Happy Wednesday! Rather than doing a whole day of eats for “What I Ate Wednesday,” I thought I’d do a review of Ecopolitan, the raw vegan restaurant where I had my birthday dinner last week. Thanks, as always, to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting WIAW!
Ecopolitan is a 100% organic raw vegan restaurant in Minneapolis. In addition to the restaurant and juice bar, Ecopolitan also offers classes and workshops on healthy and holistic living practices, colon hydrotherapy, radiation-free breast screenings, and infared saunas. Their tagline might as well be, “a health-centric hippie’s dream!”
I avoided the restaurant when I first moved here because their prices are a bit steep. However, when I first moved here, I had different priorities. Today, I think spending more money on organic, whole food is well worth it. I now spend less on medicine and alcohol, so it balances out. : )
When I started eating raw and high-raw, I also started daydreaming about the food here. That’s why I knew I had to make it my birthday dinner spot.
The restaurant/health complex is basically a large house. The restaurant is tucked cozily on the right-side, and sits only about a dozen tables. It’s not flashy, but feels inviting.
You know how if you’re a vegan (or gluten-free, or a strict ‘clean’ eater), how looking at a menu is sort of a quick, not very exciting process because you only have one or two options? Alternately, do you know that feeling you get when you go to a restaurant that you can eat *everything*?!?! It’s, like, kind of stressful, but in a super fun way. : )
I started off with a shot….
A beet, carrot, red pepper, and ginger shot! This thing was strong and delicious. And hot. Who needs hard liquor when you can feel the burn of hot peppers? It cleared my sinuses and made me feel great!
Mike started with an almond “cream” of mushroom soup. I had a bite, and we both agreed it was delicious…..
(….although Mike said, “It’d probably be even better if it was warm.”)
My main course was this unbelievably delicious kale salad with kiwi and tomatoes, and a garlic tahini dressing. I was in heaven. So delicious.
Mike had the lentil tostadas. I had a bite of that too, and it was outstanding! Lentil “meat”, fresh veggies, crunchy flax chips, and a slammin’ guac. Yum!
The dessert was the only slightly disappointing part of the evening, but that’s more my fault than Ecopolitan’s. I had been craving their “ice cream” fruit parfait since I had it last summer. I had shared it with a friend in the restaurant, and it was this overflowing mound of blended summer fruit with a coconut whip cream.
I made two mistakes this time. First, I should have known better to expect the same flavors from this dessert in the winter. I think the restaurant probably tries to stay seasonal, so this version was not as popping with the summer-fruit-flavors I tasted in the warmer months.
The other problem was that we ordered this to go. Mike and I decided we wanted to share dessert curled up on the couch to catch up on our current tv obsession. So instead of getting the beautiful fluffy parfait glass, we got everything all jammed up in a mason jar.
It was still realllly yummy, just not quite as glorious as the first time I got it. : )
We also had great service. The waitress was a sweet Minneapolis punker who was very attentive and helpful. At one point, she accidentally bumped into my chair trying to get to another table, and felt so sorry about it, she brought me a cup of free peppermint tea! How sweet!
All in all, it was an awesome bday dinner, and if you live in the Twin Cities or are ever visiting, I highly recommend giving it a try!
What’s your favorite veg-friendly restaurant in your town?