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autmommy Jun 10, 2011 01:31 PM

Hey Hounds!

It has been far too long since I have posted here, I found myself almost putting (MSP) behind my topic, then realized, Hey! I don't need to! :)

Anyway, so I am not veg. At all. I do however have a veg friend coming into town (or back I should say, he lived here 10+ years ago) and I am looking for the places that make veg stuff so good, that a bacon worshiping carnivore such as myself would order it without a second thought of what meat containing dishes I may be passing up. In short, the best things you have eaten in town that are veg friendly.

I should mention that my friend has a very very loose definition of Vegetarian. He eats eggs, dairy, and even fish every now and then (but not shellfish). He is especially fond of Thai food, so I am especially interested in any good Thai veg dishes, but open to hearing about anything. Anywhere in the MSP metro area.

I realize this is pretty broad, I can come up with obvious things like pizza from Punch/Nea, Breakfast is pretty easy too, since he eats eggs, but if you know of something awesome that fits the above, I would love to hear about it. Thanks!

Thanks!!

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    kevin47 Jun 10, 2011 02:55 PM

    Evergreen Chinese has a lemongrass mock beef that will have you doing a double-take. They have arguably the most extensive vegetarian menu in the Twin Cities.

    Lemongrass Thai has a butternut squash curry that is very good.

    Spoonriver has a great reputation and pedigree for vegetarian cooking.

    Heartland has a three course vegetarian menu for $30, and outstanding food.

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    Spoonriver
    750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    Evergreen Chinese Restaurant
    2424 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

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      semanticantics Jun 10, 2011 04:14 PM

      I'm a veg.

      I love Travail. They always have several veg dishes on the menu that are the same broad item, say "tofu" (which is house made), but what the dish is changes constantly. I've had "tofu" there 4 or 5 different ways, one a deconstructed Bahn Mi, which ruled. They also have a few seafood items, Fish and Chips, usually Scallop, I've seen Halibut lately, etc.

      Alma has a veg prix fix like Heartland does, although I've never been. I really should fix that soon.

      Sample Room has a decent offering, WA Frost does as well.

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      Sample Room
      2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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        Seige Jun 11, 2011 09:23 PM

        Just got back from Alma with one friend who's veggie and I have to say that I love meat, but even I think I could eat off that veggie menu and be perfectly happy and satisfied. Really amazing food - definitely get there!

      2. danionavenue Jun 10, 2011 04:33 PM

        King & I Thai has vegetarian options with great drinks and a cool atmosphere.

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          coconutty Jun 10, 2011 06:53 PM

          I'm vegan and a foodie.

          The Triple Rock is melt your face vegan nacho cheese and other awesome bar food that is carnivorous and vegan. "The Motherbiker" breakfast is one of the best experiences anyone can have. Herbed tofu scramble with homefries smothered in vegan nacho cheese with veggie sausage and fresh jalapenos as add-ons.

          On's Thai Kitchen is delicious Thai food, and Chiang Mai Thai is another safe fish-sauce-free option.

          Evergreen rules for everybody involved. Three Cup Tofu and lemongrass mock duck are amazing.

          Bravo Cafe is an all-vegetarian bakery that happens to serve all-vegetarian/mostly vegan Asian food like sweet and sour "chicken", etc.

          Senor Wong's in St. Paul has amazing "Mockos" aka mock duck tacos.

          Pizza Luce is pretty good, too; Galactic is 'better' if they like the Daiay non-soy cheese which is delicious.

          I got more, but that's off the top of my head.

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          Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant
          3001 Hennepin Ave Ste A, Minneapolis, MN 55408

          Triple Rock
          629 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

          Senor Wong
          111 East Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55101

          On's Thai Kitchen
          1613 University Ave W,, St Paul, MN 55104

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            doctor k Jun 13, 2011 12:37 PM

            I would second the recommendation of On's Thai Kitchen, absolutely fantastic Thai food.

          2. ibew292 Jun 12, 2011 05:59 AM

            Gorkha Palace has many things on the menu that are vegetarian and tasty. This place is a gem and needs to be supported.

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            Gorkha Palace
            23 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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              mtullius Jun 12, 2011 02:21 PM

              I second Gorkha. Delicious and wonderful. Also, Gandhi Mahal seems to have lots of vegetarian (and delicious) items on their buffet, if you're looking for a lunch option.....

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              Gandhi Mahal
              3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

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                semanticantics Jun 13, 2011 08:53 AM

                Speaking of that area, Midori's Floating World Cafe has several veg sushi roll options that I've never seen elsewhere.

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                Midori's Floating World Cafe
                2629 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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                alden Jun 17, 2011 09:53 AM

                This is one of the best restaurants in Minneapolis. I never tire of going there and although I am no vegitarian, some of their best dishes are meatless.

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                  Foureyes137 Jun 21, 2011 03:54 PM

                  Another vote for Gorkha and a note that, while not vegetarian, their veg dishes are indeed some of their strongest. So good.

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                    Rowdy Jun 21, 2011 06:47 PM

                    +1. Our favorite.

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                  Dr.TriRunner Jun 13, 2011 07:41 PM

                  Veggie nachos at the Tin Fish!! Or if he's feeling "in the mood" for a pescatarian day, one of the fish tacos. :)

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                  The Tin Fish
                  3000 E Calhoun Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408

                  1. autmommy Jun 15, 2011 04:46 PM

                    Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions! I was thinking of checking out On's myself, glad to hear there are veg options. I shall let him run thru this post and decide what sounds good, and report back
                    You guys all rock, and I like you :)

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                      keithinmpls Jun 23, 2011 09:18 AM

                      My dad is a veg, and I've really wanted to take him to try the Sunday vegetarian tasting menu at Haute Dish ever since the folks at heavy table wrote up a nice little piece on it (http://heavytable.com/the-vegetarian-...). He's gonna be in town that weekend for the Brewers Twins series, and wouldn't you know it - they're closed for the week. Some other time, I guess. How dare restaurant employees take time off to spend with loved ones!

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                        semanticantics Jun 23, 2011 10:10 AM

                        I forgot they offered this. Unfortunately, I'm the only one of my friends that is a foodie. A best friend, fellow veg, is also insanely "frugal", so he'd rather have a Little Caesar's Hot n' Ready than eat the finest ingredients prepared by the finest chef if it costs more than $10.

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                        Dr.TriRunner Jun 26, 2011 09:59 AM

                        It's nothing fancy, but the Malt Shop on 50th and Bryant has a good/tasty vegetarian selection. Not to mention... shakes are vegetarian!

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                          HuaGung Jun 26, 2011 10:06 AM

                          Ice cream is a vegetable?

                          I swear I learn more here by accident...

                          Cheers,

                          Huagung

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