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Location:  Oakland, CA
Occupation:  HIV Prevention
Interests: Vegan cooking, animal rights, needlework, books, music, outdoor activities
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Ultimate Guide Reviews
Stars Veggie Why bother, when Golden Lotus is 10 minutes away? Food was uninspired, crepes weren't vegan and atmosphere is lacking. Cheap vegan "chicken" sandwich was tasty though, but not worth the trip. 2 stars 2005-03-04
Manzanita Restaurant Fantastic set dinner! A ton of food, all fresh and healthy! The baked goods could use some work--a little too dry and dense. 4 stars 2005-03-04
Supreme Vegan The dinner was okay, but the sweet potato pie was divine! Move over pumpkin! 4 stars 2005-03-04
Cha-Ya Stick with the sushi dishes for the tastiest food--some of the custard bowls have an odd texture. Nice tea selection. Be prepared for loooooong wait and fairly high prices! 4 stars 2004-09-07
Lanesplitter Pizza THE place for vegan pizza in the East Bay! Try the sicilian thick crust--it's excellent. The not-a-ricotta on anything is a must. The eggplant bake is also a good option. Breadsticks are vegan! 5 stars 2004-09-07
Mother Nature Vegetarian Cuisine Everything was fresh and tasty! We tried (and loved) the unchicken and chinese broccoli, spring rolls and satay. Decor is lacking, but great food and low prices make up for it! 5 stars 2004-09-07
Smart Alec's Intelligent Food Garlic fries were tasty and not greasy, but that's about all this place has going for it. There is only one veg burger on the menu and they couldn't confirm if it's vegan. They also offer salads. 2 stars 2004-09-07
Urban Forage - Castro Zen bowl is great as are the smoothies. Try the portobello with pate--yum! Teeny place, but comfortable stools. Staff is aloof and main dish prices are reasonable though smoothies/juices are pricey. 5 stars 2004-08-26
Animal Place Animal Place has such a great homey atmosphere! It is such a low-key and accessible place--perfect to take omnivores. The staff is caring and knowledgeable. Can't say enough about Aninal Place! 5 stars 2004-07-07
Papalote The tofu mole was delicious--smoky and sweet! They kept the grill very clean and grill up the tofu on the spot. Also have vegan horchata--yum! 4 stars 2004-07-07
Shangri-La My first trip was less than stellar, but with a little ordering help, my second visit was superb. Everything was fresh & perfectly seasoned. Try the dry tofu, wonton soup, "ribs" or spicy eggplant! 5 stars 2004-05-24
Golden Era Food has been subpar on the last few visits--too greasy and lacking in flavor. Their sister restaurant, Golden Lotus in Oakland, is much better! Dinner seems to be of a higher quality than lunch. 2 stars 2004-05-24
Ananda Fuara The samosas, bbq tofu burger and curry of the day are all good picks. Desserts are fabulous--don't miss the vegan creme pies if they have them. Could do without the Sri Chinmoy videos though! 4 stars 2004-05-24
Millennium The food snob in me rejoices every time I go to Millennium! They use a lot of organic items & they usually have a raw item on the menu. Their bland specialty elixirs & cocktails are the only letdown. 4 stars 2004-05-24
Sparks I'm a tempeh reuben aficianado and Sparks has one of the best around!Awesome desserts, nice price, friendly service and vegan info for the taking. THE place to go around the Russian River! 5 stars 2004-05-24
Whole Foods Market Not my favorite Whole Foods. There is always a cooked-animal smell to it, there are hanging carcasses and the store is laid out very poorly. Good in a pinch, but not my first choice! 2 stars 2004-05-24
Greens Restaurant What a disappointment! With an organic garden of their own, you think they could do better by vegans. Most dishes rely on dairy & veganizing them is hit or miss. Good for mixed veg/omni crowds though. 2 stars 2004-05-24
Herbivore Hit or miss dishes & service, though still a fav of mine for a few stellar entrees. Try seitan sandwich as a wrap, schwarma or penne w/cream sauce. Avoid moussaka & Indonesian salad like the plague! 4 stars 2004-05-24
Golden Lotus My favorite restaurant ever! Try: vermicelli bowl w/imperial rolls, veggie fu yung, "chicken" & potato curry, tofu & eggplant claypot, thai hot & sour soup or vietnamese crepe (a meal in itself). Yum! 5 stars 2004-05-24
Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub Their pizza is fabulous! Great topping selection, though I wish they had a medium thickness crust. The thin tends to flop over & the thick is a LOT of bread. Still, my favorite pizza place around! 4 stars 2004-05-24
MaggieMudd Great locally made vegan ice creams, plus photo cakes (vegan too)! I like the chocolate flavors the best, but coconut is a winner too. Free internet access at the store is pretty cool! 5 stars 2004-05-24
Zao Noodle Bar I love this place! They clearly say what's vegan for starters. My favorite is Monk's Vegetarian Delight--I get cravings for it! The spring rolls & tofu fries are also good. Low oil dishes on request. 5 stars 2004-05-24
New World Vegan The bbq chicken is the only dish I've liked & we've tried going there 5 times, since others love it. Everything tastes Asian-influenced, even fajitas! Slow service, but great atmosphere. Good dessert! 2 stars 2004-05-24
Dharma's Natural Foods Nice extensive menu, but a little unclear as to what's vegan and what's not. Their tahini dressing is awesome! Wish they'd do a cheese subsitute though--cheese is integral to a number of dishes. 3 stars 2004-05-24
Udupi Palace Fiery-food lovers unite! Udupi does South Indian food right, with lots of heat and flavor. Dishes can be toned down on request. Try the coriander pineapple dosa or potato onion naan for a real treat! 5 stars 2004-05-24
Vege House - Phuoc Loc Tho Tofu Nice steam table for lunches, even on weekends. Best fake chicken around! Food is on the greasy side and there's not much atmosphere. 4 stars 2004-05-24
Soluna One of the best portobello sandwiches I've had (vegan without cheese), plus well-seasoned fries and a pile of salad greens. The other vegan option is a pasta dish. They also have soymilk for lattes. 4 stars 2004-05-24
Mandarin Villa Try szechuan tofu or the hoisin long beans. FYI: the soup they bring automatically is NOT vegetarian! They will give orange slices instead of fortune cookies if requested. 3 stars 2004-05-24
Canto do Brasil They have 1 vegan option--a bean, rice, veggie and yucca sprinkle combo--that is excellent. Also fresh fruit drinks. Nice atmosphere, cheap food, just wish they had other veggie choices! 3 stars 2004-05-24
Blue Sun Art Cafe Food was excellent--fresh and tasty. Don't miss the NYC (nutritional yeast cheese) on a sandwich! Great casual, airy atmosphere. Try the veggie melt or a mocha. Nonveganizable items clearly marked. 5 stars 2004-05-24
Layonna Vegetarian Looking for veg crab, chicken nuggets, duck, salmon filets or pepper steak? You've come to the right place! Some of the stuff is so real it's creepy looking, but it's all vegetarian. 4 stars 2004-05-24
Farmer Joe's Market Being my neighborhood market, I do most of my shopping here. Checkers can be a bit cranky, but that's my only complaint. Good vegan selection, nice range of tofu brands and lots of organic products! 5 stars 2004-05-24

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