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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Reinterpretations of Childhood Faves; Moto Miracle Berry; Dutch Cuisine + More

The Junk Food platter from LA Market by Kerry Simon is one way in which grown foodies are revisiting their childhoods. The other is moving back home with their parents.

* Kidding around. Chefs are reinterpreting childhood faves to appeal to your inner child. [HuffPost]

* Burning up. Wood-burning ovens are all the rage — and also unpredictable. [Cincinnati.com]

* Talk the talk. There’s a new dictionary just for diners. [NY Times]

* It’s a miracle. No, really. Homaru Cantu of moto and iNG in Chicago talks about the miracle berry that changes your tastebuds and trims your waistline. [GMA]

* The agony and the ecstasy. The highs and lows of life as a restaurant server. [StarkvilleDailyNews.com]

* Hi-ho, the Derry goes. Tiffany Derry talks about her looming departure from Private Social in Dallas. [DFW.com]

* Dining Downton Style. Making scenes look authentic is no walk in the abbey. [KansasCity.com]

* I do not endorse this. But, FWIW, here are some unconventional — and illegal — ways to make dining out more “exciting.” It sounds to me like the author needs to drink more. [Thought Catalog]

* Let’s go Dutch. No one ever says this about the cuisine, but they may start to sooner rather than later. [NY Times]

* Have a Melo meal. The folks at Old Homestead in New York are turning trash talk into something special, with their Carmelo Anthony steak special. [NY Daily News]

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Dining Poll: Are You Going Veggie on Meatless Mondays?

For nearly a decade, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future — and 30 schools of public health — have urged the public to participate in Meatless Mondays. Meant to improve your personal health and that of the planet by eschewing meat for one day a week, Meatless Mondays are also promoted by vegan and vegetarian groups. Fortunately for frequent diners, virtually all the restaurants on OpenTable serve dishes without meat, even legendary steakhouse Ruth’s Chris! Let us know if you’ll go meat-free today — or any other Monday — in this poll!

 


Trendspotting: Foraging for Food; Mixology with Meals; Pigs; Pop Rocks; Pop-Up Restaurants; Sharks; Sustainable Restaurants, and More

In food-related news from the blogosphere and your favorite food sections…

* Forget singing for your supper; it’s all about searching for it these days, thanks to a renewed interest in foraged ingredients. I don’t mind the practice, but this word is beginning to crop up on menus everywhere and it’s driving me a bit batty. [Nation’s Restaurant News] [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

* New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz wants to ban the use of salt in food prep at restaurants in New York State. In other words, he wants to ruin all the restaurant food in New York State. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

* Are Pop Rocks the new truffles? Probably not, but some restaurants in New York (Klee, Kefi, and Fishtail by David Burke) are embracing this clamorous candy and other 7-11 delights as ingredients in high-end dishes. [New York Post]

* I did not know that: Eggs aren’t dairy. Whew! I recently did a cleanse that excluded dairy, but I adore eggs so it was sheer (and, in hindsight, unnecessary) torture. Thanks to Carolina Santos-Neve and Epicurious for clearing this up.  [The Epi-Log]

* It’s not easy to not eat meat, but Chow’s Roxanne Webber has some insights as to how vegetarian and vegan chefs make their meat-free dishes so delicious. [Chow]

* First craft beers, now cocktails are being paired with food at fine restaurants. Can wine get a break? [The Atlantic] [Washington Post]

* Pop-up restaurants are, well, popping up all over New York, much to diners’ great joy. [Los Angeles Times]

* Restaurateurs are embracing sustainability in ways big and small, from building materials to menu items. [Los Angeles Times]

* Shark is not sustainable, in case you were wondering. [The Atlantic]

* In news sure to shake Miss Piggy to her stilettos, whole-pig restaurants are all the rage in Southern California. [Los Angeles Times]

* Despite their appetite for whole pigs, diners want to get healthier. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

* Diners also want to eat outdoors, especially in New York. [The New York Times]

* Food is my religion, and restaurants are my houses of worship. Thankfully, I am not alone. [The Grist]