Veggie Girl: New Start Veggie Garden
After a weekend spent swimming hazily through a NyQuil-induced fog and eating the only thing that didn't come back up (Ak-Mak crackers), I was primed and ready for a good vegan lunch buffet--someplace where I wouldn't have to ask any questions about ingredients or wonder whether they had really removed the mayonnaise from my no-cheese vegetable sandwich.
Added to the list of old favorites--Spiral Diner, Kalachandji's--New Start Veggie Garden is a little haven of veganism near Royal and I-35.
Everything here is vegan, from the Asian yellow curry (fabulously creamy, with a hint of cinnamon) to the earthy winter-squash tempura and salty-spicy kimchi.
Maybe it's the next green tea.
The lunch buffet is an insanely affordable $6.99 a head; mushroom tea (free refills; fight cancer all day!) is $1. What's more, the staff is friendly, efficient and accommodating. Maybe it's because they're living by the "New Start" acronym, as posted on the wall next to the buffet line:
Trusting in God
Yeah! Nothing like Trusting in God (and some vegan carob cake for
dessert) to kick a cold and help you conquer life! But where does
temperance come into play?
New Start Veggie Garden
2330 Royal Lane #900