This is Minneapolis' only raw vegan restaurant, which is surprising, because that city has such a large vegan-vegetarian community. What's great is that when you go into this place, you see a lot of people that you wouldn't expect to see. Maybe I've been in NYC too long, but you start to imagine only young people go out to eat at raw spots. Maybe it's because I only go during mid day?
When you get right down to it, its just amazing vegan food. Raw or not... doesn't matter, and I think that's why it brings in so many different types of people. They have a nice store inside and, connected inside the same building, is a colon hydrotherapist's office. They are also really good about bringing the community in with get-togethers and informational lectures.
So lets get down to the food, shall we?
Good, but not Great
- Burger: again like every other place besides Quintessence, its okay, but not at all mind-blowing.
- Falafel Wrap: skip
- Pizzas: so-so
- Tostada: my friend Aaron really digs it, but I've yet to partake.
Okay, and now for the dishes that I really enjoyed!
The Cashew Cheese Roll pictured at the top of the post is a MUST. If you don't mind cashews, that is. We get this every time we go. They roll the cashew cheese ball in olives, basil, and sundried tomatoes, plus some amazing seasonings. Those flax chips are superb too.
Last, but certainly not least...
The Raviolis, ASTOUNDING. This, and the cashew cheese roll would be my two picks every time now. The sauce on top was so great... we were really happy we found this one.
There is hope for the great white north! Would someone please keep this trend going in Minneapolis? Even just a nice vegetarian restaurant with a few superstar dishes like these would totally suffice.
I'm just dumbfounded when we go to vegan restaurants and they don't have one raw option, except for a dinky salad. Vegans WAKE UP! Why not have some LIVE options?
If you are ever in Minneapolis, check this place out. Isn't it so great how raw foodies will make raw restaurants VITAL stopping points when they are traveling? Its so true. If I am in a new city and there is a raw restaurant, I will do whatever it takes to get there. Love the passion!
Big ups to Ecopolitan for bringing a fresher consciousness to the Twin Cities... go support them!
p.s. And maybe you might run into Heidi and JS while you're there too!