My girlfriend and I are both Vegan and when i searched the Quad City area, where i'm originally from, Downtown Central Perk came up as the only vegetarian restaurant in town so we were optimistic that it might have more dining options for us than we could find elsewhere. sadly, we were wrong.
somehow for a vegetarian restaurant they manage have about as many vegan options as most regular restaurants we go to. worse yet, they're really poor options. i mean, of the 9 vegan options on a menu of well over 60 choices, they offer hummus and pita chips, a hummus wrap, and a hummus sandwich (the same as the wrap only on bread). seriously? is hummus all we eat? the remainder of their inspired opions include bruschetta (on pita chips also), oat meal (yes just plain oat meal), and their signature vegan option 'The Elvis'. we tried the elvis which, granted, was fairly tasty, but it's just a plain peanut butter and banana sandwich that's fried. but even this effort wreaks of lack of effort because if you actually know what an elvis is, (google "define: elvis sandwich" and it will literally tell you) it should be peanut butter, bananas and BACON. now i know bacon isn't an option here but seriouslsy i've had more than a few types of very good vegan bacon and that little extra bit of giving-a-shit that throwing a slice of facon in the mix would would have provided would go a long way to their credibility.
frankly, i felt strangely out of place there. the girl working there seemed a bit annoyed to have to serve us even thought it seemed like we were about the only people in the place, and when we asked common questions about substitutions and ingredients to see what items could be ordered vegan she acted just as befuddled if not more so than i'm used to getting from typical wait staff in any restaurant. when we asked if any of the dozen or more veggie burger's patties were vegan she responded "i dunno, maybe the boca?" seriously. I know it's just a vegetarian place but she acted like she'd never encountered a vegan before.
i'm sure this place is great for vegetarians with all the creative burger options, and if that's your thing you should surely check it out, but if you're vegan they really don't have much to offer. they definitely don't give much thought to the vegan demographic here so until they drop the 'let them eat hummus' attitude, they're not gonna be getting much business from us.Pros: good location
Cons: very few/poor vegan options, bad service