Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
Aveda Corporation, 4000 Pheasant Ridge Dr., Blaine, MN 55449
Organic/natural foods. Located at Aveda Corporation Headquarters, this employee cafeteria is open to the public and offers many vegetarian entrées, soups, salads, and sandwiches.
8062 Morgan Cir. S., Bloomington, MN 55431
Indian. Their menu features many vegetarian offerings, including appetizers, Channa Aloo (chickpeas and potato), Yellow Dahl (lentils), Bhindy (Okra) Masala, Malai Kofta (veggie rolls with cashews and raisins), Bangan Barta (puréed eggplant with onions, tomatoes, and peas), Mushroom Palak (with spinach in curry), and a vegetarian combination platter.
118 S. 27th Ave., W., Duluth, MN 55806
American. Duluth Grill makes an effort to source their foods locally and organically, and they even utilize their own vegetable garden onsite at the restaurant. They offer an abundance of vegetarian and vegan selections, even a vegan dessert. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful with vegetarian and vegan menu items (which are so noted), and they are willing to work with customers to veganize menu items.
11 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802
Pizza. Pizza Luce is extremely veg-friendly with menu notations indicating what is vegan as well as items that can be made vegan upon request. While they offer veggie hoagies, salads, and appetizers, the main attraction, of course, is the pizza! And their hallmark 'Build Your Own Pizza' does not leave vegetarians and vegans out! Their meat substitutes include phony pepperoni, veggie sausage, mock duck, and tofu. Instead of cheese, choose their own Rinotta or soy cheese (both vegan). They've got veggies covered too with several types of onions, peppers, and olives, along with roasted eggplant, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. Enjoy your pie!
394 S. Lake Ave., Duluth, MN 55802
Vietnamese. Taste of Saigon offers a selection of vegetarian dishes, including tofu and mock meats.
5461 N. Shore Dr., Duluth, MN 55804
Eclectic. A passion for interesting and beautiful foods combined with an interest in the cuisines of the world set the stage for the fare at the New Scenic Café. This culinary global fusion includes a variety of vegetarian and vegan options. Reservations are recommended.
3460 Galleria., Edina, MN 55435
Natural foods. Good Earth is a casual, welcoming restaurant with a spiritual feel. Tea, cinnamon, and citrus fill the air. Fresh baked goods are offered daily.
802 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Indo-Chinese Fusion. With "an inspired mix of Indian spices and Chinese styles," Curry 'N' Noodles can provide an exciting lunch buffet or a cozy romantic dinner. Enjoy such exotic pairings as Szechwan Fried Rice with creamy Palak Paneer or Hot and Sour Soup with an aromatic Vegetable Biryani and feathery, layered Paratha bread. For dessert, add a touch of sweetness to the spice with an egg-free Mango Chocolate Mousse. They offer vegan buffet items, which are clearly labeled, and they also cook vegetarian items to order for vegans. Curry 'N' Noodles is on the corner of Main Street and 8th Avenue in downtown Hopkins. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
329 N. Riverfront Dr., Mankato, MN 56001
Coffeehouse. Customers say that Coffee Hag presents fast healthy, deli-style food at a fair price. Each day features a new menu of vegetarian and vegan items, including soups, salads, sandwiches, and calzones. Located in the historic old downtown, the café offers a unique cultural and dining experience. Regional artists, musicians, and poets find The Coffee Hag a welcome oasis to present their art amid acres of cornfields.
1745 Cope Ave., Maplewood, MN 55109
Indian. This restaurant offers several vegetarian offerings, including a dinner for two. Dishes can be made mildly spiced to extra hot at a diner's request. Taste of India is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Anoka, Blaine, Bloomington, Columbia Heights, Edina, Hastings, Maplewood, Minnetonka, Roseville, Spring Lake Park, St. Louis Park, and St. Paul.)
3311 E. 25th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406
Natural foods/organic/coffeehouse. Birchwood Café is a veg-friendly eatery serving organic and local foods. Enjoy a specialty coffee beverage in this cozy café. Birchwood is located in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis.
400 Central Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Organic/natural foods. This café, located in an educational center, serves organic bean burritos, sandwiches, and special entrées each day. They make vegetarian foods using organic base foods; most cooking is done on the premises and from scratch.
2409 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405
Vegan. Ecopolitan's menu consists entirely of raw, organic vegan foods and offers a nice variety of soups, salads, entrées, pizzas, and desserts. The clean, smoke-free environment is enhanced by the use of non-toxic paints and building materials. Dress is typically informal but suitable for business entertaining. Reservations are recommended. The restaurant also has an ecological shop that sells natural, non-toxic home and body products. Ecopolitan emphasizes education and social support and offers weekly events that emphasize health and sustainability on Mondays.
701 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55408
Middle Eastern. Try the tabbouleh salad with the Falafel King Combo (hummus, eggplant, king salad, potatoes, and falafel) at this highly-recommended establishment.
2610 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408
Café. French Meadow is a highly-recommended, casual café with a bakery that is renowned for its great-tasting, healthy breads. It offers a nice variety of vegetarian meals, from the Tempeh Fajita Wrap to the award-winning Vegan Black Bean Chili. Try the Vegan Fruit Crisp for dessert. The restaurant also features a large sidewalk café, which lends itself to an eclectic atmosphere and crowd.
2917 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408
Pizza. Located in uptown Minneapolis, this colorful establishment touts itself as "pizza with a conscience." They use hemp for eveything from their menus to their pesto, and 90 percent of the pizzas are available as vegetarian or vegan, which substitutes gourmet mozzarella alternative for cheese and mock duck for chicken. Interesting offerings include the Alamo, with BBQ sauce, cheddar, and red peppers; the CSA, which uses fresh seasonal crops from the Natural Harvest Community Supported Agriculture; and the truly unique Paul Bunyan with morel mushrooms and wild rice. Pasta, salads, desserts, and soft drinks are also available.
1821 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454
Vegetarian. Hard Times Café is a worker-owned collective located in the West Bank area of Minneapolis. Whether you're in the mood for a late-night snack at 3 a.m. or a mid-afternoon lunch, Hard Times Café is the place to go! Enjoy their Seitan Gyro, Bean Burrito, or vegan brownie. Cash only.
626 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55408
Greek. To start things off, try the Fakes Me Spanaki soup with lentils and spinach. There are six vegetarian entrées, but you may want to try out the Vegetarian Mousaka and wash it down with a Greek Coffee.
113 W. Grant St., Minneapolis, MN 55403
Vietnamese. Vegetarian options include tofu, vegetable, and mock meat dishes. No eggs are used. Lotus To Go Go is located in Grant Mall in downtown Minneapolis.
1401 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55403
Chinese. Located near the Convention Center, Ping's serves vegetarian entrées, including some made with mock duck. The restaurant is willing to make substitutions for any dish.
119 N. 4th St., Minneapolis, MN 55401
3200 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408
2200 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Pizza. The two other Minneapolis locations of Pizza Luce do not serve brunch on weekends. They are open daily for lunch and dinner through late night. See description under Duluth, MN.
2129 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Natural foods. The Seward Café is located on the corner across from the Seward Co-op and offers sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts in a cafetaria/café atmosphere. Patio dining is available.
2200 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405
Juice bar/deli. The Tao has a small juice bar and deli in front of its natural foods store. Daily sandwich and soup specials are offered, along with a great selection of books, herbs, vitamins, and health and beauty products. Tao is located next to an eco-store.
629 Cedar Ave., S., Minneapolis, MN 55454
American. This corner bar has two owners, one who eats meat and one who is vegan. So the menu has an equal number of meat and vegan dishes. Among the veggie items are Vegan French Toast, Vegan Meatloaf, and a Tofu Down Home BBQ Sandwich, but they can make most items vegan unless otherwise noted. The restaurant is non-smoking, with a typically casual atmosphere.
2105 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405
Natural foods deli. The Wedge Co-op has a deli counter in the back with a wonderful selection of salads, sandwiches, and some soups.
15000 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, MN 55345
Health club restaurant. The highly-recommended Marsh Restaurant serves some vegetarian foods. All muffins and breads are baked from scratch on-site, using a minimum of processed foods.
519 1st Ave. SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Natural foods store/deli/bakery. The People's Food Co-op is a natural foods store with a deli and bakery. They feature organically-grown, local produce and a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options. The store offers bulk foods, wellness products, homemade soups, baked goods, boxed lunches to-go, daily specials, and more! Become a member of the co-op and receive monthly discounts, support local farmers, entitle yourself to voting privileges, and get patronage rebates.
1901 W. Hwy. #36, Roseville, MN 55113
Natural foods. See description under Edina, MN.
5617 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Indian. Enjoy a fine selection of vegetarian dishes at Taste of India. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
544 St. Peter St., St. Paul, MN 55102
Kurdish. This Kurdish restaurant offers dishes such as Vegetarian Bakla, Garbanzo Shilla, Biryani, and Dolma. For a real kick, try the Kurdish Tea.
1278 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
Himalayan/Nepalese/Indian. The menu at Everest on Grand is 75% vegetarian. Choose from veggie soup, momo (dumplings), curry dishes, combination plates, rice dishes, and desserts. Everest is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
1571 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
Afghan. Vegetarian options include Shorwa, a vegetarian vegetable soup; Aush made with whole green peas and kidney, garbanzo, and mung beans; Shola, Mung Beans, and Rice topped with Chutney; as well as a few other á la carte items. Khyber Pass is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
1500 7th St. W., St. Paul, MN 55102
622 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104
Natural foods store/deli. You will find several veggie options here. The 7th Street location is a grab-and-go deli only.
1183 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104
Pizza. See description under Duluth, MN.
119 W. Broadway Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082
Natural foods store/deli. St. Peter's is a full-line natural foods grocery that has a deli offering some vegetarian and vegan options.