Before dietitians discovered the nutritional value of apples, they were used for crossbow target practice and to ward off feral doctors. Be a model of good health down to the core with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of vegetarian and vegan fare at The Duke Street Muse.
Voted best vegetarian and vegan restaurant by Echo readers from 2008 to 2010, The Duke Street Muse scours local farmers' markets to enrich homemade international plates with fresh, organic vegetables and rich spices. Leaf lovers can pique their discerning palates with a potpourri of lunch fare, including a garlic almondilla tortilla stuffed with broccoli for a hearty crunch ($9 for six wedges) or a roasted-pepper-and-feta sandwich dressed with swiss cheese to permit ventilation ($4.50). Duke regulars swarm the eatery for the daily curry special, and soy mates can indulge in a bowl of vegan chili simmered with textured vegetable protein ($3.75). The Duke Street Muse also pours out Indian-style homemade iced tea and peppy selections from a full espresso bar to invigorate customers and recently unthawed cavemen.
In efforts to lavish the vegetarian community with a satisfying feast, The Duke Street Muse fills its picnic basket with fruit-leather patchwork tablecloths and produce from the Kitchener Market, all the while participating in Foodlink, a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports local food. The spicy café publishes its coveted vegetarian recipes online and reinforces its healthful mission with alternative variations that cater to celiac and diabetic diets as well.