Evergreen Chinese Restaurant

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 10 reviews )

2424 Nicollet Ave (at 24th St S), Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 55404

Serves meat, vegan options available. Chinese restaurant in Minneapolis serving a variety of dishes, including Cantonese, Taiwanese, and Hakka specialties. Offers vegetarian and vegan options, and the vegetarian meals are cooked in separate wok.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Chinese, Non-veg

Reviews (10)

First Review by amybee

chinese veg options - Edit

located in the basement of the building. There is usually street parking if the lot is full. staff are friendly and very aware of vegan needs.

lots of vegan options clearly labeled on the menu. bring a friend and order a few dishes to share.

Pros: vegan options, cheap

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Vegan + Chinese, what's not to love? - Edit

Since going vegan several months ago, Evergreen has been our go-to for Chinese food. The service is friendly, there are numerous options for vegans, and the food is excellent. Approximately $25 for a meal that includes two entrees, an appetizer, and tea (on the house) is an unbeatable deal. Added bonus: We always leave with leftovers. Sure the facility could use some upgrades/modernization, but we appreciate the unpretentious ambiance. This place is a hidden gem.

Pros: Lots of vegan options (and labeled), Inexpensive, but delicious, Friendly staff

Cons: Parking could be better

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Hard to get past the initial experience - Edit

Given the rave reviews, both my husband (several years ago) and I (this past weekend) were convinced to take each other out for our birthdays here. I had forgotten the name, and thus chose it thinking we had not been before.

As I remember the past experience now, we were put off by the appearance of the restaurant, but liked (but did not love) the food experience. We did not make it a place to return to.

So this past weekend, we were going without memory of our previous experience, until we arrived. Since we then had a vague memory of it being ok, we pushed past the low-end exterior (it is thru the main door of a group of storefronts sharing a hallway, and down the stairwell into the basement) and went down. There was a very unpleasant odor that got stronger as we descended into the restaurant. I couldn't place the odor, and tho I commented on it, I tried to push past that too. We had arrived at 4pm, an odd hour, and no one was there, customers or staff. We stood at the front desk, briefly looking at the menus, while deciding if we could eat in the face of the odor. We decided we could not, and left. Not sure what the foul odor was but just couldn't do it.

Just to give everyone the benefit of knowing about the ambiance before arriving, so as not to be shocked (and maybe to give it a chance if they want, given the rave food reviews). It is unkempt 1950s coffee house decor, laminated menus that are pretty beat up, and not sparkling clean.

I really wanted to try it again, given the reviews. Just couldn't do it.

Pros: Variety of vegetarian menu items

Cons: Appearances, cleanliness, odor

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Authentic Taiwanese Vegan Food - Edit

So, how do you know it's really Taiwanese? Because on the weekends, you can order a brunch meal of carbs and soy. What is that, you ask? Isn't that just tofu and rice? No. Authentic Taiwanese breakfast often consists of flour, sesame seeds, oil, soy milk, sugar and salt. It is magically mixed together to have a sesame "flat bread" that can be "unfolded" to fill with a stick of fried flour dough that looks like a crueller but is savory. Top it off with some delicious piping hot soy milk in a large bowl that contains about 1 quart of liquid sweetened homemade deliciousness, and you're good. Meal complete.

Ok, but you want more than just traditional breakfast? You're in luck, because this place delivers. They will entice you with items like spicy cucumbers, seaweed knots, boiled peanuts and the hot tea on your table. Then you will move into the next round of dishes like vegan noodle soup, vegan rice noodles with vegetables, fresh Chinese greens sautéed perfectly, green beans, spicy tofu and plenty of rice to pair with everything.

Oh, thank you Evergreen - this place is delicious. The portions are good. The prices are fair. The service is a family affair, so they work well in various roles, cooking up the food and taking your order, clearing your table and wrapping up food. The food is cooked quickly, brought to you hot and tasty.

However, just be aware that not all mock meat is vegan. Also, most tofu dishes have the tofu deep fried. Ask if you are concerned.

Will be back!!!!! Food is top notch, and service is great.

Pros: Traditional Taiwanese breakfast/ brunch, Traditional Asian veggies, Vegan clearly marked

Cons: Needs more Asian veggies

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Vegan options galore - Edit

What an awesome find! I came to visit a friend in Minneapolis, and she said this place had good reviews. I whole-heartedly agree! There were a ton of options on the menu, and a considerable number of vegan options. I went with the Three Cup Tofu and it was delicious! The atmosphere is a little outdated, but that's the only con I can say. The food is what's important, and it was very good. The owners were super charming too. We actually came here twice in the four days I was in town.

Pros: tons of veg options, good prices, friendly owners

Cons: outdated interior (but who cares?)

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A great Vegan Expireance - Edit

My wife and I have been vegan for just over a month. We went to Evergreens for dinner on New years 2013 and had a wonderful time.
Do not judge the restaurant by its outward appearance on first impression, or you will miss out on something special. Our first impression was apprehensive as the decor is completely minimalistic; I think this may be to help them in keeping their prices low (it's downright cheap!).
The food was excellent. We had the vegan rolls and seaweed knots for appetizers. The vegan rolls were flavorful and delicious and not greasy like you find at most places. The seaweed knots were tender, flavorful, and just the right amount of spicy. We had the potato and mock duck as well as the 3 cup tofu for entree. The mock duck was so convincing I had to taste it carefully to tell that it was not real. I loved duck before going vegan so this was a huge plus for me. The 3 cup tofu was as good as everyone says. The tea was great as well- the perfect temperature and flavor.
It is a small space and very quiet. Staff are attentive and service is very fast. We will definitely be back.

Pros: Affordable, Delicious food, extensive vegan choices

Cons: minimal decor

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Real Chinese Food (Not American-Chinese-Style) - Edit

Evergreen Chinese Restaurant is real Chinese food, unlike almost all other "chinese" restaurants in town serving American Chinese-style food. The owners and chefs are Chinese-Taiwanese and vegetarian. Though non-vegetarian items are avaialable (so it is not a true vegetarian restauarant), a separate Wok is used to cook vegetarian items. Even non-veg menu items can be specially ordered "soo-da" (vegetarian).

Because Taiwan has Chinese people from every part of China, it has every style of Chinese regional foods, plus the local "Haaka" Taiwanese island style.

Quality is top notch. Service is great. Price and decor are modest. Hard to find the first time, have to go downstairs.

Simply the best! I learned about it via the Minnesota Vegetarian Society (now defunct), and it quickly became my favorite.

Pros: great flavors, variety, large menu

Cons: decor is modest

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One of my all-time favorites - Edit

I eat Evergreen (take-out or dine-in) at least twice a week, if not more. It is one of the best Chinese/Taiwanese restaurants I've ever had the pleasure of patronizing. Evergreen offers excellent vegetarian and vegan dishes, from the spicy, colorful mixed vegetables with fried tofu, to the tender mock beef with broccoli or the mock chicken with blackbean sauce. My favorite dishes (and I've basically tried the entire menu) are most definitely: three-cup tofu (herbal and aromatic!); house-style eggplant with basil (deliciously smooth, fragrant and subtle); five-spice dried tofu with bell peppers (unusual and savory); and mock beef or mock pork with garlic sauce (great array of textures and flavors).

The owners and servers are always friendly and the menu is diverse for meat and non-meat eaters alike. It's rarely ever crowded and they have good hours. The quality, variety and reasonable prices of the dishes make this the best Chinese/Taiwanese restaurant in Minneapolis, and one of my favorites of all time. Highly recommended.

Pros: Quality, Taste, Service

Cons: Not 100% vegetarian

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Wonderful food - Edit

Evergreen offers excellent vegetarian and vegan dishes, from the spicy, colorful mixed vegetables with fried tofu, to the subtle, tender mock beef with broccoli. The waiters were friendly and the menu is diverse for meat and non-meat eaters alike. They took our orders promptly, but the food was a bit slow to arrive. Nevertheless, the quality, variety and reasonable prices of the dishes make this one of the better Chinese/Taiwanese restaurants in Minneapolis. Highly recommended.

Pros: Quality, Variety, Price

Cons: Orders slow to arrive

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the best of the cities - Edit

I LOVE EVERGREEN. My favorites are the "lemongrass mock beef" and "three cup tofu". I have never been able to find anything even close. The flavors are unique; while not totally vegetarian the owner/cook assures me that a seperate pan is used to cook any meats; the servers are friendly (maybe it is my at least weekly habit);and I might have to go there tonight for dinner. Just thinking about it makes me hungry for it! I prefer food quality and price to fancy ambiance.

Pros: wide variety, inexpensive, excellent food

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