Pingala Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 54 reviews )
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1 Mill St Ste 138, Burlington, Vermont, USA, 05401

Vegan cafe est. 2014 located on the Winooski River. Offers plant-based dishes with lots of to-go items. Drinks include fresh juices, smoothies, tea and coffee. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Take-out, Fusion

54 Reviews

First Review by 73Iron

decent option - Edit

It is nice to have an all vegan cafe, but the menu is quite limited (mostly just the same ingredients composed differently). Last year they removed some favorites from the menu and their specials are often far better than the standard menu. I think this place is really over priced as well which is a bummer.

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Close to Airport! - Edit

Landed in Burlington Vermont Airport and pulled up Happy Cow. According to my trusty Happy Cow app, Pingala is the only vegan restaurant in the city. Yes, other restaurants offer vegan options but Pingala is Vegan only! A short 2 mile drive from the airport. We were so happy to find this restaurant!
Mac and cheese was excellent, it had peas and eggplant bacon. Yummy!
Local kombucha was off the chain.
The guy that took our order is named Vasu. He was very helpful and friendly when we asked question.

We already rearranged our plans to have breakfast here before we depart on Sunday. Trust me, it’s that good!

Pros: All vegan restaurant!

Cons: zero for me!

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Best Vegan - Edit

This place was exactly what I was looking for. All vegan and mostly gluten free. Everything we ordered tasted fresh, home made, healthy and hearty. If I lived here I would go here pretty much every day. The world needs more places like this!

Pros: tons of vegan options, lots of superfood options,

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Good Vegan Cafe - Edit

Pingala is a pretty good choice for a vegan cafe, although I thought they were better when the first opened, since then I have notice them putting less care into their food. Ive noticed when its busy to not even bother ordering there because you will usually be disappointed. I have noticed its better to eat there rather then take out and try to go when its slow. Then you will usually get what you are looking for rather then a slapped together version of what you ordered.

Pros: friendly staff, nice atmosphere, good food

Cons: when its busy, slapped together meals

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My favorite spot - Edit

I can't tell you how much I love this place. Cozy, excellent food, all vegan. I love the breakfast Sammie with eggplant bacon, the rooster tap as a bowl (I'm gluten free too) and the Food truck Reuben. They have an amazing pastry selection with GF/vegan items, and great daily specials. The staff are so friendly and the vibe is so welcoming. Not long ago I had a horrible time ordering at two different restaurants in town that had mislabeled menus (one was citizen cider- heads up that vegan options on their menu are mislabeled) and finally came to Pingala. They said, "you are safe here" and helped me select gluten free options. I asked if there was an up charge for GF, and they responded "of course not!" Best service, best meal. I now go weekly. You won't regret trying this restaurant. LOVE YOU PINGALA!

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Amazing Vegan Cafe! - Edit

I’ve traveled all over the country, and the food at Pingala ranks among the best I’ve ever had. On top of the delicious baked goods (like butternut squash donuts and apple coffee cake), their breakfast, lunch, and dinner items are filling, hearty, and satisfying. With indulgent options like French toast, and healthy choices like Buddha bowls and kale salad, there is something for everyone at Pingala. And to make things even better, the staff here could not be nicer! Everyone was so friendly and funny and engaging. All in all, a five star experience anytime I’ve gone here.

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Simply excellent - Edit

A true gem, extensive menu vegan restaurant. The food was exceptionally delicious and healthy.

Pros: Extensive Menu, Wonderful staff

Cons: Small space, not much seating

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great place - Edit

Had a donut as an appetizer, a smoothie, a bowl, and the Reuben. So good! Sitting outside by the river was very chill, too.

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Delicious food - Edit

Very delicicous, fresh, healthy, friendly stuff, nice view on the river

Pros: 100% vegan, Fresh, Friendly

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Vegan by the river - Edit

Very nice vegan dinner. Good food. Huge portions, even the kids. Tasty. Nice settings by the river . Outside table with a view.

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Love Pingala! - Edit

Great all vegan choice for any time of day. Guaranteed to have a satisfying meal. Plenty of sweets and snacks for a lighter option. A must for breakfast! Right across the river from quaint downtown Winooski, so a good stop before or after you stroll around there, but worth it for its own trip. I visit Burlington occasionally and have gone to Pingala several times in a weekend!

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very good way to start day - Edit

Planned a few places using happy cow for a vacation to Burlington wonderful place for breakfast I assume all the other meals are just as good based on how good the breakfast was. Had the Benedict and tried the French toast as well both very good

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Delish lunch - Edit

Had the E.L.T., that is, eggplant bacon, lettuce and tomato. As chewy as the eggplant bacon was initially, I got over it and enjoyed this sandwich very much.

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We love this place! - Edit

Although we are not from the Burlington area (we are from Southern Vermont), we make it a point to eat at Pingala every time we are near. Great atmosphere, great healthy food, nice view from the outdoor seating. Great desserts.

Pros: Food, Food, View

Cons: None

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Not to miss in Burlington. - Edit

The food is very delicious, high-quality. I am always impressed with the presentation and flavor. I do feel like I have to budget to eat there on my trips to Burlington because it is a bit pricey and sometimes the portions are smaller than I would expect. What I love is knowing that it will be fresh, delicious, and healthy. Eating there, in that setting, is a nice break from downtown and the rest of my Burlington obligations when I'm visiting town. Don't miss that holandaise sauce! It's the best!

Pros: Selection, Quality

Cons: Pricey, Smaller portions

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amazing - Edit

We had the falafel wrap and the rooster wrap which were delicious. Note that the rooster wrap is really spicy so if you don't like sriracha, beware! We also ate a piece of their chocolate cake and it was amazing.
The place is very cute and is on the side the river. They also have free wifi.

Pros: lovely staff, tasty

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AMAZING! - Edit

The ELT is really to die for. The best vegan sandwich I've ever had. Cute place, with a great view of the river.

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vegan heaven - Edit

my personal favorite place in burlington vt

Pros: fast service, super nice staff, most delicious food around

Cons: none , none, none

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Especially Delicious - Edit

We read the reviews and thought this sounded like the best place in town. We couldn't have been happier. It was a picturesque setting by the river, in an old mill, with this hip and cozy little cafe tucked right in. Not a lot of seating, but we didn't have to wait at all, even though people were steadily coming and going, and grabbing their mobile orders all the while. We had the Tempeh Reuben (so delicious), which was more like a grilled banh-mi, we thought... and our favorite was the special, which was Thanksgiving themed, with tender, juicy seitan, sweet potato puree, cranberries, and perfectly seasoned and wilted kale. Both came with a fresh little salad with fresh, zesty dressing. The coffee was delicious, and the Turmeric Sunrise kombucha is really special too.

Pros: Delicious, Fresh, Affordable

Cons: No observable flaws

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Great Pizza at Pingala - Edit

My wife and I stopped in tonight for an early dinner. We'd been here before but it had been a while since or last visit as it's nearly a 100 mile round trip from our home. Well worth it I would add. Tonight, much to our delight, we found pizza on the menu. Having spent some time in pizzerias in my own career I can be a harsh critic about product offered by what most places who are not pizza houses call "pizza." Having literally not had a bad experience here we both ordered the Friday Flatbread. A generous plate of pie and a grab of greens with a nice lite dressing. The flavor of the pie was spot on! Authentic taste through the last bite! We'll be back and hope they keep this one on the menu for a while. The best part is the full and quiet tummy. :)

Pros: Family atmosphere, Excelent food (It's all vegan and delicious!), Friendly staff

Cons: not in our neighborhood, too far from our house, probably will never be closer to our house.

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Great breakfast - Edit

I brought my family (All omnivores with allergies) here for brunch and they loved it just as much as I did. I got their french toast, which was superb, and the staff was very accommodating to my family's different allergies and sensitivities.

Their ordering and seating style is similar to that of Panera: You order and pay at the counter, seat yourself and your food is brought to you.

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-29

Pros: Delicious food, Accomadating staff, Laid back vibe

Cons: Could have a bigger menu

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Loved This Little Cafe - Edit

I'm traveling all over the US for 5 months and find myself in many places where there is no vegan options. I was so happy that an all vegan place was near by I about cried. Then the food was to die for as well! This is a cute little place next to a river that had one of the best Benedict's I've ever had.... Including the time I wasn't vegan. I loved that their hot drinks are served in mix matched mugs! Seriously if your in the area give this place a try you will not be disappointed!

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Delish! - Edit

Had the Cali club and strawberry rose donut. So good! We traveled from Colorado and it was so great to find a nearby 100% vegan cafe

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Delicious and cute! - Edit

I've only been here once, but I had a great time. The ELT (eggplant BLT) was awesome--the texture of the "bacon" was amazing. The atmosphere is super cute, too! It was a little pricey, but fair for the quality of the food, I think. Definitely recommend!

Pros: Delicious ELT, Cute space

Cons: Pricey, but fair

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Amazeballs - Edit

Eggplant bacon ELT and avocado toast.

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Healthy and deliciously Vegan - Edit

very cozy nice atmosphere next to the river with a good porch to sit on. The staff is friendly and nice. The cuisine is delicious, inventive and beautifully presented with adequate portions. There are many healthy and organic options.

Pros: great food and atmosphere

Cons: they have limited evening hours on some weekdays.

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Excellent food! - Edit

Loved this place! It's all vegan and the food was excellent. We had their Monday special - mac and cheeze, along with broccoli bites with buffalo sauce, and peanut rice which had broccoli and kale. Everything was tasty and there was a lot of food.

Location is right on the Winooski River with seating outside for nice views.

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