Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dandelion CommuniTea Cafe

DANDELION CommuniTEA Café is a local, organic, eco-friendly eatery that has become one of my favorite places to go for lunch. The Earth-loving, tree hugging staff is always super-friendly and they seem to be quite in tune with all things that are good for the environment including growing many of their products right on the premises.

Dandelion is obviously an old house that has been turned into a restaurant and offers either indoor or outdoor seating. You order and pay at the counter, and then they bring your food out to you. The menu consists of many Vegetarian or Vegan items (that can be ordered as a Bowl or a Wrap).

The Wraps are very good, however I always order the Bowl – for some reason I feel like you get more.

My favorite thing to order is Buffalo 66 (Cashew encrusted Tempeh Tenders, Carrots, Celery, Red Onion with a side of Buffalo Sauce and Vegan Blue cheese Dressing $9.75) I get it as a Bowl with a mix of Quinoa and Spring Mix. The flavors of the Buffalo and the Blue Cheese are so intense that you would never know they are Vegan and it is extremely satisfying. Their Hummus and Blue Corn Chips are a great side and give this meal a little extra crunch!

Another dish you need to know about is The Giddyup (Our famous Tempeh Chili topped with crumbled Blue Corn Chips, fresh Diced Tomato and Scallions. Served with Vegan Queso or Organic Dairy Cheddar $9). Now this dish is great any day of the week…. But Mondays (Giddyup Mondays) it is only $5 (with side included). In fact just about every Monday one of us ends up saying, “It is Giddyup Monday, should we go to Dandelion?” This is a highly recommended outing to start your week out right!

The Bean There, Done That (A Black and White Bean Duo mix it up with Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, Red Onion, Bell Peppers, Organic Dairy or Vegan (Soy) Feta Cheese and Cilantro with Gingerous Dressing $8.50) is also a hearty and satisfying meal!

Other things I like about Dandelion:

It’s counter service so you aren’t required to tip. (But I Always do, and you should too!)

If you order one of the Teas of the Day it is self serve which means free refills.

They display and sell the work of local artists.

They have a sign pointing you in the directions of other local businesses (including other restaurants), which ultimately gives back to the community and I feel that is a pretty cool thing to do.

Eating at Dandelion will bring Rainbows and Sunshine, and you will feel better for having been there!

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