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My Favorite Restaurants in the Twin Cities Area

VERY PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS…

Eureka Compass Vegan Food

Chef. Anderson creates amazing vegan baked goods. The muffin in the above picture was the best muffin I’ve ever had. I really like his making-things-from-scratch approach and use of unique combinations of fruits and vegetables.

Hai Hai

Southeast Asian street food restaurant and bar. Cool and comfortable decor, friendly service, interesting menu, and great execution. We had Salt and Pepper Tofu, Banana Blossom Salad, Balinese Cauliflower, Vietnamese Crepe, and Silken Tofu. Lots of vegan options, more for dinner than brunch.

Midori’s Floating World Cafe

Japanese restaurant. Vegan dishes are clearly marked. I love their agedaahi tofu, gyoza, mushroom broth, and veggie nigiri sushi platter. Their veggie nigiri sushi are fresh, creative, and beautifully presented. Reasonable. Great value.

Everest on Grand
Nepali restaurant. We go there a lot. Yes it’s close to our house, but the truth is we can’t go too long without their dumplings called momos . Their veggie momos are delicious. We usually get the momos and one of their curries from their vegan section of the menu to share.

fig + farro


A rather upscale restaurant. Beautiful space. Cool decor. Located in the popular uptown area. However, you seem to be able to get in without wait. All the dishes are vegetarians, and many are vegan. Menu changes periodically, so make sure you check what are on their current menu before your visit. Their giant blueberry roll is a must.

Harry Singh’s Original Caribbean Restaurant

Get their Veggie Jerk Roti. It’s tasty! Their veggie curry is very good, too, but the roti is really the only thing I now order. The roti is thin, light, chewy, and delicious. I ask for “very mild for the jerk, and it’s still quite spicy.

Unideli

This is an Asian deli inside a large Asian grocery store, United Noodles. This is where I go to get my ramen craving satisfied. Vegan dishes are clearly marked.

Hard Times Cafe
It’s located right by the University of Minnesota, and you can certainly feel the college town vibe. The decor and the service have the “love or hate” (apparently I love) uniqueness, but the food is consistently great. Very reasonable. Vegan dishes are clearly marked. Don’t forget to check out their baked goods at the counter.

Bluefox Indian Bar and Grill

Modern South Indian Cuisine. I just tried this place for the first time, and I loved it. We had asparagus soup, veggie sliders, watermelon salad, and mushroom uttapam. The watermelon salad is a must. Also loved the Uttapam, which is like a savory pancake, nicely moist and light. Vegan options were clearly marked on their online menu but not on the actual menu provided at the restaurant. Our server checked with the chef and confirmed that what we ordered were all vegan.

Ho Fan
It’s an Asian takeout place located in the downtown skyway, mostly catering for business people who want a quick lunch. I come here to get one thing, one thing only, which is Tofu Pho. Their tofu pho is super tasty and comes with lots of fried tofu and perfectly cooked broccoli, all the fixings, and extra broth. There seem to be a lot of other vegan choices as well.

Peoples Organic

They have several locations around the Twin Cities, but I like the one in Galleria Edina. I almost always get the same thing, Buddha Salad. I’ve had the same thing at a different location, and it was just not the same. By the way, their cold-brewed coffee is one of the best.

Gorkha Palace
We’ve been there only once, mainly because it’s the other side of the river. But we loved it. We had veggie momos in spicy tomato sauce and a chick pea dish, and they were both delicious. Vegan dishes are clearly marked.

Quang Restaurant
My all-time-favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Fast, cheap, good, and consistent. I used to order spring rolls and pho with beef slices. Now I order tofu spring rolls and vegetable noodle soup. Their vegetable broth has so much depth in flavor. It’s truly a masterpiece.

Black Dog Cafe
It’s a neighborhood cafe which has great comfortable atmosphere and offers local music and art experiences. They have several vegan dishes which are clearly marked. We tried Pupusas, Ratatouille, fries, pizza, gazpacho, and pear salad, and they were all very tasty. Fresh and beautifully presented.

Which Wich
It’s a chain fast food restaurant, but It’s a good option for a quick tasty bite. I have tried a few other chain sandwich shops’ no meat no dairy sandwiches, but Which Wich currently ranks at the top of my list. I like their large selection of veggies, and their sandwich tastes so fresh and satisfying. I usually don’t like to pay extra at fast food restaurants, but an addition of avocado is an exception.

Cafe Astoria

Coffee shop. It used to be the best kept secret neighborhood place, but the secret is out. Because of their unique menu and the owners’ friendly personality, this place has quickly become one of the most popular coffee shops in the Twin Cities. A lot of people go there for the Instagram-worthy look of the beverages, but they are not only pretty but also delicious. Staff is friendly and they are always willing to make things with non-dairy milk.

Vegan East

Their layered cakes are beautiful. But the number one reason I like their baked goods is because they are not overly sweet. One of my favorites is their rustic-style carrot cake which they don’t always have at the shop, but you can get it at J.Selby’s.

Crepe and Spoon

Specializes in vegan ice cream and crepes. I’m not a big ice cream person, but I do enjoy their Ube ice cream.

This list is based on my personal experience and preference.

I will continue to add places, so come back to check it periodically.

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