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Vegetarian Help in Southeastern Tempe

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I have recently committed to going vegetarian for the next 49 days. I work near where the I-10 and Baseline Road intersect, and am hoping for some independent restaurant options within 5 miles or so for my hour lunch. Please help!

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  1. Some possibilities within five miles:

    Pasand -- south Indian & mostly vegetarian at Baseline & McClintock

    Byblos -- Middle Eastern at Southern & Mill

    The Farm at South Mountain -- I can never keep the various restaurants there straight, but the casual cafe nearest 32nd St. just south of Southern has some good meatless salads and sandwiches.

    Lemongrass Thai -- good Thai at Hardy & Broadway. Most dishes can be made with tofu, although fish sauce may still be a factor

    Cafe LaLibela -- Ethiopian at Hardy & University -- many veg choices

    Essence Bakery Cafe -- also at Hardy & University with many meatless options

    Cornish Pasty Company -- across from LaLibela and Essence with a whole section of its menu devoted to meatless pasties

    Thai Elephant -- another Thai option. On University just east of Hardy.

    Essence Bakery Cafe
    825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

    Thai Elephant
    Phoenix AZ, Phoenix, AZ

    1. I second the recommendation for the Cornish Pasty Co. Their veg pasties are very good and you can call in your order in advance.

      Cornish Pasty Co
      960 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

      1. Everything exit2lef said. There's also the IKEA to the south with some good salad and soup options in the self-serve restaurant upstairs. Both Haji-Baba (Middle Eastern) and Kai-Hoan (Vietnamese) on Apache, between Rural & McClintock in Tempe, offer many delicious vegetarian options. However, according to mapquest, they may exceed your 5 mile boundry -- they're 6 miles from I-10 & Baseline.

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        1. re: Sherri

          I would go the extra mile for Haji-Baba. It is some of the better Middle Eastern food in the city, Nothing fancy just really good falafel which is completely veg. Pretty good hummus and baklava as well.

        2. It might be outside of your 5 mile range, but Green is another option.


          2240 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281

          1. A place that's on my list to try (I just moved to Arizona) is Woodlands Indian Kitchen. It's South Indian vegetarian fare.

            Woodlands Indian Kitchen
            4980 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226

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            1. re: buckeye.mary

              Thank you for all your suggestions thus far! Byblos is closed for renovations and will reopen on the 20th I discovered today, but I tried Cafe Lalibela today.

              I'm really happy! The injera wasn't as spongy or sour as I had feared. The Masir Wat, red split lentils simmered in hot sauce and herbs, was delicious and made me not miss meat so much, with a spicy flavor that was subtle but satisfying. Tikil gomen, lightly spiced cabbage, carrots and potatoes was also a winner, with an almost buttery finish. Gomen, chopped collard greens cooked with garlic and onions was the only component that was merely okay, with the flavors being a little too mild for my taste, but by no means bad. I also had the Yekemem Shai black tea with cinnamon, cardamom & cloves cold, which was a refreshing drink. I definitely will be coming back, even after this vegetarian phase is over.

            2. Farm Kitchen at South Mountain is closed until early Sept but is probably ideal since they grow their own produce and are a short drive down Baseline. Lunch is served outside, you can dine at the picnic tables. This place was rated 5 stars by the Arizona Republic for lunch.

              http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/d... for the Republic review

              Not a big deal but the title of your post is misleading since I-10 and Baseline is southwest Tempe, not southeast.

              1. Restaurant Mexico is a favorite of mine. They're very cheerful about substituting vegetarian whole beans for non-veggie refried beans and rice. I like the Clare burro and the Friday lunch special cheese chile relleno , both of which are vegetarian. Across the street from there, MedFresh Grill has great babaganoush and other Middle Eastern fare. Both are quick, too.

                I love Essence bakery, but if your lunch time is strictly limited, I'd call in a takeout order or go during off-peak hours-- they are a little slow when they're full.

                I live right by Woodlands, and in my opinion Cafe Krishna a mile to the south is better, at least for dosai. It's all-vegetarian also. Another all-vegetarian Indian place slightly outside your radius is Udupi, but I haven't been there in years. (I'm not vegetarian, but many of my friends are.)

                Restaurant Mexico
                423 S Mill Ave # A, Tempe, AZ 85281

                Cafe Krishna
                4929 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

                Udupi Cafe
                1636 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281