Friday, June 30, 2006

Supporting vegan-friendly businesses

We went to The Flat and had vegan crepes for dinner tonight. I mentioned this place when they first opened and we try to stop by every so often to support them since they have the vegan crepe option (and their soy cheese is vegan - at least is says so on the menu). After eating at several places in Richmond recently with great vegan items clearly marked on the menu it dawned on me that even though there are many restaurants here in Charlottesville where we can eat out and get vegan options, I think The Flat is the only one that actually has the word "vegan" on their menu. So we're doing what we can to keep them in business. Not that they really need it though because whenever we go there always seems to be a big crowd of people there.

6 comments:

springsandwells said...

Don't you just especially love it when you see the actual word "vegan" on the menu!? I find it so reassuring... so welcoming. It's so nice to know that someone at the restaurant actually knows what you mean... It's less of a leap of faith that way!
:) Amey

Geraldine said...

That is encouraging....vegan restaurants shouldn't be that hard to find though. We certainly don't have any,up here in the Northern Boonies....LOL, but the times they are a-changing and the people who did work to establish vegan eateries soon, will be the winners (and in so many ways) in the long run.
Happy 4th Chris and Darlene and BFN

Chris said...

Thanks Geraldine - I hope you're right.

And Amey - it certainly is reassuring to see that word on a menu - rather than asking a server who may or may not have a clue...

Dave Norris said...

Hi guys -- my favorite lunch place in town, Bodo's Bagels, does mark its vegan soups as "vegan" and one of my other favorite Cville eateries (Stick's) even advertises "vegan" selections on its radio ads! So there are at least two other establishments around here that know & use the "V Word." :-) Keep up the great work! -- Dave

Chris said...

thanks for the tip about Bodo's Dave. We do go to Sticks occasionally but we have mixed feelings about them since they seem to cook their veggies on the same grill as the meat.

maria said...

Thanks for the tip! I didn't realize that they served vegan crepes-mmm!

I also know that Milan (the Indian Restaurant on Seminal Trail Road) marks both their vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu- which is great to know that they doesn't use ghee or cream in those dishes, plus you cant beat the taste!

I also know that Cafe 88 (a Taiwanese restaurant on Preston Ave., very close to sticks) labels their vegetarian food, but the woman who owns the restaurant cooks everything, and is more than willing to tell you which vegetarian things have egg and which don't.