Finding Great Local Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants: Patrenella’s in Houston, TX

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From top:  Eggplant Parm, the inviting outside of Patrenella’s, family patriarch and owner with his family, Mr. Patrenella

We score in 5 of 6 categories: What, Where, When, Who, Why and How (usually, How Much). The max score for each category is 20. The highest possible score is 100 (5 categories X 20 = 100).

FG Rating:  94

What:  Patrenella’s Italian Restaurant, is a gem located in Houston, TX. that is wonderfully accommodating to vegetarian palates.  We asked our friendly server to adjust some of the menu items slightly and he did without hesitation.  We enjoyed the Eggplant Parm and Angel Hair Primavera and wondered how we hadn’t discovered this incredible place earlier!

http://www.patrenellas.net/main/menu.php

LLAG What Score: 19 out of 20

Where: Located in the renovated old family home….how great is that!

813 Jackson Hill

Houston, TX 77007

713.863.8223

LLAG Where Score: 20 out of 20

When:  Open Tuesday through Saturday

Lunch Hours
Tuesday through Friday
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Dinner Hours
Tuesday through Saturday
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Closed Sundays and Mondays

LLAG When Score: 16 out of 20.

Who: This is the real thing…the Patrenella’s own and operate the restaurant!

LLAG Who Score: 20 out of 20

Why: It’s like going to an Italian family’s house for dinner…because it is!

LLAG Why Score: 19 out of 20.

Enjoy!

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FG

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Finding Great Local Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants: Ella’s in Washington DC

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From top left:  Warm Lentils with Roasted Peppers and Grilled Ciabatta Bread, Eggplant Parm, Ella’s menu and the storefront

We score in 5 of 6 categories: What, Where, When, Who, Why and How (usually, How Much). The max score for each category is 20. The highest possible score is 100 (5 categories X 20 = 100).

FG Rating:  94

What: Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza, is an incredible restaurant located in Washington DC (near Verizon Center, the Spy Museum and Ford’s Theater) that serves delicious variety of vegetarian friendly menu items (including pizza!).  My husband described his dinner (pictured above):  Lentils…kind of like soup, kind of like stew…thick and hearty with roasted red and yellow peppers folded inside; Eggplant…breaded, crispy and tender, too…tomato sauce slightly tart with good tomato-ey sweetness…mozzarella and pesto add to the savoriness.  Yum!

 

http://www.ellaspizza.com

LLAG What Score: 19 out of 20

Where: 610 9th Street NW (between G and F)

Five blocks from the White House

Washington DC 20004

P. 202.638.3434

LLAG Where Score: 18 out of 20

When: Open every day

Monday-Thursday: 11:00 am-10:00 p

Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am-11 pm

Sunday:  12:00 pm-10 pm

LLAG When Score: 18 out of 20.

Who:  Yared, the knowledgeable server, was excellent

LLAG Who Score: 20 out of 20

Why:  The winning combination of great food, service and variety

LLAG Why Score: 19 out of 20.

Enjoy!

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FG

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Finding Great Local Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants: Quartino Restaurante in Chicago, IL

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Clockwise from upper left:  Eggplant Parmesan, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Eggplant Caponata

FG Rating: 94 out of 100

We score in 5 of 6 categories: What, Where, When, Who, Why and How (usually, How Much). The max score for each category is 20. The highest possible score is 100 (5 categories X 20 = 100).

What:  Quartino Restaurant, recognized as one of the best in the city, is a vegetarian friendly Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Chicago.  Featuring small plates for sharing, dining here is a culinary adventure you’ll remember and want to repeat!  Here’s a link to their website:

http://www.quartinochicago.com

LLAG What Score: 19 out of 20

Where:  626 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
P. 312.698.5000

LLAG Where Score: 17 out of 20

When:  Great for late dining!

S-F: 11:30-2am

(kitchen 1am)

Sat: 11:30-3am
(kitchen 1am; pizza 2am)

LLAG When Score: 20 out of 20.

Who:  Award winning chef John Coletta is hands on and one of the owners

LLAG Who Score:  20 out of 20

Why: Wide variety on the menu, ambience and friendly, helpful staff

LLAG Why Score: 18 out of 20.

Enjoy!

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FG

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Finding Great Local Vegetarian Restaurants: Marrakech P Street in Washington, DC

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FG Rating:  92

We score in 5 of 6 categories:  What, Where, When, Who, Why and How (usually, How Much).  The max score for each category is 20.  The highest possible score is 100 (5 categories X 20 = 100).

What:  Marrakech Restaurant is a very vegetarian friendly Moroccan restaurant offering a wide variety of full flavored dishes to wow your palette.  There’s nothing like Moroccan done right and this is the real thing!  Here’s a link to their website:

http://www.marrakeshpstreetdc.com

LLAG What Score:  19 out of 20.

Where:  2147 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037

(202) 775-1882

LLAG Where Score:  17 out of 20.

When:  Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 am to 11:00 pm…extra points for staying open late!  Closed on Mondays.

LLAG When Score:  20 out of 20.

Why:  Wide variety on the menu AND they DELIVER!

LLAG Why Score:  18 out of 20.

How Much:  Moderately priced…you can leave with your hunger satisfied and $ left in your wallet.

LLAG How Much Score:  18 out of 20.

Enjoy!

Living Like a Goddess,

FG

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Finding Great Local Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants: DejaVu in Memphis, Tennessee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our GREAT Vegetarian Lunch               Owner & Chef, Gary…this guy gets it!

FG Rating:  99

What:  DejaVu Restaurant…billed as a New Orleans Creole Soul Food & Vegetarian Restaurant, this happy place is a vegetarian’s gold mine!  We dined at the Mardi Gras themed downtown location for lunch and liked it so much we came back the next day.  We LOVE that all the veggies are prepared in vegetarian friendly ways (no meat, no chicken stock, etc)…even the Red Beans and Rice.  We chose the Veggie plate (your choice of 4 items)…you’ll see my picks in the photo above:  Fresh okra with tomatoes and a nice spicy kick, real New Orleans red beans and rice, steamed veggies (squash, broccoli, carrots and red pepper) and extra crispy sweet potato fries accompanied by not-too-sweet cornbread…in a word…YUMMMMM!

Here’s a link:

http://www.dejavurestaurant.org

Where:  51 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38104

Phone (901) 505-0212

When:   Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Who:   Chef Gary Williams gets it!  We met the welcoming Chef Gary on our first visit to DejaVu.  Thank you for understanding and cooking for all the vegetarians…GREAT FOOD!

Why:  Worry free ordering for excellent vegetarian food!

How much:  Moderately (affordably) priced…we met one diner who had been there five times that week…WOW!

Enjoy!

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FG

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Finding Great Local Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants: Uncle Paul’s Pizza in New York City

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Above:  Uncle Paul’s welcoming dining room (usually FULL during peak dining hours) and the savory Veggie Wrap

 

FG Rating:  97

What:  Uncle Paul’s Pizza…yes, it’s great New York Pizza…AND we LOVE the savory Veggie Wrap, shown above, filled with eggplant, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes…yummmmm!

Where:  70 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017
(212) 922-1200

Here’s a link:

http://unclepaulsnyc.com

Who:  We talked with Vinnie, the chef who created our delicious wraps

Why:  Okay, yes, we’re picky pescetarians…fantastic tasting food is a MUST with us!   Uncle Paul’s is up there with the best around the country and was undaunted with our special requests.  That earns points from us!

How much:  Thankfully…fairly priced.

Living Like a Goddess,

FG

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