Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Vegan Dining

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You probably won’t miss meat when you dine at Vedge — or any of the restaurants diners are raving about here.

It’s Meatless Monday, aka the cruelest day of the week for hardcore carnivores. But, it doesn’t have to be! Vegan cuisine has become so unbelievably delicious and inventive that it’s not just for vegans anymore. Even card-carrying meat eaters are enjoying vegan delights from time to time, some in the name of their dining partners, others in the name of health — and many in the name of culinary adventure! Find out what folks are saying about their veggie-centric dining experiences as of late in recent OpenTable restaurant reviews.

Cafe Manna, Brookfield, Wisconsin: “Dined with friends New Year’s Eve. None of us are vegan or vegetarian, but we really enjoyed our dinner selections.”

Candle Cafe West, New York, New York: “At Candle, you feel like being in a normal American restaurant, except you have the great opportunity to eat excellent vegan food. The menu has amazing options and the quality is really high. We really enjoyed it.”

Crossroads, Los Angeles, California: “Three out of four of us were not vegans, but we still all enjoyed the food. Our favorites were the kale Caesar, artichoke dip, and the vegan version on chicken Parmesan.”

* The Daily Dish, Silver Spring, Maryland: “I recently stopped by The Daily Dish after hearing about their delicious vegan soups, and I must say, I was not disappointed. I started with a bowl of the butternut squash soup. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing the flavor was; I wanted to lick the bowl it was so perfect.”

Depature Restaurant and Lounge, Portland, Oregon: “We are long-term vegans and the dishes that we ate at Departure were not just off a special vegan menu, but they were imaginative and delicious. Everything was unique and different than what we normally prepare at home.”

Gather, Berkeley, California: ” Vegan charcuterie is always a winner as an appetizer. It’s nice to take your time with that one. Our two friends who had never been to Gather agreed it was entirely unique. For our entrees, we shared pizzas and a vegan squash dish, all of which were very tasty. The chocolate vegan desert was also very good.”

Gobo, New York, New York: “I am not vegan, but I still love coming back. The portions are great. They are split by small plates, large plates, starters, and sides. I’ve eaten large plates by myself or ordered a few to share with friends, so we can all share the food. Any way you decide to go, you will not regret it.”

Greens, San Francisco, California: “The food was great! We went back the next evening. I am a vegan and was very pleased with all my courses. My wife is not a vegetarian, but loved her meals.”

Karyn’s on Green, Chicago, Illinois: “As a vegan living in southwestern Michigan, I wanted to indulge in a special treat for New Years Eve, so I looked into Karyn’s on Green, reading that it was a favorite destination for fellow vegans. My husband, who isn’t vegan, graciously accompanied me and thoroughly enjoyed the food as well. The New Year’s Eve menu was splendid: tasty, refined, creative and just the right amount so we felt satiated but not full.”

Mi Lah Vegetarian BYOB, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “Treats vegans like we are foodies too! Highly recommend whether for veggie diets or food connoisseurs!”

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Boomers Keeping Restaurants Busy; Nervous Diner Syndrome; Kid-Free Dining + More News

RelaxDining news from around the world and the web…

* A boom of boomers dining out. Millennials, however, are a different story. [The New York Times]

* Frankie say relax. So do all your servers. Nervous dining is a no-no. [Seattle Weekly]

* Should restaurants ban children? Depends on who you ask. [Fox News]

* Yippee, hippies! Legendary LA vegan restaurant The Source gets a revival by way of a pop-up. [Los Angeles Times]

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Counting Courses; Restaurants Fight the Flu; Great Wine by the Glass + More

I like tasting menus, but the last one I did was just four courses at Kajitsu in NYC. This is the citrus fruit pot — vegan and delish!

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Waste not, want not. That saying has been around for a really long time, and yet half the world’s food supply goes to waste. Join me in a collective “Ugh!” [Los Angeles Times]

* By the numbers. The so-called tyranny of tasting menus in New York, this time broken down by time and number of courses. [GrubStreet NY]

* One flu over the cuckoo’s nest. Either from illness or fear, the flu is making us all a bit crazy, and restaurants are doing their part to fight its spread. Thank you! [CBS Local/DFW]

* The real restaurant wars. The battle for dining supremacy continues to rage between New York and San Francisco. And I’m staying out of it! [The Awl]

* Pour some Ducru-Beaucaillou on me! Abe & Arthur’s restaurant in Manhattan is serving up wines by the glass that are typically too expensive for your average bear. And, you know, me. [Fox News]

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Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Meat-Free Dining During Lent

I'm not sure if there's ever a good time to be a fish, but I think it's safe to say that Lent is definitely not one of those times.

Today is the Great American Meat Out, during which many people are giving up meat for the day — or forever! At the same time, Lent is going on. Many diners eschew meat on Fridays or altogether until Easter Sunday. Dining out for these folks can be a challenge, See what diners are saying about meat-free dining during Lent in select OpenTable reviews from the last seven days!

Eddie Merlot’s, Columbus, Ohio: “We especially love the Lent special this year with the change to two lobsters.”

Karyn’s on Green, Chicago, Illinois: “For two meat eaters, trying a vegan restaurant was quite an experience, but we should have never had any doubts! We went to Karyn’s on a Friday during Lent and were very happy with the food and will be returning in the future. The ‘chorizo sliders’ were delicious and had we not known they weren’t real sausage, we would have never been able to tell.”

Le Cirque, New York, New York: “Went on a Friday during Lent so only ate fish/seafood. No complaints about our selections, all were great! From grilled octopus to whole turbot fish.”

Macello, Chicago, Illinois:  “We were looking for a good place to have dinner before a Blackhawks game and found Macello. We had a great experience. Two of the four of us were observing Lent (no meat on friday) and one was following a low carb diet. All four of us had many great options to choose from.”

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