BEST VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Minneapolis 2004 - French Meadow
Although French Meadow isn't exclusively a vegetarian restaurant, it's very veggie friendly and, dare we say, even vegan-friendly. There's a rotating vegan soup of the day; sometimes it's black bean chili, sometimes it's a stew. If you do dairy, do the roasted vegetable sandwich, overflowing with roasted portobello, red peppers, caramelized onions, arugula, and a creamy goat cheese-herb spread served on homemade ciabatta bread. An egg salad sandwich, served on healthy hemp bread with Havarti cheese, makes a great light lunch. Dinner meals (with table service and a wine list) include a lasagna loaded with vegetables and fresh mozzarella, organic shepherd's pie with eggplant, mushrooms, carrots, and tomatoes topped with garlic mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese, and macaroni and cheese made with aged organic white cheddar and spinach. Not to be missed is the veggie burger: A spicy golden patty that's crunchy with veggies and topped with a secret sauce of tomato, capers, and tofu, it clearly stands outside of the shadow of any hamburger. Other items include several organic salads, a tempeh Reuben, and of course the 30-plus varieties of bread made daily, as well sweet treats.