How Does This List of Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants Rate?


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It's not every day that Gut Check International Headquarters receives mail from the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association.

In fact, it's only one day: today.

At any rate, the association -- which promotes "the Quan Yin method of meditation with the inner light and sound" -- has declared a planetary emergency, like in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, when the whale probe starts churning up hurricanes everywhere, except this emergency is about climate change and the consumption of meat.

Specifically, the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association doesn't think we should eat meat and has sent along a book titled Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants Directory in USA.

Now, as regular readers know, I am the last person to pass judgment on the accuracy of a list of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in St. Louis. So I ask you, especially the vegetarian and vegan among you, to peruse the list, which I will post after the jump, and offer your additions and/or deletions.

What makes this somewhat challenging is that the guide seems to conflate vegetarian and vegan with vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. So some restaurants that do serve meat but offer numerous vegetarian options are included, like Terrene and Local Harvest Café), while others, like pretty much any Indian restaurant, are not.

(The list also includes some grocery and health-food stores, which I'll also reprint.)

Black Bear Bakery
City Food Co-Op
Everlasting Life
The Golden Grocer
Local Harvest Café
Jays International*
The Juice Box
The Natural Way
New Dawn Natural Food
OR Smoothies and Café
Raj's Rasoi
Shangri-La Diner
Wholesome Discount Foods

* - Prime example why this list is not exactly perfect.

(The guide book does include Illinois locations, but none were in the Metro East.)

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