Stopped in for lunch on my second day since moving to Indy. There were 19 items on lunch buffet and only 4 weren’t vegetarian! All the items I ate we’re really tasty and creamy. They even brought a basket of hot, fresh naan rather than a tray of it on the buffet. It was delicious! The decor was cool too! Metal art on the walls that looks like stylized cityscapes and a fabric draped ceiling. I want to take my husband soon!
11301 Village Sq Ln
Fishers, IN 46038
Just moved to Indy and this is the first Korean place we went. The lady who served us was awesome! I would go back just to talk to her! The food was good too. On top of the banchan she also brought us a vegetable pajon (pancake). When I told her I had an interest in Korean language, dramas and music she said things to me on Korean and told me the reply. She cracked me up saying I was a stalker because I know when Lee Jun Ki gets out of the army My husband got tofu steak with cheese, which I thought was gross, but he liked (I don’t think tofu and cheese should go together). I got dol sot bi Bim bap with tofu instead of meat. All good!
7262 Fishers Crossing Dr
Fishers, IN 46038
580 Walnut St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
By the time we met up with our friend after work and got downtown it was going on eight o’clock. I don’t know if that’s early or late by weeknight downtown standards but we found Mr. Sushi at light capacity, with only a few tables of hipsters at the front making a ruckus. We’d heard that the service was slow but were surprised that both our appetizer of vegetable tempura and our combo plate of sushi came out quickly. Maybe it was the right time of day or that our sushi didn’t require any special handling like an exotic dead-fish roll.
The tempura veggies were a little pricey at $5 and there wasn’t as much as I would’ve expected but what we got was a tasty mix of deep fried peppers, onion, carrot and zucchini. Pretty typical stuff but good. The Vegetable Roll Combination on their web menu is a little different than what we had. Ours was an AAC (Avocado, Asparagus, Cucumber) roll, a Vegetable (Carrot, Avocado, Cucumber) roll and Inari for $13. Both are pretty typical rolls but Mr. Sushi’s had a sweeter flavor that I think of fondly as I type this and the Inari, of course, were scrumptious; a little small but well packed with tasty rice, nice and cold.
The only downside, really, is that Mr. Sushi is downtown but for the crowd who live, work, and play down there on a daily basis it’s well worth stopping in. They’re maybe a little pricier than some of the nearby alternatives but not by much!
Fusion Wok Sushi Bar
3645 Stone Creek Blvd, Suite H
Cincinnati, OH 45251
Katy: We went to check out the new sushi place in the Stone Creek shopping center on Colerain south of I-275 for dinner Sunday night. We were excited that there would be an alternative to Kabuto in the area.
Shawn: Kabuto is a pretty miserable stop for sushi so, like Katy said, we were thrilled to see a new place opening up. Located in the fancy-pants area of Northgate, Fusion Wok is a small restaurant, not much bigger than University Heights’ Maki Express, with similarly spartan decoration. The furnishings are nice and new with lacquered dark wood and the sushi bar is as colorful and lively as any but overall it’s a typical sushi joint.
So that leaves us with the food. A complimentary dish of sugared peanuts surprised us both but I passed on account of them being nuts and all. After a few questions with one of the chefs to confirm what was vegan we had ordered veggie roll ($3.25), sweet potato roll ($4.25), avocado roll ($2.95), cucumber roll ($2.50) and some inari ($3.50).
Fusion Wok Sushi Bar decor
Fusion Wok Sushi Bar sushi 1
Katy: The presentation of the sushi was very nice and we were thrilled to see the sweet potato roll is tempura sweet potato like we’ve had at Tokyo. The inari had a very small amount of rice and the tofu wrapper was folded up into itself making these the smallest we’ve had at this price. The veggie roll had a miso sauce on top that was a little sweet & spicy (very slight) and very tasty. Nothing thrilling to say about the avocado or cucumber rolls, they were tasty, not bad and not amazing – average priced. In total, I think all the rolls were reasonably priced for size & quality except the inari being skimpy.
We are looking forward to going again within the next week to try non-sushi foods. Shawn uploaded their menu to Urban Spoon, but as of this moment it hasn’t shown up yet.
Here are the rest of the photos we took
Fusion Wok Sushi Bar complimentary treat
Fusion Wok Sushi Bar sushi 2
Fusion Wok Sushi Bar sushi 3
Fusion Wok Sushi Bar complimentary after meal treat 2
Fusion Wok Sushi Bar soy sauce
6227 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213
Loving cafe always has specials on Saturday’s at lunch, but some of them have been added permanently to the menu. My favorite is the BBQ Chik’n Wrap pictured below. For those concerned, it’s not spicy at all from what I can tell. It’s more the sweet BBQ flavor similar to the BW-3′s sweet BBQ sauce that’s 1 or 2 from the bottom in spiciness. Inside the wrap is fried rice with veggies in it like edamame & corn, lettuce, vegan mayo and some sort of fake chicken that has a great texture and taste. It’s all I’ve ordered since last fall when eating there, I believe. I crave it sometimes, yum yum!
Loving Cafe BBQ Chik’n wrap
Loving Cafe BBQ Chik’n wrap closed
4165 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223
Actually, Melt is great for any meal. I always get the same meal, except at brunch when I can’t. This photo is from a lunch with Shawn, myself and our friend @Simpleton001. Shawn (left) got the vegan coney which is served open faced & he got mixed greens. Center is my halvsies custom seitan burger, vegan cheesy sauce & vegan mayo. Other half is vegan Caesar salad with tofu. I order this EVERY time. On right @Simpleton001 tried the sandwich I get with a side of rosemary redskins.
Melt for lunch
8598 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45251-2914
Once we became vegan we stopped getting Mexican food because we associated so much cheese with that cuisine. This isn’t an unfair way to look at it, but we’ve made up with Mexican food, although our choices are very limited. The first time back to Los Panchos, our closest Mexican restaurant to home, we felt as if we’d cheated even though we still ate vegan. They have a veggie burrito that comes with rice & bean and a small amount of cheese, but they almost always remember not to put cheese when you request that. I’m not a fan of cilantro, so finding Mexican places that don’t use it in everything makes me happy. When Los Panchos first opened it was back and forth whether you got any, but lately it hasn’t been excessive in my meals. They have the type of salsa I prefer, where is like a spicy tomato & pepper puree and, as I said, they are convenient to home. Unfortunately, they have slow service at any time of day (but not always), but definitely Friday and Saturday nights.
Here are some dark and blurry pics for your eye straining pleasure. The super quesadilla our non-vegan friend got probably couldn’t be made vegan without it just becoming the veggie burrito anyway.
Veggie Burrito rice & beans
Veggie Burrito rice & beans
Super quesadilla with touch of salad
Cancun Mexican Restaurant
11930 Hamilton Ave
Mount Healthy, OH 45231
Shawn and I were driving home down Hamilton Ave. and we were hungry! I recalled there being a Cancun Mexican restaurant on route and suggested checking it out. We had eaten at the Cancun on Glenway Ave. back when we lived in Westwood and were still meat eaters. The only things I recall about that were the building being attached to Western Bowl (bowling alley) and the salsa being loaded with cilantro. I may or may not have mentioned that cilantro is the bane of my existence. Most people either love or hate it and I’m in the hate realm. It literally tastes like metal to me. meh.
The parking lot was littered with holes, the bar next door had smokers on route to the front door, I was on the verge of saying forget it. We went in anyway and saw a half dozen vegetarian options. Typical Mexican restaurant vegetarian fare such as bean burritos, cheese enchiladas, and bean and cheese tostadas. The last item was called a “Kentucky Burrito” that sounded unlike any other items we’ve had at Mexican restaurants so we got in line. A couple in line saw us looking at a menu and assured us their food was “really good”. Once we were seated and our chips and salsa arrived I was thrilled to see that the salsa wasn’t as I remembered the Western Hills location being. It was the salsa style I like which seems as if it’s pureed tomatoes and peppers with some spices. It was spicy and good with a little green (possibly cilantro), but so little it didn’t take away from the good and spicy taste.
We both ordered the “Kentucky Burrito” without cheese, but it arrived with cheese. We shoved our cheese to the edges of the plates and dove in. The burritos were filled with carrots, celery and potatoes and it was covered with a tomato sauce. The plate also had refried beans, rice and what several Mexican restaurants call “A touch of salad.” A lettuce and tomato salad with a vinegar based dressing. The burrito was tasty, but the inner veggies seemed seasoned in a way that almost clashed with the rest of the meal. As if they were a veggie stew, seasoned as a normal stew and then thrown into a Mexican meal. Different, but I’m unsure I’d eat it again.
Today we went to Melt and had a wonderful brunch. Shawn got the vegan biscuits & gravy and I got the Rosemary Redskin Mess. Both were delicious and came out very quickly despite being so crowded.