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2012

Finally Fridays- Vegan Eats in Astoria For The Win!

by mackenzi | 5 | Share this Article:

in Astoria, Bakeries, Burgers, Restaurants

It’s no surprise I love to eat vegan. For me, it’s the easiest way to make sure I’m getting a healthy dose of veggies,  and other nutrient dense food while easing the guilt I often feel while consuming dairy that might or might not be factory farmed. After looking at the comments on this recent post, it seems I’m not the only one who’s into eating vegan in Astoria these days.

So, today’s Finally Fridays is here to answer that time old question, “What does a vegan eat, anyway?” Many thanks to everyone who chimed in on Facebook and Twitter!

(Image via Fork, Knife, & Spoon)

The endless Veggie Burger Salad combos at 5 Napkin Burger*.  Seems like an odd choice right? Just last night I was digging into their delicious “Grilled Shrimp Salad” (hold the shrimp, add veggie burger for no extra cost) chock full of avocado, pepitas, jicama, and a tart lime vinaigrette. It felt refreshing and totally filling. I’ve also been known to dig into their regular “Veggie Burger Salad” (hold the cheese, please) full of endive, green beans, pickled onions, and a tangy red wine vinaigrette. Sure, you have to ask for some tweaks to make it totally vegan, but it’s a great place to have a full vegan meal while still impressing your meat loving friends.

Our ever amazing friend Tastoria chimed in on Twitter with her favorite vegan treat, the melomakarona, a Greek honey Cookie. Get yours at Artopolis, and thank us later. And, who’s to argue with a local bakery that appears to count Al Roker as a fan?  (WHA TIP: PS- more of a do-it-yourself kinda Astorian? Here’s a great recipe. )

(Image via Yelp! user Talei J.! )

If tex-mex is more your thing, run don’t walk to Mojave near Ditmars. This hacienda inspired restaurant has several solid vegan choices. My personal favorite, the sizzling veggie fajitas is large enough to share with a friend. Ask for black beans and some extra guacamole for some seriously out of this world tastiness. WHA Facebook friend Stephanie reminded me of their tasty tempeh and mushroom tacos, which are a solid choice: hearty, earthy and totally delicious.

(Image via Yelp! user Maria B.)

No vegan in Astoria post would be complete without mentioning Mundo. Our very own Meg chimed in on Twitter about their tasty, tasty, tasty take on the classic Turkish red lentil patties, The Red Sonjia, but you’d be remiss not to check out their full vegan line up on your next visit. The perfect light summer meal, these lentil and bulger packed lettuce wraps are topped with a squeeze of lemon, and what appears to be magic. Share a plate with friends or hoard them all for yourself. Either way you can’t go wrong.

Relative newcomer, HinoMaru has a few vegan surprises up their sleeves. While ramen noodles themselves aren’t vegan (drats, that egg binder) most of their side dishes are vegan. Our friends at CitySpoonful dig their eggplant, while I quite enjoy their watermelon and cauliflower salads. It’s perfect for a light lunch or a quick bite with ramen crazy friends.

Of course these suggestions are just a start! We’d love to hear from you, what are your favorite vegan treats in Astoria and LIC?

(*Vegans, I know burgers and other prepped food is tricky business. On previous visits to 5 Napkin, I’ve had servers tell me their burger is indeed vegan. If you’re not comfortable with that, please do ask, and let me know the results!)

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Ali - YumVeggieBurger June 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Just fyi, many vegans do not consider honey to be vegan.

And 5-Napkin told me that their burger patty is made with an egg binder, although that was about a year ago so maybe they have changed the recipe since?

Brick Café also has an entire vegetarian menu with vegan items specifically marked!

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LB June 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I was going to say that same thing about honey with regard to the melomakarona suggestion. Honey is technically not vegan.

Seva also very helpfully denotes vegan options on their menu (in the restaurant and on seamless.com).

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mackenzi June 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Thanks for chiming in about the honey everyone! I don’t personally consider that part of my vegan views, so I often forget others do. My fault! Good call on Seva and Brick, too. I’ll have to look into them for the 3rd vegan eats FF roundup.

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Sonia June 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm

When I asked about the veggie burger at 5 napkin a couple months ago I was told the sauce had mayo in it, but the waiter didn’t mention anything about egg in the burger, so hopefully that’s changed? (And to be totally honest, I find the sauce so yummy that it is one of the few items that I break vegan for!)

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mackenzi June 27, 2012 at 8:31 am

Definitely the sauce has mayo, which is why I opt for the oil & vinegar dressed salads…but yeah, I agree, it’s worth the splurge every now and then.

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