Vegetarian Help in Southeastern Tempe
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!
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
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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.
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.