Sunday, February 19, 2006

La Siringitu Vegetarian Cafe

Maggie says:
Marjorie and I ate at La Siringitu last night. The word was it's the go-to place for vegetarian soul food in town, so these two soul food lovers had to check it out. Our verdict: yummy. Just don't go in a rush...

Service was s-l-o-w. I'm talkin', awkwardly slow. As in, after being there for ten minutes the sole waiter told us he'd be back to take our order in "another five or ten minutes." Slow, but the kind of slow where you nervously check yourself and think maybe life is too rushed, maybe there's nothing wrong with sitting here for a really, really long time without even a glass of water. Maybe I should just relax and revel in girl talk and take my time... so we did. And it was worth the wait.

The space is beautiful, and would be the perfect setting for a vegetarian dinner party. Great art on the walls, a homey vibe. Apparently the menu is prepared new every day, which I love. The concept of eating what's fresh and locally available is best embodied by restaurants who start new daily, so I support that.

For dinner, you pretty much have two options: a huge combination of food for $13.50, or a choice of three items for $7.50. Marjorie and I went with the 3-choice dish, and didn't come away at all hungry.

We both had barbecued tofu, which was perfect and bursting with smoky flavor. We also both had macaroni and cheese (it was a comfort food kind of night). Marjorie ordered yams for her third choice, and I ordered black-eyed peas, only switched to a veggie combo when they ran out of peas (sniff, sniff).

Such good food. Really. So flavorful, so comforting, so nice.

Check them out for a relaxing dinner sometime. Just don't take a watch with you.


Blogger Maggie said...

Got this from local poet Adam Rubinstein today, and he said I could share:

"you know they do a poetry open mic every friday? it's not very well attended, but they have such a loving vibe, it's hard to stay away...

also, you know the history of that building? if you didn't, when you go back, ask for a tour (but make it clear you can't do it for an hour) and you'll hear about all of it. place was a saloon, brothel, half-burned-down, restaurant, all kinds of things. half the reason it has such a great vibe is the owners' attempts to 'cast off the bad spirits' in the place."

12:05 PM  
Blogger Erik Loomis said...

I totally want to eat here. God I could use some southern food.

12:51 PM  

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