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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!


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  1. 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.

    750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    Evergreen Chinese Restaurant
    2424 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    1. 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.

      Sample Room
      2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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      1. re: semanticantics

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

        1. 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.

          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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          1. re: coconutty

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

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

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

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            1. re: ibew292

              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.....

              Gandhi Mahal
              3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

              1. re: mtullius

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

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

              2. re: ibew292

                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.

                1. re: ibew292

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