That said, the carrots were delicious! :)
I think the hummus/falafel platters are a bit overpriced, around $11, given this is more of a fast food joint, but the pita is a pretty good deal, given what you get.
The guy who helped me was super nice and even let me "enjoy my meal before paying", which is totally unheard of at most of these restaurants. He told me all the salad bar toppings are vegan (minus the garlic sauce, which has dairy), but one of the cole slaws looked particularly creamy so I avoided it.
Although I'm a long-time fan of Lan Cafe (vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant down the street), I love Vietnamese food so much that I felt I owed it to myself to try at least one other Vietnamese restaurant in the city. I happened to walk past V-Nam and was pleasantly surprised to find that they offer many vegan options.
I'm a huge fan of pho (traditional Vietnamese soup), so I was really glad that they offer a separate veggie broth for the soup, as I've come across quite a few Vietnamese restaurants that offer a "vegetarian pho", but they only offer beef broth. I ordered the pho and got it with tofu, although soy chicken was also offered. Not only was the soup very flavorful and delicious, but I the tofu was simply amazing on its own. Instead of throwing the tofu in the soup, which most restaurants do, it was served in a bowl alongside the soup. The tofu was so flavorful and slightly crispy & chewy, that only half of it made it into my soup since I just snacked on the rest of it.
Service was prompt and friendly and the food is very affordable. The ambiance is pretty plain but it's the perfect place to stop in for a quick dinner or snack.
I have to agree with conde.kedar, this place is overpriced. I also had the feijoadinha Brazilian stew because this is the ONLY place you can order this vegan, but I was very disappointed. It was basically beans, potatoes, tempeh, and a little chayote. None of these ingredients are expensive but for some reason, it cost $19. The flavor wasn't bad, but I didn't find it to be distinctive; in fact, I thought it tasted like chili. It would have benefited greatly from avocado, tofu sour cream, or something else light and creamy.
As an appetizer, I got the vegan schnitzel, which is also something you can't find anywhere else. The flavor the schnitzel (pan fried seitan) was good, but there wasn't enough sauce or salad to mix with it so I found myself chewing on plain seitan most of the time.
For dessert, I also got the Butterfinger shake, as I LOVE the Butterfinger shake at Foodswings. This shake was good, but I don't think the flavor was rich enough or the shake thick enough for me to order it again. I would rather just get the Butterfinger bar from Cocoa V and call it a day.
The service was decent toward the end but my server never checked on me during the meal (and I was one of 3 tables in the entire restaurant), and he didn't read the specials to me, which was really disappointing because 1) the day's special sounded fantastic, and 2) my Brazilian stew was bland, boring, and overpriced.
This place is amazing. All the food is really good and the dim sum is cheap. Their regular menu items are fairly pricey, but most of the dim sum is around $3 an item and you can fill up on 3 or 4 if you're pretty hungry. The treasure boxes (puffy fried, unidentified goodness, stuffed with some bean/soy meat mix) are definitely my favorite, followed by the fried turnip cakes. I also like the mock pork steamed buns and the spring rolls.
After eating the dim sum for several years, I finally adventured to the normal menu and got the wonton noodle soup. For $6, the "small" noodle soup was really substantial and filling. I also tried my friend's mixed vegetable soup, which was good if you want a really healthy, all-vegetable soup. It had a seasoned broth and huge chunks of broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, and Chinese broccoli - no tofu, noodles, or other items. This soup was $5 and smaller than my wonton soup.
I think my favorite trip here was on Chinese New Year a couple years ago. As expected, it was exceedingly busy. Fortunately, one friend was Cantonese and ordered us some traditional Chinese New Year foods that they had specially prepared that day.
Get the crispy soul chicken. It is absolutely amazing and I have yet to meet a meat-eater who didn't absolutely love it! I've eaten here a million times and have pretty much enjoyed everything I've had, except their "paella", which was nothing more than huge vegetable chunks and rice. It didn't resemble paella at all and should have been called a stirfry. Their vegan milkshakes are also really watery. Other than that, the food is great.
Their lunch specials are a great deal--you get a big plate of stirfry, a sandwich, or noodles for about $7, plus soup, a spring roll, or chicken satay. Definitely a better deal than dinners, which are about $12-14.
This place is great for a (somewhat) late night snack and is a really good hangout. They usually offer about 5 or 6 kids of vegan pizza but they tend to run out at the end of the night. My favorites are the Sicilian (spicy marinara on white crust) and the Picante (spicy vegan sausage and peppers). Unfortunately, the soy cheese they use isn't vegan and the "garlic knots" aren't very good--although they're really cheap.
This is a real gem in the neighborhood because the surrounding area is mostly fast food and bodegas that lack healthy and vegetarian food. For the small space, Watkins stocks a good variety of products!
I stopped in for a snack the other day around noon but they said the hot buffet wouldn't be ready for another 30 minutes or so. :( I went with the calalloo patty (calalloo is often referred to as "Jamaican spinach"), which ran about $3 - not bad. I also got the vegan Caribbean egg roll, which was very tasty - stuffed with rice, beans, and jerk seasonings, but overpriced at $5. I finished it off with a slice of praline pecan cake that was $4.50 (a little pricey, but typical, I suppose), which was fantastic. I was eyeing up the red velvet so will have to grab that next time.
I must say that my favorite feature of this place is that they stock Red Mango vegan bakery - and a good variety! That had 5 or 6 cakes when I was in! The vast majority of veg restaurants in NYC have been stocking the same 6 Vegan Treats cakes forever so it's nice to have some variety.
I've been to both Watkins locations on 116th and here on 125th and while I prefer the 116th location because it offers more hot food and a larger selection of produce and groceries, the 125th street location is also lovely.
I originally stopped in for a hot snack but they only had 2 egg rolls to chose from (one may have been vegan), so I just got some cake and went to Uptown Juice Bar for hot food. I like that they carry Red Mango vegan baked goods instead of Vegan Treats, which has nearly dominated the NYC market. I went with the red velvet cake this time, which was moist and delicious, and perfectly sweet. I think I prefer it to the pecan cake, which I had last time.
I also picked up some French Onion tofutti cream cheese, which is less common than the plain variety and, in my opinion, has MUCH more flavor. They also had some ridiculously cheap grapeseed oil so I grabbed a bottle of that.
I like the feel of this place but I can't say the food is my favorite. I'm glad that they are committed to veganism (they've been serving vegan food WAAAY longer than most places), and are making an effort to providing the community with healthy food, but I think a lot of their food is too healthy for my taste. I've had their veggie pizza a few times and the roasted vegetables on it are very good, but it's an all-vegetable (no vegan cheese) pizza on whole wheat crust, so it just doesn't hit the spot when I want some greasy goodness.
I feel the same way about their desserts. I think they try too hard to make them healthy (I think they use no refined sugars, flours, etc.) so they come out tasting dry and more like semi-sweet biscuits instead of cookies or muffins. One of the employees recommended the flax chocolate cookie to me but I didn't really like it. It tasted like a solid flax bar with a little chocolate in it. It was dry and tasted more like an energy bar than a cookie.
However, I really like the feel of the place (especially since they've remodeled the interior and there is more room to stand and sit). The staff is very friendly and there are always loyal regulars inside that are quick to start a conversation with you.
I definitely like this place better than the Wild Ginger in Brooklyn, although I think they have the same menu. I have had the soy nugget and soy cheese wontons, both of which were delicious, although the soy cheese wontons were actually spinach wontons with a few chunks of frozen tofu (the cheese?) inside.
I was less impressed with the appetizers, of which I've had the yaki udon (stir fried udon noodles), which had very few vegetables, and the vegan "seafood" platter. The veggie fish and shrimp had a sort of sea taste to them, but an accompanying, unidentafiable flavor that I didn't care for.
I am so excited about this place! I'm in Harlem for work pretty frequently and while I've always loved Uptown Juice Bar and Cafe Veg (boo on Strictly Roots!), it's been hard to actually buy groceries to take home with me. Wild Olive has EVERYTHING and they have really good prices.
I tend to buy my produce from the Green Carts in the neighborhood, but I've got a lot of packaged and prepared items from here. I think my favorite finds here are Sabra hummus (generally easy to find outside of Harlem), BBQ tofu and veggie dumplings (healthy snack on the run), and Tofutti ice cream (hard to find in Harlem, and getting harder to find elsewhere, as health food stores opt for "premium" vegan ice creams).
Thank you Wild Olive Market!
Delicious! I first heard about Xoom through Groupon and I'm so glad that I bought the coupon. It's easy to find a vegan juice anywhere (it's not like chicken fat is a common ingredient in a carrot juice), but some juice bars only offer soy milk as the non-dairy milk. While I love me some soy, I prefer to have almond milk in my smoothie, and I LOVE that Xoom even has vegan frozen yogurt (So Delicious) that they put in smoothies instead of just saying "I can just leave out the yogurt" like a lot of places do. I had the acerola and guava smoothie and it was marvelous. I can't wait to go back to have another.
I also spoke with a woman who I think was the manager and she was very friendly. She was aware of the vegan community (mentioned the vegan bake sale for Haiti fundraiser) and even said she donated a gift card to the fundraiser. Nice work, Xoom!
Inwood isn't the most vegan-friendly neighborhood (lots of fast food and Dominican food, which is known for being meat-heavy), so Thai is always a pretty safe bet. Yummy Thai doesn't offer mock meats but they offer the usual veggie and tofu assortments of curries, noodles, and rice dishes.
I was in for lunch last week so I wanted to take advantage of the $7 lunch special. While the menu was somewhat unclear to me about which combinations were part of the special, the waitress explained everything to me. Basically, you could get veggies and/or tofu with any "sauce", which included various curries or noodle options. I usually get pad see ew in Thai restaurants so I went with the "Siracha" noodles. I love noodles and I love Siracha, so this was a no-brainer.
The tofu and veggies were good (the tofu was firm and slightly pan-fried), but I found the noodles to be overcooked and the sauce bland. It tasted like they put some generic "Asian sauce" (soy sauce and garlic) and Siracha and called it a day. Not particularly interesting.
That said, the staff was friendly, the ingredients were fresh, and the restaurant is attractive and welcoming so I'd go back to try their pad see ew.
I gotta say that this is some of the best pizza I've ever had. Wow!!!!!!!!!! I love how they have different crusts and sauces to chose from, in addition to their full selection of vegan toppings.
I got the whole-wheat crust with the garlic sauce (which is like a garlicky oil, not a tomato-based sauce) veggie burger crumbles, caramelized onions, olives, and Daiya vegan cheese. Superb. The only thing that would have improved the pizza would have been to substitute the regular black olives with kalamata olives. I don't remember seeing them on the menu but perhaps I overlooked it.
I tried my friend's pizza and she got arugula, basil, and Daiya cheese, and it was very good, but I preferred mine.
The service was very friendly. The staff was knowledgeable, attentive, and very playful and friendly. The only bad thing was that there was a tiny hair in the crust of my pizza, but I can't say that I haven't seen that at other places. I let the staff know and they were apologetic and seemed genuinely surprised (apparently nobody working had that color hair).
I would definitely go here again, and assuming there's no hair in that pizza, would come back weekly for the rest of my life. :)
As excited as I am about having a veg fast food joint in Manhattan, I'm really disappointed of the lack of vegan options. Out of about 12 sandwiches, only 2 are vegan--the super plain ZenBurger, and the tofu wrap. All the fancy "buffalo", "ranch", and faux chicken and shrimp items contain milk and/or eggs.
I talked with the manager, who says they are trying to get more vegan options but admits that their target market is not vegetarian or vegans, it's the general population. He says they've tried making more vegan sandwiches but can't get the right consistency without the casien.
I had the ZenBurger and fries. The fries were great (taste like what I remember Burger King fries tasting like), but the burger was really plain. It was sort of dry and lacked flavor. A meat-eating friend I was with had the vegetarian BBQ chicken sandwich (veg but not vegan) and said he really enjoyed it.
I gotta say that I was super disappointed to see how many menu options were NOT vegan. Given that it's an all-vegetarian restaurant and the Chinese/Asian food it serves doesn't traditionally call for dairy, it was upsetting to see that at least half the menu items had egg and/or dairy. After talking w/ a waitress, it seems like a lot of the dairy in the dishes comes from the veggie meat they use. I'm glad they're honest about the items not being vegan, but I wish they would opt for a vegan option.
Okay, as for my meal, my partner and I started with the taro spring rolls, which were absolutely delicious but they didn't taste noticeably of taro. Considering that I don't do mushrooms, which were in nearly all of the vegan items, I only had a couple options to chose from. I went with the "Sizzling Medallions", which was orange-flavored wheat gluten with string beans, asparagus, and mushrooms (which I asked to be left out). The wheat gluten had a good flavor, although the texture was a little tough, but I was disappointed that the dish was probably 90% protein and only 10% veggies. I prefer more veggies in my meal so I will likely opt for a more balanced dish next time. I did like, however, that the meal came with mixed grain rice, which was delicious.
My dining partner went with the curried Singapore noodles (which contained non-vegan ham), but given he is not a vegetarian, I was really glad he liked his dish so much. He also really liked my meal.
The service was prompt and polite, although one of the waiters pushed my sizzling, cast-iron plate onto the table too hard and it nearly flew onto my lap. Aside from that, it was good. I also spoke with one of the staff about working conditions, and while he said the owners can be strict, they are generally nice people and treat them well, which I notice is not the case in many NYC restaurants employing immigrants.
I was so pleased to find an all-veg restaurant in the middle of McDonalds and Bubba Gump Shrimps in Times Square but I was pretty confused when I found this place because it was listed as an all-veg restaurant in the NYC Vegan Restaurant Guide, yet there was a big sushi bar up front that smelled like fish. It was a bit off-putting but I'm glad I stayed because the food was really good and the service was friendly.
I generally don't care for eggplant but I tasted an absolutely delicious eggplant dish off their lunch menu, along with a pumpkin entree. Their lunch specials are very reasonably priced and they give you a coupon for free wine on your next visit (not sure what to do with it because I don't drink).
This is a lovely little bakery and cafe in a non-veg-friendly area of Queens. Bread A is not all vegan but they have many vegan options, which they have clearly marked. I really liked that they have both traditional Chinese sweets (like red bean and mung bean buns) and Western sweets (like chocolate mousse cake), in addition to pre-made salads, sandwiches, and sides.
I tried both the red bean, which was pretty good if you consider adzuki bean-stuffed dough to be a dessert, and the chocolate mousse cake, which was so-so. The latter wasn't particularly sweet and tasted very healthy, so I'm guessing that this was a healthy and less processed version of the delicious vegan cakes NYC is known for.
Bread A bakery/cafe has a good assortment of refrigerated/frozen, and bulk items to chose from but some of them aren't marked so you'll have to ask the staff. I got two bags of unmarked veggie meat and was told that one is like chicken and one is like beef and that I am to soak them for 15 minutes then boil and season. We'll see how that goes. For about $3.50 a bag, they are much cheaper than veggie meats elsewhere.
I also got this "homemade vegan fish" sort of log that was FANTASTIC! It was clearly made of soy (lots of tofu skins) but I found a few chunks of carrots in it, which were unexpected but good. Its consistency was soft and it crumbled with a fork and it was wrapped in seaweed and tofu skin which held it together. The log/filet thing was $9, which is pretty expensive, but it was fresh and homemade and had a great flavor. I sliced it up and pan fried it with greens, although it'd probably be good microwaved or on a sandwich.
I feel that this restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes at very reasonable prices. A friend and I recently stopped in for lunch and took advantage of the lunch specials, ordering 4 in total and taking doggy bags home with us (we brought our own containers to fill, anticipating gorging but not wanting to waste paper/plastic on take-out). :)
I'm not a huge eggplant friend but my friend (a non-vegetarian) loved the soy chicken and eggplant. Her sesame chicken was also very good. I thought the beef with broccoli was so-so but the red curry with tofu was fantastic. The tofu had a great texture and there was a good mix of veggies in there.
The service was prompt and friendly and I will definitely be back. Unfortunately, the restaurant isn't very convenient to get to unless you live around there or if you have a bike (which I do!). :)
I stopped in for lunch on a quiet Tuesday afternoon and was greeted with very friendly service. The server (perhaps boss) offered to extend a take-out curry lunch special to me for dine-in, which was appreciated, but I then opted for a dosa. After all, it's DOSA Delight. :)
He recommended the Pondicherry dosa, which was basically a spicy potato dosa. It was the most expensive dosa (I think it was about $9 or $10) but it was very good and a sizable portion. It came with sambar (soup) and with 5 delicious chutneys. I'm used to getting cilantro and coconut chutney, both of which I enjoy, and also tamarind (which I don't particularly care for), but this is the first place that I've had tomato chutney and it was delicious. It was more of a smooth tomato puree/pate, but it was very tasty and a good compliment to the spicy dosa. I will definitely be back.
The ambiance (fast food restaurant) is nothing to brag about and all the food comes on styrofoam plates, but the food is incredibly cheap so I guess it's a fair trade. The service was really friendly and the guy behind the counter told me I could park my car in their parking lot, as it would be safer there. "Their" area seemed to be part their property and part sidewalk, but I ended up finding a space on the street. Either way, very thoughtful.
I couldn't decide on an appetizer so I got a two item combo described as "1 iddly, and one (something I forgot the name of) in a bowl". Sounds weird, but that's exactly what it was. Two big lumps of fried something (I believe one was lentil flour and one wheat flour), in a bowl with hot, spicy sambar poured over it. I wasn't very impressed with either of the fried items but the soup was good. I think this cost about $4.
For my entree, I got the spinach dosa. The employee asked if I wanted some potato or something in it or if I just wanted spinach. As he mentioned no additional cost, and that a few other dosa options came with multiple fillings that were the same cost as the spinach dosa, I assumed there would be no extra charge. Well, when I got the bill, I saw he charged me $1 extra. It's not the end of the world, but it would have been considerate to tell me it would cost more, as I was already ordering a lot of food and didn't really need the potatoes. The dosa itself was good, as was the coconut chutney it came with.
I can't say this was my favorite restaurant ever but if I were in the neighborhood, I wouldn't mind returning for a snack.
I dined with a friend here recently and I really enjoyed the food. My only complaint is that the servings are a little small. I had the dumpling appetizer, which the waitress recommended; and it was good, but it didn't taste any different to me than a Chinese dumpling would.
For my entree, I tried the Tsel Bhaklab, which also came recommended. It was "four patties" with a special sauce. The flavor was very good but the size of it was like an appetizer, not an entree, so I was still hungry after eating.
I go to church in the area so I hope to return soon and sample some other menu offerings, as they have an extensive vegetarian section.
I'm pretty excited about Jin's because up until I found this place, I had difficulty finding veg stuff in the neighborhood. Jin's had a huge 'Organic food" sign outside, which is what drew me in, and when I got in, I saw that they had pretty much every single vegan item I would want. I also really appreciate that they have quinoa, millet, and rice noodles, along with a lot of organic food.
While some of the veggie meats are a little pricey (probably because they are buying in small quantities), but aside from that, their prices were pretty fair.
I actually stumbled across this place while on my way to check out another supposedly vegan-friendly Indian/Nepali restaurant in the neighborhood. I was a little overwhelmed by the place so I decided to just go with the buffet. I asked the server which items were made without cream and butter/ghee and he told me all of them. Fantastic! However, I did see a "paneer" dish, which I know is cheese, so either the guy didn't warn me because technically, paneer is cheese, not cream or butter, or because he just didn't care. You be the judge!
The buffet sign led me to believe the food was $7/lb (like many lunch places) but the waiter informed me it was per plate (again, fantastic!). I started piling up my plate and must have been the only jerk with a huge American-sized serving because the server told me while I was eating that I can go back for seconds. For a 3rd time, fantastic! I was so stuffed with my first monster portion that I didn't need to return.
The meal also comes with bread (white or wheat naan) and the waiter told me he can make it without butter. Lovely!
There isn't much atmosphere to the restaurant but it's cheap, fast, and the food is decent (not great, but you get a variety for a cheap price, as is the buffet custom). The service was friendly and I was the only white person in the restaurant, which leads me to believe the food is authentic, although I noticed several people ordering off the menu, so the good stuff is probably on the menu, not in the buffet.
I've been here a couple times and really enjoyed the food. The first time, I dined with a Chinese friend, who was given chopsticks while I (the white girl) was given a fork, which we promptly exchanged, as he doesn't like eating with chopsticks. I went with the tofu in cedar sauce, as I don't remember seeing that item anywhere else. The waitress couldn't really explain what cedar sauce was (I said "like the tree?" and she said "yeah", lacking confidence) but the dish was excellent. I would have liked it better if tofu was firm instead of soft but the sauce was delicious. My friend got the General Tso's beef (with broccoli) and that was also incredibly good.
This last time, I went for my company's staff outing (woohoo!) and we ordered a TON of food. I'm the only vegan (or vegetarian, for that matter) in the group but all 9 people loved the food. In particular, everyone loved the spicy wontons (it was advertised on a big piece of paper on the wall), and the vegan fish. There were two types of fish but we went with the one with black bean sauce, which was surprisingly crispy and fishy. We also all really loved the Chinese broccoli, which was prepared pretty simply, with ginger and garlic, but the flavor was so good that we ordered a 2nd portion. Everyone liked the wonton soup and the teriyaki beef steak went over well. I wasn't impressed with the texture of the teriyaki beef but I loved the sauce. My meet-loving co-worker said this was his favorite dish, however! We went with the tofu in cedar sauce and this was also a big hit. For dessert, we split a double order of the tofu cheese with mango pudding and soy cream. I've always hated cheesecake but everyone else loved it, including my boss, who is one of the city's most respected food consultants. I enjoyed the mango pudding, and particularly the soy whip that came with it.
Maybe it's just the few items we ordered here, but I feel the food quality was better than that of their Manhattan counterpart (I've heard others say the same). Unfortunately, I went after dim sum hours both times, but my meat-eating friends tell me their dim sum is the absolute best.
I LOVE the New Bodai restaurant. I was a big fan of their previous restaurant, Buddah Bodai, but I like this one better. The biggest downside is that the new location is even further from the 7 train (the only train to get to Flushing), so it's a good 25 minute power walk or 15 minute bus ride AFTER the super long 7 train ride. When I got there, I nearly vowed to never return again simply because it took so long to get there. However, after I had my lunch, I decided that I would definitely be back, although not on a day when I was in a rush.
The menu is pretty much the same as the Buddah Bodai menu but they've added some really great new items, such as various congee, fried taro custard, and fried cedar buns. The veggie meat with cedar sauce (I still don't know what that means) was one of my favorite entrees at their old location so I'm really glad that this flavor is now available in a dim sum item. This restaurant also has a much nicer feel (well-decorated walls with no scribbled signs that read "authentic noodles" on construction paper) and their new menus offer great pictures of the various dishes.
I had the watercress dumplings and turnip pastry, which continue to be two of my favorites. I tried the pan fried cedar buns (new!) and fried taro custard, which are now two of my new favorites. I enjoyed this meal so much that I will likely order the exact same thing next time I return.
This place was fantastic! There is an incredible amount of variety within a relatively small store and the prices are unbeatable. I found several already-cheap items offering even larger discounts in bulk (frozen Gobi Parantha - bread stuffed with spiced-cauliflower, two for 1; and various pickled condiments - mixed veggie pickle, tomato pickle, and garlic pickle - $2 each and also buy 2, get one free!).
I was really intrigued by the variety of Indian produce that I'm not accustomed to, like the tiny, mandarin-size eggplants, and the different varieties of cucumbers and squash) and will be back to buy some in the future. I also picked up some veggie burgers and veggie nuggets, which were pea/potato/chickpea-based, instead of soy-based, which was a pleasant change (they were also very tasty!)
I think this might be my new favorite Indian restaurant! Not only were the prices very affordable and the service VERY friendly, I loved that they offered East Indian food, which I had apparently never had before. I've been to quite a few Indian restaurants around the city (and elsewhere), including "Curry Lane" in the village and "Curry Hill" (Murray Hill), but they all seem to serve pretty much the same thing. The guy working at Rajbhog when I visited (the owner, perhaps?) told me they specialize in East Indian fare, which is much harder to come by and he said that a number of their dishes are not served anywhere else in the city.
The guy recommended a number of items for me to try and even gave me a couple free samples of the items I didn't try. My absolute favorite was the patra, which was colocacia leaves, wrapped with Indian spices. It tasted like nothing I've ever had before and it was fantastic. The spicy veggie rice was good, as were the chickpeas, although the chickpeas tasted like pretty much every other order of chickpeas I've ever had. The dhokla was also interesting and is apparently one of their best sellers. It is a savory dough/bread made from chickpea flour but I'm not sure if it's actually gluten-free. Another chickpea dough item I had was this sort of chickpea pasta roll-up, that the guy says is popular. It had a good flavor but I would likely only get it if there were some sort of sauce on it. My lunch combo of rice and two sides (chickpeas and patra) was only $4.50, which was a steal! I also got a to-go container of patra for only $5.
For dessert, I tried two of the cashew-based treats, one with coconut and pistachios and one with chopped nuts and rose petals. Considering that virtually every Indian restaurant uses milk and ghee (clarified butter) in their desserts, I was very happy that this place made a point of offering a few vegan options, which they kept separate from the non-vegan kinds as to not confuse them. While these vegan ones looked and tasted like the non-vegan ones I remember having years ago, I didn't particularly care for them. I think they were well-made, I just find Indian sweets to be hyper sweet and off-putting with their generous helpings of artificial food coloring (pistachios = neon green!). Next time I go, I'll just skip the sweets in favor of an extra order of patra or a samosa. :)
This place has a great variety of vegan options. The menu lists what sauce and spices come with the dish, in addition to rice or noodles, then you add veggies, tofu, soy duck, meat, whatever. I like this set up because you're not charged more for getting a veggie option and you have a lot of choices.
I got the soy duck spicy green curry and it was pretty good. There was a lot of soy duck in the dish and I actually wished there were more veggies in it. The dish had really good flavor and a good level of spice. It came with a choice of appetizer and I chose the spring roll, which was great. The waiter said a couple of the other appetizers were vegan but I can't recall which.
My favorite thing about this restaurant was that it has lunch specials ALL week, even on the weekend. My friend in Queens told me that this practice isn't totally uncommon in Queens, but I've never seen lunch specials in Manhattan or Brooklyn (or most other cities for that matter), outside of the usual Monday-Friday. I stopped in at 11:30am on a Sunday morn (on my way to a Mets game, woohoo!) and got a delicious meal for only $6.95. I was the only one in the restaurant, which was clean and pretty, and had a really nice server. I'd definitely return.
Tian Xin Yuan is very different from Bread A in it's format, particularly that they now offer a hot lunch buffet, which has about 8-10 vegetable, noodle, rice, and tofu dishes on it.
I stopped in recently and had already eaten so I just grabbed some psyllium husk vegan "jello" and a couple savory pastries, including a curry turnover and a "samosa" turnover. Unfortunately, I heated them up too long in the microwave so the insides were totally fried, tough, and inedible.
As excited as I was about the vegan jello, I was pretty disappointed with it. It was exceedingly thin and soupy and actually leaked a little bit in my bag. It sloshed around like it hadn't yet set, but it was apparently as hard as it would get. No good. :(
This place is SOOOO good, I like it even better than the original Veggie Castle in Brooklyn (R.I.P.). They had pretty much the same selection of faux meats, veggies, and starches, but what I did see here that I haven't seen elsewhere is the peppered "pork". It was delicious! It had a bold flavor and was slightly sweet. I tasted a hint of black licorice and perhaps some cinnamon. I also had the mac & cheese (so-so, too much mustard), lo mein (very good!), and curried chicken (pretty good).
It was about a 15 mile roundtrip bike ride for lunch but it was well worth it. The staff was friendly and even offered me a sample, which the other Veggie Castle NEVER did.
This restaurant was lovely. They had a good selection of vegan food, the service was exceedingly fast and friendly, and the food was tasty and affordable.
I stopped in for breakfast and was in a big rush so the couple (an older couple that I assume run the place) really rushed to bring my food but they didn't skimp on the quality of food or service. I explained that I was vegan and they were very accommodating. The lady recommended the mole enchiladas stuffed with soy picadillo, which is a sort of veggie burger crumble, raisin, olive mixture. It was great! I got the breakfast special, which included the enchiladas, a torta (white bread bun usually used to make sandwiches), juice, and tea, coffee, or chocolate. All of this for about $6 or $7, and mind you that I ordered the most expensive breakfast option!
The enchiladas were very tasty and I was impressed that they offered a vegan picadillo stuffing instead of the usual potatoes or beans I'd been given elsewhere. The hot chocolate was good (many people told me that I HAD to have chocolate in Oaxaca), and I am glad they offer to make it with water instead of milk, but it wasn't the rich, creamy drink I am used to. Then again, soy milk in Mexico is mad expensive so I wouldn't expect too many places to carry it.
On my way out, I asked them to prepare me a torta to go so I could eat it for lunch later. I was hoping to get one of the more interesting options like gluten milanesa or maybe jamon (ham) but they were out of most veg meats. They offered a veggie burger, which didn't sound impressive but it was a delicious, homemade veggieburger, likely made of soy and spinach. They served it on the big white bun that tortas always come with, beans, and avocado and confirmed that I did not want mayonaise. I forgot to put salsa on, which was my fault, but the sandwich still had fantastic flavor and made the perfect snack on the drive back to Mexico City. I think it cost something like $2, which was really affordable!
Please go here!
Vegan ice cream is always good, but it's particularly good when it comes in varieties that you've never had before. So many people in Mexico were telling me how good the guanabana is and this place happened to have guanabana sorbet. I also got the cinnamon, which isn't a super uncommon flavor, but it's the first time I've had cinnamon sorbet and it was fantastic. I also had a 3rd flavor but I don't remember what it was at this point, I just know it was good.
Overall, the ice cream was very pricey - $3 for 2 scoops! (I could get a big, fat vegan torta or 3 tacos for that price), but it was quite tasty and I'm really glad I got it.
****NOTE: Make sure you're getting a "nieve" (snow), as it's water-based. The other "helados" (ice cream) are dairy-based.
I felt the food here was very good, but the prices--like many Ethiopian restaurats--were ridiculous. A friend and I shared the vegetarian combo platter (with 5 or 6 items on it), and were charged double the price of a single platter, but not given substantially more food. I've been told by others that frequent the restaurant that you're better off getting the single platter and sharing it.
I love co-ops so this place automatically gets a "great". They have a great selection of bulk and vegan items, but I was disappointed to see so many packaged goods and non-organic produce items. They have a large selection of vegan desserts, including treats from Pattycakes vegan bakery, which is a great plus, since the bakery closes a few hours before the co-op.
I had the veggie burrito with soy cheese and tofu sour cream. While I wasn't overly impressed with the taste/quality (although it's up to Chipotle or Qdoba standards), I was very happy they provided vegan cheese options. I really liked that they had tofu sour cream, which appeared to be homemade, and they don't charge you extra for it.
I got a side of chips and guacamole, and could not believe that I was handed an entire (huge!) bag of chips, a big container of guacamole AND a big container of salsa. It was SO much food for only $5. The pineapple-habanero salsa was really spicy and had a good flavor, but the guacamole looked like it was lacking lime juice, as it was already turning brown and you could taste it. Yuck.
I was very impressed with this place; not so much because of the food (which was good), but with the fact that they use organic and local ingredients and that they have little table placards that promote Community Supported Agriculture.
I had a vegan blueberry smoothie, which was very good, and a Northstar burger, which was even better. The bread it came on was a bit thick but the burger itself (which I hear contains rice and beats), was surprisingly flavorful. I also sampled my friend's Buddha Bowl, which was good, but not terribly impressive.
I visited the bakery (very cute) and had the chocolate raspberry cake, which was delicious. I also taste two of their treats at the Clintonville Co-op. I had a an orange-frosted butterfly cookie (delicious), and a cinnamon bun (yummy, but probably better fresh). They have a great selection of items and it looks like a better range than most vegan bakeries and restaurants. Definitely worth stopping in.
My friend and I both had pizza here and I would say it's so-so, but nothing to brag about. I love avocado more than anything in the world so I had the "guacamole pizza" and it was pretty much guacamole on a pizza crust. It would have been good if it were served as a guac side dish, but it didn't taste anything like pizza so it was a bit of a disappointment. We also had a few of the desserts, which were okay, but not great.
This place was great and it's right next to a huge park/hiking area, so you can spend the whole day working up an appetite then chowing down on vegan food. I had the salad bar and a pizza and both were really good and reasonably priced.
I really enjoyed the food here and the staff was really nice. I had the raw cashew hummus, which was a tad salty but had a magnificent flavor otherwise. I also had the tempeh salad (the two items come in an appetizer combo) and that was also really good.
The spicy avocado and tofu sandwich was recommended to I went with that. I thought it had a good flavor, but I feel I could easily make it at home, along with pretty much all the other sandwiches and wraps. I think this restaurant's forte is their creative raw food, so perhaps I'll steer more in that direction next time.
Everyone raves about their soft serve ice cream so I was hoping to try that, but the flavor when I was there was green tea, which is the only flavor on earth that I don't like.
They have a great selection of products, but as mentioned before, you can find most of them elsewhere. However, they have some really hard to find items like Scheese cheese and vegetarian haggis. They have a lot of items you can find at ANY store, like bread and soy milk, but that also makes it convenient to get everything all in one stop.
My one complaint about the store is that they really profess the political and anti-religious views of the owners which is unrelated to the store's mission and is off-putting to customeres who don't agree with them.
A friend and I had brunch here today and although the food was pretty good, it took nearly an hour for us to get it, which is way too long to wait for food, regardless of how busy the restaurant is. This is on top of the 20 minutes we spent waiting for the table.
We both had the vegan French toast, garden sausage, and tofu scramble and we shared the vegan potatoes, which came with various veggies and a wonderful tofu cream sauce. The prices were reasonable and the food was surprisingly good, considering they don't offer that many items.
The servers were really nice and our waitress even brought us a bag of ice for me to put on my swollen ankle (I was on crutches.)
This was a cute little cafe with plenty of vegan options, including some raw, if that's your thing. They had a number of burritos, but the Che Guevarra seemed to be the best. I also had some plantains with BBQ sauce because they sounded so interesting. They tasted like they were sauted and the BBQ sauce was sort of a BBQ-salsa mix. Pretty good.
I'd say my favorite item was the vegan peanut butter and jelly smoothie, which tasted like a strawberry-peanut butter milkshake. Delicious.
The outdoor patio was great, but I didn't like that people were smoking.
The food was AMAZING. These were literally the best pancakes I've ever had in my life. I can't believe a non-vegan place makes such amazing vegan food. My friend and I shared blueberry pancakes and the vegan breakfast burrito (tofu, beans, rice, veggie sausage, salsa) and fried potatoes. The food was to die for and the service was fast and friendly. Go here!
I haven't gotten a tattoo here so I can't comment on that, but I've seen a lot of their work and it's beautiful. I also met some of the guys who work there when I was at a Food Fight potluck next door and they were all really nice and friendly.
These doughnuts were AMAZING and they had more of a selection than I expected--about 8 vegan doughnuts. Not bad, considering a lot of places will have one or two vegan dessert options.
I had the chic-o-stick doughnut and the chocolate coconut and both were great. I was told those two are the best sellers. It looks like they make one standard vegan doughnut and then put various toppings on them. Other options I saw were Oreo cookie, glazed, nut, chocolate, maple syrup, and plain.
Although I am pretty sick of Vegan Treats, as nearly every veg restaurant has been offering the same 5 Vegan Treats cakes for the last 5 years, but I was still really excited to visit the actual Vegan Treats store.
I was SOOOOO happy to see a million more things than what is available in NYC. There were some beautiful mini cheesecakes, but I happen to not like cheesecake so I passed. The doughnuts are my favorite, and I love the Death By Chocolate cake, although it's super rich and requires a glass of soy milk.
On this particular day, I went with a sticky bun w/ carmelized nuts on top. Amazing. They actually offer 3 kinds of sticky buns, which is really impressive.
The shop is cute and they sell some really adorable t-shirts to go with their treats.
I think Basic 4 was one of the most disappointing veg restaurant experiences I've ever had. I ordered the "Carrot Tuna", which a previous user, BevyBev, raved about. Big mistake. Considering that this user only has one review on VegGuide.org, I can't help but wonder if he/she is an employee/owner of Basic 4 and posted this false review to boost business.
I've had tofu, seitan, and chickpea-based "tuna" and they've all been good. Some use dulse/seaweed to give it a "fishy" taste, some use chopped celery to give it better texture, and all use some sort of vegan mayo. Basic 4's "carrot tuna" uses none and they don't add anything else to give it interesting flavor or texture. The sandwich was literally carrots on a pita. The pate appeared to be pure carrots pulverized in a food processor, with a little onion and maybe salt and lemon juice. How on earth is this supposed to resemble tuna? The plain carrot mixture was scooped into a pita bread with lettuce, onions, and tomatoes - no protein, and no mayo or sauce. It was the most boring sandwich I've ever had and a total waste of $6. I couldn't bring myself to finish it, so I took half of it home, added a veggie burger, some Veganaise and Siracha, and called it a day.
I also ordered the cream of broccoli soup for about $5, which turned out to be very bland. I'm glad they offered a vegan cream soup, as much of their menu isn't vegan (it looks like some of the soy meats they use contain milk), but it tasted like the stereotypical vegan soup that you would NOT want your non-vegan friends to taste. There was no robust flavor so instead of using rich vegetable broth, soy cream, and vegan butter, I think they just used water and thickened it with flour. No good.
I was seriously disappointed with this place. First off, it took the waitress like 15 minutes to bring us our water and take our orders (there was only one other table there so it wasn't busy). Also, while the waitress was talkative and very friendly and pleasant, she didn't check on us once during our meal, fill our empty water glasses, or let us know it would take about an hour to get our food. After an hour drive to get to this place, we weren't prepared to wait so long for what ended up being mediocre food.
As for the food, I tried my friend's BBQ "chicken" sandwich and potato wedges, which was really good and a great deal for only $8, but I was disappointed by the $7 and REALLY small appetizers we got. They were tasty, but only about 4 bites worth. I was in the mood for something substantial so I ordered the $12 BBQ tofu over veggies, but was disappointed that:
1) There was barely any tofu (although the sauce was good)
2) The veggies had absolutely no seasoning, I had to ask for salt, pepper, and hot sauce
3) The already plain veggies were actually cold the second they were brought out to me
I ended up boxing up my food and taking it home to season and re-cook. I was really in the mood for dessert (especially because they're one of the few Philly places that doesn't rely on Vegan Treats), but after a disappointing appetizer and entree, I didn't want to risk it.
Blackbird is amazing and SOOOOOOO much better than Gianna's, which used to occupy the space, copied Vegan Treats desserts, and sold "vegan" pizza that actually wasn't vegan. Blackbird's pizza is not only super cheap, but it's also super delicious. A slice (1/4 pizza!) is only $3 for plain Daiya cheese, and the specialty pieces are about $4 each.
I disagree with conde.kedar that Blackbird introduced the concept of pizza slices to-go, as many other cities have done this for years (NYC is likely the most famous and most vegan slice-friendly, but Milwaukee also has spots), and Gianna's (Blackbird's predecessor) also sold vegetarian/vegan/supposedly-vegan pizza by the slice. That said, Blackbird took the quality up a notch and I am very happy they did.
I went with the nacho pizza, which had caramelized onions, avocado, jalapenos, and olives. I could have done without the avocado, which had sort of a crispy tomato texture after it was baked, but otherwise, the pizza was outstanding. The caramelized onions were key and I'm going to order extra next time. I also had a slice of the veggie, which had artichokes, green bell pepper, olives, and mushrooms (which I picked off). I preferred this slice and thought it was much better than many soy meat slices I've had elsewhere.
The service was very fast, considering how busy the dining room was and how many people were calling in for delivery ('twas a Friday night). Most of the people dining were young, alternativey folks that are probably vegetarian, but there was also an elderly couple enjoying some pizza. I got the impression they just stumbled in, not knowing it's vegan. Awesome. Thank you, Blackbird.
I've been here a few times and I keep coming back because I love the idea of vegan pizza and cake but I'm consistently let down. The food is mediocre and the staff is completely clueless. The cheese, the BBQ chicken, and the red pepper and artichoke pizzas (vegan varieties) are all pretty good, but they always seemed dried out.
I tried the Philly cheesesteak, and I have no idea what sort of faux meat they use, but it seriously looks and tastes like puppy kibble. Gross. It's like chunks of flavorless soy with an unidentifiable sauce over it. Yuck.
The desserts have been hit or miss--the cannoli is always good--but I had the blueberry cake last time and it was hard and tasted like baking soda. I also think they copied all of Vegan Treats cakes (out of Bethlehem, PA) and don't give them credit. Not cool.
There were a good number of vegan options but I felt I could make any of their sandwiches or salads at home so I didn't think it was worth the trip. Their sticky bun, however, was really good, and definitely worth it.
This place is amazing. You get a HUGE vegan dim sum spread for only $10 (2 person minimum) and you get at least 7 or 8 items. The sesame chicken are hit or miss--they can be the most amazing thing you've ever tasted but they're disgusting when they're dried out, which happens too frequently.
One of my favorites it the turnip cakes (which looks and tastes nothing like turnips) and I also really like the tofu skin, which looks like a little egg crepe. I can't tell the difference between all the steamed dumplings but they are all consistently good.
Be sure to ask for to-go boxes if you can't finish everything--which is likely--because they'll let you take your leftovers home.
The only other Maoz I've been to is in New York City, and while the two (and likely all other chain locations) were virtually identical, I did find a couple differences.
I had the regular falafel sandwich, which was $4, but since I only had a credit card, I had to add hummus to bring the total up to $5. I got my usual toppings, including roasted broccoli, dilly cucumbers, hot sauce, and tomato/onion mix. Yum.
In addition to the usual tahini sauce, this location had a mango curry sauce on the salad bar, which was absolutely delicious. It was pretty strong and I probably wouldn't want it on the entire dish, but just a little on half of my falafel was great.
I have to say that my favorite feature of this restaurant was the public sink they had for people to wash their hands. I hate eating without washing my hands first (especially messy finger foods like falafel), so I was really happy to see the sink. I was also glad they had a bathroom for customers, which New York Maoz also lacks. The space was huge (another difference from the NY locations), and so it was nice to not have to fight for a seat and be able to relax.
This place is great! They only allow members to shop there, but they'll let the general public shop once before deciding to join. I was just visiting for the weekend so this was perfect for me. The store is small but they have everything you need.
I didn't see any meat (although I saw lots of faux meats), so I am thinking this place is all veg, aside from the organic fish sauce I saw, which contains anchovies. They had a great selection of vegan cheese, ice cream, and snacks, along with tons of organic produce and bulk grains.
My one complaint is that they have a lot of non-organic stuff or items that are organic, but are made by shady corporations. That said, this would be my first place to shop in PA, I'm just spoiled because my co-op really focuses on organic and small brands.
This place is fabulous. The food is the same as at Kingdom (same owner), but for some reason, I enjoyed the food more. I also felt the service was exceptional (although Kingdom's service is also great).
I tried a number of items for dim sum, but my favorites were the pan fried turnip cakes, the fried taro balls, and the steamed veggie buns.
This place is fantastic! While the various meat counters are pretty gross and off-putting, I was very happy to see so many fresh produce vendors, many of which were specializing in locally-grown and organic produce. I really enjoyed the pianist in the center area and listened to him play while I ate, which was a real treat.
As mentioned in the restaurant entry, there's only 1 all-veg restaurant, but most restaurants offer at least one or two veg options, so when you combine all the options together, it's a sizeable vegetarian menu. I was particularly impressed that one cheesesteak place had a big photo sign advertising their "100% vegan cheesesteaks", which appeared to be the only vegan item on the menu aside from the fries. Unfortunately, they don't have vegan cheese....yet!
The Chinese places had various fried rice and noodle dishes and the sushi place had several vegan sushi options. While I wasn't particularly impressed with Basic 4, it's nice to have an all-veg restaurant there.
Apparently this place used to be called "New Samosa" (some of their menus still say that), but the front sign says "San Samosa", but people sometimes refer to it just as "Samosa."
I thought this place was pretty good. The lunch buffet was nearly vegan on the day I went; only 2 items had dairy (not including the yogurt sauces) and the owner happily pointed them out to us. I especially enjoyed the chickpea dish and the naan (which was vegan!) was fresh and hot. The fritters were a little dry, but the samosas were fresh and tasty; I guess it all depends on what time you get there.
$7 is a good price for the lunch buffet and I would definitely go back.
I had the Malaysian chicken noodles, as another reviewer suggested, but I didn't really enjoy it. The "chicken" was okay, but the sauce was like a funny, oddly sweet barbaque sauce on top of Asian food. Weird. The dish by itself was $10, but they had a dinner special for $12.50, which included soup and a small plate of appetizers so I went with that.
I chose the New Year soup, which was really good. It had bits of soy ham and tofu, corn, carrots, and other veggies, and had a really good broth. As for the appetizer platter, I loved the spring roll, but the two dumplings it came with were pretty average.
I tasted my friend's double wheat gluten dish, which was pretty good, but didn't really impress me.
The service was friendly and I was happy to receive a plate of orange slices to finish off the meal. :)
This is my friend's favorite restaurant in Philly so I had really high expectations. My friend always gets the same dish, the sesame seitan, which I sampled and really enjoyed. However, my dish, the General Tso's veg (which differs from General Tso's tofu because it has wheat gluten) was mediocre. The sauce and broccoli were good, but the wheat gluten tasted extremely overcooked. The pieces were so dry, that I honestly couldn't tell what it was supposed to resemble.
For my side dish, I had the spring roll, which was really good, as was the lotus root and peanut soup. The broth for the soup was really good, but it was sort of weird to have steamed peanuts in a soup, or served anyhow, for that matter. My friend had the baked/braised tofu as his side dish and it was very flavorful. The flavor was a bit intense, with TONS of sauce and salt, given that the tofu was just served alone, but it would be amazing with some noodles and veggies mixed in.
I was so happy to just stumble across this place while exploring downtown Puebla! The store was pretty tiny but they had two items that I had not yet come across: vegan cookies, and dehydrated soy meat, Mexican style! The vegan cookies looked and tasted like the stereotypical vegan cookie (dry and kind of flavorless), but for some reason, I couldn't stop eating them on the train! I haven't yet tried the soy meat, but I am pretty excited about it and really glad that the huge bag (only $1.50!) included a recipe for how to prepare it.
I visited La Zanhaoria for dinner last night and was impressed with all the vegan food they offer, but disappointed to arrive at 7pm, as most items (the large buffet) is only served until 6pm. The restaurant is in the Zocalo (center) of the city and business largely dies down after 6pm so a more limited menu is offered then.
I'm surprised at the previous comment stating that this restaurant also serves meat. I didn't see any meat being sold in the to-go fridges or packaged food area and the staff told me that all "meat" on the menu was vegetarian so I'm hoping that the author of the previous comment simply misunderstood.
The to-go deli up front doesn't offer many interesting options for vegans, unless your thing is a "ham" sandwich with no cheese and no mayo - basically, soy on a bun. Meh. The restaurant in back, however, is quite another thing. The daily special was vegetarian paella, which was only served until 6pm, along with the buffet - disappointment! However, I went with the gluten milanesa with pipian and was pleasantly surprised. The food came out room-temperature and the waitress didn't come back for 15 minutes so I couldn't ask it to be reheated (annoying!) but I really enjoyed the flavor of the pipian sauce, which I had never had before. It's a creamy (non-dairy) peanut sauce and was served over the milanesa (I believe it's a breaded "beef" chop), alongside "arroz integral" (brown rice) and "salad". Well, the brown rice was pretty over-cooked and the "salad" was just iceberg lettuce and tomato that weren't very fresh. I also had the tortilla soup which was good.
I would normally give a restaurant only a "fair" rating based on this experience, but given there are so few veg restaurants in Puebla, and in Mexico in general, I think it's worth visiting. You will definitely get more interesting items than you would get elsewhere.
This place was such a gem to find, but I would have NO idea how to explain how to find it. We just happened to be driving down some random highway on our way to El Yunque (coming up from the East/South, so you'd be passing El Yunque if you're coming from San Juan) and I saw "health food store" and had to stop.
I was disappointed that they didn't have any sandwiches or ready-to-eat items because that's what I was looking for, but they were the only place that I have found soy ice cream in Puerto Rico so I had to get a Tofutti neopolitan ice cream bar. I also got a bag of guava bakery that's made in the island and sold in many locations. We stocked up on some nut/fruit bars, which had interesting combinations like macadamia nut and passion fruit.
The prices here were reasonable, taking into account that islands always have to price things higher because of the cost of shipping. The big jars of grapeseed Veganaise were about $9.50 and the tubs of Earth Balance were around $6, so not completely terrible, especially since they're so hard to find in PR.
I didn't get to visit that many restaurants in Ponce but of the ones I visited, this was definitely my favorite. They had a number of veg options on the menu (all Western dishes), but I was in the mood for Puerto Rican food so they happily prepared a veggie mofongo, which does not appear on the menu. The waitress was SO nice and very accommodating.
Instead of the usual plantain-based mofongo, I got mine made with yautil, which is a root vegetable native to PR. Inside, they put in a mix of veggies, including broccoli, eggplant, and peppers. They topped it with some toasted yautil chips and included a salad. The food was so beautifully prepared (I attached a picture). I explained to the waitress that I don't eat any meat, eggs, or dairy, and she assured me that none of that was in the mofongo, but after tasting it, I think it had butter in it, so ask ahead if you visit. After she had been so accommodating, I didn't want to give her a hard time about the butter.
Also, this was the only restaurant I visited in Puerto Rico that brought out a free snack to start off the meal. They brought out some crispy garlic bread and an olive platter to snack on and it was just delicious.
Also, SO many restaurants serve food on plastic/styrofoam, or even if they serve on glass dishes and use silverware, they still serve drinks in plastic cups. This place was too classy for that, but were still very affordably priced, which I absolutely loved.
The food was pretty good and the restaurant was beautiful but the prices were way too high and the service was lacking. I was happy to find a vegetarian section of the menu but all but one of the Indian options had cheese. Of the Thai options, only the pad thai could be made vegan (get with tofu or veggies and omit the egg).
Most dishes were around $17, which is pretty normal for Condado, but is still a lot for San Juan in general. I got the tom kha soup ($7)and subbed tofu for the chicken (they assured me the broth had no meat or milk in it) and it was prettz good but I didnt like how soft the tofu was. I also had the veggie roll ($7), which had avocado and maybe 2 other veggies in it and it was also good.
As for the service. our waitress seemed miserable, very uninterested in serving us, so it was annoying to find that a 15% gratuity had been added to a bill for a party of six. Also note that this place is totally for tourists - expensive and the entire menu appearing in only English - so avoid if you are looking to mingle with locals.
I must say, I was a bit disappointed when I got here and saw they only have two veggie options because several people told me they have good veg food, but I was very surprised and happy with my food and the bartender was probably the friendliest and liveliest guy ever.
I ordered the hummus platter and have to say it's some of the best hummus I've ever had. It had a strong roasted garlic flavor and came with a ton of oil and seasoning, which I loved. Although I explained that I don't eat eggs and dairy, my hummus plate came with some potatoes topped with spicy mayo (it seems like every restaurant in PR is all about the spicy may), just ask to have it without mayo if you visit.
When the bartender heard me discussing whether or not I should get a batida (smoothie) without milk with my friend, he offered to make it with soy milk, which I didn't see on the menu. Outstanding. It was delicious.
I really loved this place. The food was great and the service was nice and I highly recommend trying it. I don't know exactly what their hours are but they are open late (at least midnight), which is refreshing because all the exclusively veg spots close at 4pm.
BOOOOOOOOOO. I am SO mad at this place. I was initially very excited to go but then was very disappointed when I went. First off, I hate going to restaurants that only print menus in English and only speak in English but I guess thats my fault for going. Anyway, the food was SOOO expensive and the service was terrible.
My friend ordered the soy steak with bananas and strawberry sauce (also came with rice and garlic veggies) and it was outstanding, but definitely not worth $17. I asked the waitress if the dumplings (with tofu, veggies, and plantains) would be good and she said they are very good so I ordered them. When they came out, I realized my $11 dumplings were actually 4 appetiyer-sized dumplings. I was annoyed and she told me its an appetizer. I asked why it was listed with the other entrees and she said it said "appetizer" next to it. I didnt ask to see the menu again but I know for a fact it was listed in the same section as the other veg entrees, so even if it says "appetizer", its misleading because its listed with full plates.
What annoyed me most is that the waitress didnt point out that it was an appetizer when I ordered it (while everyone else ordered full plates), and she did absolutely nothing to try to remedy the situation when she saw I was upset. She also never came to check and see how our meals were and she never refilled our water, even though my glass was empty. We also had to ask for the bill after sitting there with empty plates for 10 minutes.
I will not be returning here.
I wasn't super impressed with the food here but it was super cheap and apparently that's what they're known for. My veggie burger and fries (I subbed yuca fries for reg. fries) was only $5, which is SO cheap. The burger wasn't anything spectacular (tasted like Gardenburger) but it was good enough. I wasn't a fan of the yuca fries though, they just tasted like chewy, overfried mess. The tostones, however, were delicious.
It seems like everything her (tostones, fries, burgers) comes with a spicy mayo on the side so just ask to not receive that (or just throw it away, but that's wasteful).
The service wasn't fabulous but I guess that's expected with cheap food. The only thing I think you can get super quickly is a Puerto Rican beer, which you can buy from one of the scantily-clad models the company pays to walk around in heels to sell.
It's official. This is by far, my favorite restaurant in all of Puerto Rico. Not only do they serve the largest variety of vegan food (I think it's 100% vegan, but not totally sure), but they are the ONLY place open on Sundays, and the customers there just happen to be the friendliest on earth.
I went here several times while in Puerto Rico and the only items I didn't enjoy were some steamed, wrap things. One was like carrot/zucchini/yuca and the other was like a tortilla w/ beans inside. Other than that, everything was amazing. My favorites were all of the yuca and potato bakes that were sort of hard to identify and now hard to describe, but they were outstanding. They feature some sort of mushy mashed potato mix inside with a hard yuca or potato crust outside (sometimes w/ faux bacon bits sprinkled on) and then fried.
The soy cheese items, like the broccoli and soy cheese lasagna and the potato/plantain/soy cheese bake were phenomenal. I loved that they had a mix of real Puerto Rican food and international food. Oh, and they had the best batida (smoothie) of any place I tried because instead of just omitting the cow's milk like I did at most places, I had the option to have almond milk, and it was so smooth and yummy.
Nearly everyone eating here was Puerto Rican, which was a sign that the food is authentic (it's also not in a touristy area, which could be a reason). And everyone here was noticeably friendlier than other places. I had at least 5 people walk past my table and say "enjoy your meal" (in Spanish). The woman in line behind me happened to be vegan and eat there every day so she showed me what the best items were. Then an older man went to go get me take out dishes when he saw I couldn't finish my food. Then he drove my friend and me home when he saw us walking down the street, but first drove us by another local veg restaurant to show it. Unbelievable.
I passed this place on a Sunday afternoon, heading to La Buena Mesa de Oscar but they were closed (like pretty much every veg spot in PR except for Oscar's). I thought they might be out of business, but I saw they were open when I was driving past during the week. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to stop because I was heading to the airport. I'm not sure what their hours are or if they are going out of business or if they're just trying to deplete old stocks, but I wanted to add it because I've found all the other health food stores I visited to be veg-friendly and thought in case anyone in the area may want to check it out.
I really enjoyed the food here and was surprised that they offered so many affordable options. The location, Condado, is very expensive, and this restaurant had its fair share of $20 entrees, but they also had many $13-15 items and $10 daily specials. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and the patio has avocado and mango trees growing in it. My favorite part of the restaurant was actually the hand-painted menu (I included a picture).
I ordered the criolla tofu and found it to be good, but nothing spectacular. The sauce just tasted like a tomato sauce with a lot of oregano. However, the texture was very good and I think the froze the tofu first, which is something I hadn't seen anywhere else. I tried my friend's grilled veggie wrap ($10 special) and it was also very good. We started off with the yuca and tuno (homemade veggie tuna) cakes with pomegranate (parcha) sauce and it was phenomenal. I wish it would have come with more than just 3 pieces.
I also sampled another friend's mushroom stroganoff. I don't like mushrooms so I just tried the pasta with sauce, which I found to not have much flavor. My friend enjoyed it but she said it didn't remind her of stroganoff (she is German so maybe stroganoff there is different from what I'm used to in the US).
The service, however, was exceedingly weird. We went the 2nd day after its reopening (not sure how long it was closed), so this may have something to do with it. The hotel receptionist was waiting on us and seemed to be a bit absent minded and out of things. Also, he kept insisting on speaking to us in English although we said we speak Spanish and would always answer in Spanish. One of my friends is much more comfortable speaking in Spanish than English so we found this quite annoying.
Pure & Natural is a beautiful restaurant and has a good amount of vegan selections but I wasn't especially impressed with the food itself.
I ordered the eggplant lasagna dish without the cheese and it was pretty good but not great. I think a lot of the flavor in the dish would have come from the cheese (boo). I was glad that it came with brown rice instead of the white rice I'd seen in most other restaurants, and the salad came with a great dressing. I tried my friend's falalfel, and it had a good flavor but it wasn't the authentic falafel that I'm used to in NYC. It was nice and moist, but tasted like it was pan fried instead of deep fried, and although we asked for it on a pita, it came on whole wheat bread, which made it even more awkward. It also had very little tahini dressing, which would have improved the sandwich.
The location is in expensive Condado, which is a very expensive area, but Pure and Natural isn't overly expensive itself. However, it offers no authentic Puerto Rican food and the entire menu appears in English (which is a turn-off for folks like me who want authentic PR food).
This place was so great to find but it would be difficult to give directions to get here. I just happened to meet an old vegetarian man at another veg restaurant and he drove me past here to show it to me and it happened to be a 10 minute walk from where I was staying.
The health food store has the same selection of veggie products that you find in most other places and the prices are about the same. However, I found the price for the food in the restaurant to be a better deal than many other restaurants. We got the lunch special (which I think is the only option they sell) and it was about $7.50 and included a main dish, a side, and a soup or salad.
I got what I think was called amarillo or amarillito, which was basically a layer of plantains, a layer of seasoned soy/tofu, and another layer of plantains and then baked. Delicious. I then got the rice with the lentil soup (although the other veggie soup that day looked better). I was supposed to get a salad with that but salads bore me so the lady let me get their steamed veggies, which included carrots, broccoli, potato, and chayote. Very good food at a very good price.
We got there right when the place was opened at 11am so they were still bringing some items out so if you want a full selection, maybe go around noon.
This was one of my favorite restaurants in Puerto Rico for several reasons:
-the food was authentic Puerto Rican food with a veggie twist
-the restaurant made a point of using the word "vegetarian" on the menu, which I didn't find to be the case often
-the vegetarian options were much more interesting than just rice and beans or just a salad
I had the vegetarian mofongo, which was delicious. Mofongo is the most typical Puerto Rican dish and is made from fried plantains which are then mashed to form a bowl (often includes bacon and butter), then is stuffed with meat or veggies. This was one of the only places that offered veggie meat so I had to try the soy meat mofongo but I really wanted to try the veggie version with chayote and broccoli so the waitress said they could do half and half. The kitchen forgot to include the veggie meat so she brought it out on a separate plate. I actually preferred the veggies to the soy meat. The veggie meat texture wasn't spectacular but it was still very good and a wonderful compliment to the plantains.
I was hoping to return and try some of their veggie sandwiches but they were unexpectedly closed for repairs when I returned.
Their food was delicious, healthy, and very unique. My friends and I ordered the roasted vegetable pizza (artichokes, mushrooms, peppers, & tofu cheese), coconut bacon BLT (it tasted like roasted coconut shavings with smoke flavor), and a Vegelox sandwich (the vegelox was made of carrots, onions, and some other spices and veggies). All the dishes were very interesting and absolutely delicious.
It was reasonably priced and had beautiful outdoor dining, complete with gardens full of flowers. Aux Vivres is great, however, it is not the best place to take a meat eater who doesn't particularly care for vegan food, as they'll likely consider most of the dishes "weird."
Bio-Terre used to have a restaurant attached to it but now they are just a grocery store. They are nearly all vegetarian and have lots of vegan options. Lots of fresh produce and bulk goods, and they also have packaged foods and ready-to-go sandwiches. The staff is friendly and helpful.
The food was great and very reasonably priced. The service was friendly and helpful. I ordered the "Tofu Piquante" sandwich and got a HUGE grilled tofu sandwich with spicy pepper sauce, sprouts, salad and chips and salsa for only $5! I went late afternoon and there were a fair amount of people but it wasn't smoky.
Everything is vegetarian and there are plenty of vegan options. In fact, many of the non-vegan items could easily be made vegan by omitting the pesto mayo and/or cheese.
I really liked the food but I thought it was a bit overpriced and the 5 microwaves behind the buffet table were a bit offputting. The "large" plate was about $11 or $12 but it didn't fill me up. I would only pay about $8 or $9 for that much food, although it did taste really good.
The employees were very friendly and helpful, but some of them didn't speak English. They may speak French, but since I don't speak French, I wasn't able to ask.
They had a good selection of vegetables and fake meats and a great variety of tofu. I'm not sure when they close, but I was there around 8:30pm on a Friday night and they were still open, as were most other stores in Chinatown.
I went to the bakery, expecting it to be all vegan so I was disappointed to find they carry non-vegan (and non-vegetarian) options, but I did get some really good baked goods.
I got a few items that I will call scones, although they were more like really dense sweet bread cookie things. My favorite was the Mexican chocolate which had spicy chiles in it. I also really liked the coconut lemon variety. I picked up an almond one, which was good, but didn't have as much flavor as the other two. All in all, it was a nice little shop with reasonable prices.
Friendly service and good food. The empanadas are reasonably priced ($2.50) and they have plenty of vegetarian options. The mushroom, tofu, and eggplant varieties are all vegan; plus they have a number of vegan burritos and salads. I had the tofu empanada and it was okay, but not that great. I added a bunch of their salsa but it was still sort of bland.
My friends and I visited this restaurant and were really excited to try vegan Spanish food but we decided not to stay. We don't speak very good French and the menu was written in all French. Most of what we could read contained meat and the food was a bit pricey.
Cute little cafe with friendly service. Le Cagibi is all vegetarian but isn't particularly vegan-friendly. Nearly all the items contain some dairy (mostly cheese and mayo). They do have a few vegan burritos, but if you're looking for authentic burritos, you're better off going somewhere else.
The food was good and the service was great, but it was really annoying to see that half of the "vegetarian" section of the menu contained meat (fish sandwiches). I had the tofu sandwich, which was pretty good, but a bit plain considering they don't sub anything else for the mayo when you order it vegan. I also had the poutine fries (no cheese) and they were pretty good. The gravy is vegan and is pretty good, but I don't think it's worth the price.
This store is great. It has tons of frozen fake meats (many vegan) and the staff is very friendly.
I'm vegan so I was upset to find there wasn't a single thing there for me to eat, but there was a good array of vegetarian options. I really like the idea of combining bikes with cafes, so I was really into this place (and wish they had vegan food!). The staff was friendly and the cafe/store is very clean and interesting. I encourage everyone (especially cyclists) to go here and please encourage them to get some vegan options in there.
I didn't eat here because they had no vegan food. I only added the place because the outdoor seating and music made it seem nice and they had plenty of vegetarian options. There really wasn't much vegan stuff in Quebec City (except Le Commensal) so if you go here, or anywhere else, please encourage them to carry more vegan dishes.
I thought the food was fabulous and the atmosphere was very inviting. They had a good mix of cooked and raw food, fake meats, pastas, veggies, and other items. The buffet was mostly vegan and I was pleased to see that there were a number of eclectic dessert options (the hazelnut cake and the berry cream thing were amazing).
They weigh the food but I didn't see them push a special button to indicate if you have a large or a small size plate (which presumably weigh different amounts and would affect the total price) so this is worth asking about if you visit.
I really liked this store, although I would have liked to see more vegan options in the deli case (most veg options looked like they had cheese). I really liked the emphasis on bulk products instead of packaged goods (they even have bulk spices!) and I was pleased to see so many varieties of vegan ice cream, some of which I've never even heard of.
I think this is my favorite Ethiopian restaurant of all time. I am, by no means, an expert on Ethiopian food, but I have visited quite a few Ethiopian restaurants in NYC, DC, Milwaukee, San Francisco, and elsewhere, and Abyssinia really blew me away. First of all, the food just tasted incredible. I thought I'd had really good Ethiopian elsewhere but most other places may be good but they all taste the same. Abyssinia had a special taste. I had the vegetarian combo platter and particularly loved the yellow split peas. A friend and I also shared the fried yam cake appetizer, which was incredible. Typically, veggie samosas and lentil soup are the only veg appetizers, so I was really impressed with the yam cakes.
In addition to the food being incredible, I saw on the menu that the restaurant sources local produce from nearby farms. Incredible! Finally, the restaurant really recognized the contribution and accomplishments of the cooks and staff, which is very rare in the restaurant industry. Kudos, Abyssinia, I can't wait to return!
Hands down, best veg restaurant in Providence! The servings are large, the food is delicious, the prices affordable, and the service is friendly. You can't go wrong!
I recently dined with a friend and we shared a few items, starting with the wasabi house-made seitan with mustard sauce. No joke, this was the best seitan I've ever had. It had a perfect texture and was perfectly grilled and crispy. We also shared the Korean BBQ tacos, which are supposedly super popular. They were good, but my least favorite item on the menu. Finally, we had the butternut squash quesadilla (made with vegan Daiya cheese), which was delicious.
It also doesn't hurt that the restaurant is 2 doors down from WildFlour vegan bakery so you can pop in there for a smoothie while waiting for a table during the busy weekend lunch hours (as we did) or stop by after for dessert.
Yum! I noticed a ton of brunch places in Providence but most vegan options were limited to oatmeal or a bagel with peanut butter (lame!). As such, I was super happy to find Juian's. I dined with friends and we shared a few items. I thought the def scram breakfast was the best (tofu scramble, seasoned potatoes, and toast) and it came with pea shoots - very classy for a bar! I had the vegan carrot cake pancakes, which were good, but the texture was a little chewy. That said, it was clever to have walnuts in the pancakes and have a cream cheese sauce on top. I also loved that the pancakes came with both the sauce and maple syrup - well done!
I also had the homemade teriyaki sausage, which had a good flavor but was exceedingly dry. The server apologized and took it off the bill (again, well done!) and I look forward to trying it another time in the future.
Very cool atmosphere and I like that there's outdoor seating, but the place was PACKED on Sunday around 11am (40 minute wait), so allow yourself some time if you go!
$3 for a vegan slice at midnight? Score! I had the artichoke/cherry tomato with vegan cheese and it was very tasty. Made the perfect snack the following morn!
Great selection of vegan items at super affordable prices. I got some fried chickpeas for $2 - a HUGE bowl of pan fried chickpeas with garlic, oil and basil. Very good, but better to split with someone else! I also got the kale salad with baked tofu and pickled carrots for about $8. It was good but the tofu didn't have a ton of flavor. I also had the watermelon lemonade for $3, which was good. I wish I could have come back to try the tempeh and kraut sandwich or some vegan desserts, but I am happy to see so many options on the menu.
I loved this place! They had a great variety of vegan desserts (and a few savory items, such as broccoli and cheese biscuits) and everything was really affordable. I was stuffed from lunch at Garden Grille next door so I only had the lime tart, which was incredible. I did, however, try the gluten-free chocolate chip muffin (so-so), cinnamon bun (very good), and broccoli and cheese biscuit (very good) at Coffee Exchange over a few days.
This place is unbelievable. There are a million items to chose from, and although I can't identify everything I am eating, it is all veg and all delicious. Very reasonably priced.
I was really hoping to find some vegan Texan food at one of the food carts but had absolutely no luck (the fried avocado taco has egg in it) :(. I reluctantly went with Coat and Thai because it was vegan friendly and I was very pleased with my meal.
I had both the pad see ew (flat noodles with tofu, broccoli, and brown sauce), and the pad kee mao (flat noodles with tofu, basil, tomatoes, and bell peppers). As a rule, the former is my favorite but not this time. It had a really good flavor but the dish was far too heavy on the tofu. There was way more tofu than noodles and it didn't come with much broccoli. That said, my non-veg friend tried the tofu and said it was the first tofu she ever liked - it was nice and firm and properly flavored and pan fried.
The pad kee mao was very good and tasted the same as the pad kee mao I order in restaurants. There was a good ration of tofu to veggies to noodles and it (along with the pad see ew) was a good-sized portion for $7.
I stumbled upon this place while biking to the Monkey Wrench bookstore. What a fantastic find for a hungry vegan tourist! First off, the prices are super reasonable - about $6 per sandwich! Second, the selection was fantastic, although I caught them during their "greatest hits" week so they may not always offer so much. I was told they will soon be opening a storefront and closing the cart so they were offering their most popular items.
I went with the BBQ jackfruit sandwich for $6 and a pineapple donut hole for $1. The donut hole was pretty disappointing because it tasted nothing like a donut! I'm not even sure it had any flour in it and doubt that it was fried. It tasted like some raw "donut" made up of dates, coconut, and random items thrown in a food processor. No go in my book! The jackfruit sandwich wasn't totally stellar, as it lacked vegan cheese and lettuce, which would have made it complete in my book. That said, jackfruit has been pretty hard to come by (and I travel quite a bit), so Counter Culture gets big points for not only offering it, but serving it up at such a bargain.
I'm not sure when I'll be visiting Austin again but when I do, I plan on stopping by their new storefront.
I stopped by here to check out the books, only to realize that they sell some of the most amazing vegan donuts I've ever had - and at the bargain price of $1.75 each! Outstanding!
I had just finished off a slice of chocolate cake at Mother's Cafe so I only got one donut (which I soon regretted!). I got the maple-glazed donut with candied pecans and it was absolutely phenomenal. I shared it with my non-vegan friends and they were all really impressed with it.
I wasn't super impressed with my food but I think I was a bit unlucky with my selections. I went with the vegan enchiladas mole, which come with either vegan cheese or seasoned tofu. As Mother's uses Vegan Rella (which I consider to be the WORST vegan cheese on the planet), I went with the tofu. The enchiladas were fine, but the entire dish was very starch and would have benefitted greatly from some fresh lettuce, tomato, and onion garnish or from an option to have the enchiladas stuffed with vegetables. Instead, the corn tortillas were stuffed with tofu, topped with tofu, and served with beans and rice so the entire plate was varying shades of brown and grey.
I was on a mission to try as much BBQ as possible while in Texas so I got a BBQ tofu sandwich to go. I sampled it fresh just in case it would get all soggy later. It was good fresh, but nothing to brag about. I will say, however, that it was only $7 and was HUGE so it made a great meal on the road for the drive back down to Houston.
I was unsuccessful convincing my dining companions to try vegan options (boo for scrambled eggs!) but one got the pancakes on the side, which were vegan by default. The pancakes were fantastic! Large, fluffy, and delicious! And only $2.99 to add one to a meal. The server said they come with free strawberries and whip cream (not vegan!), but then actually charged my friend 95 cents. Not a big deal, but the server confirmed it would be free.
I finished the meal with some vegan chocolate cake which was fantastic. It was very moist and rich and came with sliced strawberries, which was a real treat.
All in all, I'd definitely go back to this place, as there's about 43 other items on the menu I'd like to try!
I've had vegan donuts in New York City, San Francisco, Portland, and a few other cities but I have to say that these were my favorite. They actually tasted just like "regular" donuts - sweet, light, fluffy, and delicious, without being overly heavy and fried. To top it off, they're priced around or less than $2, which is a total steal!
I had the maple-glazed pecan donut at Monkey Wrench bookstore and was blown away, as were my non-vegan friends. I soon regretted having only purchased one donut and look forward to returning to Austin to gorge on Red Rabbit donuts!
I took a meat-eating friend here and we shared the vegetarian combo platter for two and he was blown away (his first time trying Ethiopian!). I consider myself a bit of an Ethiopian food snob (I live in NYC, where we have tons of Ethiopian restaurants) and I absolutely loved this place. The combo platter had good variety (I liked that it came with garden salad to balance it out), and came with a lot of food for a good price.
I usually try the sambusa at Ethiopian restaurants and I'm usually disappointed because it's just some bland lentils and too much dough. The sambusa here, however, was phenomenal! The dough was light and crispy and the lentils were perfectly seasoned.
We went for dinner around 6:30pm on a Friday night and the place was pretty quiet. However, by the time we were finishing up at 8pm, the place was completely packed so I'm glad we got there early!
Well done, Blue Nile, I hope to return!
Vietnamese is one of my favorite cuisines so I was pretty excited to learn that Cafe TH offers vegan pho. However, I was incredibly disappointed with the quality of the food here. Instead of the pho being a vibrant, colorful soup with lots of tofu/soy meat/veggies, it was basically rice noodles with onions and snow peas (odd!). I only got one small piece of tofu in the pho and the snow peas were way overcooked. As for the fresh veggies that are served with pho, there were no lime wedges or fresh jalapeno (which are very typical), although there was fresh basil and mint and bean sprouts, although the sprouts didn't look that fresh.
I tried my friend's curry and rice and it had a decent flavor but it wasn't anything spectacular and actually tasted like a generic Indian curry and not something uniquely Vietnamese. We shared an order of vegan egg rolls, which weren't on the menu, and they were pretty good. They had a somewhat tough, thick skin, and were nice and crispy and were stuffed with cauliflower, jalapenos, and other veggies, which made them more interesting than the usual spring rolls or vegan egg rolls. My non-veg friend thought they were fantastic but I thought they were a little tough and overfried.
I got a tofu banh mi sandwich to go, which I had for lunch the next day. Without the mayo (they offer no vegan mayo), the sandwich was a little plain and bready, which is pretty typical for a lot of vegan banh mi sandwiches, so I won't hold that against Cafe TH. My friend and I also shared the fried bananas and she had the ice cream on the side since it wasn't vegan. The fried banana itself was really good, nice and sweet and crispy, although it would definitely be better if there were vegan ice cream with it.
Clearly, I wasn't impressed with the food and I likely won't return, but I will say that the service was excellent. The server was very friendly, patient, and happy to explain menu items and make suggestions for vegan items not listed on the menu.
I dined here for lunch yesterday and decided to go the healthy route and got the gluten-free lasgana with a salad. However, instead of using gluten-free noodles, Field of Greens just layers summer squash and zucchini and pours tomato sauce over it. The dish was surprisingly flavorful but as it lacked both carbs and protein, it wasn't at all filling. It's one of the most expensive items on the menu priced at $11, so I expected something more substantial.
I ordered a BBQ seitan sandwich to go to eat on the plane, along with a cup of vegetable barley soup, which I ate at the restaurant. The soup was not spectacular but was good and it was nice to have an option besides fries or salad. The BBQ seitan sandwich, however, was a huge mess! The seitan looks like layers of lunch meat and came slopped together on a bun with the tomato, sprouts, and pickles falling all over the place. I ate a bite of it right away because I thought it may get soggy, but it was no better fresh than it was on the plane later that night.
My friend ordered the Eden burger, which has a "BBQ patty" (I think it was a Boca chik'n patty), and some shitake mushrooms and what looked like deep-fried tofu skins. This sandwich was excellent and I really wish I ordered it for myself. For $9, this burger (which came with fries) was beautiful, delicious, and looked really filling. My meat-eating friend loved this burger and said he enjoyed it more than most meat burgers.
For dessert, we went with the apple cobbler, which the host/cashier offered to heat up for us. We also got it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which tasted like the basic So Delicious. I thought the dessert was hyper-sweet and only so-so, but my non-veg friend really enjoyed it.
This place was wonderful! I brought an aspiring vegetarian friend here for lunch and she was really surprised by the quantity and quality of the vegan food options. We both had the lunch buffet, which was very reasonably priced at $9.95.
In my experience, buffets often have a bunch of mediocre food that makes up for quality with quantity. This was not the case at Pepper Tree, as there was tremendous selection and everything I tried was good. The buffet also had a great mix of raw (both raw kale salad and a full salad bar), rice & noodle dishes, faux meats, deep fried goodies, and steamed/sauteed veggies, in addition to having 2 soups and various desserts.
I liked every single item I tried (although the jelly-like dessert wasn't my favorite), and I couldn't even pick a favorite if I tried. GO HERE, PLEASE!
I was a bit nervous about this place as most of the vegetarian items are not vegan and the dairy-free items are meat! I asked the girl at the counter if she could make anything vegan that's not on the menu and she turned out to be a chef that informed me of all sorts of vegan offerings. Apparently Ruggles Green is in the process of revamping it's menu.
This location (and perhaps the other) offers vegan Daiya cheese for the pizza but they only had cheddar (usually have mozz) when I visited so I skipped the pizza. I decided on getting tofu tacos instead of fish tacos (tofu isn't listed as an option on the menu), and got it without one of the sauces w/ milk in it. Since I was skipping a sauce, the lady told me I could have sliced avocado on the tacos for no additional charge - excellent! I can't say the tacos were the most fantastic I've ever had in my life (the tofu was slightly bland and came in one large chunk, vs smaller pan-fried chunks), but they were colorful, tasty, and I really appreciated the lady going out of her way to make me happy.
I dined with a meat-eating friend that has very little experience with vegetarian food and he got the veggie burger and fries and was blown away. I tried a piece of his veggie burger (a homemade nut/bean burger) and it was great. Unfortunately (for me, at least!), he got cheese on it so I couldn't really dive into it!
I think my favorite part of the restaurant is the self-serve free pickle and garlic station! I got a small cup of each and could have easily sat there eating pickled garlic all day.
The cafe had a very minimal menu when I visited but the staff was very friendly and I love the idea of a vegan cafe in a community center, particularly one that's in a neighborhood where there are few vegetarian and healthy food options.
The staff informed me that the veggie dogs, burgers, and fries are the only regular items on the menu and they rotate everything else. When I was in, the rotated item was a chili dog, which isn't particularly impressive, but a definite improvement. It comes with cheese (Rella, I think), but it's not melted so it just kind of sits there all dry and bland. I didn't know you could get the chili dog with "everything" (no additional charge), meaning lettuce, tomatoes, onions, plus condiments, which would have likely made it more interesting than my chili cheese dog with vegan mayo and mustard.
The fries are cut and made fresh so they are fantastic. I also had a piece of homemade spice cake which was very good. Frankly, I was really surprised to find homemade vegan desserts in a restaurant that sells only veggie dogs burgers! One of my dining companions also got the banana/almond milk/maple shake which I sampled and it was delicious! It was very rich and would serve as a dessert.
The food was reasonably priced and the service (and other diners/community center members) were very friendly.
Very good food but WAY overpriced. I would give the food a 10, but you can get food that's nearly as good for a fraction of the price. Their lentil and garlic soup is delicious, as is their chana masala and tofu/veggie curry. I also had the pumpkin pudding, which was good, but not great.
The restaurant is beautiful but it was really frustrating to be in the "non-smoking" section and be sitting 10 feet from a bunch of smokers.
This is the best place I've been to in Japan. Really good size portions AND fake meat--both of which are hard to come by here. I had the lunch buffet and the sweet and sour "pork" was to die for. It's offered as separate item on their menu.
The only thing was that the staff kept staring at us greedy Americans, as though they wanted us to stop eating--although 3 Japanese guys next to us were eating way more than us. They even came and took our plates before we left, something they weren't doing at other tables--likely because they wanted us to leave. Not cool, but we sort of understood.
This place is AMAZING! The food is SO good and is SO cheap, not to mention that it's locally grown by disabled children and that the cafe is run by activists! One of the guys in there was wearing a shirt that said "No G8 in Japan!"
The main meal is 600 yen (about US$5), but since they didn't have much food left when we got there, they whipped up all new food, but still only charged us 300 yen.
The Zapatistas shaped sweet breads (that looked like ALF members) tasted great and were adorable--they had raisin eyes--and the tea was exceptionally tasty (they added fresh mint to it).
My friends and I hung out there a couple hours after close, talking with the people who work there, some of whom speak English.
der Akkord is a cute, tiny little bakery and their baked goods are quite good, although a bit expensive. When I visited, they cut up a bunch of breads and offered us samples, of which, the "figgy" bread was my favorite. I also really enjoyed the curry bean bread, which was sort of like a "Hot Pocket", but stuffed with curry flavored beans. Great snack or mini-meal.
The second time we went here, we saw them baking pizza and asked if they were selling it. They said it was their lunch, but insisted we try it. The workers are SO nice.
This is one of the few places that I've been able to find some non-noodle and non-rice staples (like lentils), along with easy prep items like Fantastic brand products. The mini vegan cakes were expensive (about 400 yen) but amazing. I had the almond and banana roll cake and the fruit and cream parfait.
Unfortunately, despite their natural and organic focus, they use a lot of paper and plastic packaging. At least they charge 5 yen for a reusable wooden spoon, which may discourage people from getting plastic silverware.
This place is run by the same people who run Cafe Eight. The food at both places is good, but I think Cafe Eight has better food and larger portions.
I had the dip and toast sampler, which had mini toasts with tofu/beet, bean, and olive spread. Tasty but very small portion. I also had the veggie burger, which was non-traditional, just a veggie patty w/ marinara sauce. It was good but very pricey and small. I also had the spiced carrot cake and it war really good.
I only had one item from here but I wasn't impressed with it. I ordered what I thought was BBQ "beef" and rice, but it turned out to taste more like compressed veggies and whole soy than the less healthy, but more tasty, processed soy meats that I'm used to. The flavor and texture were so-so, and perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't expected an unhealthier version.
I didn't try their vegan chicken nuggets or spaghetti, but both looked really good.
I loved this place! It is very tiny and cozy and the owner/cook is very nice and the food was great. You get a huge portion of food for the price, compared to Japanese standards, and you get a good size portion relative to American standards.
I had the special set of the day (940 yen) and it came with rice, soup, tempura (fried lotus root and sweet potato), fried tofu, pickled veggies, and a white carrot mixture that I didn't recognize. The tofu dish was supposed to have an egg but I said I don't eat egg so she gave me an extra tofu.
The food here tasted pretty good, but the servings were extremely small, especially for the price. The food was light and healthy, but you definitely only get a snack for the price of a meal.
I liked that they had an English menu and the staff was helpful, although a bit slow.
The desserts were good, but you can get them a little cheaper at the cafe next door, although you wouldn't get a dollop of vegan cream at the deli.
I had one of their take-out bowls of mixed veggies and tofu (pictured above). I'm not really big on Japanese food, but their food was very creative and well prepared. It was flavorful (as flavorful as mild Japanese food can be) and very healthy.
I couldn't identify everything I was eating, including some soft, squishy, gelatinous blobs of what may have been tofu. I really liked the sauteed veggie mixtures and the various kinds of marinated and baked tofu.
I also had a cookie but it seemed to healthy to be a cookie, it tasted more like an energy bar. The mini tarts, however, are exceptional. Both the chocolate and the lemon are very good, although they are very pricey, given how tiny they are.
I really did not like the food here, at least what I ordered. We went for the buffet but saw there weren't enough vegan options to feed our hungry bellies so we came back for dinner.
The tofu salad (a mixed green salad w/ fresh tofu and sesame dressing) was very good, but that's about all I enjoyed. I had the Korean-style pancake, expecting it to be like Okonomiyaki, but it was just shredded potatoes and green onions, fried together. It was way too heavy on the green onions and didn't have much flavor.
We also had the "Japanese Mountain Yam with Fermented Soybean". I was thinking "mmmmm...sweet potatoes and tempeh." No. It was raw daikon and nato soybeans, a DISGUSTING fermented soy bean that is very traditional in Japan, but hated by most Westerners. I think it was one of the most disgusting things I've ever tasted. My stomach hurt.
They had no hot sauce! Can you believe that? The hot sauce definitely would have improved the food.
The service was a bit slow (like most Japanese restaurants), but was very friendly. The waitress even took the yam/soy bean item off the menu since we didn't like it, which she didn't have to do.
I've visited about 10 veg places in Tokyo so far, and this is definitely my favorite. The atmosphere is really warm and relaxed and the portions are larger than most other places.
The tofu sandwich and lunch curry were both pretty average, but the Hawaiian fried rice was very good. The peanut butter muffin was dry, but the tiramisu was good, and the banana pudding bread and apple cobbler were outstanding. They come with two big slices and some sort of whip topping that was very tasty. They also sell bags of maple glazed nuts, which were very good.
For dinner, definitely ty their pasta. It's hard to come by vegan pasta here, and they have a great angel hair pasta with a vegan basil cream sauce. Their sauted potato appetizer is also amazing.
If you're into celebrities, I hear Moby likes this place.
Yay, an all-vegan restaurant in Tokyo...and not one of those all-vegan (except one dish) or an all-vegan (except the fish) places. Good food, and the portions aren't quite as small as most other restaurants.
I had the tempeh sausage with rice and it was really good--it came with this unidentifiable cream sauce, but it was tasty. I also sampled my friend's curry, which was good, but pretty average. Then we had the chocolate almond tart and the apple crumble pie and both were excellent. I preferred the tart (which was pretty much chocolate tofu pie).
I enjoyed the food but it was not worth the price. The portions were small (as is the case in most Japanese restaurants) but the price was extremely inflated. I had a stewed vegetable and millet dish, which was quite good, and I sampled a friend's tempeh/tofu burger, which was very good, but very tiny.
I think that just over half of the menu contained fish, and the remaining vegan options were littered with mushrooms (which is great if you like mushrooms but bad if you don't).
Take the west exit of Shinjuku station, go right a couple blocks until you see the Isetan building, and go in the basement to the food court.
The food was pretty good, but the portions were small, but I guess that's pretty much how it is in Japan. I had a sampler platter and really enjoyed the tofu "meatballs" with peppers, and the potato salad, which tasted eerily non-vegan. My favorite item was this sort of breaded patty with cream dipping sauce (tasted sort of like mayonaise). I have no idea what the patty was made out of, perhaps ground up chickpeas, veggies and soy, but it had a pleasant curry taste to it and a great texture.
I had the lunch special (800 yen), which included two options plus rice. I had the two vegan options, the vegetable curry and the lentil dahl. The food isn't nearly as good as that of Nataraj (fancy Indian, vegetarian restaurant), but it's a fraction of the price. I would certainly go back here.
Delicious and very good price! I had the lunch buffet and also had a to-go faux fish sandwich at a Vegetarian Festival. Both were great.
The buffet was large and there was a great mix of fake meats, noodle dishes, soups, and desserts (although the cake tasted store bought). I don't speak or read Japanese so I did my best to avoid products that may contain egg or dairy. Most items were pretty easy to tell.
There weren't a huge number of vegan options (more vegetarian options than vegan), but I felt there were enough and I really enjoyed what I had.
The coconut fried rice came packed inside a young coconut and was absolutely delicious, as was the avocado and sweet basil curry. Many items were around 1200 yen, which is a pretty good price, and although the servings weren't huge, they were larger than many places in Japan.
Also, the restaurant was beautiful, a lot nicer than most places for that money.
I just had a falafel here and it was SOOOOO good. I had the small falafel on wheat ($4.50) and it didn't seem much smaller than the regular ($6.25). I piled it high with some of everything and it tasted great. I really liked the slightly-sweet tomato salsa, paired with loads of tahini, roasted cauliflower, and cucumber salad.
My friend and I also shared the frites (french fries) and they were quite tasty. We tried the peanut sauce (good but very inappropriate for the falafel and fries) and also experimented with fries and tahini. Gross.
I'm not sure if this place is always super crazy but we went right after the Obama concert let out and it was PACKED, with lines out of the door.
I thought this place was horrible. Everybody I know has been talking it up but the food was way below average. I went during the day and it was pretty empty--which I enjoyed--but our waiter barely seemed to make it to our table, even though there were few other customers.
I ordered the "Mexican pizza" which ended up being a pita bread with what tasted like canned chili and a little bit of cheese. Boring. I also had the quesadilla, which wasn't particularly impressive. The waiter recommended the veggie chicken nuggets but they were all out. Again, the food was boring, but at least it was cheap. It's worth a shot if you're hungry and just want cheap vegan food.
I think that the first time I went here, they gave me dairy cheese in my calzone instead of vegan cheese, but they've gotten it right every time I went back. The food is great, the atmosphere is lively, and the staff is really nice. It's the perfect spot to hang out with friends, check your e-mail, or get some work done (assuming you can work with noise).
I was pretty excited to get the gluten-free mac and greens, but saw my buddy Jenna's review of it and decided against it. I ordered the sampler platter instead, which came with two mung bean pancakes (slightly savory), two dumplings, and a mini vegan chicken panini. All sounds amazing, but nothing spectacular. The dumplings were average, the pancakes were okay, and the sandwich may have been good but was pretty dry.
When I went to wash my hands, I saw the food sitting at the counter, waiting to be delivered. Among those items was the sampler platter. I ordered a sampler platter and it came out like 3 minutes later - no joke! I am thinking they had prepared one too many so they had it sitting around and brought me that, which is why it was dry. Also, the dish comes with a ton of sauce. I'm a sauce fanatic but didn't even use a third of it. Apparently they do a sauce of the day and the day I visited, it was a sweet, strawberry-like sauce. Perhaps that would be good on french toast but why did they serve that with a savory sampler platter? It was a waste.
My server was friendly but was a bit slow and I had to ask for a water then ask for the bill. I found the menu sounded fantastic but it's really expensive and I wasn't impressed with my meal.
I drooled over the menu online for a few days before dining here but I have to say that I wasn't really impressed with the food. Everything was prepared beautifully but it lacked flavor and was way overpriced. I got the avocado and amaranth tacos, expecting some deep-fried amaranth breading - after all, these tacos were $15! - but rather, I received a plate of plain beans and rice and simple avocado tacos with a bit of amaranth sprinkled on top. I also had the blue cornmeal-crusted nopales. Sounds amazing but also bland. The cactus really had no flavor so I had to salt it up and thank goodness it came with guacamole. But come to think of it, the item didn't mention guacamole so I am surprised it was more substantial than the cactus itself.
My friend ordered the stuffed poblano pepper with vegan cheese (also $15), and it was similarly bland. Also, the vegan cheese was sprinkled on top but it wasn't put under the broiler or anything. Even dairy cheese should be melted on chilles rellenos and vegan cheese needs to be melted even more so this dish was a no-go by me.
That said, the staff was super friendly. I can't say I'll be back, but I do hope they work on the flavor of the vegan dishes because they do have potential.
The food was decent, but nothing to brag about. I had the vegan "chicken and veggies with black bean sauce"--which the waitress recommended, but it was a simple TVP, lacking much flavor, with some peppers and onions. While I appreciated my meal coming very quickly, I'm always nervous about "fresh" food that's delivered in less than 5 minutes.
I stopped in for pizza while visiting DC this weekend....twice! Both times, I got the personal pan pizza with vegan cheese, which was $7. DEAL! Some places charge way more and give way less cheese so I found Duccini's to be tasty and generous. Once I had the plain cheese and another time I had the cheese with olives. Both were good and the crust was fantastic but I think I'll healthy it up a bit by adding broccoli next time. The staff was friendly, the pizza came out in 10 minutes both times, and I love that they're open late!
A few local Ethiopians recommended this place but I didn't particularly care for it. The service was poor, the prices were high, and the food was average. The mixed vegetarian platter was pretty good (but not worth the price), but the sambusa was terribly dry and tasted as though it had been deep fried twice then sat out all day.
We made clear that we were all vegan and wanted no animal products but the waitress kept suggesting meat dishes to one of my friends. She finally suggested a "Dukem Salad" as her entree but it ended up being a small plate of tomatoes with onions and jalapenos.
Go to Meskerem.
The amount of food you get for the price is pretty good but the quality of the food is not very good. I got the vegetable platter and it had two kinds of rice, salad, falafel, hummus, baba ganouj, stuffed grape leaves, green beans, and fava beans.
They microwaved most of the food (including the stuffed grape leaves, which I found odd), and it didn't have much flavor. I was really turned off by the green beans, which were clearly from a can and also overcooked. The tahini sauce and hot sauce seem to be pretty watered down, but they dump so much of it on that it sort of makes up for the weak flavor.
The two guys working were non-native English speakers (surprisingly, it seemed like all the employees of the Mid-Eastern restaurant were African), but they were trying really hard to communicate. One of them didn't understand what I meant when I was specifying no eggs and no dairy, so he called the other guy over, who understood and explained to him what I meant. He also then assured me that the tahini sauce was just sesame and did not contain any dairy, which I thought was very thoughtful.
Ella's pizza is SOOOOOOOOOO good. They use Follow Your Heart cheese and must put it under the broiler becaus it actually melted. My friend and I ordered 3 pizzas:
-Margarita (plain crust / vegan mozz) & we added cheese - Delicious!
-Verdura (Artichokes, olives, tomatoes, vegan mozz) - My favorite!
-Some other kind with spinach, olives, and vegan mozz) - Not my fav, but still pretty good
Our server was very friendly and extremely knowledgable and told us everything on the menu that was vegan or could easily be made vegan.
I wasn't overly impressed with this place. I have been trying to get to this place the last 3 times in DC, so my expectations were really high. I had the sampler platter that had two kinds of rice, spinach, and stew. One of the rices was really good, but the other was just plain (and dry) rice w/ some frozen peas/carrots on top. The spinach was decent but not great, but I really enjoyed the "stew", which was basically just tomatoes and onions which tasted oddly enough like Manwich. :)
I also got the fufu (pounded plantains and cassava), expecting some sort of chopped or fried dish, but it ended up being what looked and tasted like steamed dough. The texture was like undercooked steamed dough (like Chinese food), but was gooey and tasted like half wheat flour and half potato. I don't think it tasted like plantains at all. I cut it open, expecting something delicious to be inside but it was just plain.
The service was kind of here and there. I got my food and then never heard from anyone. As soon as I finished my meal, the owner went to the other side of the restaurant to have lunch, and I sat there for 10 minutes, until I asked the bartender for the bill. However, upon walking out, the owner started a conversation and was very pleasant. I think he was just trying to get me to buy their stew sauce that he says is currently at the Whole Foods in DC and New York.
I wasn't tremendously impressed with the cupcakes here but I'm very glad that they offer a vegan cupcake every day. I went twice this weekend. The first time, the featured cupcake was peanut butter with banana frosting. The second time, it was a coconut cupcake. Both were good - light and soft with creamy frosting, but nothing spectacular. The cupcake was a little dry on the edges the first day, which could be because I stopped in just before close.
While the vegan cupcakes were good, they tend to be a simple flavor with a plain frosting, whereas the non-vegan options have cookies and sprinkles and swirls. The girl working said that's because they don't know which toppings are vegan. Fair enough. I suggested she check out the accidentally vegan website (http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/accidentally-vegan.aspx) because there are MANY vegan candy ingredients to use like Oreo cookies and chic-o-sticks. The girl seemed interested so I hope she follows up!
I've been here a few times and I can't say that it's my favorite but I keep coming here because it's a good hang out sort of place. I feel like some of the sandwiches are boring (basically vegan lunch meat sandwiches I could make at home) and I'm not a fan of Korean food, so their Korean dishes may be great but they just aren't for me. I love that this place has some desserts that aren't Vegan Treats (which I am thoroughly sick of) and a great selection of smoothies.
My absolute favorite part of Java Green is that they aren't just in it to make money off vegetarians, they actually care about animal rights. They do fundraisers for Compassion Over Killing and the owner shows up at animal rights events. Very cool. I wish they were open on Sundays but I guess it doesn't make much sense given their location.
I really liked this place!!! I got a sweet empanada (guava, my favorite), a savory empanada (mixed veggie), and a drink (guava juice) all for about $4--unbelievably cheap! The staff is friendly and the location is convenient...also around the corner from Sticky Fingers vegan bakery
The Veg DC guide says this place uses egg in their dessert empanada topping but not in the savory empanada, but when I talked w/ the restaurant, they assured me that no egg topping is used in either empanada so I guess use your judgement.
This restaurant is very pretty and they have a large and well-marked vegetarian section. However, I wasn't very impressed with the food. The flavors were somewhat bland and the "spicy" entrees weren't very spicy. I tried the ping pik tofu, which was about two packs worth of tofu, cut up and fried with some frozen green beans. There was WAY too much tofu in the dish and the sauce was bland.
I tried my friend's eggplant, which was very good, and another friend's red curry, which had a good flavor but was a very small portion. We also tried the veggie dumpling appetizer (odd flavor) and the mango salad, which was good but contained very little mango. Finally, we had the sticky rice w/ peanut sauce, and while the sticky rice was fine, the peanut sauce was somewhat bland.
My friends and I ordered the veggie combo platter (the only thing I've ever ordered in an Ethiopian restaurant) and it was pretty cheap, $10, but was only so-so. Two of the items, the tomato salad and the potato/carrot mixture, were both very good, but everything else was so-so.
I was especially disappointed with the yellow split peas and the lentil dishes, as they were very undercooked so were a bit hard. I'm not sure if this is authentic or not, but I prefer the overcooked mush that I've been served in every other Ethiopian restaurant. Fortunately, the non-veg friend I was with really liked the food.
We also had the spinach sambusas but they didn't have much flavor. All they had inside was spinach (no potatoes or other veggies), were slightly dry, and aside from being spicy, weren't very well seasoned. This place is slightly cheaper than Meskerem but I don't think the food is nearly as good.
I don't trust this place. Not only is most of their menu bacon and eggs, but they never seem to have the vegan baked goods that this entry (posted by the establishment) says they allegedly have. The vegan baked goods they also say are available across the street at the bakery are also suspiciously never there.
I stopped in again last week to ask about vegan bakery and the staff (in a sketchy manner) said they often do have vegan baked goods but just not right then. I asked when they'd have more and she said maybe the next day, but she didn't sound very convincing so I didn't bother to go back.
This was my first time having Malaysian food so I don't know how it compares to other Malaysian restaurants but one of my dishes tasted 100% Thai (tofu/veggie curry noodle soup) and one dish (pan fried rice/turnip cakes) tasted 100& like Chinese turnip cakes typical on dim sum menus. I've heard that Malaysian is a mix of various SE Asian cuisines, so perhaps this is typical, but I was expecting a more blending of cultures within a dish, versus a Thai dish, a Chinese dish, etc.
The rice/turnip cake dish was very good - spicy, soft fried rice cakes with fresh, crispy bean sprouts - and even better with hot sauce! I enjoyed the curry soup but it wasn't anything fantastic. I did really like the eggplant it came with, which was a more interesting vegetable than you typically get in soup (carrots, potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes - which were also present). It tasted like roasted Japanese eggplant and was very tasty.
Absolutely delicious Ethiopian food and good portions. I was really happy that they're open late and that they are able to accommodate a large group (large seeting area downstairs), although the service was really slow.
I always get the vegetarian platter here that comes with yellow split peas, red lentils, greens, tomato salad, potato salad, green beans, and potato/cabbage/carrot mix. My favorite is the potato salad. It's slightly light a tart, but I haven't seen it at too many Ethiopian restaurants and it compliments the other dishes well.
I first went here in 2008 and was blown away that I could get a vegan pupusa. Many places pre-make them so I don't have many options, or they make it vegan, it will just only have beans and zucchini, which isn't terribly interesting. I stopped in again this weekend and was again impressed. My favorite pupusa was the soy cheese and spinach but the bean pupusa was also good.
My friend and I also got a pizza with soy cheese, red onions, tomatoes, and pine nuts. It was one of the menu options but I don't recall the name. The menu listed it as having parsley, so we thought it would be fresh like fresh basil is often a featured ingredient. However, our pizza only had dried parsley on, which was a little disappointing.
The first time I was here, I remember the staff being super friendly and accommodating to about 25 of us that just walked in and took over the restaurant. This most recent time, the staff was reasonably friendly but not very attentive. The server goofed up my order, probably because she didn't write it down (she came back twice to confirm my order, so I am not surprised she goofed it up). It was pretty annoying and she didn't seem to care about the mistake, but she then brought me the two pupusas I originally ordered at no charge, which was very nice.
My friends weren't very impressed with the falafel here but I thought it was pretty good. I also tried the grilled tofu sandwich, which had a great flavor, but was super heavy on the tofu. It would have benefitted from hummus or something. We also had the organic fries, which appeared to be hand cut and had the skins on. Yum.
This has to be some of the best pizza I've ever had. My friends and I ordered the "Edge of the Woods", which has sauteed spinach, caramelized onion, ricotta, fried Italian eggplant and we subbed the vegan "teese" cheese for the ricotta. I wasn't expecting to really care for the eggplant, but it was sliced so thinly that it got all crispy when it was baked and was absolutely delicious. The cheese melted beautifully (as usual with Teese) and everything was just right.
The dining room was crazy busy because of the Obama inauguration but the staff was super friendly and handling the huge rush really well.
I liked the atmosphere-it was lively and fun-but I thought the pizza was pretty average. I really liked that they brought olives to the table to munch on, but aside from that, I wasn't overly impressed.
This place was CRAZY busy when my friends and I went (day before Obama inauguration) and had a 90-minute wait, but I'm assuming that's not standard. We left so I came back a few days later. In both cases, the first thing I noticed was that the door is not particularly inviting. It's just a regular solid door, like you'd find on any house, without a "welcome" or "Red Rocks" sign, so I kept feeling like I was accidently walking into someone's house. Perhaps they do that to make you feel at home, but I felt sort of like an intruder.
I ordered the marinara pizza, which just had spicy marinara, garlic, and I added soy cheese for $2, bringing the total to $11. The flavor was good (especially the garlic), but the amount of cheese was really minimal and was just in the middle, leaving tons of plain dough on the outside. My friend ordered the plain cheese pizza and subbed the soy cheese (making it $13). Hers seemed pretty much the same but had no garlic but more cheese. I'd probably opt for hers in the future.
The dining room is really pretty and it's nice to sit by a window. I thought the staff was very nice, even helping me with directions to bike to the bus station.
I really love that, not only are vegan and vegetarian items clearly marked, but they get their own separate display case! Some friends and I stopped in here for dessert and unfortunately, they only had one vegan item, a strawberry glazed white cake from Vegan Treats. The cake was so-so (I'm sort of sick of Vegan Treats desserts), but the vegan items in the display case looked really good.
I was in on a Friday night and there was a guitarist playing on the lower level and it was a really nice, and relaxed atmosphere.
All you can eat vegan-friendly brunch for $15? SCORE!!!!! I took a friend here for breakfast, expecting tofu scramble and potatoes but there was so much more! Yes, there was tofu scramble (okay), and potatoes (always a winner), but what really stood out was the tofu hash, which looked like tofu scramble with potatoes, caramelized onions, vegan cheese, and some sort of amazingness. Even my meat-eating friend loved the tofu hash. I also had the French toast, which was good, but I'm strictly a French toast with fruit gal, so I found it lacking. Finally, I had (two helpings) of the jalapeno grits. Right on, Smoke and Barrel! Delicious!
I would come back here just for a plate of the tofu hash - incredible! Very friendly service, great food, a good price - can't go wrong!
I'm trying to figure out why on earth there is a classy-looking picture of biscuits and coffee as the Soul Veg pic. Soul Veg food is not classy, it is greasy, yummy, soul food. There mac & cheese is good, but not as good as people play it up to be. They have a lot of good fake meat and veggie dishes from the hot bar (you can see the food before you order), and they also have some good veggie burgers that are really cheap.
I really like their new location--it's bright, clean, has clever decor, and it has plenty of seating. I think a lot of their desserts are pretty average (I prefer Vegan Treats out of PA), but their chili cheese dog is REALLY good. I also like the Cowvin cookie sandwich but it's a bit sweet for me.
What a lovely find! I arrived to Union Station hungry from a 5 hour bus ride from NYC, and come to find there's a vegan food stand somewhere in the terminal! I found a couple reviews online but no mention of where exactly to find the stand within Union Station. The stand didn't appear in any of the terminal maps and nobody at information knew where it was. I finally got frustrated and left the terminal. Well what do you know, the stand was just outside the exit I used! Apparently there's a group of food and merchandise stands outside.
FYI - The stand is just outside the exit near Barnes and Noble! It's a food stand but they sell vegan, health, and rastafarian items like drinks, soaps, vitamins, and more.
I came just before the stand was closing so the lovely, friendly Trinidadian guy who runs the stand (don't assume he's Jamaican!) told me they "only" have vegan mac and cheese and curried unchicken. The curried chicken was good, but nothing I haven't tasted before. The mac and cheese, however, was incredible. It was very rich and had a thick coating of creamy, tasty cheese. All for only $5. Deal! I will definitely be back. I looked at the larger menu and there were some really interesting items using ingredients you don't typically find at Rasta places, like kale and tempeh.
This is a really nice co-op. It's clean and has a great selection of vegan items, yet doesn't have that "corporate co-op" vibe like some places. The produce is great, the selection of vegan ice creams, cheeses, and soy meats is great, and they also have a lot of great fresh bread. Prices are definitely fair, members get a discount, but anyone can shop. Even the dumpsters are great!
The food was good, but I think it's WAY overpriced and you get too small of servings. I had some dumplings, which were listed as a brunch item, but were actually a (really small) appetizer, for like $9. I also had some mini jerk veggie burgers, which were really good, but very small.
I really liked this place and it seems like Dave and I had pretty similar experiences. They had a great mix of fried, greasy hot food (fried "chicken", mac and cheese, lasagna) and healthy cold and raw food (cucumber salad, raw marinated kale, etc). I ordered the greens, mac, and fried vegan chicken. I loved the collard greens, and the fried chicken breading reminded me VERY much of KFC (what I remember of it!), but I wasn't really impressed with the mac and cheese, which is apparently what they're known for. It had chunks of tofu/soy cheese or something and didn't have a ton of flavor. I guess I prefer smooth, creamy saucy cheese. I also had the cashew nog shake, which was a cashew and coconut shake and it was pretty tasty. I also tried my stuffed shells (looked like lasagna) and it was incredible. Wish I had ordered that! :)
I was drawn to this store because they sold soy milk (Silk), which is hard to come by in Veracruz. I was absolutely thrilled to find that some of the healthyish cookies they sell happen to be vegan! There really isn't much else in the store that's vegan, but vegan cookies and milk was a real treat.
I went here with a group of friends last week and we all really enjoyed our food. I liked that the vegetarian options (which I believe were all vegan) were varied, so it wasn't just variations on the same rice or noodle dish. I opted for the tofu with vegetables since it seemed that most of the other veg dishes were very tofu and noodle/rice heavy, without many veggies. My dish was very good and it had a good assortment of veggies but I would have liked more flavor/spice to it.
I tried my friend's drunken noodles and they were fantastic. I am a huge fan of the wide rice noodles used in this dish so I will definitely order it next time I'm in town. The service was friendly and very quick, so quick, that it almost made me nervous. :)
A friend and I went here for their lunch last weekend and we both decided to get the buffet. There weren't as many vegetarian options on the buffet as I would have liked, but they did have chickpeas, potatoes & eggplant, and okra with tomatoes, in addition to basic sides like rice, bread, and salad.
The chickpeas were pretty average, as were the potatoes & eggplant, but the okra with tomatoes were especially good. I'm generally not a huge fan of okra due to it's slimy texture, but this okra was chopped and pan fried or roasted to get it nice and crisp - not slimy. Yum!
We got here right at the beginning of the lunch buffet so the food was very fresh. I believe it cost around $11 or 12 for the buffet, which I think is a bit much for a lunch buffet, but perhaps I'm only spoiled by the millions of $7 Indian lunch buffets in NYC.
I was so glad to find a place with vegan desserts in Arlington but I didn't see any cakes, cookies or scones here, only 2 plain vegan cupcakes, yellow cupcake with white frosting or yellow cupcake with chocolate frosting. I decided on the yellow cupcake with white frosting and I thought that the cake was very rich and moist and the frosting was thick and rich (I was told they use tofu in their frosting).
That said, considering they had SO many interesting and beautifully decorated non-vegan cupcakes, I would have liked to see some more creative flavors vegan options. Plain vanilla and plain chocolate? Come on! Can I at least get some sprinkles or toasted coconut? Thanks. :)
Being from Milwaukee, going to school on the East Side, and being vegan for 6 years, I can't believe that I just visited Abu's for the first time. It came highly recommended by a number of friends (some vegan, some meat eaters who love their veg options), so I just had to try it. I also brought a non-veg friend with me who is starting to try non-American cuisine, and she really enjoyed her falafel combo platter (which came w/ falafel, baba ghannooj, salad, and hummus). I tried one of her falafel and they were fantastic. They seemed more "involved" than other falafel and I could see whole sesame seeds. I felt like this was the "multi-grain" falafel, if there ever was one.
Although I love falafel, I am a huge cauliflower fan so I was super excited to see that they had a fried cauliflower combo platter, which came with rice, hummus, and salad. Instead of the rice it usually comes with (which I believe is a safron-flavored rice), the owner said I could get the mojaddara (rice w/ lentils, onions, and seasonings). It cost only $1 more and I really liked it and liked being able to sample another menu item without having to order an entire other dish.
The fried cauliflower was delicious, as was the hummus. I'm not a big salad person, but this salad had a pretty good sauce on it and it was even better when I put the tahini dressing on it. The baba ghannooj looked/tasted like most that I've tried, but I'm a bit of a snob and really only like the baba ghannooj at Sharazzad, which makes it the creamiest and most flavorful that I've ever had. I also prefer the rosewater lemonade at Sharazzad, but I can't articulate why. I think it may have a more subtle taste.
The owner here is very kind and friendly and I will definitely be stopping back here every time I'm in town visiting.
I have been trying to get to this restaurant for a few months and boy am I glad I finally made it. This has got to be my all-time favorite Ethiopian restaurant. The food was not only extremely flavorful and well-priced, but they had more vegetarian selections than I've ever seen in any other Ethiopian restaurant.
My mother and I shared the large combo platter for $15.95. It was enough food for two people, but I'm greedy so I wouldn't be opposed to getting the combo for 2 for $26.25. This platter had about 9 different items on it and all of them were good. The yemisir wot (lentils) and gomen (collards) were especially good but I was astoundingly impressed with the shimbra asa, which is a specialty that is not always featured. It's a spicy chickpea dough cooked to look like a thick fish stew. It was part of the combo platter but is also offered as its own main dish.
We also shared an order of sambusa (lentil and onion-filled fried roll). My mom really enjoyed it but I thought it could benefit from a sauce and would have preferred the filling to be a smooth paste, versus whole lentils.
We also had the Ethiopian tea, which was a delicious homemade tea, and not a Lipton teabag, as I've seen in other Ethiopian restaurants.
This is probably one of the most pleasant locations in Milwaukee. It's right on the lake, has a huge patio, free outdoor music, and great tea (and coffee I'm sure, I just don't drink coffee). Alterra is located in an old pumping station historic building and they've done a great job preserving it.
I went here for a free summer salsa concert a few weeks ago and had a really great time. The patio was packed, as was the entire lawn area around the building, with everyone set up on blankets and lawn chairs. I'm sure they make a ton of money at this event but I'm glad they don't charge to attend.
I then went back a few days later to join a friend for tea. I tried the blueberry roibus, which was very good but I'm not enough of a tea expert to provide a deeper description. My friend and I also shared the louisiana tofu wrap, which had beans, veggies, and all sorts of goodness, including a slightly spicy dipping salsa.
I just flew into Milwaukee yesterday, and am very happy that Babe's just re-opened from the winter close today, just in time for me to indulge. Unfortunately, The Chocolate Shop in Madison was out of vegan ice cream (increasing demand) so Babe's wasn't able to receive their usual soy ice cream shipment. However, they did have a lemon and raspberry Italian ice swirl that's vegan and DELICIOUS.
I spent a fair amount of time speaking with the owners and their families, which were hanging out in the store, and they were exceedingly nice. One of the kids even attends the same Spanish Immersion elementary school I attended, and that just made my day. They were telling me how committed they are to providing soy ice cream because the see the demand, and after I told them about Chicago Soy Dairy and Temptation vegan ice cream, they said they'd look into it to see if Temptation would allow them to offer more flavors, more consistently.
This is the first place I've seen in Milwaukee that has vegan ice cream on hand that doesn't come out of a Tofutti tub. I had the soy mint chocolate chip and the soy blue moon and both were outstanding. I was particulary happy about the blue moon, as I haven't had it since I was 10 years old.
I just realized, however, that just because it's soy doesn't mean that it's vegan. I was referring to it as vegan because soy ice cream is usually vegan, but you may want to ask to see the package when you're in there.
I'm not too big on this place. The food is decent but it's nothing spectacular. Also, they haven't changed their menu in like 6 years so I'm SO sick of the food. Someone else's comment was right on when they said that this place is for meat eaters who want to pat themselves on the back for eating vegetarian (or for eating chicken in a veg-friendly restaurant). Lame.
However, the grocery does carry a lot of vegetarian and vegan options and you can get East Side Ovens fresh vegan bakery there.
I haven't been there in a while, but last time I was there, I was told the veggie dogs weren't vegan either.
I took my 4-year-old niece here today, and although she's not vegetarian, she loved both the veggie burger and the veggie dog. I preferred the veggie dog, as the burger seemed like a plain Gardenburger, however they were both good. They were both $3 each and I got them with "the works", which was free and included ketchup, mustard, pickles, and fried onions.
At first, I was annoyed with the employees, who didn't know what vegan was and didn't seem interested in checking on ingredients. The chick who rang me up went to look at the box and gave me some weird excuse that I didn't understand about why she couldn't confirm the ingredients. I'm not sure if there were no ingredients listed or if she just couldn't bring out the box or what. When I kept asking why there were no ingredients listed (which seems unlikely), she went and asked the manager, who confirmed that both the veggie dog and veggie burger are vegan. He says they used to not be vegan (which is why I was so set on checking ingredients) but says they have since switched to vegan versions.
Hooooorray for Milwaukee's first all vegetarian restaurant! There's a ton of vegan options and everything is really cheap (like $3-6). The only drawback is they serve everything on styrofoam so it's not very environmentally friendly, although I've heard they'll let you bring your own dishes to use.
I LOVED their samosas while I was in college but I'm not too impressed with them anymore. For an appetizer, I prefer the bhel puri (mixture of rice crisps, wheat sticks, potatoes, random snacky items and spices), and what I believe is called the aloo tikki. It's #2 on the menu and it's fried balls of cauliflower, potato, and random deliciousness, accomponied by cilantro, tamarind, and coconut dipping sauces. I've found that these items are pretty popular, even w/ people that don't necessarily like Indian food.
Some of the menu items are hit or miss but the food is so cheap that you can try a few things to see what you like. I think the lemon rice ($5) is exceedingly boring but would be a good side dish to some protein and veggies. My sister and I split some poori dish (deep fried bread that came w/ lentils, chickpeas, yogurt and the sweet orange Cream of Wheat and butter dessert you see at every Indian restaurant). My sister ate the two non-vegan items and I ate the rest, and while I was impressed w/ the poori bread itself, I found the lentils and the chickpeas to be very bland. This dish was $4.50.
I tried the daily special, which came w/ lentils (boring), plain white rice (boring), curried cauliflower (deliciouos!), spinach (so-so), a tortilla, and yogurt and a dairy rice pudding (my sis and her husband ate these) for $5.95. We also got the uttappam (spelling?) lentil flour pancake with peas and onions for $5.50. The pancake itself wasn't anything to brag about, nor was the sambar soup it came with, but the seasoned potatoes that came on the side were out of this world delicious. Next time, I'm going to see if I can get just a plate of these potatoes.
It is always disappointing to see a veg restaurant start serving meat, but it's especially disappointing to see the FIRST vegetarian restaurant in Milwaukee--which began serving all-veg fare way before it got popular--add meat to it's menu.
I don't know if Bombay Sweets owners felt that an all-veg restaurant wouldn't do well in upscale Brookfield or what, but I don't even want to go here just to "show them". It's great they offer far more veg stuff than nearly any other restaurant in the area, but I'm so disappointed by their selling meat, that'd I'd prefer to skip Brookfield entirely.
I'm not quite sure why Botana's was added as a veg-friendly restaurant as it is one of the least veg-friendly Mexican restaurants in Milwaukee. The menu says that only vegetable oil is used and not animal fat, but this refers only to the beans. The rice is made with chicken. The menu is gigantic but they only have one dish labeled as vegetarian, and that's cheese-stuffed peppers (be sure to not get the rice with it).
What I find annoying is that the default for all the dishes is meat, and not vegetarian to which one could add meat. Basically, you need to order and pay for a meat and cheese burrito but have it made without the meat and cheese (and without rice in some cases). I had a side of beans, which weren't bad, but didn't have much flavor (I think they're usually served with cheese). I also had the guacamole, which wasn't bad, but wasn't spectacular and didn't have much flavor.
The free chips and salsa are delicious and the service is excellent. Everyone is very friendly and attentive, they just don't have much to work with for vegetarians and vegans. La Fuente, down the street, is a safer bet, as they have a vegetarian section to their menu.
I'm not sure why this place is listed on Vegguide.org. It's in the middle of a veg-friendly area (near the co-op, Stonefly, etc) but the only veg options they offer are a green salad and a hummus sandwich - totally inadequate!
This is my favorite coffee shop in Milwaukee. The guy who runs it, Matt, has always been a friend to animals and to vegans and even if the shop is struggling, he's always willing to donate items to local animal rights groups.
The service is friendly and the food and tea is good (I hear the coffee is good), but since it's run by volunteers, it will occasionally be closed for a few hours here and there if they have nobody to work. This is a great place to meet with a friend or have a small activist/business meeting because they have a table in the back room that can seat about 6-8 people.
I have to say that I wasn't super impressed with Cafe Corazon. They are definitely making an effort to supply vegan food (soy chorizo, herb tofu, mixed veggies, soy cheese), but I felt that a lot of their menu items lacked flavor.
I got the vegan enchiladas, and was happy to find out that they use Teese (vegan) cheese, although the waitress was initially thought their soy cheese contained casein. I got one enchilada with mixed veggies and it totally lacked flavor; I don't think they really seasoned the veggies. I got the other enchilada with soy chorizo and it was very good, likely because the soy chorizo is already so heavily seasoned.
I was really disappointed that my cheese was barely melted when my food came out; I had big chunks of solid cheese on my enchiladas and must have been visibly annoyed because the cook came over and said "you don't like the cheese, do you? that cheese is hard to melt, should I throw it back in to cook?" I'm glad that the cook recognized his mistake but I'm disappointed he'd send something out that he knew could have been prepared better. Cooking it more would have been an improvement, but I was already halfway through my food and there was salad on my plate so it would have been weird to reheat.
Apparently the rice has chicken broth in it so instead of rice and beans, I was given a double order of beans. I'm glad they were looking out for me but I would have preferred to get a different side (such as the side of veggies they offer), instead of an extra side of black beans, which totally lacked flavor. Both my dining partner (a Mexican chef) and I dumped a ton of salt and hot sauce onto the beans.
Finally, as I don't drink alcohol, the waitress said I could get a virgin margarita. Bad idea. What I was given was a glass with ice, 50/50 soda, and lime juice. It was terribly bitter and bland. She told me that they don't use margarita mix so when you get a virgin drink, that's what you get. They also don't have a blender, which I think may have slightly improved my drink. I was only charged $1.50 for the drink but it was so awful and I think should have been removed from the bill altogether since it wasn't what I requested and I didn't end up drinking it.
This place is great. The food is beautifully prepared, the restaurant itself is very attractive, and the service is friendly. Too bad it's so far from all the veg folks on the East and South sides.
I love how accommodating and very willing to ask the kitchen questions the waitstaff is to see what's vegan. The portions are huge, the food is great, and the menu is absolutely beautiful, offering full descriptions of each entree, and clearly marking which items are vegan, gluten-free, and raw!
For my first time here, I dined with my vegetarian mother and meat-eating uncle, and we all loved the place. We shared the coconut cashew hummus appetizer, which was pretty good but I felt the coconut made it too sweet. It was beautifully displayed and came with a ton of crackers, slices of bread, and veggie slices for dipping. The waitress even brought me some raw flax crackers since she wasn't sure if the pita chips were vegan (turns out they were, but she thought they contained honey). We also had the limonade, which was very refreshing.
My uncle ordered the vegan chili, which came in an enormous bowl. I'm a bit of a chili snob, but I thought it was pretty good, and he thought it was wonderful. My mom ordered the Middle-Eastern vegetable stew, which we all thought was outstanding. It had tons of veggies and beans in it, and had a slightly Indian curry sort of flavor. Delish. I ordered the Jamaican-spiced lentil burger with roasted veggies. We all liked the veggie burger, although I would have loved some extra sauce on it. The roasted veggies were fabulous and had much more flavor than I was expecting. I also got a side of wasabi spinach potato salad, which was good, but didn't have a strong wasabi flavor.
There were two vegan dessert options, a fruit crisp, and a fig pudding, which wasn't marked as being vegan on the menu, but the waitress assured us it was. I'm glad they offer those, but I'd love to see some vegan cake on the menu.
My second time here, I went with my sister, cousin, and great aunt (all are meat eaters) and they all enjoyed it. While my sister and I thought our dishes were very well prepared (I got the shepherd's pie and she got the tofu and portabella sandwich), we both thought that each dish could have used more flavor, be it spice, garlic, onions, chipotle in the vegan mayo or avocado for the sandwich, or tomato sauce (or even ketchup) on the shepherd's pie.
Cafe Tarragon just opened up less than 2 weeks ago but they seem to be getting off to a great start. They don't promise everything to be vegan (although it's 100% vegetarian), but the entire menu case happened to be vegan when I stopped in today. I love the store that the cafe is located in, as they have a great selection of fair trade and eco-friendly products. It has a bit of everything.
I couldn't decide so I went with the sampler platter, which offered 3 items for $9.99. Not a bad deal at all. I went w/ the raw chick'n salad in Romaine lettuce (yum), the gluten-free mung bean noodles in peanut sauce (so-so, apparently I don't like mung-bean noodles), and the sweet potato salad w/ a Veganaise dressing (very good). I was overall satisfied with all of my food but personally, I prefer my food to be flavored more strongly (more spice, garlic, kick, whatever). I also tried my friend's hot chili and it was very good.
I'm not super into raw food so I would tend toward non-raw items, but it's good that they're offering so many raw and gluten-free options since there isn't much else for selection in Milwaukee.
This is one of the few (and one of the first) places in Milwaukee to offer a vegetarian buffet. Watch out though, because they generally have one meat dish on their "vegetarian" buffet. The food is really good, but there are a lot of dishes that contain dairy, however, the staff is always willing to tell you what's vegan.
The vegetarian lunch buffet is amazing. There are TONS of options, and usually all but one or two items is vegan. The falafel is always fresh and delicious. Their baklava contains honey, but a friend tells me they recently added another dessert to the buffet, which is vegan.
The service is friendly and it's a great place for large groups, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, when they have live music and a belly dancer. Good times.
The salsa is absolutely amazing, and makes the poor service tolerable. The guacamole is also really good. You can make a number of options vegan, but watch out for the beans because one of them is made with lard. The black beans should be vegan, but it wouldn't hurt to double check in case they've changed the recipe.
I was so pleased with this restaurant. The interior design is so unlike everything else in the neighborhood so the classy vibe, table cloths, candles, and music really make it stand out. The food was also really affordable, about $8-12.
The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable of vegan items. I ordered the vegan "meatball" sandwich because I heard it's sometimes out of stock. The meatballs are homemade from mostly lentil and mushrooms and are tasty, but are slightly soft. The sandwich comes with either a salad or pasta salad. I'm a big fan of pasta salad so that's what I went with but was disappointed with it, as it was just pasta, tomato, olive oil, red onion, and a little parsley. It didn't have much flavor, but the flavor it did have was mostly raw onion.
I have to say that my favorite part of the meal was the bread I got at the beginning. Apparently Centro Cafe brings out fresh bread as an appetizer and a small platter, to which you can add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, and spices, which they have on the table. Classy and delicious.
I've been going here maybe once or twice a year for the last few years and I gotta say that I'm not super impressed. The menu is hugely confusing and I've had numerous cashiers on separate visits have difficulty explaining how certain items are priced and what they include (annoying).
The first time I had the Mediterranean pizza, it was good but weird having basil and sun-dried tomatoes paired with Tofurkey sausage. I had it again last week and it had some other kind of vegan sausage, which was better. The Anne Curry is good, but a bit mild. We even got extra curry sauce on it but I feel it could have used more flavor. The mixed veggie pizza is also good, but better with soy cheese ($1 to add to a 9-inch personal pie). The bread sticks are also vegan and quite yummy. You also get a huge order for $4.50, so it's a good way to fill in the meal.
I was pretty disappointed with a visit last year when a the "vegan" cashier tried to push a non-vegan pizza on me. I ordered a spinach/feta cheese slice and asked that the feta be replaced w/ vegan (Follow Your Heart) cheese. The self-proclaimed vegan cashier said this was fine and assured me it would be vegan. After paying and sitting down, she came out and told me the slice actually wouldn't be vegan because all the individual slices have cheese on the crust, which the cooks then top and bake (good to know!) She asked if it would be okay because there wasn't that much cheese. I told her that I'm vegan so I don't want any dairy cheese. She then offered to scrape off the cheese and then add the soy cheese. At this point, I had to say "Wait, didn't you say you're vegan?" I told her I'd switch to the 9-inch personal vegan pizza (vegan crust) w/ the spinach and soy cheese. She said fine and charged me the $4.50 difference. Lame.
Apparently ONLY the personal pies are vegan, NOT the slices.
Comet is one of my least-favorite vegan-friendly places in Milwaukee because their service and food availability is so inconsistent. I visited last week and the wait was about 30 minutes (likely due to holiday travelers) but the service was very friendly. My non-veg sister joined me and loved her vegan Reuben, which made me quite happy. I tried the vegan seitan Philly, which was good, but the Riverwest Co-op's is way better.
The previous 3 times I have been there, they were out of the vegan deep fried ribs, which is my all-time favorite. One time, because they were out of the ribs, and also out of a few other vegan items, my group of friends and I all had to get the vegan gyros, which they totally skimped on, likely because they were low on seitan.
Last time, I thought I'd call ahead and be safe. The guy answering the phone rudely said they had the vegan ribs. I asked again, explaining that I had come in a few other times in the past, only to find out they were out. Again, he said they had them. Guess what. I got there and they didn't have the ribs. Not cool, Comet!
They did have the vegan ribs this last time I went, and they were very good, but probably better split as an appetizer, versus as a meal since it's so greasy. Some other quick opinions about their items: the Reuben is very good, the vegan "pulled pork" sandwich is really just cold cuts so it's not spectacular, and their homemade vegan cheese sauce is decent, but nothing to brag about (tastes like a basic nutritional yeast/margarine combination).
East Side Ovens is a vegan staple in Milwaukee and is probably one of the best buisnesses you could support. I used to head up Alliance For Animals (UWM animal rights group) and East Side Ovens was always very supportive of us.
Their chocolate strawberry cake is my favorite cake (they also bake large cakes for parties!) and my favorite pastry is the strawberry rhubarb pie. My mom is a big fan of the blueberry scones. Oh yeah, they're wheat bread (square, not round) is amazing. So, pretty much everything is good, although I find the frozen burritos a bit bland.
My family and I went here for brunch recently because we heard that they have good vegan brunch options. While I feel the food was very fresh and well-prepared, I found it all to be very bland and boring. I will say, however, I was pleased that they're making an effort to serve vegetable-based entrees instead of just throwing a soy burger into the mix.
I ordered the Vegan Benedict, which I expected to have some sort of tofu concoction in place of the usual eggs. Nope. The Vegan Benedict just omits the eggs and serves vegetables over bread with Hollandaise sauce. The sauce is vegan and is good, but it's basically veggies on bread, which isn't particularly exciting.
My sister got the a roasted veggie sandwich, which she also said was well-prepared but bland. I didn't try it so I'm guessing that's because it came with cheese, but I don't recall. We also ordered the inappropriately named tofu scramble, which was really 1/4 chunks of tofu and 3/4 potatoes. Again, the flavor was fine, but it was somewhat bland and it was NOT a scramble, it was more of a skillet. We took the leftovers home, threw some Veganaise and Siracha on it and it was much better. :)
I will say, that the service was very friendly and our server was really good with kids, which we appreciated. I like the ambiance but I was very unimpressed with the food so I don't think I'd go back.
This place isn't known for the most amazing service, but the waiter I had was pretty nice and the food was really good and came fast. They have a HUGE menu, which I find a bit frustrating, but some may enjoy. Most items don't list tofu in the description (only list a choice of various meats), but after the price, they list a veg price and you can ask for tofu (no extra charge).
I had the squash curry, which seems to be one of their most popular items, and it was absolutely delicious. The steamed veggies with peanut sauce appetizer was also great. The veggies were perfectly steamed and had a lot of flavor.
I really enjoyed the food here and am happy to see the return of an Ethiopian restaurant to Milwaukee. My friend and I shared the vegetarian platter, which included: yellow split peas, red lentils, greens, and a cabbage/carrot mixture. The flavor was really good and the service was friendly.
I am not sure if their tea is entirely homemade or if they spice up a bag of tea, but either way, it has a good flavor and is a definite improvement over the bag of Lipton I've been served elsewhere (like Meskerem in D.C.)
YUUUUUUUUUM! I disagree that this is a romantic restaurant but it definitely has great food and wouldn't be a bad place to bring a date. A friend and I went for the lunch buffet and it was really slow around 2pm (it is probably busy a little earlier). We went with the $8 lunch bowl and I paid an extra $1.50 to make mine an unlimited refill, although I could barely finish my 2nd bowl.
The restaurant's website has a fabulous vegetarian/vegan ingredient section and even points out that some dressings contain honey but no other animal ingredients. Very cool that they recognize vegans don't eat honey. I told the server I was vegan so she brought out a laminated allergy/ingredient list to help me figure out what I could eat on the buffet. The buffet itself does a pretty good job of listing ingredients, for instance, a lot of the sauces indicate if they have fish sauce, peanuts, or wheat.
I tried a few proteins (seitan, tofu, BBQ tempeh and "curry pakora") and liked them all. The BBQ tempeh was by far my favorite, as it had a fabulous texture, and it tasted more like a fake meat than a tempeh. The curry pakora was very similar to the BBQ tempeh so I have no idea why it's called curry pakora.
The best part of the buffet is that they have tiny little paper cups so you can sample a veggie, protein, or sauce before committing to a big bowl. My favorite combo was a sort of Asian combo using BBQ tempeh, veggies, wheat noodles (although rice noodles and rice were available), and lemongrass, hoison, and hot sauces.
I just went here for the first time in about 5 years, as I was put off with how smoky it was. I'm really glad that's is smoke-free and the service was actually friendly (unlike their "lousy service" motto, but the food is still nothing to brag about.
I had the fat vegan sandwich (deli meat, artichokes, cucumbers, lettuce, vegan mayo and mustard), and it was good enough, but the stale white bread and extremely measly amount of vegan mayo left me less than satisfied. I also tried the chili, after the cashier assured me that it's good, and it was awful. It tasted like a can of Hormel chili w/ no flavor, and the 50 cent dollop of Tofutti sour cream didn't help much.
The restaurant is beautiful (especially the outdoor patio) and the food was good, but I wasn't overly impressed with the service. I had the curry cashew veggie burger, which had a great flavor, but is a bit dry if you get it without the aioli sauce (which isn't vegan). They don't offer another sauce and this isn't a ketchup-friendly burger. I also had the sweet potato chips with guacamole and mango salsa, which were good, and ended up putting the mango salsa on my burger. There are only about 3 veg options on the menu, but considering their entire menu has something like 10 options, it's not a bad ratio.
My friend ordered the tofu/veggie platter and I sampled it and it was really good, but it's a little expensive ($17). If you're vegan, be sure to omit the aioli sauce that would normally be drizzled over the roasted corn on the platter.
The service was slow and our waiter seemed irritated the entire night. We then found out that he had applied and automatic gratuity to our bill (of only 5 people), so this could be why he wasn't trying to hard to be polite.
I can't believe I am just now visiting this place. They've been around for quite some time, selling veg-friendly food before it got popular, I just happen to not be in this area frequently.
My sister and I stopped in yesterday and were really pleased with both the selection and the prices. Usually, small groceries (which this is, but it is MUCH larger than your typical health food store) can't offer low prices, but Health Hut had reasonable prices and really good sales on some staples like almond milk, vegetable broth, and Kettle chips. :)
They had tons of faux meats, vegan cheese, and organice products, but I was disappointed to see SOOOO much meat. Hopefully we can all go buy tons of veggie foods, which would encourage them to replace current meat options w/ veggie alternatives.
I've been here a few times over the years and always have the same impression "meh". The food is decent, and they have a few vegan things, but nothing spectacular. It's probably the most vegan friendly coffee shop in the neighborhood, which is a big plus, and it's a huge step up from the McDonalds across the street, but it's pretty plain to me.
Also, I can't stand cigarette smoke, and this place is always full of it. If it weren't so obnoxiously smoky, I might like it more, as I love how much light comes into the shop and it's a convenient location.
I have to agree that I was a bit dismayed by the animal heads on the wall, but at the same time, I can't say that it's the only Wisconsin bar/restaurant w/ trophy heads on the wall, so as disgusting as it sounds, it didn't shock me. What I did love about the place is that it's smoke-free.
Given that the people that own this place also own a lot of other vegan-friendly joints (Palomino, Comet, etc.), I would have expected more vegan options. Someone on their staff told me they have more vegan options at brunch so I checked that out and the only real brunch items were tofu scramble or a burrito w/ tofu scramble and veggie sausage. Not bad, but not much variety. They also offered some BBQ pulled pork sandwich veganized and a composter sandwich which was tofu cream cheese and veggies, but neither are brunch items.
I got the tofu scramble burrito which came w/ veggie sausage, tofu sour cream, and salsa. It was good but nothing spectacular. It would have benefitted from some veggies or at least some hot sauce. The fried potatoes it came with, however, were very good. I tried my friend's composter sandwich, which was good, but not very filling, since it was mostly sprouts, tomato, and cucumber. It came on some really good rye bread though, and the fries it came with were great.
Service was friendly but really slow. Granted, it was full on a Saturday morning, but 45 minutes for two items still seems like a long time.
I debated adding this place for quite some time because they offer some really interesting vegetarian items, for instance, a vegetarian fish fry, which was LONG overdue in Milwaukee. Unfortunately, however, most of their vegetarian items are not vegan so I can't find much to eat here.
The day Hotch-A-Do veganizes their vegetarian fish fry, I will be here NONSTOP.
I've been here twice and really enjoy it. The wait staff was very friendly, the restaurant was clean and attractive, and the food was really good. Milwaukee has definitely been lacking in Vietnamese options so I'm so glad to have this place. Best yet, during my recent trip, an employee said they're going to be launching "Vegetarian Wednesdays" soon, where they'll be rotating new veg dishes in addition to the current veg menu.
I had the vegan pho soup twice (with a mushroom/anise broth) with fried tofu. The soup itself was good but it was much better with a generous helping of Siracha and hoison sauce. :) I also think the dish would have been better with veggie meat, which would have held up its consistency better in the liquid.
I also sampled my mom's grilled veggies and fried tofu in tomato sauce. This was the daily special so I'm not sure how often they serve it. This dish also had a good flavor but I tend to prefer dishes with stronger flavor (more garlic, spice, and heat).
My favorite dish was the rice noodle salad with fried veggie meat and peanut sauce, which I shared with a friend both times I went. Delicious! Note that the rice noodles come cold but you can ask them to warm them up if you prefer. We also had the spring rolls, which had a good flavor but I feel contained way too much lettuce to cost nearly as much as an entree.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience and would definitely be back to order some pho and rice noodles with veggie meat. :)
This location no longer has a buffet, although the Franklin/Oak Creek location still does. There are still a number of veg items on the regular menu (tacos, tostadas, burritos, etc.) and you can bring your own Tofutti sour cream to add if you like.
The staff is pretty good about letting you know what is and isn't vegan, but in case they aren't sure, know that the horchata is NOT vegan, it contains both rice milk and cow's milk.
The only bad experience I've had here was getting a fly in my horchata (before I went vegan, maybe 9 years ago), and the waiter then trying to bribe me by bring me gallons of horchata to my job. Since then, no bad experiences, but I tend to go to the Franklin location (partly due to proximity, partly due to the buffet)
The Oak Creek/Franklin area is really lacking vegan options so Jalisco's has always been a favorite of mine. The all-day buffet is really good and it's cheap (like $9 or something). Once, my friend and I brought our own container of Tofutti sour cream to Jalisco's and dumped it all over our tacos and burritos.
The staff is pretty good about letting you know what is and isn't vegan, but in case they aren't sure, know that the horchata is NOT vegan, it contains both rice milk and cow's milk.
Best Mexican food in the city, as La Fuente combines good food, good service, and a good atmosphere. It seems like all the other Mexican places have only one (perhaps two) of those qualities. I've never had a bad meal here, so order whatever strikes your fancy. Definitely try to go on a nice day so you can sit outside, which makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
La Perla is a fun place to eat but isn't the place to go for super authentic Mexican food. The food is good but over the years, it's definitely evolved into the Mexican place where white people eat. I generally opt for La Fuente in this neighborhood but I do enjoy going to La Perla on the weekends to dance some salsa, bachata, and hip hop. :)
Aside from all the smoke, this place is great. The service is always friendly and they have a lot of vegan options (in a really unexpected atmosphere). I've had a number of the vegan pizzas and they were all good. I ordered the stuffed peppers a few years ago, and I think the "vegan" cheese they used had casein because it was so gooey and "cheesey" but I think they've come around because it's all been obviously vegan since then.
In a word: AMAZING. I think I've tasted many a vegan pizza over the years and I am confident saying this was the best vegan pizza I've ever had.
We ordered "(chef) Dan's Vegan Pizza", which has kalamata olives, mushrooms, serrano peppers, and vegan cheese, and we added caramelized onions to it and it was fabulous. We also had "Doc's Garden Pizza" which has green peppers, onions, and tomatoes. We added black olives and subbed vegan cheese for the dairy chesse. This was also very good, but I preferred Dan's vegan pizza.
We also had the bread and spreads appetizer with the olive tapenade, roasted red pepper spread, and the olive oil w/ garlic & herb. I found the tapenade a bit salty, but good. I especially liked the olive oil spread because it had huge chunks of raw garlic. Yum.
The pizzas were huge for the price, and the ambiance was great, as was the service. The chef even came out when we were asking about vegan ingredients and hung out for a bit. Very nice and very dedicated. This place goes highly recommended.
This place seems to always be packed at night but you can call up to 30 minutes ahead to put your name in (they don't do traditional reservations).
I had the veggie jambalaya with smoked tofu, and while the jambalaya could have used more flavor and heat, the smoked tofu was outstanding. The BBQ tofu sandwich is also really good, but it's annoying that sometimes it comes on a roll and sometimes on a bun, sometimes has lettuce and tomato, and sometimes is just tofu and bread. It comes with fries but I recommend paying $1 more to get sweet potato fries. The canjun fries (which make a good $5 side dish for 2 or 3 people), are very flavorful and salty and go well with their homemade BBQ sauce.
Our server was very nice, and although he wasn't too sure about what was vegan, he asked the kitchen a million questions and even said he'd encourage them to carry some vegan desserts.
I love this place! Obviously, Riverwest Co-op is my first pick for grocery shopping, but this is further south and offers an extensive array of vegan foods in their deli if you need a snack. I love how they have samples all over the store and will let you sample foods at their deli before you buy them. It's also a good place to stop if you need a tiny snack and just want to grab some of the free samples. :)
Their falafel is really good, as is their Mid-Eastern rice/lentil/caramelized onion dish, which I hear was stolen by my beloved Sharrazzad restaurant.
This place is wonderful!!! There's a few vegan-friendly Mexican and pizza joints on the near South Side and in Walker's Point, but this is the first place I've seen that actually has vegan brunch! The cafe is somewhat small, but it's really cute, comfortable, and the service is friendly.
My friend and I went for brunch and we ordered the vegan banana french toast (very good, with a nice banana batter that was slightly crispy), the jicama/mango/avocado salad with tofu (good, but the there seemed to be way too much tofu and the tofu was slightly plain-it would benefit from being fried or marinated), and the black bean-avocado sandwich, which was pretty good. We also tried a side of the curried cous cous salad and it was amazing. It had fresh apricots, pecans, and all sorts of delicious goodies. For drinks, we had the Sport Tea, which was decent, and the soy chai, which was wonderful.
I'm a chili skeptic, so the staff even let me sample the chili before ordering. I didn't order it since we ordered so much other stuff, but the chili was really good. It was homemade and had lots of veggies in it. Nicely done. My only complaint is that they didn't have any vegan desserts. I hear they sometimes have vegan desserts, but considering that they have tons of other desserts, and the all-vegan East Side Ovens bakery isn't far away, I'd love to see them start stocking some vegan cupcakes, cookies, and scones.
I didn't care for the food at all. I ordered a mock meat dish and the "meat" was really dry and tough. However, a lot of my friends rave about the food and I generally love fake meat and Asian food (I'm vegan), so I think I may have just gone on a bad day.
I initially stopped in because I saw they were called "No. 1 Chinese", which is incredibly unimaginative but is the name of a veg-friendly restaurant in Bay View, which offers mock meats. Apparently, the two restaurants aren't affiliated but this place does offer soy chicken in the "VEGETARIA MEATS" section. :)
I was annoyed that they wouldn't let me sub soy chicken for one of the 30 $4.50-5 meat lunch specials because they expected me to pay nearly twice that just because they don't offer a veg option. They told me to get the mixed veggie lunch special but that sounded boring. I only had $7, which I told them, and asked if I could get a half order of the veg chicken, which was $9. They weren't interested but finally said they'd make me a small order for $7. They didn't seem happy about it and were sort of rude, but whatever. They also don't have brown rice, which just plain stinks.
I got the vegetarian General Tso's chicken, which came w/ a few pieces of broccoli. The soy chicken was a little overcooked and chewy but it wasn't bad. Being spoiled by good NYC vegan food, this place rates pretty low, but given the very limited vegan and fake meat options on Milwaukee's north side, I really appreciate this place having faux chicken and would go back to support them.
The Outpost is certainly a better option than Pick 'n' Save or Jewel, but I'll never forgive them for selling veal. How can an "ethical" co-op sell veal?
Skip Outpost and head to the Riverwest Co-op on Frattney and Clarke.
Even though this location doesn't special order veal like the others, I still have a bad taste in my mouth about all Outpost locations. The Riverwest Co-op is always the best option, but if you live on the south side, this is likely the easiest place to get to.
This store has most of the vegan options as the other locations (tons of refrigerated and frozen novelty items, faux meats, and more), but fewer deli items. I'm especially impressed with the amount of vegan cheese and ice cream this location has.
Review from April 2009
I still like Palomino, and appreciate it was the first place to carry vegan bar food before it became trendy, but I like it less and less every time I go. The place reeks of smoke, the food is super greasy, and I've heard some not-so-great health/cleanliness stories from a vegan friend who used to work here.
Another thing is that they no longer let you get all wheat meat tofullo wings for the same price (you get half tofu and half wheat meat). Additionally, they've changed the wheat meat nuggets they use. I believe these are homemade, which is great, but they just don't taste as good as the last ones.
Review from June 2007
Always a good time and fun atmosphere (minus all the smoke). The food is great and it's a great place to bring meat eaters to try the tofullo wings (wheat meat are better than the tofu). I'm a big fan of the vegan brat with caramelized onions and sauerkraut and the deep fried vegan banana split is great. However, it's too bad Palomino keeps cutting vegan items from their menu or changing them (like you can no longer get the deep fried pickles as a side dish).
They've introduced some new items (fried tempeh-lettuce-tomato sandwich, and a BBQ fried seitan sandwich) and both are very good. Their vegan coleslaw and corn sides are both good, and a great alternative to all the other fried sides, but keep in mind you get a really small portion, versus a huge pile of fries, tater tots, or onion rings.
Delish! I was initially put off by the lack of vegetarian options on the menu but the waitress informed me that most of the rice and noodle dishes could be made with tofu and/or vegetables instead of meat. Watch out for the pho (soup) though, even if you get it with veggies, the broth is beef-based!
I went with the spring rolls, which were only advertised as having shrimp and pork but the waitress subbed in some tofu. I think she only charged us half the price of the meat version, which is great. The rolls were delicious! The spring rolls had the raw, soft wrapper, and were stuffed with rice noodles, tofu and veggies and came with a peanut sauce. Yum.
For my entree, I went with the tofu/veggie chow fun, which isn't on the menu but was delicious and cost about $9. Chow fun (thick, wide rice noodles) are my favorite noodles but these were particularly good because they were panfried first so they were ever so slightly charred, which added a new dimension to the flavor. The tofu was perfectly firm and fried and fantastic.
The atmosphere is very casual (I think the restaurant is an old Sizzler or Wendy's or something), so it wouldn't be a great first date location, but it's great for a dinner with friends or something casual with family. The service was prompt and friendly and I really enjoyed the food so I will definitely be back.
I really like Pizza Shuttle's atmosphere-fun and friendly-but the smoke really annoys me. The staff is really friendly-most actually know what veganism is and won't try to bullshit you. If you order a cheese pizza without the cheese, they'll even let you replace the cheese with a different topping for no charge.
This is the spot! I LOVE THE CO-OP!!!! They have high ethical standards (I hope the co-op goes all veg soon), and the service is friendly.
The cafe is all vegetarian and has tons of vegan options. The smoothies are vegan and are always amazing, as is the seitan Philly cheesesteak sandwich. They do pizza nights on Saturdays which offer tons of vegan options (including BBQ unchicken pizza, roasted veggie pizza, and more), along w/ other themed nights like "Whole Grain Mondays" and "Taco Tuesdays".
They offer brunch on the weekends, which is always delicious. Some options are breakfast burritos, vegan pancakes and French toast, tofu scramble, vegan biscuits and gravy, and more. I think the biscuits are a little hard, but the gravy is good. Between the pancakes and French toast, I'd definitely vote for the pancakes (I love the blueberry), but I've also had the special chocolate and mint French toast, which was divine.
I was SOOOO impressed with this place. Milwaukee has tons of Mexican restaurants where you can get vegan rice and beans, but this place has the most varied and interesting vegan/vegetarian menu.
We started with the taquitos de papa appetizer, which was pretty good, but I felt the actual potato taquitos were really small, compared to the huge mound of lettuce and salsa that accomponied it. I had the calebazitas mole with chili verde, which was good, but could have used more spice. I added some of the spicy salsa that came with my taquitos de papa to it and it was much better. My mom had the pastel de Berenjena (sort of veg lasagna w/ no noodles), without the cheese, and that was also pretty good, but I like my food spicy, so I added salsa to it. We both had the vegetarian tortilla soup, which was really good and really flavorful, but was a bit too spicy for my mom.
I loved the artwork in the restaurant and loved the music that was playing, which was nice in the background and not too loud. While the service was really friendly and very willing to accomodate vegan requests, I think it took WAY too long for our server to initially come, and then too long to bring and pick up the check.
I've been here a number of times and the staff is always friendly and they have a great selection of teas. I'd like to see more vegan baked goods there, but they generally do have some.
In general, I really like the idea of this place but I can't stand to be here too long because it's SO smoky. The upstairs is completely unbearable, as it's fulled with smokers and there's no ventilation. There is no smoking downstairs, but if you sit toward the back, a lot of smoke lingers down from upstairs.
I was really impressed with the food that came out of this tiny place. I expected that anything coming from a small take-out window near the airport would be greasy, stale, and lacking in flavor, but I was completely wrong. All the food was extremely fresh and very flavorful. I had the falafel sandwich, which asctually came as a wrap in a big pita bread. It could have used more dressing, the falafel was very tasty. I also had the dolmah (stuffed grape leaves), which were very good. I tried the hummus (very good), baba ganouj (good, but I prefer that of Sharazzad), and the tahini salad (yummy).
The only thing that really disappointed me was the wait. We called ahead and were told that our food would take about 20 minutes since it was busy. We arrived 25 minutes later and ended up waiting ANOTHER 25 minutes. Apparently there's one guy running the show and he got really backed up, which I've heard has happened before, but I'm not sure if it's the norm. Either way, call ahead and allow yourself some extra time.
I saw the word "vegetarian" in their lunch buffet sign so I just had to stop. Korean food is often not particularly vegan friendly so I was pretty excited. While they did have several vegetarian (which were also all vegan) items on the buffet, I don't think it was enough to claim to be a "Korean BBQ AND vegetarian buffet".
Two of the four dishes were sides (rice and noodles). The third dish was a tofu-corn soup, which was so-so and not particularly filling. Stir fried mushrooms and onions seemed to be the main veg option, which might delight some vegetarians, but seriously disappointed me since I think mushrooms are the most disgusting foods on earth. I really liked the noodles, but had to add hot sauce, "special sauce" (soy sauce, sesame oil, and scallions), and raw carrots and bean sprouts from the tiny salad bar.
$8 wasn't a bad price for the lunch buffet, but I wouldn't return unless there was another veg entree (which wasn't mushroom). I had my 4-year old niece with me, and since they didn't seem to have a set price for a kids buffet (some restaurants allow kids to eat free), so the waitress said she'd charge me half price, which seemed fair. Unfortunately, my niece didn't like the food and only had about 1/4 cup of noodles and a few slices of carrots.
This has been one of my favorite restaurants in Milwaukee for years. The service is always friendly and they are very concerned with offering a lot of vegetarian options. The lunch buffet is all vegetarian and it's nearly all vegan. Their baba ganouj is the absolute best I've had anywhere in the country (I seek it out) and their hummus and rosewater lemonade are also delicious.
My mom, who is vegetarian, works in this neighborhood and said it's one of the few places that she's found options, so I decided to check it out. While they told me I could leave off the fish sauce and sub tofu for any meat to make it vegan, but I got the impression that the restaurant didn't really care about vegetarians otherwise. I asked why they don't carry veg items on their buffet and they basically laughed at me.
I ordered the pad thai with tofu and no egg. The basic meal was $10 but the waiter said I should get the one with vegetables for $15. I told him that $5 is quite a bit just to add vegetables but he assured me that the portion with veggies is large enough for 2 people so I got it. While the portion was big enough for two people, the dish lacked flavor. It tasted nothing like pad thai, it just tasted like noodles, frozen veggies, and random "East Asian" seasonings.
I also got the fried tofu appetizer, which came with a sweet peanut dipping sauce, which I thought was pretty good.
Overall, this is probably the worst Thai meal I've ever had, but considering there's so few options in West Allis, I would probably go here again if in the area, just because I know they have tofu and veggies.
I'm really happy with how vegan-friendly this place is and how knowledgeable the staff is. I wouldn't say they have a TON of vegan options, but they didn't stop at just having a veggie burger w/ cheese and soy cheese w/ whey, they made sure they are vegan.
I ordered my food to go so I didn't get to appreciate the ambiance but the bar and restaurant seemed really nice. They were spacious w/ a good feel to them, whatever that means. The woman who took my call was very nice and helpful regarding ingredients and plugged my order in a few ways to see which way it would be cheapest.
I ordered the homemade black bean burger w/ vegan cheddar on the pretzel bun. It was alright but I didnt' think it was great. The burger seemed too thick to get any sort of benefit from a quick minute on the grill. My food sat in my car for like 45 minutes before I ate it so that probably didn't help its flavor, but the food itself seemed to lack flavor. Nothing was wrong w/ it, it just didnt' have much dimension. I got the burger w/ potato wedges, which were good but were sort of a small order. That said, the burger was huge and the both items together were only $9.
This place is outstanding. They actually have vegan onion rings, which totally rocks my socks. The onion rings aren't just any old onion rings, they have this thick, rich, beer batter that is just amazing. I also tried the chickpea tapanade, which was good, but unusually healthy, given the other menu choices.
I've tried both the Bodhi burger (w/ the vegan patty), which had chipotlye-tomatillo salsa, avocado and Romaine lettuce--which was delicious, and the sloppy jofu, which was so-so. The latter had a good sauce, but I wasn't expecting huge chunks of tofu in a sloppy joe, so it was a bit disappointing. The beer-battered fries that the burgers come with were also really good, but I hope to try the homemade applesauce next time. They were out of tofu wingers, but I hear they are fantastic.
I hate that they allow smoking, but fortunately, it wasn't too bad on a cold Sunday night. Our waitress was also great, and happened to be vegan, so she told us all her favorite dishes.
I normally wouldn't add a place like Taco John's to VegGuide.org (seems nearly as useless as adding Taco Bell), but I had a really good experience at this particular location. Also, as a former employee of Southridge Mall for 3 years, I know how difficult it is to get veg options there.
I spoke with two managers at this location and they were both VERY accommodating. They explained to me everything that was vegetarian and vegan and even brought me out an allergy guide to look at.
Unfortunately, Taco John's doesn't have any burritos/tacos that are vegetarian or vegan on their own, but they're happy to leave off the meat and cheese and make substitutions. I had a "beef burrito" with no beef or dairy and the manager had the employees put on a bunch of free guacamole since since I didn't have the meat and such. Super nice people there and totally willing to help.
I've always been impressed with how accommodating the staff is and how willing they are to veganize their dishes. I especially like their curries and am always pleased with the portion size. You usually get enough to fill yourself up and take a little snack home with you.
This has got to be the worst Thai food I have ever had in my life. Seriously. My sister warned me that the food was bad, but I was SOOO excited to have a Thai restaurant in Oak Creek (not much around here), and really impressed that they seem to really try to offer vegetarian options that I just HAD to try it. Huge disappointment.
First off, apparently the owners went out of town for four days but only taped up a sign outside, which of course blew away, so I ended up standing around outside the restaurant, wondering why they weren't open. They also have no answering machine to let you know what the hours are or to record when the place will be unexpectedly closed.
I ordered both the pad thai tofu and the volcano tofu. I was pleased that both items were about $1 cheaper than their meat counterparts, even though the menu didn't say the veg option would be cheaper. The pad thai was TERRIBLE. It tasted nothing like pad thai and was barely generic Asian fusion. It was linguini noodles, lime juice, soggy tofu, and what seemed to be an incredible amount of paprika, which I didn't even know went into pad thai. I also had the volcano tofu, which sounded amazing, but apparently they forgot to add the spicy red sauce that usually comes on the side so I got soggy tofu and cabbage. Not spicy and not delicious.
My sister had ordered the volcano chicken before, which she said came w/ a spicy red sauce on top. I had called ahead to make sure the sauce was vegan and could be put on tofu. They said yeah, but then didn't put it on. I ordered it takeout and called when I got home and saw the mistake but they seemed to not believe me at first. Eventually, they said I could come back in the future and get another dish for free. I really don't want any more of their food, but since I was on my way to the airport, I couldn't head back to get a refund instead of credit, which I'm passing on to my sister, who isn't too enthusiastic about it.
First I'll say that I LOVE that they give a discount to cyclists and those utilizing public transporation. Our waitress was also very knowledgeable (likely because she also works at veg-friendly Beans and Barley cafe/grocery) and very willing to ask the kitchen about vegan items.
My first time here, I had the Tutti Vegetariani (mixed veggies and marinara) without cheese and it was pretty good. I was told they vary the veggies and when I had it, it had artichokes and bell peppers, but could definitely have benefitted from olives. I also had the Bob's Special, which has mushrooms, spinach, onion, and avocado. It normally has garlic sauce, but since it's not vegan, we got marinara instead. The pizza would be better with a non-tomato based sauce, but it was still good, and warm avocado on pizza was surprisingly good. I would say I preferred this pizza of the two.
I just ate here again last week and loved the pizza even more. Due to demand, Transfer will begin offering vegan cheese ($1.50 for a small pizza, $2 for a large); and they're deciding between Tease and Follow Your Heart. I happened to go 3 days before they were set to launch the vegan cheese, but they had a sample of Toffuti cream cheese that was sent to them, which they let us try. I'm surprised we were charged for adding the cheese, since they said it was a sample sent to them and that they wouldn't be using it in the future, but I'm glad we were able to try it.
While I would never think to put cream cheese on pizza, I will admit that it was amazing! We had the zucchini pizza, that came w/ fried zucchini, onions and cheese (soy cheese in our case), and we added fried potatoes to it. It was outstanding! We also had some other pizza that had artichokes and onions with soy cheese, and it was really good, but I preferred the former.
My brother-in-law is a cook here at Trocadero so I've been getting on him forever to try to get more vegan food on the menu. Apparently a lot of people started asking for vegan items so I'm really glad that the management decided to include vegan food in their new menu. The decor of this place is really nice and their indoor patio is fabulous.
Off the new menu, the only main dish I've had is the drunken noodles, which I thought was really good. The spice level was good and there was a lot of flavor, but I would have liked the tofu to be a little bit firmer. I've had their new hummus (roasted red pepper, I think) as an appetizer, and have had their hummus veggie wrap off their old menu, but I'm not sure if it's still offered. The hummus veggie wrap I've had there before was good but nothing to brag about (there's only so much you can do with just hummus and veggies), but it's a nice light meal.
I'm super glad to see that there is tofu scramble on their brunch menu, but would LOVE to see something more interesting for vegans, as tofu scramble is pretty much the go-to vegan dish in most restaurants. It would be great to see some vegan pancakes, veggie sausage, or even some of their other menu items topped w/ tofu scramble instead of scrambled eggs.
Also, I was a little put off by the disclaimer next to the veggie symbol on the menu. It says something like "depending on your version of veggie, some items can be made vegetarian or vegan..." What does this mean? Either something is vegetarian or it isn't. Either it's vegan or it isn't. Every time I've heard "your version of vegetarian", it's come from someone inaccurately including fish as part of the vegetarian diet, which it is NOT. I'm hoping that Trocadero doesn't believe this to be the case and hope all items are purely vegetarian and vegan, as marked.
I love Vegan Essentials and am so proud that it's from Wisconsin. While I hate that the new location on the northwest side is SOOOO far from most vegans (who live on the southeast side), I'm so happy that their business has allowed them to expand to such a big warehouse that is conveniently located for the owners.
This was my first time in the new location (I loved the storefront of the old location), and it was weird to be walking through an all-vegan warehouse. It was pretty exciting. The staff was really nice and friendly, even though I know we were interrupting them placing orders. I'm really glad they let us visit in person and my mom and I stocked up on our favorite shampoos, vegan cheese, skin cream, and more.
At the last location, it didn't seem to be a big deal for the owners to ring up in-store purchases, but at the warehouse, the woman helping us had to go online and basically search out everything we bought and place the order online for us. She was really nice, even though this must have been annoying. As mentioned in the main description, they strongly encourage people to place orders online then pick them up in person.
I've only been here once but I had a really great dining experience. The ambiance was warm and welcoming and the food was great. I had a fresh tofu clay pot that was simply amazing. I also had spring rolls and tasted a friends' vegan pho soup, which was outstanding. The portions were pretty small but the flavors were delicious. My only complaint would be that the menu is like an encyclopedia so it takes forever to chose what you want.
I'm normally not one to write a review for Whole Foods (they're all pretty much the same) but there are two great things about this particular Whole Foods (the only one in Milwaukee):
1) The ice cream counter always has vegan sorbets (the gelato is NOT vegan)
2) While the pizza counter doesn't have vegan cheese, they will make a pizza using vegan cheese if you buy it and bring it to them
Not bad. Not bad at all.
I LOVE Larsen's kringle and am really glad it's available in Milwaukee and not just in Racine. It's supposed to be at the Riverwest Co-op but I don't recall seeing it there. However, it is always available at Outpost. I picked up a few kringle from the Bay View Outpost location this weekend and they were amazing. I had the cherry and the raspberry. Both were delicious but I tend to go for non-cherry desserts so I preferred the raspberry.
All of the varieties I saw (pecan, raspberry, apricot, apple, pecan) were vegan, but they also offer a cheese kringle, which I would assume is not vegan but am not completely sure. I liked that the packaging specifically stated that it contained no animal ingredients or byproducts, something you don't see much on baked goods in Southeastern Wisconsin, especially Racine.
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