Lovin' Spoonfuls

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    ( 80 reviews )
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2990 N Campbell Ave Ste 120, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 85719

This vegetarian restaurant in Tucson offers many choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Has brunch on weekends. Veggie burgers, fries with vegan ranch dressing, and its signature dish is a cashew nut loaf. Order your at the counter and seat yourself. Open Mon-Sat 9:30am-9:00pm, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Beer/Wine

Reviews (80)

First Review by BrienneAmber

good plant based food in tuscon - Edit

I stopped in and tried the fried ravioli, it was good. I'll come back tomorrow for a full meal when I'm hungry and uodate.

Pros: all vegan

Cons: strip mall locale

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Been here several times & LOVE IT! - Edit

This was the first vegan restaurant I went to after going vegan and they have some great choices. My bf who is not vegan also came here and since then has changed his mind about"vegan food" & even asks to come eat here! This has helped a bunch with convincing him to go vegan also.

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I've loved everything! - Edit

I've been to Lovin' Spoonfuls on several Sunday afternoons. The food is always delicious, the coffee is strong (and organic) and the vegan cheesecake.. holy! The service could be friendlier but the patio and cheesecake more than make up for it. :)

Pros: food, vegan desserts, patio seating

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My favorite - Edit

Amazing! The staff is very polite, the restaurant is very clean (and well designed), i took my meat eating father in law here and he was amazed!! He ordered the raviolis and loved them & said he could eat vegetarian for the rest of his life with delicious food like that. I shared an order of buffalo cauliflower "wings" and the hummus grape leave platter (athenas platter) with my husband. The cauliflower was outstanding! With some vegan dipping sauce they where to live for :p not to mention it was affordable. The hummus platter was great as well, a little pricey but still glad we tried it :) it's such a lovely place and full of flavor!

P.s. They also have plant based gf cakes and other deserts.

Pros: 100% vegan super nice employees amazing food ado

Cons: I can't stop coming back for more!

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amazing place - Edit

i tried 3 different things and they were all amazing, and the buffalo cauliflower was AMAZING! and not to expensive =)

Pros: vegan, tasty, affordable

Cons: cant think of any

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amazing!! - Edit

my family and i are vegan and every few years we come back to Tucson and it's the first place we go! their cornbread is to die for, their nut loaf is amazing, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

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delicious! - Edit

This place was a real find while traveling

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Don't Fret over Calories, Just ENJOY ! - Edit

What a find...goodness, they have an extensive menu with a wide variety to suit your cravings. I struggled to decide on lunch, there was that much!
I don't know how they get cake THAT moist or potato salad to taste similar to that you'd buy at a supermarket (yum).
Portobello sandwich was flavorful and juicy.
I am SO COMING BACK for dinner and every time I'm in the area on business!

Pros: Wide variety of foods , Lots to choose from, even at breakfast, Baked goods, moist cakes

Cons: Ambiance could be brighter and more modern , Smells a little funny....like wet wood maybe. , Cons WON'T keep me away!!

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The BEST. - Edit

A perennial MUST experience whenever we stop in Tucson. Go here first, you'll LOVE IT!

Pros: Amazing Menu all good prepared and served with Lov

Cons: NONE

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One of my favorite restaurants - Edit

I haven't tried everything on the menu yet, but I am working on it

And the bakery !!!

Always have a goods experience here, and I stop by whenever I am near by

Pros: The baked goods !, the sandwiches, friendly staff, clean restaurant

Cons: wish there was another location on the east side

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I had to pinch myself - Edit

I did NOT expect to find a place like this in Tucson. That's not a disrespect of Tucson, but let's face it -- when you travel a lot, it can be hard to find vegan restaurants. This place is a goldmine. There are literally THREE complete menus here (one for each time of day) and they are very long. I didn't bring any meat-eaters with me, but I would expect they would like this place. Be sure to check out the salad dressing for sale. Tons of comfy seating, and outside patio too. Loads of parking.

Pros: So many dishes to choose from, Very clean and quaint, Super ultra friendly owner and staff

Cons: I don't live close enough to eat here every day

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great breakfast - Edit

I love a good vegan breakfast and the fiesta scramble fit the bill. Excellent and served with home fries, guacamole, vegan sour cream and toast. My friend had the spinach and mushroom scramble and pronounced it as very good.

Pros: Very healthy food

Cons: None

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Great Burger - Edit

Had the adzuki burger and potato salad and it was excellent. Great service, very clean. We will definitely be back.

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Excellent - Edit

This is an oasis in the desert! I was driving from LA to Texas and stopped in Tucson. Lucky for me! The owner Peggy was at the register and took my order. So many options it was hard to decide. Everything was excellent, made from scratch and with love. Highly recommend this place.

Pros: Affordable, Made from scratch, Supports animal rights

Cons: Only counter service, no biggie

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Could be Better... Could be Worse. - Edit

I didn't love it as much as I had hoped. Some things were very good, other things not so much...

Seasoned Chipotle Fries - classic french fries with a chipotle seasoning. Pretty good, but tasted like a regular salt-based seasoning; there was no trace of chipotle.

Battered Beer Brat Bites - They cut vegan bratwurst into toddler-sized bites, batter them up, and deep fry them. Sounds amazing!! They didn't quite live up to my dreams. Their vegan sausage left a nasty after-taste in my mouth, which I tried to drown out with their vegan honey mustard dipping sauce (which was delicious!), but couldn't escape it. Too bad. This could've been the perfect appetizer.

Batter-up Sampler Platter - This dish comes with battered french fries, onions, tempura shrimp, chicken nuggets, and mushrooms (the latter of which I omitted; I hate mushrooms). The menu description indicates that there are no substitutions allowed, but they allowed me to omit the mushrooms. I disliked the chicken nuggets. It had a weird and tough-to-chew consistency. However, everything else was deep fried bliss! I enjoyed the taste of their tempura shrimp and the accompanying cocktail sauce was yummy.

"Tuna" Salad Sandwich - This was my main entree. It was tasty, but it wasn't the best vegan tuna that I've ever had. It's still a solid choice, and if I had nothing else with which to compare it I may have considered it bomba. I chose potato salad for my side, but I was also given a bag of potato chips. The potato salad was ok...good even. But again, after having had some excellent vegan potato salad elsewhere, it just didn't quite measure up. Still, I would say that it was good.

The tap water was gross; it had a very peculiar and suspicious taste to it.

The service was awkward. It wasn't obnoxiously terrible, but it wasn't good either. We were never asked how we were doing or if we needed anything. We had a lot of leftovers and they never offered to get us to go boxes. I had to get up to ask for boxes and bags. I also don't like that the hours for their breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are not published on their website. We arrived around 3pm, thinking we could get dinner. We were told that dinner didn't start until 4pm. (Not sure what time breakfast ends and lunch starts.)

2-star service. Between 3 1/2 & 4 stars for the food. I wouldn't mind going back to try some of their breakfast items.

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FAVORITE!!! - Edit

This is probably my favorite restaurant in Tucson. EVERYTHING is Vegan there are so many options available and Sunny (the owner) is always there and so friendly. She made her own cookbook and it is available in the shop. It is conveniently located and you can call in to-go orders for added convenience. The food is always AMAZING and when I bring non-vegan/vegetarians there they can't even notice a difference. I love the freedom to choose anything on the menu and the quality of the food is superb.

Pros: AMAZING Vegan food, Friendly staff, Convenience

Cons: There is only one

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Tucson's oldest VEGAN restaurant - and it's great! - Edit

This is my go-to veg restaurant in Tucson. Their menu is enormous and diverse - there's something for everyone. From faux meets to quality veggie dishes to fried delights (a Southern girl's kryptonite), Sunny has it all.

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Go-to restaurant for us - Edit

Lovin spoonfuls is our go-to restaurant. We eat here at least once a week. The barbeque "beef", Reuben, and eggplant sandwiches are our most common choices. We don't eat the chips, so we order either a side salad or two of the veg-salad sides (carrot and slaw) instead of a side and chips. There are also great salads and the soups are amazing. Say hello to Sunny, the owner, who is very friendly and almost always there.

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Review - Edit

Stopped on my way to the airport after meaning to for a couple of years. Love this place...everything was delicious. It's an easy and happy little place.

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Just Because it's Vegan Doesn't Mean it's Healthy - Edit

I guess if you don't care about your gallbladder or liver this is the place for you. I was appalled at the menus. The sandwich I ordered was dripping with grease and it came with non-organic potato chips... Who knows about the potato salad.
Like Pepsi? Then this is your place, too. I suppose if you are attempting to convince a meat eater to change it might be a good idea to take them here. I'll NEVER go back. YUCK!!!

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Great! - Edit

Loved the options, service & food. Price is a bit high, but I didn't mind after tasting the food.

Milkshake was great, seasoned fries were awesome, and the sandwich was really good. I'm not usually a fan of potato salad, but I even enjoyed that, too.

Very good experience.

Pros: All vegan, Liked things I normally don't, Milkshakes on point

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Good restaurant with tasty vegan options - Edit

On our last US holiday, we checked the vegan options for Tucson here on HappyCow and decided on this one. We didn't regret our choice, the Lovin' Spoonfuls is highly recommendable.

The atmosphere is cozy an quiet, staff was very friendly and helpful.

To our surprise, the portions were normal-sized, not like in most other US restaurants, so we had a starter and dessert with our main course. All three courses were very good, we didn't have any complaints.

Pros: good-sized portions (not too large), good food, friendly & helpful staff

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Options for Vegans - Edit

One thing I admire about this establishment is that there are absolutely NO animal products in this establishment, and there are also vegan cookbooks for sale, and DVDs about the importance of a plant-based diet, like Forks Over Knives. There are also brochures available for taking which promote veganism. The food here isn't my favorite, but I do appreciate that they have a booklet that lists every single ingredient used in each menu item available for perusal for those with special dietary guidelines. The owner truly is passionate about a shift in awareness regarding the serious detriment caused by consumption of animal products. Check out the restaurant website for some informative liks!
Updated from previous review on Wednesday July 16, 2014:
The same transparency in menu items was offered to me, so important to mindful eaters. Even though the place was packed, all of my needs were met, and I ordered an extremely customized dish that'd wasn't treated that I was being a bother. LS continues to offer information about local events, vegan literate and movies, and the owner is wholeheartly interested in spreading knowledge. This place will forever be in top 3 places to try while in Tucson...and feel comfortable taking any non-vegans as well!

Pros: Owner is passionate, dedicated, Large selection of menu items, Transparancy of ingredients

Cons: Expensive for small portions, Menu items are not necessarily healthy, Overuse of TVP

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pretty good but possibly the worlds slowest restaurant - Edit

I'm in town for a conference and have taken out and dined it over these two days. I have a yummy looking piece of cake waiting for me.

After waiting in line to order, ordering and waiting for my dinner it has been an HOUR and still nothing. I am not exaggerating.

Last night I had a burger and fries and it was pretty great. I did take out for the sun dried Mac n cheese. It was ok.

I'm waiting for the chicken fried steak, stuffing and mashed potatoes. If it ever arrives I expect it to be greAt. I also expect to not come here again because an hour is too long to wAit for dinner.

Pros: tastes good, vegan, homemade desserts in the desert

Cons: OMG! an hour+ wait for my dinner???!!!

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JenVeganMaui 21 Mar 2015 - Did you know that their menu is online, and that you have the option to call ahead and order for both dine-in and take-out? I've done this before during lunchtimes and dinner where they can get busy, and especially days when the vegan/vegetarian club gathers there, which is quite often.  


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Tucson's Best! - Edit

As a vegan, good food is often hard to find! For almost six years while living in Tucson I ate at Lovin' Spoonfuls often, the best vegan restaurant I have ever visited (and I have been to a LOT of them). I have had everything on the menu, breakfast, lunch, and dinner; all of it was delicious! My favorites are the Route 66 Cheeseburger, Country Fried Chicken Platter, and Thai Vegetable Curry. Also, sometimes there is a barbeque "chicken" sandwich as the special, which is fantastic. The brownies, cakes, shakes and other goodies are fabulous, too. My beautifully decorated birthday cakes were always ordered there; the rich and fabulous chocolate is my favorite. Friends who are vegetarians and meat-eaters always loved it, too. Once I took relatives there that are hard-core carnivores (telling them only that it was a "healthy" place, and not telling them it was vegan) and they were all very happy with their dinner... and very surprised that "vegan food could be good!" One in-law argued with me about his burger, insisting it had to have meat in it. Only once in all that time did I have a minor complaint, and the owner fixed it immediately and insisted on comping my meal. So I don't understand these negative reviews, nit picking about the ordering style or saying the food is "bland." The service was always top-notch and every meal I had there during hundreds of visits was spiced perfectly. The devoted owner, Peg, remembers your name and always has a smile, and even gave me a favorite recipe she developed for the restaurant when I moved 1400 miles from Arizona, and told her I would miss that dish the most! I wish there was a Lovin' Spoonfuls near where I live now. I will certainly go there when I visit Arizona!

Pros: Delicious, healthy vegan food. The best!, Reasonably priced!, So good my carnivore relatives love it.

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A bit disappointing - Edit

We had to wait over 45 minutes before we got our starter. The main course was disappointing.There was not much taste in the food. My husband did like his meal though.

Cons: It takes too long, Not being served at the table, The food wasn't very tasty

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Really good vegan cuisine - Edit

This is an elegant place with a bit of a quirky serving style. The initial order is given and paid for at the counter; from then on it's full table service. We started out with a hummus plate. Common vegan restaurant fare, but there was something exceptionally tasty about it here. For my entree I had the "signature" Piccadilly nut loaf, which was outstanding. It’s a cashew, oat and onion loaf, beautifully seasoned, with mashed potatoes, gravy and grilled fresh vegetables. First time I've had mashed potatoes in years. Beautifully prepared and immensely satisfying. My spouse had the Mexicali black beans and rice, which was also very, very good. I ordinarily have a beer (or two) with dinner but the selection was limited to one kind, which didn't particularly appeal to me so I had red wine instead. I know one doesn't usually go to a vegan restaurant for the beer selection but some of my favorite vegan restaurants have a nice selection, which is a real plus in my book. Other than than minor glitch, our experience at Lovin' Spoonfuls was quite satisfying. I hope to go back and sample some more items on their extremely varied menu.

Pros: Varied, imaginative menu, Very good food, well-prepared, Appealing decor and atmosphere

Cons: Only one kind of beer

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