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Tempe - looking for a suggestion

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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  1. 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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      1. re: abbefaith

        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.

        1. re: sistinas

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

          1. re: abbefaith

            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!

            1. re: starlightjulian

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

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

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        1. re: azhotdish

          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. 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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          1. re: silverbear

            Cornish Pasty Co. I believe is closed.

            1. re: azhotdish

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

              1. re: ggdinero

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

                1. re: ggdinero

                  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.

                  1. re: starlightjulian

                    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!!!

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

                  1. re: Baxterita

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

                    1. re: dustchick

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

                  2. 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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                    1. re: zebcook

                      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.

                      1. re: zebcook

                        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?

                        1. re: slimline45

                          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. 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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                        1. re: HomeCookKirsten

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

                          1. re: HomeCookKirsten

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


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

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                              1. re: VictorLouis

                                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.

                                1. re: johnseberg

                                  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!