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Respond to Review of CLOSED: Nature's Express
by buddhaphilwisdom

Review: I was kind of excited for a new 'fast-food' vegan place to open in Berkeley. I went a couple days after it's opening to find a menu that seems to be scared of the word 'vegan'. Nowhere on the menu or restaurant did it mention that the food was vegan, or at the very least that the food was free of animal products, although I think I did see on the window walking in that it was 100% plant based. It seems as though they want to draw in a non-vegan crowd, which is awesome, but seriously what about the vegans? You can't ignore the people who actually would support you. I got an eggless egg salad, a tempeh reuben, and a california wrap (no oil/dressing). They were all pretty good. I thought the prices were reasonable until I realized that they were just sandwiches, nothing on the side. So it turns out the prices aren't that reasonable. I don't want to spend $6.75 on a sandwich that comes with no drink or fries/chips/veggies on the side. It's somewhat misleading b/c if you get something on the side or a drink it comes to about $12.00. They had some nice vegan cook books. I would like to see this place succeed don't get me wrong, I love vegan restaurants, and I'll probably go back! But in the opening week they didn't impress me.


Posted by laurajo on Friday, February 22, 2013
I have to disagree. Assuming you are vegan, I would think that you would understand by now that non-vegans are the ones scared of the term, and even though NE doesn't throw the word in people's face, that is the whole point. We as vegans are already educated about the benefits of a vegan diet. It's the non vegans who need catering too in order to get them to see, and taste, that vegan is good! And you were still hungry for fries after all those main courses? The one thing that stood out to me was the portions, and they do not skimp on ingredients! One burger alone is enough to satisfy an enormous appetite! I seriously hope you reconsider your opinion, because most non vegans can't handle the word vegan, and they are the ones who need to change for themselves, the animals, and the earth. The word vegan would only alienate them from embracing a change. (ever read the book Vegan Freak?)
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