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Larchmont Bungalow’s New Vegan Menu

If you happen to be hungry and on tony Larchmont Street but Cafe Gratitude is too much of a scene for your special vegan needs, don’t panic! There’s a brand new vegan menu at Larchmont Bungalow right down the street.

The lovely people at this “Artisan Cafe Bakery & Brew” invited me to come give feedback on the new menu and it was an epic feast!

Here’s a rundown of their new offerings, in order of my own personal preference (though I should say my friends had varying opinions), and my thoughts on it, in one sentence or less.

Vegan Chicken Tostada $12.95

Crispy tostada shells, vegan chicken, black bean puree, Daiya mozzarella, shredded cabbage, guacamole, pico de gallo and ranchero salsa.

This had everything you could ask for in Mexigan food: maximum flavor, crunch, and all the important food groups.

Green Vegan Enchiladas $13.95

Marinated five-grain tempeh, spinach and caramelized onions wrapped in corn tortillas and topped with Daiya mozzarella and homemade tomatillo salsa. Served with black beans.

I hate tempeh, but the spinach and tomatillo salsa are so good this is another Mexigan winner.

Vegan Cobb Salad $12.95

Smokey-maple bacon tempeh, vegan chicken, avocado, chopped tomatoes, daiya mozzarella, and creamy vegan caesar dressing.

This is a helluva salad– I wish it was tossed instead of segregated piles of maybe one two many ingredients, but the dressing is so good it’s worth its weight in printer ink.

Maple Bacon Tempeh Club $12.95

Maple bacon tempeh, tomato, lettuce, avocado and veganaise served on choice of bread with a choice of fries, salad, sweet potato fries or soup..

This club was a table pleaser, and even I, the great tempeh hater, must admit this one has an amazing maple bacon flavor and gives M Cafe’s club a real run for the money.

Vegan Breakfast Burrito $12.95

Marinated tofu and five-grain tempeh, black beans, roasted peppers, caramelized onions and vegan chipotle aioli wrapped in a warm flour tortilla with a side of guacamole.

The best part of this was the side of potatoes– they were so good they should’ve been inside the burrito, though by the time this came I was so painfully full my mouth couldn’t handle its rich, creamy, chipotle-eyness.

Vegan Tofu Scramble

Tofu, mushrooms, caramelized onions, red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini, daiya mozzarella, and guacamole with fruit salad and toast.

This could be an amazing scramble if only it was actually scrambled and not stir fry’d– take a big fork to that tofu, mash it up and add some turmeric to make it yellow, please! (This is a major pet peeve of mine, if you’re going to try to make and sell something called a vegan scramble, go the extra step and scramble it!)

They offer other things we didn’t try, too, like Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes and a Daily Vegan Soup! They also have an extensive tea and coffee selection and a nice cafe vibe.

Six thumbs were upped for the Bungalow. My only beef (ew, puns!) about it is that it’s only open till 9 and you order at the front, right next to of a whole glass case filled with beautiful looking cakes and things and there is not one single Vegan baked good! We like cake, too!

6 Comments

  1. Comment by

    Sean

    on #

    The city has filed three criminal charges against Larchmont Bungalow for operating illegally.

    Locals know better than to go eat there.

  2. Comment by

    Andrea

    on #

    Thanks for your comment, Sean. I am, in fact, a local. And 681 other locals gave LB a 4 star rating on yelp.

    Sorry if their zoning issues upset you enough to keep you from eating there, hopefully they will get that resolved and you can go try their good eats!

  3. Comment by

    Sean

    on #

    Larchmont Bungalow issued 8,000 half-off coupons to non-locals and is known for comping Elite Yelpers.

    They are also using the Dine Green logo against the wishes of the Dine Green Association. http://dinegreen.com

    Please read the documents filed with the courts and with the neighborhood council, where they explicitly said they are a furniture store and not a dine-in restaurant.

    This is not a zoning issue, but an ethical and legal issue. They’re the only illegal operating restaurant in our area.

  4. Comment by

    David SAms

    on #

    Sean- you are funny. We are talking anot food began food and you have to fight with a blogger about something regarding zoning. You have no love bro. Look at the problems in this world today and look…. A loser, probably entitled only child, has to hate web more. Get a life loser. Larchmont bungalow is the best thing that’s happened since white bread.

  5. Comment by

    Tina

    on #

    Glad someone brought these Larchmont Bungalow issues to the vegan community.

    Larchmont Bungalow has a track record of cynically using the “environment” and “vegan options” as a way to get support and deflect from their criminality.

    This group of developers came into Larchmont Village and told the community that they were not building a restaurant that would add congestion to the boulevard.

    They did build a large restaurant and knowingly broke city laws in the process. We vegans are ethical people. For many of us, veganism is not just a fad or trend, but a lifestyle, a philosophy.

    We support what is right. We are not vegans because it makes us more attractive. We are not vegans in a vacuum. We live our lives as a part of the community. And no, unlike Larchmont Bungalow, we don’t use the word “community” as a cover.

    Please remember what made us choose to be vegan. Just because an illegal restaurant is now offering vegan options, it doesn’t mean we have to defend their criminality.

    We are better than that.

  6. Comment by

    lily b

    on #

    yuck – that food looks unappetizing. It’s disappointing to hear of Larchmont Bungalow trying to be something that they truly aren’t at the core. Nothing good ever comes out of following money and trends. And, David Sams, you sound like a real uneducated ass…

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