Midtown Vegan Delights, Part III


By Danielle Carlson, SacMidtown.com

Who would have thought that there could be three jam packed articles covering vegan friendly restaurants in Midtown, Sacramento?

Sac town is becoming a surprisingly progressive Mecca for us vegetarians and vegans and is stepping up to the challenge of serving the people healthier and tastier options.  This month’s Sacramento Magazine’s cover story is titled, “Dining: The Rise of Vegetables” which showcases 10 must-try veggie dishes from Sacramento area restaurants.

They’re calling it a “green revolution” which seriously brings tears of joy to my eyes.  I’m a nerd, get over it.

But after seeing this country slump so far into an unhealthy, fast-food ridden coma, it is so exciting to see us emerge with a new found goal for health, longevity, and appreciation of our bodies, the planet and our animal friends.  Whether you’re doing it for your health or to literally save the world, a plant based lifestyle is the way of the future!

Tower Café: If you haven’t been to Tower Café, you can’t call yourself a true Sacramentoan.  Paired with the awesome indie theater next door, the Tower Café is a true gem in our State’s capitol.  They offer a variety of vegetarian and vegan options which I hope to try more of!  The only thing I’ve tried here, which absolutely ROCKED, was the East African Veggie Burger.  OMG this thing is huge and super rich so I recommend sharing with a friend.  The patty alone is made of ground peas, sweet potato, garbanzo beans, and corn mixed with African spices and encrusted with sesame and sunflower seeds.   Ummmm yeah, it’s amazing.   They have tons more veg options so hit this place up for a late night bite post indie film indulging and you’ll be grateful you did.  They’re open until midnight on the weekends!

The Green Boheme: Though The Green Bohome is not in Midtown, it’s only a hop skip and a jump over to Del Paso Blvd.  And well worth the hops and skips.  They’re menu is 100% raw and vegan.  This is for the hardcore health nuts out there, you guys rock!  Some people believe that cooking food destroys the nutrition and enzymes that are so vital for our bodies.  I personally try to mix it up and have some raw and some cooked every day.  Anyways, The Green Boheme offers a variety of amazing options that are priced pretty reasonably considering they’re high quality.  From enchiladas and purple burritos to Portabella Steak and Garlic “mock” Mashed Potatoes, this place has it all.  They also make yummy smoothies and juices and have a full dessert menu including mint ginger ice cream and a strawberry layer cake.  Ya I’ll take the whole menu to-go please!

Bombay Bar and Grill: I had heard mixed reviews about Bombay before I tried it but my experience was very good.  The service was a little strange and slow but the food was amazing and the bar is GORGEOUS.  It’s almost worth going just to see it.  They have happy hour every day including weekends where they serve $1.50 Pabst Blue Ribbon on tap, $3 dollar glasses of house wine and $3 dollar cocktails.  They have many vegetarian appetizers to choose from including the delicious vegetable samosas.  They have a full vegetarian entrée menu with lots to choose from.  I got the “Vegan Thali” which included puri bread, vegetable momos, samosas, steamed rice and garbanzo beans.  It’s plenty big to share which is good because it’s a little pricey at 14 bucks.

Queen Sheba: I finally got to try Ethiopian food at Queen Sheba last month and I’m so glad I did!  Queen Sheba offers so many vegetarian and vegan options it’s a little ridiculous I hadn’t been there before.  And the servers are very knowledgeable of what’s in the food and how it’s cooked. I had the vegetarian combo which was a combination of split peas, lentil peas, Gomen, cabbage, potatoes/carrots, and fresh salad.  And since I love food, I also got a side of the “Tofu Tibbs” which is made of tender chunks of tofu, sautéed with special red pepper sauce, garlic, onions, bell peppers, herbs, and mixed veggies.  Absolutely delish!  Most people really like the fact that Ethiopian food is served sans silverware:  You get to eat with your hands!  But since I’m a clean freak, I asked for a fork.  The waitress was very nice about it.  I would definitely recommend Queen Sheba and can’t wait to go there again!

Vegan Quote of the week: “My motivation for going veg was athletic performance.  I was simply searching for the best diet to fuel a high-performance lifestyle.  I found it in the form of a plant-based diet.” –Brendan Brazier, Ironman Triathlete.  After reading countless books and talking to a number of vegans, I become stronger and stronger in my decision to maintain a plant-based lifestyle every day.  Not only is it amazing for your body, it helps heal the planet and is obviously good for our animal friends.  For those of you who are interested in the lifestyle, I would recommend starting your research with the following books:  Skinny Bitch, The Kind Diet, and The China Study.  I promise you will not be disappointed.  Go veg!

About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of SacMidtown.com, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.


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3 Comments for “Midtown Vegan Delights, Part III”

  1. Great article! I can’t wait to try out some of the dishes/restaurants you mentioned! Keep up the good work.

  2. UGH

    “This is going to be short and simple. Do not say or write “anyways”–not ever. The word is ‘anyway.’ The form “anyways” is found in some dialects in the United States, but it is not standard English, and it should never be used in any situation where you want to be considered reasonably well educated. That’s all there is to it. ” — GrammarTips

    • Danielle

      Thanks for the lookout! I try to write these more like blogs using slang and fun language like I’m chattin it up with Sacramento. But it’s always nice to hear feedback. Thanks!! 🙂

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