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Mar 12, 2007 03:27 PM

Vegetarian Restaurants - MSP

Any recommendations for good vegetarian-friendly restaurants? We're looking somewhere to go for my mom's birthday this Thursday and she's a strict vegetarian. The restaurant does not have to be fancy at all, we've gone to Tampopo and Evergreen Taiwanese Restaurant before. I would prefer a restaurant in Minneapolis or St. Paul. While the restaurant does not have to be big, hole-in-the-walls are fine too, it needs to be able to seat 7 of us. Previously, I would have considered Uduipi, but not sure now that it has changed owners/name.

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  1. Hi there,
    I highly recommend Cafe Brenda in downtown Minneapolis.

    They serve wonderful vegetarian and seafood options. It's always a lovely place to eat - and should easily accomodate your group. I'd take my mom there!

    1. cafe brenda also opened another restaurant - I forgot the name but its also in Minneapolis - but its much better than Cafe Brenda in my experiences.

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      1. re: eatshoplocally

        spoonriver. it is really nice & veg-friendly. love the windows & welcoming space. it is next to the new guthrie on the river. if i took my mom there i think she'd feel special and have a great time

        1. re: eatshoplocally

          My favorite vegetarian-friendly place, for a special occasion, would be Spoonriver (Brenda's other restaurant). I always liked the food at Cafe Brenda, but really disliked the space due to the big-office-building feel. Spoonriver solved that -- really cool space, and great location next to the Guthrie if you want to see some theater afterwards (or before).

          As mentioned below, Lucia's is consistently good, and always has at least one different vegetarian entree each week.

          While we're talking about veggie friendly places (although this does not apply specifically to your birthday dinner), I'd like to put in a plug for Triple Rock, of all places, which has a surprisingly good selection of vegetarian and vegan meals -- for cheap. Nothing super fancy, but some nice vegan/veggie comfort food before a show. I usually oscillate between the vegan meatloaf and the "vegan Chef's Revenge," which has never let me down. I think there is also something on their menu called "The World's Best Vegetarian Sandwich" which apparently lives up to its name (to an extent), but I've never tried it. Maybe next time!

          1. re: Chris Mitra

            3rock has the best vegan sausage. maybe not on mom's b-day tho.

            1. re: Chris Mitra

              Ooooh. Triple Rock also has The Best Bloody Marys ever. Tasty.

          2. oh, and French Meadow Bakery Cafe is good for a large party - casual and lots of vegetarian selection

            1. The other restaurant from the Cafe Brenda people is Spoonriver, near the new Guthrie. I've never been there but heard mostly decent things.

              Anyway, two other recommendations would be Heartland in St. Paul and Lucia's in Minneapolis. Heartland always has a vegetarian and non-vegetarian three-course prix fixe, and I've always had good food there. Lucia's is also consistently good and always has a vegetarian entree. Both of the menus are online, but Heartland's changes daily so it won't be exact, obviously. Both restaurants are also really politically commendable (support local and independent producers, etc.) if you're into that. They also have good service, which I think is pretty uncommon in MSP and nobody wants bad service on their birthday.

              As a vegetarian, I can't think of too many nicer restaurants in MSP that I've felt alienated by, so the list could be pretty endless: Vincent, LBV, Alma, any Asian restaurant, and so on, depending on what suits the event best.

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              1. re: aerobicidal

                I went to eat at Spoonriver last week for the first time. Had a very nice lunch of curried cauliflower soup and a vegetarian special of black bean and banana patties. I'd think that it would be an option for you. I'd try to make a reservation, though. The place is very narrow, so you'd want to make sure they were ready for a party of 7.

                bob s

              2. Also being a vegetarian, I think I have had my best meals at Lucia's, and they never make you feel funny about it - just always ask for the wine bar menu too as they will give you both menus if you ask and there is always a vegetarian option on one or the other.