Mood rings offer convenient color-coded glimpses into our emotional state: red indicates stress, black suggests anger, and green means rich in vitamins, cellulose, and fiber. Maintain a healthy well-being with the help of today's Groupon. For $10, you get $20 worth of green, vegetarian, vegan, raw, and gluten-free fare at Vegetarian House, conveniently located downtown.
Vegetarian House uses organic, locally grown, genetically unmodified ingredients to create a menu of sustainable sustenance that will prolong, if not completely circumvent the evolution of human flippers. Preface your dinner with an order of quinoa sushi (red quinoa with avocado, mushroom, onion, pickle, carrot, and a creamy sauce wrapped in sushi nori, $9.95), a bowl of Thai curry soup (potato, carrot, soy protein, tofu, and coconut milk, $8.95/small), or a plate of raw fettuccine (celery-root noodles, collard greens, carrot, tomato, beet, cucumber, red pepper, pistachios, and almonds in a creamy almond sauce, $12.95). Sweep your taste buds off their soft-tissue toes with Spicy Cha Cha (yam-flour crescents crumbled and seasoned with spices, red bell peppers, basil, and chili, $12.95), Gurus Curry (exotic blend of curries and spices, soy protein, potato, tomato, and onion, $11.95), or a lunchtime avocado BLT (tempeh seasoned with smoked paprika and mixed spices, topped with avocado, lettuce, and tomato, $10.95). Desserts include a gluten-free organic Meyer lemon curd ($5.95), vegan cheesecake ($4.50), and Italian sorbet ($5.95). Accompany the delish eats with a glass of fresh, organic carrot juice ($4.50), non-alcoholic beer ($3.50), or a refreshing root-beer float (Virgil's root beer and soy ice cream, $4.50).
The restaurant's eco-friendly practices don't stop at the menu; they extend throughout all sectors of the restaurant, including its motto: "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet," which is much catchier than their original slogan: "Hey You, Eat This Organic Food." Waste is recycled or composted whenever possible, and to-go containers are made of biodegradable materials. Even the atmosphere feels as if it is seamlessly integrated with the world around it. A powder-blue ceiling seems to open the space to the sky, and colorful window panes brightly beckon natural light to pull up a seat at each table. As you sit back and enjoy your all-around healthy dining experience, visualize your carbon footprint morphing from a run-ragged sneaker scurry to the tippy-toed bound of a gentle gazelle.
Nearly 200 Yelpers and Yahoo! Locals give the Vegetarian House a four-star rating. HappyCow reviewers give the veggie eatery four purple cow heads, and TripAdvisors give four owl eyes. Bay Area Vegetarians give it 4.5 stars:
- I've been going here for longer than I can remember (I think about 10 years now) and I STILL think it's the best Vegetarian restaurant in the South Bay Area. – 20YearVegetarian, HappyCow
- Great food with good service and the largest variety of vegan foods in the area. The place may not look like much from the outside, but be prepared to be impressed by the large selection of Asian and western foods. – legoandy, Bay Area Vegetarians
- 3 words. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!!! Good Vegi restaurants are hard to come by and this one is superb. – patita30, Yahoo! Local
Downtown San Jose
520 E Santa Clara St.
San Jose, California 95112Get Directions