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editorlady Feb 25, 2012 07:43 AM

Can anyone recommend restaurants that have delicious vegetarian offerings? A bigger challenge: vegan offerings? Thanks!!!

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    editorlady RE: editorlady Feb 25, 2012 08:14 AM

    I found the string from November, so I got some answers. If anyone has anything to add, I'd appreciate it!

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      semanticantics RE: editorlady Feb 25, 2012 08:17 AM

      I'm a vegetarian as well. This is where I eat.

      Travail - consistently has great options. Micro Greens, Beet Salad, Soup (changes all the time), Agnolotti (filled pasta, changes all the time), Tofu (house made), Blue Cheese Tater Tots. Plus, a dessert tasting menu! Travail is my favorite restaurant.

      Blackbird Cafe - many great options.

      The Tea House - rock solid Chinese. Menu varies on location, I had more options at the 94 / White Bear location than the U of M.

      Meritage - not the most options, but probably the best meal I've ever had. I did a 5 course tasting and it was wonderful. I think one dish was made a la minute.

      The Sample Room - nice place with plenty of options. Tend to be laden with cheese.

      WA Frost - overlooked. Usually have a few sides / small plates and one entree.

      Senor Wong - only been once, but the Mock Tacos were awesome.

      Heartland - Doesn't tend to have a lot of options, but offer a daily prix fix menu with vegetarian selections.

      Haute DIsh - a meat centric place that has some options. They offer a 4-course veggie tasting menu on Sundays for $30. Haven't been yet, believe I'm going next weekend.

      Restaurant Alma - I've yet to eat here yet, but they have a designated veg portion of their menu. James Beard Award nominee for Best Restaurant (National) this year.

      I have been in contact with many top restaurants lately, and vegetarian really isn't a problem. Vegan is more difficult, as some cuisines like French use tons of butter. I eat at a lot of ethnic places, like Shish or Grand Pad Thai, stuff like that.

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        editorlady RE: semanticantics Feb 25, 2012 08:24 AM

        Oh, thank you. :D
        I live in Northfield, so I only make it up to the cities once a month or so, more often to the southern burbs.
        I met a friend for lunch yesterday at the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe in Burnsville--also a number of great options there (falafel, hummus, tabouli, spanikopita if you eat cheese).
        Boca Chica in St. Paul has a great stuffed pepper and their enchilada sauce is vegetarian. Other stuff too.
        Pardon My French in Eagan has some good vegetarian options; not many vegan choices, but a badass vegan chocolate truffle and pretty decent fresh bakery bread.

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          The Dairy Queen RE: editorlady Feb 25, 2012 08:28 AM

          Not sure which thread you found from November, but Triple Rock Brewery has lots of vegan options and pretty good, comfort-type food. Kind of a grungy atmosphere, though.

          I see you already found Midori's.

          I don't understand the love for Boca Chica. (I see it just came out on top on the MN Monthly Readers Poll)--maybe they do a better job of vegetarian than they do for the rest of their food?

          ~TDQ

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            Foureyes137 RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 29, 2012 06:18 AM

            One note to the OP: the Triple Rock is not a brewery, so you may not find it with that name, DQ may have mixed names with Rock Bottom or something...still a great recommendation.

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              semanticantics RE: Foureyes137 Feb 29, 2012 07:19 AM

              Technically the Triple Rock Social Club. Great veg / vegan bar food.

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                The Dairy Queen RE: Foureyes137 Feb 29, 2012 07:40 AM

                Whoops, Triple Rock Brewery exists, just not in MN. I did mean to recommend Triple Rock Social Cub (Bar) for their vegetarian and vegan food.

                Thank you, foureyes!

                ~TDQ

        2. MplsM ary RE: editorlady Feb 25, 2012 08:05 PM

          Here are a few threads that may be helpful:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722909
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/773527
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/818140

          And Brasa has a vegetarian menu:
          Dagnabbitall now I have to look up all the Brasa info...
          http://www.brasa.us/

          600 E. Hennepin Avenue
          Minneapolis, MN 55414
          612-379-3030

          Brasa St. Paul
          777 Grand Avenue
          St. Paul, MN. 55105
          651-224-1302
          http://www.brasa.us/menus/Minneapolis...

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            Sakura747 RE: editorlady Feb 29, 2012 08:12 PM

            Ecopolitan! It's about as vegetarian/vegan as you can get in the Twin Cities. http://www.ecopolitan.com/

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              semanticantics RE: Sakura747 Feb 29, 2012 09:09 PM

              Over priced gerbil food.

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                The Dairy Queen RE: Sakura747 Mar 9, 2012 04:35 PM

                Ecopolitan? Isn't it also a "raw" restaurant or am I mis-remembering? I've never been there. What have you tried there that you recommend?

                ~TDQ

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                egusto RE: editorlady Mar 9, 2012 02:36 PM

                A few of my favorite Mpls spots...

                For breakfast & lunch, Modern Times Cafe at 32nd & Chicago has an ample selection of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes

                Saffron downtown has a lot of vegetarian small plates - they are very accomodating to veg requests too. The last time I was there they prepared a vegetarian tagine that wasn't on the menu - it was fantastic.

                Near Lake & Hiawatha...
                Midori's Floating World has a great vegetarian sushi dinner
                Gandhi Mahal has a lot of veg options both in their lunch buffet and on the menu

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                  semanticantics RE: editorlady Mar 9, 2012 04:03 PM

                  Bar La Grassa has several vegetarian options, and one of their signature dishes just happens to be. Gnocchi with cauliflower and orange.

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