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Meatless in January. Help!

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J.R. Jan 6, 2012 08:59 AM

Ok, so I'm going meatless and boozless in Jan. and need any suggestions you fine folks may have. I'm fairly focused on ethinic as you can eat vegetarian with some actual flavor. I'm fairly familiar with most of the places mentioned here, but would love to hear about specific dishes that would fit the bill. Spice is Nice.

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  1. LewisvilleHounder RE: J.R. Jan 6, 2012 11:03 AM

    Meatless does that include seafood?

    Indian:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gujarati...
    There are several Indial restaurants that have Gujarati specials. Look for those as they are completely vegetarian.

    Choley Batura - Curried Garbanzos with Fried Naan

    Dal Makni - Black Lentils in a tomato suace

    Idli and Sambar - Sour Spicy Vegetable Soup with Steam Lentil Pancakes

    Bhindi

    Veggie Samosas - Either filled with curried peas and carrots or curried potatoes

    Pakora - any vegetable you can think of battered in lentil flour and fried

    Gobi

    Channa masala - curried grabanzos

    Palak Paneer - Spinach and Cheese

    Paneer Butter Masala - Light tomatoe cream gravy with cheese

    Baingan Bartha - Eggplant in tomato and spices

    Korean

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banchan

    Banchan/Panchan this includes the following:

    Kimchi - Napa cabbage with red pepper and salt...Korean sauerkraut or other versions depending on season

    Namul

    Jorim

    Japchae

    I will send some more

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      J.R. RE: LewisvilleHounder Jan 6, 2012 12:13 PM

      wow, what a start. yes, it includes a little bit of fish and some cheese. Good Veggie Burger spot and Falalfel Sanwich wih garlic sauce and hot sauce, maybee?

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        LewisvilleHounder RE: LewisvilleHounder Jan 9, 2012 11:23 AM

        Vietnamese:

        Sicne you also included fish....

        Banh Hoi (Tau Hu Ky) Chao Tom (Shrimp Paste on Sugar Cane with Fine Rice Vermicelli)
        Banh Beo Xot (Rice Flour Mini Pancakes with Ground Dried Shrimp)
        Banh Xeo (You will have to tell them to nix the grilled pork)
        Cho Gio Chay (Fried Vegetarian Spring Rolls)
        Bun Tau Chay (Vegetarian Mung Bean Thread Noodles)
        There is a number of Seafood dishes....too many to list

        Mexican:

        Best bet is to hit up Mesa on Jefferson or Seafood Shack on Webb Chapel and Forest

        Go for seafood tostadas on Mondays at Seafood Shack....they are awesome
        Mesa - enmoladas or the enfrijoladas (corn torillas smothered in either mole or refried black beans)
        Ceviche
        Cileatole Verde con Bolitas - Vegetables and Hoja Santa soup with masa dumplings
        Any of the seafood dishes are great....the Chilpachole de Jaiba y Camaron is going to be more work to extract the meat out of the crab.

        Peruvian
        http://www.incas-cafe.com/carta2.pdf
        I really like the ceviche at Inca's on Josey and 190 in Carrollton - all of them are good but my wife swears by the seabass
        Pescaso Sudado - Fish fillet in a spicy yellow pepper (aji amarillo) sauce
        Chupe de Camarones - Creamy Shrimp soup
        Escabeche de Pescado - Yellow Pepper and Vinegar sauce over fish with mixed sauteed vegetables

        Chinese
        You can get plenty of dishes with vegetables
        Sauteed Water Spinach with Garlic
        Chinese Broccoli and Chinese Mushrooms
        Special Fried Tofu (First Chinese BBQ
        )Ma Po Tofu (vegetarian - all sichuan places....make sure to say vegetarian or they will put pork)
        Stir Fried Egglant With Garlic (North China....I believe there are two versions)
        Royal Sichuan and North China both have a small plates appetizers that you could eat singularly for a meal....try out the bean thread noodles or the Edammame and greens
        I won't even get into the seafood dishes

        Salvadoran
        http://www.elsalvadorrestaurant.com/m...
        Papusas de loroco, frijoles negros, or queso
        Get a side of fried plantains
        The fried salvadoran tamale is a corn tamale (tamale de elote) with no meat
        There are several Salvadoran restaurants scattered throughout the metroplex....most tend to be in Irving, Carrollton/FB, and Garland

      2. twinwillow RE: J.R. Jan 6, 2012 12:41 PM

        Meatless AND boozless for a whole month? "You're a bigger man than me, Gunga Din"

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          J.R. RE: twinwillow Jan 6, 2012 12:47 PM

          Didn't say I'd make it...but what the heck. Most of my friends have set the over/under at 15 days. We'll see.

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          pepper131 RE: J.R. Jan 6, 2012 12:44 PM

          My fave veg burger is at Elevation - the #2 vegan burger (it's better than the #1 vegetarian).

          1. Barbara76137 RE: J.R. Jan 6, 2012 04:27 PM

            Are you doing this to lose weight, unclog arteries, detox, what? Many vegetarian dishes can still be loaded with fat.

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              J.R. RE: Barbara76137 Jan 8, 2012 03:22 PM

              No, not to loose weight, although that wouldn't hurt. Just trying to get the body regulated a little bit. I'm trying to be vegetarian whilst eating health as those are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

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                twinwillow RE: J.R. Jan 8, 2012 08:12 PM

                The best of luck, J.R. I know it isn't an easy thing to do.

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              DallasVegan RE: J.R. Jan 9, 2012 08:38 PM

              What area are you looking? Oh, and meatless shouldn't include seafood - if you're going to do it, might as well go all the way.

              Kalachandji's is an all vegetarian Indian buffet that has some great options that change daily, plus a nice salad bar for fresh veggies.

              VSPOT cafe on Henderson is an all vegan cafe that has many freshly prepared options without a lot of the "fake meat" stuff you might find at other places.

              Of course Fadi's is a great option if you like Mediterranean. There are several locations, but I like the Belt Line and Preston the best. They have a huge buffet with many fresh meatless salads, hummus, freshly prepared pita bread, and cooked veggies.

              Best Thai is a nice Thai option. They have a page of all vegan options (though the "meats" are heavy on the soy) - but they are all really good. The Crispy Soy Beef is very flavorful.

              What other kinds of options are you looking for?

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                J.R. RE: DallasVegan Jan 10, 2012 07:56 AM

                Vegan,
                Yes, no seafood either. 10 days and counting and not bad at all. Been going to Kalachandi's for a long time. Love that place. Fadi's is a staple as the one on Knox is close. I'l have to try VSPOT. How about Cosmic Cafe?

                Thanks to everyone for their suggestion. I definately have plenty to live on for the next 3 weeks or so. I cook alot, so it's not hard to eat Veggie/Vegan when you know what goes in it. I find the the Chick Pea is definately my friend.

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                  twinwillow RE: J.R. Jan 10, 2012 11:14 AM

                  You can also try Spiral Diner (vegan) in Oak Cliff. Easy to get there over the Houston Street viaduct to Zang and then off Beckley. I really like their portobello quesadilla with soy based vegan cheese. You'd never know it wasn't real cheese!

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                Hasteur RE: J.R. Jan 10, 2012 06:01 AM

                I can think of 3 Veggie/Vegan places all in Richardson.

                Suma Veggie cafe (Bowser and Arapaho) - Lunch buffet (~7) with various veggie and meat replacement food (Textured Veggie Protein). Vegan
                Veggie Garden (Just beyond Custer and Arapaho) - Lunch buffet, same concept except without the vegan bent
                International Buddhist Progress Society (1111 International Pkwy, Ste 300,Richardson, TX 75081) - Cash only Lunch Buffet that is quite delicious, but very quiet.

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                  DallasVegan RE: Hasteur Jan 10, 2012 06:30 AM

                  These are also good options, but just a note - Veggie Garden *is* all vegan whereas Suma Veggie is not all vegan (their buffet is purportedly vegan, but their regular menu is not). Not sure if that matters to this conversation much, but wanted to point it out.

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                    Hasteur RE: DallasVegan Jan 10, 2012 01:35 PM

                    Ok, I guess I was thinking the combattive bent at Suma (Been lectured at multiple times about Supreme Master Ching Hai)

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                    J.R. RE: Hasteur Jan 10, 2012 11:59 AM

                    ah, yes. my office is just around the corner.

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                    pepper131 RE: J.R. Jan 10, 2012 08:47 AM

                    Nam Hua has a lengthy vegetarian menu - which is vegan basically.
                    The Banh Xeo is made with tofu and mushrooms - it's the best one in town. They'll give you veg friendly nuc mam cham too.
                    Pho made with veg broth and fake meatballs.
                    If you can get together a few people - they have a veg friendly hot pot.

                    La Popular has veg friendly tamales - the bean and jalapeno as well as the veg.

                    Cosmic Cafe is good - I really like the stir fry.

                    I constantly crave the tofu Bahn Mi from Nammi - it's the best one. The jalapeno placement is perfection and the tofu is super good.

                    Ssahm has great their famous kimchi cheese fries - you can get with tofu. Plus tacos.

                    Pho is for Lovers has a veg friendly pho. Not quite as extensive and filled with goodies as the pho from Nam Hua, but good in a pinch. But pass on their banh mi...not so great.

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