CLOSED: Urban Standard

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    ( 6 reviews )



2320 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 35203

Serves meat, vegan options available. A hip cafe with labeled vegan choices and ones that can be altered. The gumbo, soup of the day, chili, and Caribbean black bean soup are vegan suitable. But menu changes often, so check ahead on its web. Confirmed closed Feb 2017 due to fire.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, American, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by grumpycoconut

Cool Vibe, Okay Coffee - Edit

I really like the vibe of the place (it's hipster-y and trendy), but the coffee is just not that great. As a place to study, it's fine, but if you want really good coffee, go to Saturn or Revelator, not here. That said, the staff is always really friendly, and they'll even let you hang out a bit after closing (which is good, since they close incredibly early), but for a coffee shop, the coffee is the least impressive part of the place, which isn't awesome.

Pros: Cool Vibe, Friendly Staff

Cons: So-So Coffee, Closes Very Early for a Coffee Shop

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Wonderful! - Edit

My boyfriend and I stopped in on our way through Birmingham after reading the positive reviews on Happy Cow and we were very satisfied. The staff was extremely knowledgeable about veganism and was able to tell us how to veganize almost half of the items on the menu by making various substitutions and excluding certain items. We ended up getting the vegan black bean burger (without the sauce and on different bread) and the noodle bowl with tofu and both were wonderful! Highly recommend the black bean burger. The place was clean and had a really good attitude about it. Hoping to go back and try the gumbo

Pros: Very knowledgeable staff, Vegan options and easy to veganize non-vegan items

Cons: Serves meat

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Great Restaurant - Edit

I found this place via Happy Cow and it was an excellent place. The atmosphere is nice and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable with the ingredients for Vegans. The black bean burger was AMAZING! I will definitely be coming back... Real soon!

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Friendly, Hipster Vibe - Edit

Stopped specifically in Birmingham on a long road trip to visit this restaurant and was not disappointed! Several vegetarian/vegan options to choose from. I went with the Hippie Gumbo, which was made with tofu, and was thoroughly satisfied. Highly recommend giving this place a shot!

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no vegan sweets ): - Edit

I love this place. The food and coffee that I've had has been great and the atmosphere is nice. But I love sweets with my coffee drinks and would like to see more of it here (or in Birmingham in general, really come on guys)

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Very Vegan-Friendly - Edit

There are a few vegan dishes. I have only tried the Vegan Gumbo and the Black Bean Burger (without the mayo). Both are absolutely delicious. I mean... Really, REALLY good. Try the marinated broccoli or the parsnips as a side. Also great. The employees understand veganism and are able to answer your questions and adjust dishes. The restaurant is quite a peaceful, relaxing environment, as it is also a coffee shop. I plan to go back and keep trying new things.

Pros: Well-sized dishes, filling food, Quiet, not at all overwhelming, Fairly quick

Cons: Not fully vegan

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