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Healthy or veg food in Columbia, MO?

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Greetings everyone,

I'm traveling to meet a friend in Columbia, MO this weekend.

I was wondering if anyone could suggest a vegetarian place or a place that serves relatively healthy food. We'll be going for dinner. It doesn't need to have a lot of ambience, but it shouldn't be totally run down either.

I've heard the Main Squeeze is good. Can anyone confirm this?

Thanks a million!

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  1. You could try the Cherry Street Artisan. I happen to work near by and wander over once-in-awhile for lunch. It is good, reliable food although not gourmet fare. Very casual, order at the counter type place and then they bring the food to your table. It is in the next block over from the Main Squeeze which I've never been in.

    http://www.cherrystreetartisan.com/me...

    1. Main squeeze is a "natural foods cafe" on ninth street in columbia, i was there once and I thought it was very good,they have a changing daily special I believe. They have a website as well: http://www.main-squeeze.com/
      The International Cafe on Hitt Street does middle-eastern/meditteranean as well with lots of veg. choices.
      Good luck, enjoy Columbia!

      1. Main squeeze is a "natural foods cafe" on ninth street in columbia, i was there once and I thought it was very good,they have a changing daily special I believe. They have a website as well: http://www.main-squeeze.com/
        The International Cafe on Hitt Street does middle-eastern/meditteranean as well with lots of veg. choices.
        Good luck, enjoy Columbia!

        1. Main Squeeze for sure, but quite a few places downtown strive to have some veggie choices. Even Shakespeares does a good veggie pie with a choice of whole wheat crust.

          Any of the more upscale places have many choices, so Tellers, Strada Nova, Sycamore will all have some options. Bangkok Gardens has some veggie thai choices. Sub Shop, for a budget meal does a decent veggie sub as well. You might also want to check out Village Wine on Broadway near tenth - I can't remember, but I'm laying odds that they have veggie choices.

          1. Main Squeeze on 9th Street is great and, probably other than Cherry Street Artisan, is about the only place you can find any vegan or vegetarian food that is local and organic, but Main Squeeze is not open for dinner and is very small and has no wine or cocktail options... Cherry Street Artisan is open later and has a beer and wine list, but is still more of a coffee shop/local band/poetry open mic venue than a traditional sit-down restaurant. Sycamore, while awesome, currently does not have a single entree that does not include meat, and two of the chefs bitched to me about how they hate vegetarians because we feel the need to mess with their menu options constantly, which made me sad. Cherry Street Wine Cellar generally has options but is very formal and pricey. Shakespeare's Pizza is uber-casual but good, except that I must boo the recent corporate takeover which caused the unnecessary termination of some of the best bartenders in the town. Murry's is perfect mid-casual fare with tons of appetizers, pasta, and live jazz on Wednesday's and weekends.

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            1. re: persephone

              Main Squeeze is in fact open for an early dinner, but it seems like they frequently change their hours.

              Trattoria Strada Nova closed months ago, just an FYI.

              Bangkok Gardens is a good place for Thai food and you can get many healthy vegan/veggie options.

              There are also a lot of restaurants that aren't veggie specifically, but have a decent amount of veggie selections. Teller's is a good place as they have good fish and salad options. They also usually have a good pasta and they're often willing to put up with special orders and bizarre requests.

              Addison's also has veggie options and a pretty diverse and affordable menu. If you venture out of the downtown area, Sophia's has lots of salads, pastas, etc., that are veggie. They're by the same owners as Addison's, but they're going for a more upscale atmosphere. The prices tend to be pretty reasonable, though.

              oops...just realized this was posted months ago. Consider my comments for posterity.