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Vegetarian-friendly places in Edmonton?

I was wondering if anyone could rec a place in Edmonton that has good vegetarian-friendly as well as omnivore-friendly options. I don't want a totally vegetarian place as my SO is a big meat eater and he will be with us as well. So something that would offer the best of both would be great.

Previously, the vegetarian in question really liked Normand's - but the menu is quite meat heavy and none of the entrees are vegetarian (I don't want to force them into ordering soup & salad). Is there anything along those lines with good food, but more vegetarian options?

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  1. I'm going to throw out what may be the obvious, but I would suggest looking into different ethnic options - Indian restaurants tend to offer a substantial number of both veg and meat dishes, as do many Asian restaurants.

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    1. re: raidar

      I considered that, but my SO is very much a meat and potatoes guy. He will do Italian, but he's not really into the ethnic scene. I would like to make it a meal that everyone will enjoy and not just pick at.

      Though... I could still use some recs along those lines for myself! I have read mixed things on here about many Asian restaurants in the area.

    2. I would reccommend Culina Highlands. On a very short menu there are a couple of great veggie options and the carnivore will love the braised bison ribs.

      My other thought is higher end Italian like the Sicilian Pasta Kitchen. They have several good veggie pastas and I think I had veggie lasagne there that was quite good.

      1. If you can possibly get him to wrap his head around not eating meat for one night, you should check out Cafe Mosaic on Whyte ave. My meat loving SO was more thrilled with this veggie place than I was (and I'm the vegetarian). He tried the portabello mushroom burger and fell in love!

        1. You should consider High Level Diner, which has great vegetarian options and good, hearty fare for everyone. Plus, it's very cozy and has delicious desserts.

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          1. re: bogie

            I would second Culina, they do have great Vegetarian options. I also find most high end restaurants have at least one vegetarian option, and if you call ahead they should be able to accommodate your needs. such places would be Red Ox Inn, Jack's Grill, Hardware Grill.

          2. Blue Plate Diner is pretty veg friendly with both veggie and meatavore options for similar dishes. No steak on the menu but they usually have meatloaf and bison burger options I think. Downtown...104th St I think, just north of Jasper

            1. Along the lines of Normand's would steer me to a bit more high end place than most rec's so far....I would check out the places attached to hotels, since they need to cater to everybody. Anyone been to La Ronde lately?

              You can look at the menu here: http://www.chateaulacombe.com/laronde...

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              1. re: pepper_mil

                2 yrs ago...does that count? you are definitely paying for the view. The service was good the food was 'hotel style' food if you know what I mean.

                1. re: cleopatra999

                  Let's call a spade a spade because saying something is "hotel style" does not make explicit that the only good thing about La Ronde is that it will make a turd.

                  The food is unimaginative and poorly put together, the presentation is sloppy, the meats are overcooked as often as not, and the sides are carelessly made. I didn't eat a vegetarian main, so I can't comment on them specifically, but if you do somehow get stuck at least the caesar salad there is reasonable.

                  1. re: itwillmakeaturd

                    I don't know if you are into trying different ethnic foods but there is Padmanadi on 97th Street (http://www.padmanadi.com/). The restaurant is completely vegetarian but I have gone there with meat-and-potato types and they have really enjoyed themselves (in fact I am not a vegetarian either). The food there is so tasty and the proprietor will remember you if you go back! The second time I was there (months after my first visit) he remembered my name!!!
                    Another great restaurant in the area is Habesha, which is an Ethiopian restaurant. It just opened in the early fall of 2008 and is located at 118ave and 95th street. There are vegetarian dishes (and combo platters, and apparently a veggie buffet on Wednesdays), as well as meat dishes. Since it's opening, it has hands-down become my favourite restaurant. The prices are very reasonable as well (The two-person veggie combo plate = $23. It can feed 3 people easily though).
                    I think someone mentioned Cafe Mosaics. That place is fantastic too. They do serve fish there on occasion (usually a special I think) if your meat eaters really want some thing that is no completely vegetarian.