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Vegan-friendly recs in MPLS/Bloomington

Vikzen Nov 16, 2011 01:08 PM

I'm in town for a few days from LA and would greatly appreciate updated recommendations on vegan-friendly restaurants. Many thanks!

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    forgottendreamr Nov 16, 2011 02:54 PM

    For pizza, both Galactic and Pizza Luce make a point of putting vegan on their menu. And not just 1 dish, which is one of my biggest complaints about veggie "friendly" restaurants. If you're headed over to St Paul, I recommend Bravo Cafe...everything is vegetarian and a good portion is vegan. It's take-out Chinese, but still quite good.

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      semanticantics Nov 16, 2011 04:22 PM

      The Triple Rock Social Club also does quite a bit of vegan (it's a "punk" rock bar / bar food).

      Other names that I can think of possibly catering to you but have never been to:

      Ecopolitan (raw? a completely ridiculous concept to me)
      Evergreen (at least vegetarian, look them up re: vegan)
      Dosa King (Indian, I imagine some things are vegan, but not super familiar with Indian standards)

      Otherwise you'll have to special order, the Twin Cities do not have the population density required to have a number of vegan-only restaurants.

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      Ecopolitan
      2409 Lyndale Ave S Ste 4, Minneapolis, MN 55405

      Triple Rock
      629 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

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        kevin47 Nov 17, 2011 07:58 AM

        Evergreen has over 30 vegan options, but is notable in that their best dishes (lemongrass beef, three cup tofu, garlic eggplant) are also vegan. About the only vegan food I'll go out of my way to eat.

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          The Dairy Queen Nov 17, 2011 11:50 AM

          What is the "beef" in lemongrass beef?

          ~TDQ

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            kevin47 Nov 17, 2011 12:37 PM

            Isn't it made of mock?

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              forgottendreamr Nov 17, 2011 01:30 PM

              Yep, usually a wheat gluten or something similar.

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                kevin47 Nov 17, 2011 07:46 PM

                It looks scarily like beef, but has this awesome texture, somewhere between a savory mushroom and really tender beef. But yes, wheat gluten...

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      coconutty Nov 16, 2011 05:26 PM

      Veg Guide is a GREAT resource for veg and vegan-friendly restaurants. It is a resource for all cities, but it was started here in the Twin Cities by a local group, so there are a TON of MSP restaurants reviewed. http://www.vegguide.org/region/13

      Triple Rock has awesome vegan bar food: nacho cheese, mac and cheese, vegan sub sandwich, etc.

      Hard Times Cafe is nearby and is all-vegetarian. It has a crusty-punk feel to it and is cooperatively run, but almost everything on the menu can be vegan and it has a heavy emphasis on breakfast food. Best Vegan biscuits and gravy ever.

      Bravo Cafe & Bakery in St. Paul is 100% vegetarian as well. It's a small family run bakery with Asian fake-meat dishes. Random, but delicious. Great sweet and sour "chicken" and other such dishes.

      We also have decent pizza selection: Pizza Luce has vegan options by way of mock duck and Daiya cheese, Galactic Pizza also has Daiya for vegan cheese. Punch Pizza is great without cheese and minimal toppings - like only basil or maybe some eggplant or garlic.

      Right now, though, far and away my favorite restaurant is On's Thai Kitchen. On (the owner and main/only? cook) will make almost anything vegan - no fish/oyster sauce. Great mock duck dishes. Brave the construction to make it here.

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      Galactic Pizza
      2917 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      Pizza Luce Downtown
      119 N 4th St Ste 508, Minneapolis, MN 55401

      Bravo Bakery
      1106 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

      Triple Rock
      629 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

      Hard Times Cafe
      1821 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

      Punch Neapolitan Pizza
      769 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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

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        AmyMo Nov 16, 2011 06:22 PM

        Evergreen Chinese has a solid vegan menu

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        Evergreen Chinese Restaurant
        2424 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

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