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A Capital Improvement On The Work Lunch

Where: 1020 19th St. NW, Washington, DC, United States
November 21, 2008 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready to expand your palate? Put down that steak and look beyond the salad plate at the world's best vegetarian restaurants.

VegDC.com just named George Washington U. hangout and fair-weather sidewalk cafe Java Green the best vegetarian joint in our nation's capital for the second year in a row. So what makes this eco-friendly restaurant so great? Its model of fast food, vegan style!

The Conscious Kitchen, in its round-up of vegan food in DC, called Java Green "a great model of what quick, healthy veg food can be," showing off mouthwatering treats like a faux chicken bento. And a commenter on Yelp touted its "Lunches that aren't miniscule or gigantic. Lunches that are lunch-sized. I know. Wild." So whether you're picking up a noodle salad or treating yourself to a vegan burger, you'll have room for dinner--if you want to come back for more.

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Gold Medal In Morocco

Where: Blvd Mohamed VI , Tangier, Morocco
November 20, 2008 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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On its website, Sable D'Or lists among its credits that the Pakistani and Sri Lankan national cricket teams eat there exclusively whenever they come to Tangier. Whether or not Sable D'Or is the only Indian restaurant in Tangier, it seems to be the best vegetarian option in a place where the word vegetarian often draws blank stares.

Named for a beach south of Rabat also known as Sid el Abed, Sable d'Or isn't wholly veggie--or wholly Indian for that matter. But where else are you going to go to watch European sports or listen to live Moroccan music with a side order of aloo dum? If you aren't too full, hit the attached bar afterwards for some dancing.

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Dare To Vary In Amsterdam

Where: Frans Halsstraat 29 , Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 19, 2008 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready to expand your palate? Put down that steak and look beyond the salad plate at the world's best vegetarian restaurants.

It's true that De Waaghals means "the Daredevil" in Dutch. But this vegetarian restaurant in southern Amsterdam (outside the canal belt) is far from a risk--it's a proven stop for tourists and locals alike.

The organic ingredients (down to the beers and wines) are definitely a draw, but for DepressedMetabolism.com, it's De Waaghals' variety, with four different foods included in a classic plate, that sets it apart from other neighborhood joints. The current Classic, for example, features a spinach and goat cheese soufflé roll, polenta fritters, oven-roasted fennel and roasted portobello mushrooms. And HappyCow.net commenters mention that most dishes can be made vegan on request, in case you need that extra flexibility.

Just don't go Mondays, or you won't risk anything: The kitchen's closed.

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Green Is Good In Boulder

Where: 2010 16th St [map], Boulder, CO, United States
November 18, 2008 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready to expand your palate? Put down that steak and look beyond the salad plate at the world's best vegetarian restaurants.

The city of Boulder, known for its primo skiing and its smug hippies, doesn't exactly lack for vegetarian options. But even among these Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant stands out for its drive to create a perfect place for meat-free fine dining.

Leaf pairs classic white-tablecloth accoutrements like prix-fixe dinners and a full bar with a tablecloth-free atmosphere decorated with living plants. And the food? Try white polenta risotto, BBQ seitan and jerk tempeh, as unselfconscious as it is delicious. As one Yelp commenter puts it, "Leaf is not imbued with a sense of macrobiotic-holistic, health-induced vegetarian dining. It's just yummy food presented in a lovely way."

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World's Best Vegetarian Restaurants: Go, Go to New York's Gobo

October 24, 2008 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready to expand your palate? Put down that steak and look beyond the salad plate at the world's best vegetarian restaurants.

Stumbling into either location of Gobo, it would be easy to mistake it for any of a thousand pan-Asian restaurants which have sprung up in New York. But whether you're in the West Village or the Upper East Side, prepare to be surprised: Gobo takes vegan cuisine to the next level.

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World's Best Vegetarian Restaurants: Shangrila Is Mystically Delicious

Where: 2026 Irving St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States
October 23, 2008 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready to expand your palate? Put down that steak and look beyond the salad plate at the world's best vegetarian restaurants.

We'd love to take credit for discovering this San Francisco veggie utopia, but we have to credit tipster Linda Lawrence for writing in about Shangrila Vegetarian Restaurant. Linda writes:

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World's Best Vegetarian Restaurants: The Fruits of Lima

Where: Alcanfores 453-416, Lima, Peru
October 22, 2008 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready to expand your palate? Put down that steak and look beyond the salad plate at the world's best vegetarian restaurants.

The stereotype alone of South Americans as ardent meat eaters may put off vegetarian and vegan travelers altogether--or worse, leave them scrambling for the local equivalent of the granola bar. (Avoid!) But Lima's El Paraiso Bio Leben is not only a great source of cheap veggie food, it presents an alternative to all that churrascaria madness.

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World's Best Vegetarian Restaurants: Mash, No Bangers

Where: 64 High Street, Kingston-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
October 21, 2008 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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"Wholesome, hearty and hunger-defeating": That's how Time Out London described a stew at Riverside Vegetaria, an ethnicity-defying vegetarian restaurant in Kingston-upon-Thames.

As one of the first places on earth to have a vegetarian movement--as early as 1849, local plant eaters could subscribe to the local "Vegetarian Messenger" to meet like-minded diners--London has an embarrassment of riches for veggie diners. But Riverside Vegetaria also boasts "the biggest dessert menu in Britain" according to the UK Times, as well as glorious river views and an ever-rotating organic menu. Those Brits know a good thing when they see one.

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World's Best Vegetarian Restaurants: Eat Like a Buddhist in Shanghai

Where: 445 Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai, China
October 20, 2008 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

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It was a monk who originally founded Gong De Lin, arguably Shanghai's oldest vegetarian restaurant. And while the menu may not look particularly veggie friendly, don't be fooled: All the meat on the menu is bean curd, sometimes meat-shaped for your amusement.

Even classic Chinese whole-animal dishes like pig bowels and chicken feet have been rendered in veggie forms, creating an experience some vegetarians actually find too real to be enjoyed. Many of the sauces include local mushrooms, which add a "meaty" flavor to dishes like shrimp balls and spring chickens. For dessert, try the fried and caramelized pineapple.

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