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Not looking for vegetarian-friendly, but what are the strictly vegetarian / vegan restaurants in the Twin Cities?

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  1. Hard Times Café (punk cafe)
    Seward Café (hippie cafe)
    Ecopolitan (raw)
    Tao Foods Café (health food store)

    That's a pretty short list so I feel like there must be more, but it's all I can think of that's 100% no meat.

    2409 Lyndale Ave S Ste 4, Minneapolis, MN 55405

    Hard Times Cafe
    1821 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

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    1. re: LiaM

      That sounds about right. There aren't more because it's not a sustainable business model for the area.

      1. re: LiaM

        Pretty sure that Seward Cafe offers breakfast meats - bacon or sausage.

        Sadly, the two vegetarian Indian restaurants that I know of have closed (Nala Pak, The Vegetarian).

        1. re: KTFoley

          Dosa King, Spring Lake Park.

        2. re: LiaM

          Tao and Seward aren't strictly vegetarian.

          1. re: kevin47

            Seward Café's website says it is vegetarian and vegan but I see now there is some pork and buffalo sausage on the breakfast menu. I looked at the Tao Foods menu and didn't see any meat, but I guess it might be hidden in there somewhere.

            1. re: LiaM

              They have a tuna sandwich, last I checked.

        3. Isn't Common Roots vegetarian?

          Common Roots Cafe
          2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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          1. re: mtullius

            No. The current menu on their website has vegetarian options, but also has several meat-containing things.

          2. Here’s a list gleaned from VegGuide.org http://www.vegguide.org/region/13

            Vegetarian food stall/caterer at the Midtown Farmer's Market and Kingfield market

            Bravo! Cafe and Bakery
            1106 Grand Ave.Saint Paul, MN 55105

            Delights of India
            1123 W. Lake Street Minneapolis, MN, 55408
            Phone: 612-82-INDIA (4-6342

            Dosa King
            8492 Central Ave NE Spring Lake Park, MN 55432

            2409 Lyndale Avenue South Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405

            Foxy Falafel
            Falafel vendor at various Minneapolis farmer's markets

            Hard Times Cafe
            1821 Riverside Ave Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454

            St. Martin's Table
            2001 Riverside Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454

            St. Martin’s table has been around since 1984. While the place is very hippie vibe vegetarian they apparently espouse cannibalism… “Every year, more than 25,000 individuals come to St. Martin's Table to buy books, cards, eat lunch, or volunteers.”

            2409 Lyndale Ave S Ste 4, Minneapolis, MN 55405

            Hard Times Cafe
            1821 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

            Delights of India
            1123 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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            1. re: MplsM ary

              Thanks gang. Wish there were more -- I'm surprised it's not a sustainable model here...people are so health-conscious here.

              1. re: KosherVeg

                So health-conscious here? You mean like in hot dish and bacon on everything? I'm curious KosherVeg, why you only want all-veggie places. I get why you wouldn't be happy with the 'ok we can do you a pasta primavera' attitude. But how about a place like Evergreen Chinese that has a considerable amount of vegetarian food on their menu and use a separate wok for those dishes....?

                Evergreen Chinese Restaurant
                2424 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

                1. re: faith

                  the op's name sez it all, i think.

                  i think the restaurant model in msp is usually around including options for everyone, with a lot of use of the local food. i really don't see lots of "hot dish and bacon on everything" at any restaurants i've ever been to here, i guess i wouldn't agree with that at all, haute dish's signature menu item aside. . .

                  1. re: soupkitten

                    Well, as a veggie, I disagree somewhat. Haute DIsh literally has nothing on the menu I can eat. There are a lot of higher end places I'll never go because they either offer nothing for me, or I'm pigeonholed into the single option they do have. Most chains are right out, obviously. I rely on ethnic cuisines that are veg friendly, like Middle Eastern, Italian, Indian, and Asian.

                    You have to settle for "friendly" in the TC, which really isn't "settling". Some of the best restaurants like Alma and Heartland offer veg tasting menus. Ngon, Meritage, WA Frost, Bar La Grassa, etc., all have veg dishes that will melt your face.

                    For more casual, The Triple Rock Social Club is also very veg / vegan friendly. It's also punk rocky / divey, which I equate with veganism anyways.

                    410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

                    Triple Rock
                    629 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

                    Bar La Grassa
                    800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

                    1. re: soupkitten

                      soupkitten, I meant to split up my list.......meaning 'hot dish' is the beloved food around here, not that it's on restaurant menus..........and that hot dish doesn't strike me as an indicator of the 'health conscious' . But bacon on the other hand seems like it is being worked into many many restaurant menus. Between 'lardons' in salads at Birchwood, in the potato salad at Lucia's to go, and let's not forget.............The State Fair.............it is definitely around and on this board many posts appear to the effect of 'bacon makes everything better'...

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

                  2. re: KosherVeg

                    Not so much. When I went to Tao Foods (which is pretty darn close to strict vegetarian), I ordered the Tempeh Reuben. It was pretty well smothered with some mayo-based sauce, and did not make me feel the slightest bit healthy for having eaten the thing.

                    The Ecopolitan will probably make you feel healthy, though the food is, um, eccentric.

                    And yeah, the loss of Nala Pak is a pretty big bummer for the genre. I'd keep an eye out for them, though. They had great food and seemed to do good business.

                    2409 Lyndale Ave S Ste 4, Minneapolis, MN 55405

                    1. re: KosherVeg

                      While I do eat non-meat meals quite often because I enjoy vegetables, fruits and grains as much as any meat eater, I don't completely buy the claim that eating a strict vegetarian diet is necessarily healthier. I think of all the carb-centric food that contains no meat but that certainly is not a healthful choice when compared to low-fat animal proteins, especially fish. Everything in moderation is the way to approach one's diet as well as most everything in life.

                    2. re: MplsM ary

                      MplsM ary, you made me snort wine out my nose! "... eat lunch, or volunteers..." Thanks for the giggle!!!!

                    3. There is also Little Tel Aviv - Minneapolis's only Kosher Dairy restaurant - admitted;y it will not be vegan as in they serve fish -

                      Little Tel Aviv
                      3238 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55416

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                      1. re: weinstein5

                        how's the food at Little Tel Aviv- anyone eaten there? their falafel? seems kind of pricey

                        Little Tel Aviv
                        3238 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55416

                        1. re: faith

                          It has been a year since I have eaten there - the food is good - I enjoy the falafel and walleye fish cakes

                          1. re: faith

                            The food is perfectly fine, but IMHO it's not worth a detour to eat there. Pricing is a little high, but (if this is important to you or if you balance this in the value department) portions are fairly generous. It's been about 6 mos. to a year since I've eaten there and even longer since I've had falafel there, so I can't answer the falafel question with great authority.