MSP Vegan-Friendly Birthday thoughts?
Parents are visiting from San Francisco for my birthday weekend in late September and both Mr. Brunette and I are following a vegan diet for the time-being.
Any suggestions on nice places to dine out that can accommodate vegans but won't scare away traditional omnivores?
(We've already been to Heartland and may head back but wanted to try something new!)
Thanks in advance.
I can't think of any place on the same level as Heartland. But on the nice-but-casual end, how about one of these places:
- French Meadow
- Jasmine 26 (Vietnamese)
- Midori's Floating World (Japanese)
- Ngon (Vietnamese/fusion)
- Rice Paper (pan-Asian)
- T's Place (Ethiopian/Fusion)
- Tanpopo (Japanese)
Me, I think I would go to Tanpopo or Jasmine 26 or French Meadow (with a call to check the vegan-ness of the menu at whichever is my choice) .
Tanpopo Noodle Shop
308 Prince St, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Midori's Floating World Cafe
2629 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Rice Paper Restaurant
2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Jasmine 26 Restaurant & Bar
8 East 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN
2713 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Ngon Vietnamese Bistro - duplicate
799 University Ave, W St Paul, MN
French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
2610 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
i think alma would accommodate with a phone call. spoonriver or cafe brenda would also be good options on the nicer side. obento-ya is another japanese place that has some vegan menu options. birchwood cafe. . . ecopolitan is all-vegan and raw, but reportedly has some menu items that are enjoyed by omnis.
you could be our chow-guinea pig for agri, a vegan-friendly, mostly veg eatery in uptown. they serve fish for omnis? :)
for vegan-friendly lunch or brunch there are the old faves triple rock and hard times in cedar-riverside-- very *not* fancy surroundings, of course ;)
528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
300 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
2409 Lyndale Ave S Ste 4, Minneapolis, MN 55405
French Meadow would work... not sure if it's what you're looking for. It's more casual than Heartland.
As a vegan for over a year, my vote would be for Evergreen Chinese Restaurant, Triple Rock Social Club ( if'n your parents don't mind punks and have a hankering for beer ), Midori's, or Namaste.
Happy Birthday! In addition to many of the wonderful recommendations you've already received, if you are looking for a vegan birthday cake or anything along those lines, Bravo Bakery on Grand Avenue in St. Paul makes some beautiful and delicious cakes that are vegan-friendly. (I know there was some discussion on the board about the fact that they mention using honey in some of their baking, so, you might need to address that with them if it's important to you) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/550347
EDIT: As far as some of the other recommendations you've already received, for "nice" places, I love Heartland and Spoonriver for special occasion type meals; less fancy but still lovely and nice, I love Ngon Bistro and Tanpopo. I know these places are all at least vegetarian friendly. Many of the other recommendations you've received are terrific places, too, though they tend to be on the casual side in my opinion. Another "nice" place I like a lot that is at least vegetarian friendly is Signature Cafe http://www.signaturecafe.net/index.cfm