Hoping they'll get better with time...
Posted on 08 / 11 / 2012
I found Frida's with relative ease, being that I'm familiar with this area. There is metered street parking, which I imagine could be quite tricky during the lunch hour. I agree about the staff, not very customer-oriented, but the owner was friendly and she made a point to say both "hi" and "thank you" as I was leaving. The place is small and cutesy. There was a cold case with a variety of drinks and some raw desserts (courtesy of local restaurant, PuraVegan).
I ordered the steak (seitan) sandwich and the buffalo chkn sandwich (I try to get at least 2 things when visiting a new veggie place) to go. What I really liked is the variety of VEGAN mayo available. I got a few of them (a few cents per side mayo) to try. The steak sandwich smelled SO good as it was cooking with the onions. Unfortunately, it was blah. The seitan lacked flavor, which neither the onions nor the vegan mayo could resuscitate. I hope they tweak this dish b/c it has potential for greatness. I thoroughly enjoyed the buffalo chkn sandwich though. I personally added the vegan mayo as well as their vegan sriracha mayo (spicy!), and it was divine! I'd love to see this added as a wrap (tortilla) option one day. The sandwiches came with a cucumber salad, which I requested to omit b/c I don't like cucumbers. I was offered fruit instead, which were oranges. As they develop I hope to see an addition of available sides, like french fries (for those junk food days), salad, pasta salad, etc. Neither of these sandwiches are listed as vegan on their menu, however, I emailed them ahead of time and was advised that taking the cheese off the steak sandwich, and ordering the spicy buffalo chkn without the ranch makes them vegan. :)
I look forward to this place perfecting with age.
nice, central STL area, many vegan options
Not the cheapest, parking, food is a bit bland