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thenewbrunette Sep 2, 2008 10:11 AM

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.

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  1. AnneInMpls RE: thenewbrunette Sep 2, 2008 03:26 PM

    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) .

    Happy Birthday!
    Anne

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    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

    T's Place
    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

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      soupkitten RE: thenewbrunette Sep 2, 2008 03:50 PM

      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 ;)

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      Restaurant Alma
      528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

      Birchwood Cafe
      3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

      Spoonriver
      750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

      Cafe Brenda
      300 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

      Ecopolitan
      2409 Lyndale Ave S Ste 4, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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        LizzieB_MSP RE: thenewbrunette Sep 2, 2008 07:43 PM

        French Meadow would work... not sure if it's what you're looking for. It's more casual than Heartland.

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          elliotwinner RE: thenewbrunette Sep 10, 2008 06:57 AM

          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.

          1. The Dairy Queen RE: thenewbrunette Sep 10, 2008 07:19 AM

            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

            ~TDQ

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