Review: We went here last year for lunch and it was pretty good. I remember the service being pretty slow even though there were only two other tables. So today we thought we would see if they were open for dinner. They were but it was a "dinner and wine menu" I couldn't see anything vegan or vegetarian on the menu. They had the lunch menu up with quite a bit of vegan options but told me they weren't serving it. All of the meat products on the dinner menu made my stomach turn a little bit. Since we still had food from our picnic we went back to the car and ate that (it included organic, local ingredients, too). I don't think I'll be returning. If I want to have that much meat around my vegan food, I can go to any restaurant there. I was disappointed to say the least.
Posted by johnsowa
on Friday, February 22, 2013
First I ant to thank our guests for their honest reviews about how we are doing. Let me address a key factor as for cross contamination of meat and vegetarian selections. There is none! We are a small place but I follow every precaution not to mix meat fish and veggies anywhere. We have one panini grill where one side is used for meat items and the other for veggie. If at any point we are forced to use both sides due to a rush of pork sandwiches the grill is brushed and cleaned before reuse. We pride ourselves in maintaining the highest standards in organic products as well as preparing them. At night our Tapas menu still offers vegetarian options as well as vegan. I venture to say we offer the most vegetarian-vegan options in Clatsop County. Unfortunately if we were to offer a vegetarian-vegan only menu we couldn't stay in business. We are also the only restaurant in the area offering gluten free selections on a regular basis. This entails my driving to Portland once a month to purchase the best gluten free bread rather than buying an off the shelf mass produced brand. Sweet Basil's Cafes mission is to provide a place where vegetarian and carnivores could both enjoy a fresh organic all natural meal and, I think we have accomplished that. So I really hope anyone that comes in and dines with us understands that we really do care and are committed to serving vegetarian meals but in our area it must be shared with non-vegetarians. John S Chef/Owner
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