First of all, they get 10 cows for being an entirely Vegan restaurant!!
And the servers and staff are all friendly and helpful too, so that deserves about 20 cows :D
The decor and ambience is really great-- nice and casual/comfy at the same time, so a few more cows for that... (what am I up to? thirty something cows, right?)
So let's talk about the food. There are obviously dishes I prefer over others.
*My taste buds LOVE the sausage roll and the sauce that goes with it.
*Love the veggie puffs (I forget their technical name)
*The mashed potatoes and gravy are my FAV so far. Mmmmmm...
*I also tried a bite of my friends salad with the fried chicken pieces in it and it was great. I was surprised because I had tried vegan "chicken" before and it was nasty, so this was a pleasant surprise.
*Another friend let me try her Shepard's Pie and it was yummy :D
*And... their homemade double chocolate chip cookies are the FREAKIN BEST!!! :D
NOT my favs:
-mac 'n cheese (the "cheese" was so... orange, and... runny, and just.. no... maybe it's because I was just such a huge cheese fan pre-vegan and haven't found any vegan cheese that even somewhat compares to the real thing)
-biscuits and gravy (very dry, wheaty tasting biscuits and gravy was ... ok). I know that sometimes I still expect things to taste like they use to, but these 2 dishes were just SO different that it really threw me off.
+Pecan crusted eggplant (it was good, but didn't feel it warranted the price and didn't care for the wine sauce on top, and side of asparagus was really greasy/oily)
+What's the Dilly Philly (this one is an enigma--first time I had it I absolutely loved it, second time not so much.. not sure if it was my taste buds or a different chef).
Overall, I have noticed that there is much debate amongst what people like and don't like here (ex: some people worship the mac 'n cheese).
Bottom line: I definitely recommend Ethos as a nice dining experience to go with friends, family, on a date, whatever, and I think each person just needs to find their own favorite dishes, which is the case with any restaurant.
But! unless you are a martian who doesn't like chocolate, then get yourself a double chocolate cookie on the way out! :D
Cons: can be hit or miss