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Favorite Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant in Your Hometown

Hi Everyone,

My husband and I are trying to compile a list of vegetarian/vegan restaurants to keep handy for when we are travelling. We tend to visit many different cities on business and for pleasure, so I thought I'd ask around for everyone's favorite eateries. I know this stuff is available through various websites, but I'm inclined to trust word of mouth more! So please let me know, and hopefully we'll get to check them out at some point or another. Thanks!!

If you're ever in Denver, CO check out Watercourse. www.watercoursefoods.com. It's all vegetarian, but they are way vegan friendly- can make anything you want vegan. Plus, they have a nice selection of vegan wines to choose from.
Their sister restaurant is called City O' City, which specializes in yummy vegan baked goods (no non-vegan pastries here), and delicious vegan pizza (be sure to get the cashew cheese, it's divine!).

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If for whatever reason you find yourself in small town, CT, USA:

Norwalk has an amazing organic, raw smoothie and juice bar that carries sandwiches (including a raw wrap!), treats, and soup - it's called The Stand, and it's on Wall Street. As the two owners are totally vegan, so are all their products.

And Fairfield has Health in a Hurry, which is all vegetarian and has some vegan things as well - can't imagine you'd ever find yourself here (or would ever want to...), but if you do, check them out!

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The Naam--24 hour vegetarian restaurant featuring live music and natural food, they have a great miso gravy.

YES YES YES.

i'm in bellingham so i'll have to check out the other stuff on yr list!

i grew up in seattle - these are my favorites for vegan options (some are dead but i'm mentioning them anyway because they deserve it):

hillside quickie (all vegan!): SO SO SO SO GOOD http://www.hillsidequickie.com/ my faves are the crazy jamaican burger and the mac & yease.  also, MILKSHAKES.
mighty-o donuts (all vegan!): they have a storefront but you can find 'em a lot of places.  every single flavor is soooooo delicioussssss.
in the bowl (all veg*n/all vegan?): they put it in where coffee messiah, another favorite, once was, so it took me forever to try it, but it's really, really good, really versatile. especially awesome if you're a fan of the meat subs that only asian restaurants seem to be able to pull off, but even if you're not into fakes it's good.
silence heart nest (all veg*n):second best biscuits and gravy ever.
the globe (all vegan/dead): apparently the owner was a dick but man i  can never get that full of amazing food anywhere else.  awesome biscuits & gravy!! they were supposed to move to bellingham but that never happened.
coffee messiah (mostly vegan/dead): the best vegan sandwiches outside of quickie's.

also, bellingham is lacking an all-vegan restaurant, but:
casa que pasa: omni, but delicious and clearly labelled
the swan cafe: the cafe in the local co-op.  lots of options.  clearly labelled.  sometimes their baked goods suck though like i had a "donut" that was really like a bagel with maple frosting.
rudy's pizzeria: has veganrella.  and it's good.
pizza pipeline: no cheese subs but without cheese on top their pizzas are vegan and they're really nice about it.  i like getting the garlic tricky stix without cheese.  also not regional, kinda semi-regional i guess?
tokyo house: omni, but they're really nice about it.  and their miso soup has no fish in it. and they have a wiiiiide variety of tofu options. also, i reccomend the veggie tempura maki.
old town cafe (i think all veg*n?): always in demand so there's a little bit of a wait, but it's really, really delicious.  really flexible and clearly labelled, and a lot of vegan options.

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i grew up in seattle - these are my favorites for vegan options (some are dead but i'm mentioning them anyway because they deserve it):

hillside quickie (all vegan!): SO SO SO SO GOOD http://www.hillsidequickie.com/ my faves are the crazy jamaican burger and the mac & yease.  also, MILKSHAKES.
mighty-o donuts (all vegan!): they have a storefront but you can find 'em a lot of places.  every single flavor is soooooo delicioussssss.
in the bowl (all veg*n/all vegan?): they put it in where coffee messiah, another favorite, once was, so it took me forever to try it, but it's really, really good, really versatile. especially awesome if you're a fan of the meat subs that only asian restaurants seem to be able to pull off, but even if you're not into fakes it's good.
silence heart nest (all veg*n):second best biscuits and gravy ever.
the globe (all vegan/dead): apparently the owner was a dick but man i  can never get that full of amazing food anywhere else.  awesome biscuits & gravy!! they were supposed to move to bellingham but that never happened.
coffee messiah (mostly vegan/dead): the best vegan sandwiches outside of quickie's.

i live in the seattle area.  i've never been to or heard of those places, but we love vegan garden, bamboo garden (both vegan asian restaurants), and chaco canyon cafe (vegan and mostly raw).

i'm relatively new to the area (only been here a year) and dining out in seattle is pretty expensive (factor in the gas, parking, food, tip) so i haven't had a chance to explore a whole lot.  plus, my wife is sometimes a little picky when it comes to trying new things.  by "sometimes" i mean almost always.

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I live in monmouth  co., NJ. There is a simply amazing vegan restaurant called Kaya's Kitchen in Belmar, N.J. Everything is completely vegan. They serve traditional meals like spagetti and meatballs and such. they also have thai, mexican etc as well as burgers and cheese steaks, which are excellent. They give you the option of vegan or dairy cheese. its a small place, but delicious none the less.

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This may be here already but we ate at VIETNAM NOODLE HOUSE in Nashua, NH this weekend.  It was listed on happycow.net.  They had 4 pages of vegetarian options including vegan choices!!!!  Most menu items could be prepared with mock chicken, mock beef, tofu or gluten.  Not the most beautiful restaurant but the food was good, fast, and cheap which is what I like to see. 

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Back home:
http://www.paradisevegetarian.com/
There are a couple of tables that face away from the 'spiritual master' programming they have running in the background.
http://www.greencuisine.com/
Good enough that I would go back on a regular basis if I had the money for the ferry.
http://www.dinehere.ca/restaurant.asp?r=865
Need to get a website. A website where you can ogle their raw brownies, gluten-free cookies, and sexyfine miso-glazed tofu.

In the UK:
http://www.beatroot.org.uk/intro.html
Come on, it's a hole-in-the-wall in Soho. It's bound to be awesome.
http://www.earthcafe.co.uk/
In Manchester, right next to the Buddhist centre. My aunt took me here after she took me to a pride parade. Manchester is a Good Place.

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Native Foods is awesome-- they're all over CA but Costa Mesa location is the original

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Adding a few for the Twin Cities:

The Lotus- Minneapolis and near the U of M- its family owned and hardcore when it comes to preventing even the smallest bit of cross contamination. (try the tofu and potatoes or the tempura)
Evergreen Restaurant- Eat Street in MPLS- has every mock meat stirfry you can think of
Sawatdee- Downtown St. Paul- amazing Thai food, just be sure to ask for no fish oil
Thai Curry House- Burnsville
Spice Thai- Savage
Kahn's Mongolian BBQ- Bloomington-self-serve stirfry buffet, but cross contamination is highly possible
Senior Wong's- Downtown St. Paul- Mock duck tacos!
Baja Sol- Multiple Locations including Hennepin Ave and MOA- really fresh mexican food, and Hennepin location has a vast salsa bar
The Bad Waitress-eat street- small vegan selection but wonderful vegan chili and tofu scramble
Evergreen Restaurant- Grand Ave- Tibetan and Nepalese food with numerous vegan dishes
Emily's Lebanese Deli- NE Minneapolis- the spinach pie is a mouth-gasm and they were just featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. So if its on TV it must be good right?
Seward Cafe- Minneapolis- always busy, long wait, short hours of operation, but vast vegan and organic menu
The Wedge Community Co-op- deli and bakery options that are fabulous
Muddy Paws Cheesecake- Minneapolis-Vegan Options!
Izzy's Ice Cream- St. Paul- Ditto
And I can't help but mention Pizza Luce again- MPLS, St. Paul, and Duluth- Try the Rustler pizza with "rinotta" and a chocolate peanut butter bar for dessert  ;)b

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HI, if you ever come to Detroit, MI, USA

Inn Season : www.theinnseasoncafe.com
Appears to be the most popular - it's excellent.
Vegan and Vegetarian friendly

Amicis Pizza : www.amicispizza.com/
Has the best vegan and vegetarian pizza -divine!
Vegan and Vegetarian friendly

My bf and I do a lot of traveling too, we always go to Happy Cow to find restaurants.
;)b

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Native Foods, Follow Your Heart,Madeline's,  Herbivore, Cafe Gratitude, Millennium, Stinking Rose.......

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I live in Iowa City, IA, which I imagined would be a veritable wasteland in terms of veggie places, but... lo and behold: The Red Avocado. I think someone mentioned it ages ago in this post, but I have to say it is the most delicious place EVAR.  :D  A lot of their food is local and seasonal, so the menu varies accordingly. Their coconut corn soup is epic. And the "Bomb Veggieburger" is a recipe I'm dyyyying to steal from them. Haha. It's a completely organic vegan restaurant with awesome catering and meal-delivery options. http://theredavocado.com/  ;)b

Masala Indian Vegetarian Cuisine (http://www.masalaiowacity.com/ ) offers vegetarian and vegan meals, but I haven't had the chance to sample it. I've heard it's quite good, but don't take MY word for it. Come check it out.  :P

Thai Flavors (http://www.thaiflavors.net/menu.html) does take-out as well as eat-in dining, and is all vegetarian as far as I know.

Fairgrounds is a nifty little coffeeshop/cafe with an awesome deal: apparently EVERYTHING on their menu can be made vegan! http://www.fairgroundscoffeehouse.com/

If you're looking for fast food that's still vegetarian and somewhat healthy, there's 2 Pita Pits here, with falafels, babaganoush, and some other options. I doubt it's vegan-friendly, but I'd have to check on that.

So, if you're ever in the area, there are several vegetarian and vegan places to check out. :) I HIGHLY recommend the Red Avocado. :)

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There's a new restaurant called My Vegan that opened up in a little strip mall in Pasadena, CA.

Has anybody heard of it or tried it?

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Youngstown OH: The Flaming Ice Cube, awesome little vegan cafe with really good sammitches + vegan 'smores.

Akron OH: Vegiteranean, Crissy's new vegan restuarant, good but expensive.

Not much else here :(

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Worcester, England:

A wonderful Mexican restaurant called Chesters: not vegetarian/vegan, but provides loads of vegetarian and vegan options. Portions are HUGE!
http://www.chestersrestaurant.co.uk/

A little cafe in the indoor market hall called the Karmic Cafe, a vegetarian menu with plenty of vegan options.
http://www.thekarmiccafe.co.uk/index.htm

And in the Malvern Hills, 7 miles from Worcester (and I do mean IN the hills - to get there you will earn your cake!)

St Anns Well Cafe
http://www.hillsarts.co.uk/stannswell/index.html

Take a few empty bottles and you can fill them up with fresh Malvern spring water, pumped straight from one of the springs.

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In Orange County, CA: Wheel of Life (Irvine) it's asian food, Native Foods (Aliso Viejo) it's a little bit of everything

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A couple of people have mentioned Boston already but i'll throw in my two cents:

I live in Allston which isn't necessarily the sort of place you'd go to as a tourist, but because there's a ton of students and Asian immigrants, there's lots of veg options
-Everyone loves TJ Scallywaggles, which is gone now but another vegan pizza restaurant is in its place. I haven't been there yet so I can't say whether they're as good as TJ's
-The Grasshopper Asian restaurant next door is a no-brainer (get the No Name, seriously!)
-The Sunset Grill isn't a vegan restaurant but they do have a lot of veg options which are clearly marked on the menu, plus they have like a billion kinds of beer, so I would go there even if I couldn't eat any of the food ;)
-The Super 88 food court in Packard's Corner has 8 or 10 different Asian restaurants, many of which offer veg options served in large quantities for cheap! The attached supermarket is also a great place to expand your food horizons (just don't go to the meat section!)
-Harrells (now apparently known as the Allston Cafe?) on the corner of Brighton and Harvard Aves is ground zero for Allston hipsters and therefore has many delicious vegan pastries and coffee drinks
-Ditto for Bagel Rising on Comm Ave for vegan bagel sandwiches
-There are many shabu restaurants in Allston which are a good option for dining out with omnis

Also other places in Boston:
-The Greater Boston Buddhist Cultural Center on Mass Ave in Cambridge offers lunch in their tea room most days that is vegan and cheap, plus you get to have lunch with Buddhist monks. Also, they have "Dinner with Dharma" every friday, where for like $10 or $15 they have a totally vegan Chinese buffet followed by a medetation session and a discussion on some aspect of Buddhist culture and religion. I've gone a couple of times and it's a pretty cool way to get a yummy vegan dinner and learn something you didn't know!
-Veggie Planet in Cambridge
-The Other Side Cafe (also not specifically veg*n but many veg options and staffed entirely by hipsters)
-Trident Cafe on Newbury (ditto)
-Anna's Taqueria in Coolidge Corner in Brookline and Filipes Taqueria in Harvard Square are solid burrito restaurants that have vegan options (you have to ask for vegetarian rice specifically but it's readily available) and that aren't soulless corporate chains

There is also a raw vegan restaurant in the North End called Grezzo. I've never been there but it's pretty exciting to know it's there.

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Cinnamon Restaurant in the city of Los Angeles, CA (Highland Park community)

http://www.cinnamonvegetarian.com/

mmm yes tasty!  I like their tamales...finally some vegan tamales!

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I really doubt that you'll ever come to Laramie, WY, but there are a couple fantastic options. Sweet Melissa's is a Vegatarian Cafe with tons of vegan choices. Also a place called Jeffery's Bistro has lots of vegan/vegatarian options.
Jeffery's tends to work out a little better for my friends, because they have some dishes that include meat. They have this awesome make-your-own-salad thing and there are soo many choices on there, and best of all, they serve the salads in huge salad bowls, so it's easy to mix around. I love their Thai Salad with tofu and spicy peanut dressing. In the beginning, it's not spicy at all, but near the end, it's quite spicy!
Sweet Melissa's has wonderful food, some of my favorites are very simple, like the grilled hummus sandwich or the falalfal. They also always have a couple vegan deserts like the peach raspberry cobbler, that I swear "sparkles" in my mouth with every bite.
People wouldn't normally consider Wyoming to be very veg friendly, but Laramie seems to have quite a few places with a least a couple dishes made without animal product. Lovely place!

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