Vegetarian Help in Southeastern Tempe
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.)
423 S Mill Ave # A, Tempe, AZ 85281
4929 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226
1636 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281
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.
Not a big deal but the title of your post is misleading since I-10 and Baseline is southwest Tempe, not southeast.
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.
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.
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
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