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lgss Feb 22, 2009 01:49 PM

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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    tiomano RE: lgss Feb 23, 2009 04:41 AM

    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 http://www.vegdining.com/GetRest.cfm?...

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

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      Jocelyn P RE: tiomano Feb 24, 2009 05:09 PM

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

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        lgss RE: Jocelyn P Aug 26, 2009 04:22 PM

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

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        lgss RE: tiomano Aug 26, 2009 04:40 PM

        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. stellamystar RE: lgss Feb 23, 2009 09:34 AM

        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.
        http://www.kcpt.org/checkplease/resta...

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          rweater RE: lgss Feb 23, 2009 12:53 PM

          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. (http://www.tasteofthaifayetteville.com

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          The Flying Burrito Co., which has a location downtown, could also be a candidate (http://www.flyingburritoco.com/). 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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            lgss RE: rweater Feb 23, 2009 05:13 PM

            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.

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              lgss RE: lgss Aug 26, 2009 04:23 PM

              Looks like Isadora's has closed :-(

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            drgnflychic RE: lgss Feb 25, 2009 11:06 AM

            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.

            http://www.belevegetarian.com/

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              lgss RE: lgss Mar 8, 2009 03:54 PM

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

              http://www.vegkansascity.com/restaura...

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                heatherkay RE: lgss Mar 8, 2009 09:25 PM

                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.

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                  heatherkay RE: heatherkay Mar 10, 2009 07:30 AM

                  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.

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                mrfuga0 RE: lgss Mar 10, 2009 03:50 PM

                If it's not too late, the Greenhouse Grille rocks! They recently revamped the menu, so I'm not totally sure what exactly is on the menu, but they have lots of great options and are super accommodating, so be sure to ask for substitutions and off-menu items if you don't see what you like. If you need groceries in NWA, check out Ozark Natural Foods. They have lots of prepared items as well, as that's a good place to pick something up on the run.

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                  tiomano RE: mrfuga0 Mar 12, 2009 07:53 PM

                  where in NWA are you talking about? I will be there during the summer and am starting to make my list of places to check out.

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                    lgss RE: tiomano Mar 13, 2009 05:57 AM

                    The Fayetteville area. We're going in May so I'll post back here with what we find.

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                      lgss RE: tiomano Aug 26, 2009 04:47 PM

                      tiomano,
                      Care to report back?

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                        tiomano RE: lgss Aug 27, 2009 10:37 AM

                        Didn't find anything to talk about in Rogers. I will be in Fayetteville at the end of Sept.

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                          lgss RE: tiomano Aug 27, 2009 06:12 PM

                          Looks like if we head south early Sun we may make it in time for brunch at Greenhouse Grille. I see they're moving into a bigger place soon so hope they're open in one location or the other that day.

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                      lgss RE: mrfuga0 Aug 26, 2009 04:25 PM

                      Unfortunately, our trip got postponed for health reasons so going around Labor Day...will be in Fayetteville Sun evening and Monday when Greenhouse Grille appears to be closed :-(

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                      tiomano RE: lgss Sep 3, 2009 10:00 AM

                      According to today's Tulsa World the Palace Cafe is creating a vegetarian menu separate from the regular menu. http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/artic...

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                        lgss RE: tiomano Sep 3, 2009 04:21 PM

                        Thank you! We'll check it out.

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                          lgss RE: lgss Sep 3, 2009 07:41 PM

                          I e-mailed and got a response back from the owner saying that they can accommodate vegan and gluten-free and asking for clarification about greens-free. I let him know that I found out about the article through another poster on chowhound. They have an open table system on their website where one can put in specifications which will come up each time the individual eats there. We'll only be in Tulsa for a day so I haven't tried that.

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                            tiomano RE: lgss Sep 4, 2009 11:38 AM

                            the chef/owner James Schrader is a nice guy. I am glad to see that he can accomodate dietary restrictions so well.

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                              lgss RE: tiomano Sep 4, 2009 03:13 PM

                              What's the dress code? Fairly casual ok or somewhat dressy?

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