Respond to Review of CLOSED: World Peace Cafe
by Rebecca Byrd
Review: It was a month ago today that my husband and I dropped into this place for dinner on a cold, wet Friday night. We were the only ones in the place, other than the volunteer staff. At any other restaurant, such desertion would make us worry what kind of place we were in, but looking around at the beautiful interior, we knew. This place is warmth all over. From the ethereal 2 story ceiling, to the beautiful painted canvases adorning the high walls, to the soft glow of the ginormous paper lanterns, and to the delicious food, we felt so happy to take solitary refuge in this peaceful, glowing space. The Buddhist volunteer staff attended to us more professionally than 90% of paid waiters and waitresses. Service was fast and efficient. The soups we had were some of THE tastiest, heartiest restaurant soups we'd ever had (see photos above): a tomato and a lentil soup. With the soup we sipped on a delicious tea we both fell in love with: raspberry nectar caffeine free. For dinner my husband had the Grilled Polenta Cake with Eggplant Caponata (see pic above) while I had the Herb-crusted Tofu Steak & Fries (see pic above). Between the two, the Caponata was far better, which is not to say the tofu wasn't also satiating and yummy; it just wasn't as inspired or rich. But it fulfilled my craving for tofu and fries with style. And our desserts -- the vegan cake we had here was truly THE best vegan cake I've ever had: the Triple-layer Chocolate Almond Cake. The vegan cakes I've ever had have virtually all been indistinguishable from non-vegan cakes; in other words, they're delicious. But I would dare to say this vegan cake was better than 90% of the non-vegan cakes I've ever had. It's worth coming here just for their vegan desserts alone, seriously. Besides their amazing cake, we took home some of their vegan cookies, and they were soooo yummy. I can't even tell you. You just have to taste them all. And another great part: we took advantage of the Friday Night Dinner for Two Special, so we paid between $5-$10 less than the sum of every item we ordered. I think we paid under $30 for 2 soups, 2 teas, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts, all vegan, healthy, & delicious, and they use organically & locally grown whenever they can. They cook to order & don't have a microwave. I'm turned off by ginormous menus with too many choices. Their menu here is the perfect balance between variety and easy navigation, just the right size. Their story is an interesting one. Eat here & leave refreshed.