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Review: I was a hardcore Horizons fan, and so upset when they closed! Finally got over to Vedge and while the food was spectacular and certainly shared many flavors with its predecessor, the dining experience was totally different. First of all, it's huge! The service was polished, but impersonal. The decor is very formal, unlike the colorful, warm ambience of Horizons. It's also a different format - more of a tapas style menu from which you select several small items. This enables you to sample many selections rather than having to just choose 1 entree. The cocktails at Vedge were a little disappointing. My husband and I shared 3 over the course of our meal. The only one I liked was the Kyoto Sour. The Creole Gent and Mixed Berry Cobbler just tasted like pure alcohol, the former with a piece of orange rind and the latter with a few berries thrown in. I thought something called a Cobbler would be a lot sweeter and fruitier. From the "plates" menu we shared Portabella Carpaccio, Salt Roasted Golden Beets, Spicy Grilled Tofu and Grilled Seitan. From the Dirt menu we got Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Fries. The portabella plate was ridiculously small! The mushrooms were sliced so thinly that it was hard to even taste them if you didn't eat 2 or 3 at once. It was probably 1/5 of a portabella mushroom in total. Very fine tasting, but micromini! The beet plate was very nice - a little round stack of tofu, cucumber and succulent beets accompanied by small triangles of rye bread. I really enjoyed the little bursts of capers. The tofu was a miss for me - just very cakey compact tofu in a too-spicy sauce. The seitan was beyond wonderful, but made me miss Horizons. I don't think the lentils added much to this dish. The items from the dirt list were really the standouts from the meal. The brussels were phenomenal, like I have never tasted brussels sprouts before. And the fingerling fries are the best thing I can remember eating. Ever. They were crispy and tangy and heavenly. For dessert, we shared a Chocolate Pot de Creme and the Ice Cream Trio. The chocolate was scrumptious - lusciously creamy and with course grain salt on top. It also came with biscotti, but that was pretty unnecessary. The ice cream trio was kind of a weird combo of flavors - strawberry swirl (some of the best ice cream I've ever had), hot chocolate (very nice) and grapefruit (refreshing). All good on their own, just not together. Very pricey, as others have mentioned, but delicious!