Having dietary restrictions at a buffet can be a tough to manage due to hidden ingredients and a lack of vegetarian options. Fortunately, that's not a problem at Govinda's Vegetarian Buffet, winner of "Best Vegetarian Bite" by King Estate. All the dishes at this meatless eatery are explicitly designated so that guests can safely pick up slices of gluten-free bread, cups of vegan soup, or dollops of dairy-free salad dressing. Even without the classifications, it'd be pretty hard to stray from dietary paths, as the proprietors estimate that 9 out of 10 of their daily offerings are made without dairy, gluten, or smoldering molten lava. With this in mind, customers can guiltlessly peruse the buffet table that's loaded with everything from hearty salad fixings to vegetarian-friendly Indian fare. When in season, the chefs use local, organic ingredients to prepare their health-conscious dinner entrees, including tofu lasagna, split-pea fritters, and coconut curry. To keep things even fresher than they already are, the menu changes daily, with staff serving a new entree, soups, and fresh breads every day.
A Craigslist ad for vegan entrepreneurs first connected Sheree and Kristy, which led to them launching a vegan food cart in January 2010. After a successful year with the food cart, the duo focused on creating their own restaurant. Sheree and Kristy opened the critically acclaimed Cornbread Cafe in 2011, and with it came even more delectable vegan spins on classic comfort foods. In lieu of pulled pork, for instance, they toss shredded seitan into sandwiches with slaw and barbecue sauce, and a cashew-based ?unCheese? sauce smothers their mac and cheese. Along with making 95% of their menu in-house with organic fixings, the caf??s cooks remain committed to local ingredients, as well as whipping up myriad gluten-free options.
Grown under shade, the fair-trade, organic coffee locally roasted by Café Mam flavors all of Park Street Cafe's coffee drinks, from americanos to mexican mochas. Café Mam's mindful approach to its coffee matches Sherri Thieben's own approach to food. Thieben, the owner of Park Street Cafe, counts more than 80% of her ingredients as organic; fresh produce, oils, and grains lend earthy flavors to her sandwiches, salads, and all-day breakfast treats. Plates of huevos rancheros are made from tempeh or eggs, and customizable salads come with seaweed, shredded beets, or other healthy fixings. Thieben's organic feasts unfold in a cozy space surrounded by exposed brick and large windows that aptly frame a farmers' market across the street.
Inside Milltown Pub you'll find a full bar, an all-ages atmosphere, and a menu with vegetarian and vegan options. Swimming at the head of the school of pub fare is blackened salmon, served with spinach, blue-cheese crumbles, roasted almonds, and raspberry balsamic dressing. A meatless marriage of burger and fries can be easily arranged by swapping a beef or turkey patty for a black-bean patty. Milltown has 12 beers on tap, and hosts regular dance contests, karaoke bashes, trivia nights, and movie nights—there's even a 15-foot TV for football games. During warmer weather, enjoy your meal in the outdoor dining garden.
Specializing in meatless Asian cuisine, Green Wok Vegan Restaurant's sushi menu includes a lineup of entirely vegan and vegetarian rolls. Nimble sushi chefs create a modest marriage of basic flavors with seaweed salad rolls ($2.50 each) and the landlocked tempura sweet-potato roll ($2.50). Mouths reeling from celebratory birthday shots of wasabi can cool oral jets with soothing sushi portions of avocado ($3) and the vegan cream-cheese salve of the crunchy asparagus roll ($5). Or double-down on bold flavors with the shiitake roll's aromatic alliance between marinated mushrooms and green onion ($5.25). Elegant Asian wall hangings surround Green Wok's handsome, WiFi-equipped dining space, where the casual atmosphere inspires diners to readily try adventurous new things such as vegetarian seafood and sewing various fillets together to make a stylish sashimi scarf.
Off the Griddle grills up sizzling veggie-based burgers while conserving Earth-juice with solar-powered cooking machines. Peruse the menu of eats served hot off the grill including the Smokey Bleu burger, a vegan patty topped with homemade blue-cheese sauce and smoked-barbecue tempeh bacon ($8). Eschew animal magnetism altogether with a vegan bacon cheeseburger drenched in vegan mayo ($7.50). The Messy Bessy packs a gooey pile of Tillamook cheddar, an organic cage-free egg, and organic avocado atop a vegetarian patty ($8). Cap off eco-friendly meals with a sweet mouthful of Monkey Wrench Vegan Bakery’s cookies, chock-full of chocolate chips or peanut butter ($2 each).