Responses to Guest's Review

Respond to Review of Living on the Veg
by GUEST

Review: I went to Living on the Veg 4 of the 8 days of my most recent trip to LBI. It definitely gets brownie points for giving me something other to eat there than "vegetable sandwiches" (i.e. portobello and peppers) and pasta w/garlic&olive oil that I have to get everywhere else. The menu is pretty small though, and a lot of it just consists of soy burgers with different toppings. I was hoping they'd have some seitan or tempeh dishes, but they only use tofu. Oh, and they had "soy riblets," which were really good. Another reviewer said that they make all their stuff on premises, but they definitely don't. I specifically inquired about the riblets and the guy said they didn't make them, that he thought they were a Boca product. I'd assume that the soy burgers are too. But I too am a fan of the avocado club (got it on ciabatta because their multi-grain toast, rolls, and wraps have honey in them [wish they'd just use ones w/out honey]), and I liked the chickenless tofu salad. Each sandwich comes with a small side of the day too, which is nice. They have different soups every other day or so, as well. The only one I tried was the "Chilled Pineapple Banana," which was good. Sort of like a smoothie actually. I should've tried the Ginger Carrot Sweet Potato. They also have 2 or 3 vegan baked goods, which I also wish I tried. All in all, I'm glad it's there, but I wasn't blown away by the food or anything. I could easily make all of it myself, but when on vacation, it was nice that I didn't have to.

Responses

kindlizard
Posted by kindlizard on Saturday, August 1, 2009
Shaybaby, in addition to your response which negates his review, how about a review of your experience(s) of your own? Be interested to read it. thanks.
tollyholly
Posted by tollyholly on Sunday, February 12, 2012
I know this was over two years ago but in response to shaybaby, (who was bothered by my 4-star "critical review") I was the one who wrote it. It referred to my experience there in 2008. It reflected the menu at the time, I was not making things up. Even the owner's response (which was great, thank you Los Ramos!) attests to that. They did close at 5 at that point, though they are open much later now which is great.
shaybaby
Posted by shaybaby on Friday, February 22, 2013
Your review irritates me. Im a regular at Living on the Veg and I can tell you that your review is highly inaccurate.

The menu is anything but small. Especially for a restaurant with a menu thats 99.9% VEGAN, the options are incredible.

Just soy burgers with different toppings? No. They used boca burgers several years ago when they first opened, but now all of their menu items are made on the premises. Their two vegan burgers, the black bean and the green burger are NOTHING like your store bought soyburgers.

And to say that most of their sandwhiches are just the burgers?.. What about the tun-o salad melt, the bbq seitan sandwich, the southwest burrito, the buffalo ceasar wrap, the chickenless t.l.t, the red pepper hummus wrap, the portabella sandwich...(just to name a few)?

They DO offer tempeh and seitan dishes, not just tofu.

Most of their bread items do NOT contain honey. Clearly marked on the menu, ONLY the whole wheat wrap and the multi-grain bread does.

They do not close at 5. Theyre open 11am to 9pm everyday except Monday, when they're open from 11am to 4pm.

They no longer have soy riblets, and havent had them for a few summers now. They were store bought, like the boca burgers they sold when they first opened. In the past few years this business has expanded tremendously since your visit. Im curious as to why you felt the need to offer a critical review of Living on the Veg when its obviously been a few years since youve paid them a visit.

Los Ramos
Posted by Los Ramos on Friday, February 22, 2013
Dear Guest, I am the owner of Living on the Veg and wanted to thank you for your review. My husband and I opened our place in 2005, so this year will be our 6th summer. When we began we did our best to provide vegetarians with an alternative place to eat while on vacation. It was a bit difficult to find providers to sell to us, let alone the ones that would provide us with the ingredients we preferred. It has been a slow growth, but we are extremely happy where we are with our menu that we've been offering for the past few years. In the beginning we defiantly used some processed meat alternatives, but we did away with them after the first summer. We now make as much as we can in house, including a vegetable burger, black bean burger, all of our dressings, we offer 3 side salads daily, a daily soup, hummus', mock tuna, egg & chicken salads to name a few things. As for the size of our menu, it has grown extensively, we do use seitan and tempeh. On our regular menu we now have 6 salads, 8 sandwiches, 8 wraps, plus a daily special as well as dinner offered during the summer. We would really love for you to try us again if you are ever in the area again, please let us know what you think since your last visit. We always appreciate constructive criticism. We have always been and will continue to be committed to providing our customers with a great vegan, jersey shoe experience (Yes, unfortunately our sliced bread & wheat wraps do contain honey, but we do offer many other options to accommodate vegans). Thank you again, Lauren
P.S. Thank you Shaybaby, your response makes us smile that we have people like you around us.
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