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Feb 22, 2009 01:49 PM

Veg-friendly KC, Tulsa, NW Ark?

I know this is a tough one since I grew up in MO and lived in Tulsa some time ago. We're spending a few days in each. We're vegan and I'm gluten-free (to make it even tougher).

We went to Eden Alley last time we were in KC and plan to go there again. Looks like Halim & Mimi's in Tulsa has changed hands but the new incarnation gets good reviews. Anybody know if they make their falafel without wheat?

We generally just get groceries for breakfast and know about WFM in KC & Akins and WFM in Tulsa. Greenhouse Grille in Fayettevile, Ark sounds like a possibility, anybody been there and care to comment?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. At 61st and S Yale, you now have D'Novo gourmet. No website.

    On S Havard there is the new Pure Cafe, mostly raw cuisine.

    And then there is always Ri-Le Vietnamese

    Pure Cafe
    3711 S Harvard Ave Ste A, Tulsa, OK 74135

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    1. re: tiomano

      Thanks for the heads up on Pure Cafe. It looks interesting.

      1. re: Jocelyn P

        Apparently, despite the website link they only cater, no restaurant?!

      2. re: tiomano

        DeNovo now has a website, mostly focused on delivery. I see very few items that appear to be both vegan and gluten-free.

        Does Pure actually have a cafe now? When I checked in May they were also focusing (exclusively?) on delivery.

      3. Bluebird Bistro (KC)

        NEW- Café Seed (Vegan)
        2932 Cherry, Kansas City, MO

        I have not been to either, but Cafe Seed was reviewed on Check Please- KC edition.

        1. It's been a while since I lived in NW Arkansas, so Greenhouse Grille opened after I left.

          Here are some places that sprung to mind, although I haven't eaten at any of them in a few years so if they've gone downhill I wouldn't know about it:

          My first thought would be A Taste of Thai on Center Street, just off the square in Fayetteville. (


          The Flying Burrito Co., which has a location downtown, could also be a candidate ( Since it's a build-your-own kind of place you could load up on the vegan toppings.

          I would have suggested the Pesto Cafe also, but if you can't do gluten, then it wouldn't be a good spot.

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          1. re: rweater

            Thanks! Pure Cafe sounds very interesting. We also came across info about Isadora's Wonderful Things in Joplin, MO and may stop there along the way.

            1. re: lgss

              Looks like Isadora's has closed :-(

          2. Be Le is a vegetarian restaurant at 66th & Lewis in Tulsa. It is the owner of Ri-Le's son's place and I've heard good things about it.


            1. Any comments on the places mentioned here which haven't already been discussed?


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              1. re: lgss

                I didn't comment earlier because I'm not veg or vegan, so I can't really speak to the quality of the veg offerings. But using the link, I can give you an opinion of the places they list --

                Blue Koi is quite good -- they have an appetizer that is very good. Fried tofu with "spicy awesome sauce," which is some sort of chile-ginger sauce (I think -- all I know is that it's awesome).

                Bo Lings is a local institution. They have three or four locations in the metro. I've never had a bad meal there.

                I've never eaten at Cafe Seed, but we stuck our head in when we were in the neighborhood. It may be the only dedicated vegan restaurant in town. It is clean and new and very inviting.

                I eat at the Habashi House about once a week, typically getting the falafel sandwich with rice or hummus on the side. Fast, cheap, and the best falafel in town.

                Korma Sutra is good -- I've had some good dal and chana masala. Definitely make sure to ask for no dairy.

                McCoy's Public House has excellent beer (not sure if vegan) that they make on premises. I seem to recall that their veg items are clearly and proudly identified. You should also try the Foundry next door -- a hipster version of the same bar.

                The Record Bar is more a bar where they have live music, but the food is good. They are definitely a veg-friendly place that serves a young, hip crowd. Wraps and pizzas are mix and match. In that same vein, although it isn't listed on vegkc site, you might also check out the Brick at 18th and McGee, especially if you make it to Bad Seed (see the Grocers and Markets section). It's a live music venue/bar with surprisingly good, fresh food. A veg-friendly venue where they will definitely work with you.

                Hope that helps.

                I think Ruchi is the best Indian restaurant in town. Period.

                I just realized that Bad Seed wasn't on that website.

                1. re: heatherkay

                  This was posted on another thread --

                  Masalas Indian Restaurant at 91st and Metcalf in Overland Park is the most stylish in the area and has great service, but to my taste, the food is not quite as good. The chef is vegan and makes changes to the preparation that appeal to some.