Green Bowl

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 7 reviews )

131 W Beaver Ave, State College, Pennsylvania, USA, 16801

Serves meat, vegan options available. Mongolian style flat top grill/stir fry bar with choices of vegetables including tofu and a variety of sauces. Leave out the meats and just take veggies. You can also ask for the vegan broth to make your mix into a soup if you want. Vegetarians ask the kitchen to cook veggies off the main grill, in a wok, to avoid contamination. Dinner and weekend prices higher. Open daily.

Categories: Non-veg

7 Reviews

First Review by condekedar

Be Creative! - Edit

For being a restaurant that serves meat, this is about as vegetarian friendly as you can get. You pick exactly what goes into your bowl and can see it cooked away from meat products by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Non-vegetarian items are marked and the staff is ready to make sure every dietary concern is met.

Some folk's reviews of Green Bowl have balked at the prices but it is worth every penny for fresh, unprocessed food.

No Wi-Fi and Majic radio station as the music of choice don't help the atmosphere but you almost don't notice because the food is so good.

Not to encourage wastefulness but if you don't like what you got, make another bowl with different ingredients.

Updated from previous review on 2011-08-08

Pros: make your own, separate cooking surface, veg options clearly marked

Cons: smells like a grill

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Nice - Edit

I really like this place - The options and selections are varied and great. It is rahter pricey... I go at lunch and it is about $10 - $12 with a drink.

Pros: Selection, Service, Choices

Cons: Price, Parking

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Peanut sauce is a must - Edit

I prefer to go here during lunch since the price is much cheaper with no sacrifice to the selection. My typical bowl is loaded with veggies, tofu (I crumble the block with the tongs), and peanut sauce.
The cooking can be a little varied at times. Sometimes my veggies will be under cooked and sometimes they'll be perfect. I've sent my bowl back for more cooking before and they seemed happy to oblige.

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Reliable Veg-Friendly Place in Happy Valley - Edit

It's too bad a thriving college town doesn't have more veg-friendly places, so I usually end up here when visiting State College. That said, if you're vegan, be sure to check out MAD MEX attached to the Days Inn a block away! Green Bowl is pretty much your typical Korean or Mongolian-style BBQ place. Staff is reliably friendly and they take care to mark your creation as "veg" for grilling purposes. They do have a diverse selection of ingredients to choose from -- sometimes mandarin oranges, kale, etc.

Pros: Location (downtown), Good ingredient selection

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Reliable Vegan Choices - Edit

This is a make your own stir fry place and lets you know what sauces are not vegan. They also offer brown rice. I find sometimes the service can be slow here - especially during peak hours. The vegetables either seem not cooked or overcooked, but I'm glad there is such a variety.

Pros: Good Variety, Offer brown rice, reasonable price

Cons: noisy, wait/service time can be slow

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Good from Time to Time - Edit

The Green Bowl is a make your own stir fry style place that has tons of options for ingredients and sauce. Make sure you tell your server you are vegan and they will give you a special stick with a 'v' that lets the cook know to cook yours in a wok and avoid contamination. I don't go to this place that often, simply because I can make a stir fry that is just as tasty and cheaper than eating at Green Bowl, but I do like it once in a while.

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Simple, effective - Edit

This is a simple and fairly cheap buffet-style place which cooks your food fresh for you. I like being able to select what veggies and sauces I want to have. The multiple options, however, make it difficult to get a good combo---often times you mix the wrong sauce with certain vegetables and the taste is bland at best. They should have more recommendations for what sauces to use with certain veggies.

Pros: Selection, Fresh food, Simple

Cons: Can be bland sometimes

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