Golden West Cafe

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 5 Reviews
Serves meat, veg options available. Sometimes offers a vegan pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, American, Non-veg
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First Review by NIBsmf
Jenthevegan13
Jenthevegan13
6

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  • vegan

What a great find!

4 Posted on 03 / 01 / 2014

We loved Golden West Cafe-- enough that during our very short stay in Baltimore we ate there twice.

We were very pleasantly surprised at all of the vegetarian and vegan options. Also note that something not labeled exclusively as vegan can easily be veganized.

We got the Riblet Sandwich and the Un-Chicken Sandwich. Both bursting with flavor and the veggie protein was incredibly textured. Large portions as well. However, our favorite part of both meals was the appetizer- White Bean Bruschetta.. Oh my word. Nothing short of amazing.. Bursting with unique flavor. It's a must try. The coffee is incredible and we were even more surprised that they actually had a vegan dessert option- chai cake. Yum.

The atmosphere is unique.. Looks like they decorated the restaurant in nothing but sweet Goodwill finds. The menus are bound by record covers and the music is fun and loud. A very eclectic, energetic feel. Overall I definitely recommend anyone (specifically vegan and vegetarians) to stop by & support this local restaurant that offers lots of veg-friendly options!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Fun, funky atmosphere, Local, independently owned
Cons: Staff is just okay, Needs more vegan dessert options, Very cold- could have used some heat!
KerryGoesVegan
KerryGoesVegan
3

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  • vegan

Good but not original

2 Posted on 12 / 31 / 2013

I like the food, but they break the cardinal rule of what I would serve to guests. They use a lot of pre-packaged processed food that is available at retail stores. I like original food prepared in a way that makes me want to cook at a higher level. The Brussels sprouts are made with a sauce you get at Trader Joes. The vegan ribs are Morning Star(or some other prepared product). When I found out that they aren't even taking the time to make the vegan ribs themselves, it soured my opinion of their approach. I like the warm vegan salad, however, my peanut sauce is tastier and I make it from scratch. I think they can do better than repackage other's food.

Pros: Fast friendly service, Food for every diet, Family friendly
Cons: Serves repackaged processed food., Shut down grill every day from 3-5, Brunch has few vegan options.
lizbelden
lizbelden
8

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  • vegan

Delicious!

4 Posted on 05 / 27 / 2012

We went to Golden West mid afternoon. We had a reservation for 6, but we spent the day watching our son graduate from college, then helped him move out of his dorm, so by 4:15, we were STARVING!
The dining room didn't open until 5, so we sat at the bar. My husband started with a garden salad, which he loved. Sam and I shared some guacamole , hot sauce and chips. They were perfect. Freshly made chips, just the right amount of salt, chunky flavorful guacamole, and the hot sauce had a great kick.
We all had burritos, and they were amazing. Huge and bursting with flavor. Veg currizo, beans, rice, tomatoes, yum! We all ended up getting go boxes. I'd noticed vegan desserts in a case when we entered, so I had the bartender box me up the most chocolate one available. Chocolate cake with cookies & cream frosting made a great late dinner and breakfast the next day.
Friendly folks, amazing food. I'll definitely be back!!!

Pros: Delicious food, Huge portions, Friendly folks
Cons: Weird antler/hunter vibe
yellowdog democrat
yellowdog democrat
6

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  • vegetarian

Golden West Cafe in Hampden, Baltimore MD

4 Posted on 04 / 06 / 2012

Many more options than online menus suggest, with many meat free options and many meat substitutes. Have eaten there several times and have always been happy: from breakfast any time of day with fake sausage to the Warm Vietnamese Salad a couple of weeks ago, I'm always amazed at the depth of flavor and just plain deliciousness of the food. Plus many delicious cocktails, Boddingtons in a can, and great live shows late at night after service ends. Definitely the best food I've had in Hampden and worth checking out for both vegans and vegetarians.

Pros: excellent food, good value, friendly staff
Cons: sometimes slow service, can get noisy when full, not terribly cheap
NIBsmf
NIBsmf
64

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  • vegan

A Fun Place with Good Options

4 Posted on 03 / 09 / 2012

As for the restaurant itself: cute, quirky, and fun. I had heard bad things about the servers, but I had absolutely no problem with them. They were friendly and helpful. The crowd became more "hipster"-y as the night went on (I was there for a few hours to see my brother's band play)... a bad or good thing depending on who you are. The food: I shared some tater tots as an appetizer. They came with ranch and some mildly spicey dipping sauces. The tots were yummy. There were A LOT of veggie options for entrees (e.g. portobello sandwich, veggie sandwiches with cheeses, Mexican dishes, etc), but there were not a lot of vegan options. I myself am not completely vegan but try to be, so I went with the vegan burrito. It was good (and HUGE!), but it was too spicey for my liking. I didn't bother to ask for it to be made less spicey because I had read reviews online saying that the restaurant will not make changes to your dish upon request. I decided to "be bad" for dessert and had a banana cupcake... not vegan, but absolutely freaking DELICIOUS! It was so moist. And it wasn't too rich. It was seriously orgasmic! I would go back and try some other foods there. Oh, and I have heard they get really busy, but I myself did not have a problem with getting seated on a Friday night (though it was near 9pm).

Updated from previous review on Friday September 24, 2010: I have since returned to Golden West many times since this review, and I continue to enjoy it. There are only a handful of vegan options, but I'm still pleased with the options. I recommend the Drew Special! Oh, and I love that Golden West has vegan thai iced teas... I make sure to get one every time I'm there since that is something hard to come by.

Pros: Fun and quirky atmosphere, Good variety of , Friendly and helpful staff
Cons: Not a whole lot of vegan options, Can get busy = a wait, Not as cheap as I'd like, but not bad

 

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