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Aug 17, 2006 01:10 AM

Vegan friendly authentic mexican in the valley?

I am planning a dinner for some family and myself this Saturday. Invariably we go to either Ajo Als in Scottsdale or Chevy's. I'm looking to branch out and try some more authentic cuisine but I'm having trouble finding places that are vegetarian/vegan friendly. I was considering Los Sombreros or Los Dos Molinos but neither have websites where I can check the menu. Can anyone tell me who veg friendly their menus are and if the staff/chef is willing to accomodate requests to make items vegetarian/vegan? I live in Mesa but location is not that important. Some examples of places I've looked at that won't fit the bill are Blue Adobe in Mesa and Barrio Cafe, neither of which have much to offer a vegetarian/vegan.

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  1. Just talked to a veg friend about this over the weekend. He's veg not vegan. At Los Dos, the beans have lard and they would not go "off menu" for him with anything.

    I would certainly call Los Sombreros.

    I think you should give Barrio Cafe another shot. They have a few veg options on their menu and they may even make something special or alter something that's on the menu. They used to do nopals taco (cactus) that were very tasty. Call ahead and check, it's really good. They do NOT take reservations, but I believe they have a call ahead wait list.

    Another option is Richardson's for more New Mexican cuisine. Located at 16th Street and Bethany Home. They have a few veg options, the garlic plate is fabulous. The house salad is really good and they have rice/bean enchiladas. They do alot of stuff off menu, pretty much in my experience, they'll make anything you want based on ingredients that are on the menu. Richardson's will to reservations for 4 or more. HIGHLY recommend reservations.

    I doubt that either of these places can do completely vegan, but veg for sure.


    1. Try Via de los Santos on Central/Dunlap as well. They have a huge menu with my favorite side dish in town, calabacitas(squash/tomatoes/corn), that noone else offers.


      1. I just gave Los Sombreros a call and talked to the manager. He was quite helpful and assured me that the chef will accomodate any dietary restrictions. Thanks for the tips though; I'll keep Richardson's and Barrio Cafe in the back of my mind for the future.

        1. Wow thanks for the tip about Via de los Santos. From the review I'm reading this seems like the perfect place.

          1. Of general vegan interest, I am going to Cafe Lalibela (Ethiopian), tomorrow, and stumbled across this link on their website: