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Tempe - looking for a suggestion

abbefaith Feb 21, 2007 08:10 AM

I'm meeting a friend in Tempe next week for dinner, and I want to try someplace new. She's a vegetarian and so a place that's vege friendly would be great. I've been craving something ethnic... Any ideas?

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    Bazel RE: abbefaith Feb 21, 2007 08:14 AM

    There is a Thai place on Elliott east of Priest (north side behind Olive Garden). It is called Yupha's (or something close to that). Have only lunched there, but thought it was pretty good. Also, on the border of Tempe and Scottsdale there is a vegetarian place in a strip mall on the west side of Rural. I know others on this board know the name. It has been well reviewed.


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      abbefaith RE: Bazel Feb 21, 2007 01:18 PM

      thanks for the info...

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        sistinas RE: abbefaith Feb 21, 2007 01:26 PM

        The vegetarian place in the strip mall is called Green ( http://greenvegetarian.com/ ) ... I've only been there once and remember it being pretty good - there are lots of fake meat items on the menu if you're into that sort of thing.

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          abbefaith RE: sistinas Feb 21, 2007 01:47 PM

          actually i love tofu, etc. thank you for the info, and i really appreciate the link! the menu looks good. =)

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            starlightjulian RE: abbefaith Jul 12, 2007 10:44 PM

            Abbefaith, have you been to Green yet? I do love the food there. I've tried many entrees, and have only been disappointed with three, so far: curry pasta salad (bland), spicy buffalo "wings" (too stringy; made from mushroom), and tsoynami (vegan ice cream base too sweet!). Must-try dishes include artichoke gratine, green hummus, egglessrolls, jerk tofu and spicy peanut chicken salads, flatbread pizzas, thee "argentine" po'boy, Thai peanut and coconut curry bowls (brown rice or noodles; I like mine with brown rice, and my meatless choice is usually crispy tofu), tahini coleslaw, and thyme fries. Haven't tried the chocolate chip cookies, yet, but you must save room (or take home) for the vegan peanut butter chocolate bars!

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              abbefaith RE: starlightjulian Jul 15, 2007 06:34 PM

              no i need to get over there! thanks for reminding me!

    2. azhotdish RE: abbefaith Feb 21, 2007 08:14 AM

      Udupi, Blue Nile, or Efe's Turkish Cuisine would probably be good choices.

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        abbefaith RE: azhotdish Feb 21, 2007 01:18 PM

        i've been wanting to try udupi!

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          starlightjulian RE: azhotdish Jul 12, 2007 10:47 PM

          All good restaurants, with Blue Nile having the better service out of the three. I love the dosa at Udupi, but the slow service and health violations rap keep me away, for now.

        2. silverbear RE: abbefaith Feb 21, 2007 08:16 AM

          I second the choices above and would add Cafe Lalibela, Cornish Pasty Company, Pasand, Priya, Thai Basil, Classic Italian Pizza, and Cafe Boa.

          None is 100% vegetarian, but all offer enough choices to be appealing to a wide variety of palates.

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            azhotdish RE: silverbear Feb 21, 2007 08:25 AM

            Cornish Pasty Co. I believe is closed.

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              ggdinero RE: azhotdish Feb 21, 2007 08:49 AM

              Don't scare me like that! =D Cornish Pasty Company is NOT closed - I just called and they are open for business.

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                azhotdish RE: ggdinero Feb 21, 2007 08:51 AM

                Ok, sorry. ;( Someone told me they were closed when they tried to go - I guess I should stop listening to hear-say.

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                  starlightjulian RE: ggdinero Jul 16, 2007 01:31 AM

                  I love CPC's Lamb and Mint (the red wine gravy is to die for! sadly, I'm allergic/severely intolerant to cornstarch, so unless i can successfully persuade them to use flour, and i haven't been thus far, this gravy is off-limits... boohoo!) and the chicken greek. tried the rosemary chicken but found it a little bland... must be the brie, as i've tried other sandwiches elsewhere with brie and didn't care for them, as well. although, i must profess to enjoying multi-grain crackers with baked brie with raspberry preserves on top. Mmmm!!

                  Have you tried their apple and strawberry pavlova pasties? the banofee pasty sounds so tempting, but i'm allergic to bananas :( i know i can call ahead for special orders, but after the first attempt, i don't know if it's worth the hassle... certainly not just for one person... i'll have to get a bigger group to join me.

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                    ggdinero RE: starlightjulian Jul 16, 2007 11:52 AM

                    SLJ - that Lamb and Mint Pasty sounds deeeelicious! Haven't had the desserts yet. :( I have tried the bangers & mash, the chicken greek and Sheperd's Pie. I just noticed the Lovely Bit a Salmon on the online menu (maybe its new or I haven't noticed it before?) - Fresh Atlantic Salmon in a white wine cream & dill sauce, sautéed asparagus, spinach, roasted red potatoes and roasted tomatoes. I may have to make a special trip during lunch for this one!!!

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                abbefaith RE: silverbear Feb 21, 2007 01:19 PM

                thanks for the suggestions. =)

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                HeatmiserAZ RE: abbefaith Feb 21, 2007 08:48 AM

                I second Blue Nile. I prefer it over Lalibela. This will satisfy your two requirements.

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                  Baxterita RE: abbefaith Feb 21, 2007 09:47 AM

                  how about www.pitajungle.com by ASU?

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                    dustchick RE: Baxterita Feb 21, 2007 10:22 AM

                    I second this recommendation. It is mostly vegetarian and all tasty.

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                      abbefaith RE: dustchick Feb 21, 2007 10:37 AM

                      yeah pita jungle is actually one of my top 5 faves... i want to go somewhere i've never been. =)

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                    zebcook RE: abbefaith Feb 21, 2007 09:33 PM

                    China Max next to Changing Hands Bookstore does proper Chinese, not American Chinese. They have a nice selection of tofu and vegetarian dishes.

                    Little India, a grocery in the mall on the SE corner of McClintock and Baseline has chaat dishes. All vegetarian, some very tasty. Zero ambiance though. Pasand in the same mall is a proper restaurant with a big selection of South Indian vegetarian dishes including dosas.

                    Although I really like Efe's, it's much more about the kebabs there. Veg choices are limited.

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                      silverbear RE: zebcook Feb 22, 2007 07:31 AM

                      My experience at Efes has been somewhat different. I pass on the kebabs and still enjoy myself every time. The menu has a separate section devoted to vegetarian entrees, with five choices offered. I've tried both the turlu and the mixed dolma and have enjoyed both. In addition, there are numerous good options among the appetizers, soups, and salads.


                      I'm not sure if Efes is the absolute best choice for the original poster, but I think it's a viable one.

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                        slimline45 RE: zebcook Feb 23, 2007 10:36 AM

                        I shop at that Trader Joes and have been wondering what that Chinese place is like, it always smells so good. I'll have to try it. What's good?

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                          zebcook RE: slimline45 Feb 24, 2007 07:31 AM

                          Usually I ask them what's written in Chinese on the whiteboard. Last time we had a nice vegetarian dish of asian eggplant and vegetables in a spicy sauce, orange chicken (nothing but chicken in spicy orange sauce) and noodles.. I've also had the best beef tendon hot pot -- the meat was stewed until it was gelatinously tender in a rich seasoned broth. The place is not elegant, but the people are friendly.

                      2. HomeCookKirsten RE: abbefaith Feb 26, 2007 02:49 PM

                        I went to Giovanni's Pizza Bistro (Mill and Baseline, SW corner) and was actually very impressed. Great salads and pizza (didn't try the pasta or paninis or sandwiches), lots of ways to make it veggie friendly.

                        I can recommend it!

                        Here's a link to the menu:

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                          abbefaith RE: HomeCookKirsten Feb 27, 2007 05:53 AM

                          thanks for the recommendation! i live very closeby so i definitely will check it out. i wish i could read the menu though... =(

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                            tastyjon RE: HomeCookKirsten Apr 4, 2007 08:41 PM

                            Giovanni's... We ended up there by accident in a way.... my parents were in town and mom wanted to hit the AZ Mills for a shopping spell - but I refused to eat lunch there. Thus we headed E. on Baseline. There's not many visible non chain places along that stretch so I started to panic. I pulled into the strip mall, sensing I'd been there before. And I had. It was a veggoe place, right?

                            Regardless, it was nice. We only ordered a pizza and big salad, so I can't give a decent review. The salad was o.k. but the pizza was pretty good. Nice crust. Nice toppings. I get the sense they are still finding themselves. On the one hand, you want a nice Italian eatery nearby. On the other hand, you want an inexpensive place to grab some grub on the go.

                          2. HomeCookKirsten RE: abbefaith Feb 27, 2007 07:10 AM

                            I know! The PDF is terrible. The Web site seems pretty low-budget.


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                              VictorLouis RE: abbefaith Mar 2, 2007 12:18 PM

                              Udupi Indian on Rural/Scottsdale {on the border} is totally vegetarian, but not vegan. Plenty of dairy items.

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                                johnseberg RE: VictorLouis Mar 2, 2007 12:30 PM

                                Just to clarify, there are plenty of vegan items at Udupi, and the lunch buffet dishes are always clearly marked, if vegan. The Dosai always tastes like butter, to me.

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                                  starlightjulian RE: johnseberg Jul 18, 2007 12:55 PM

                                  If you're looking for vegan, try www.mandalatearoom.com
                                  Mandala is on 5th Ave/Goldwater. Many of the items I've tried there are very good!! If you want suggestions, I'll post back :


                                  Also, try www.vegguide.org for vegetarian and vegan restaurants all over the world!

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