Respond to Review of Sage Organic Vegan Bistro and KindKreme
by Sonja and Dirk
Review: Dirk and I finally checked out the new location with another couple on a weeknight. We arrived at 7pm and it was mainly empty which gave me a good chance to look around. The new location is spacious and thoughtfully designed. The outside patio is inviting and the interior is sleek with wood and metal finishings. The patio was packed by the time we left after dinner. As for the drink and food, there is more available here than in Echo Park. There's a separate pizza menu and the beer on tap is posted on chalkboards (I got the chocolate stout). There is a separate cocktail menu as well as a couple of wines too. Our friend asked if all the alcohol was vegan and the waitress said yes. Then we noticed the honey beer listed on the wall and inquired about it. Yes, it's actually honey. That made us question the food as well. We found out that one of the dips for the pretzel has honey in it. Upon further inquiry, we learned that some sandwich dressings like the maple BBQ also contain honey. Kind Kreme has always labeled which flavors contain honey, but these items on the menu were not labeled at all and since they claim their menu is vegan and we have frequented their location in Echo Park, we would not have found this out unless our friend had inquired. Also, when we asked about it, the waitress started to defend their use of honey, but we told her that we are all vegan and do not want any in our food. She was able to swap out one of the pretzel dips for us. Vegans beware. Except for the honey issues, we had a nice dinner. The service was attentive and we ordered the butternut squash ravioli which was divine as well as the chipotle sandwich which was decent, but not great. Our friends enjoyed their meals as well, a pesto greens bowl and a different ravioli dish. We got the espresso cheesecake and the brownie cheesecake for dessert. Both were tasty, but the espresso one was a step above.