Vegetable Butcher

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 3 reviews )

712 Marsh St (at Broad), San Luis Obispo, California, USA, 93401

Serves meat, vegan options available. (Please note, despite the name, the restaurant serves a variety of meat dishes). Latin-oriented cuisine. Chef says they cater to vegans, but you must request it. Some items are listed vegan: Spring vegetable frito with kale, corn, chili serrano, orange curry mayo; and a side veg + beans + grains offering of roasted edamame and corn salad with fresh oregano and sweet heirloom peppers. Soups are usually vegan, salads, tacos & enchiladas can all be made vegan by omitting the cheese. A very large and open space located in downtown.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Mexican, Fusion, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by moretofuplease

clearly labeled menu - Edit

Delicious food with clearly labeled vegan and gluten free options on the menu. Lots to choose from. The cauliflower appetizer was amazing!

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Lunch with the family (vegan) - Edit

went for lunch, we had a nice variety of vegan food. great for the adults, on the too spicy side for the children.

Pros: vegan options.

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New Vegan Option in SLO - Edit

Just opened in summer 2017, Vegetable Butcher offers a fresh take on Mexican cuisine with many vegan options (vegan dishes are labeled "ve" but many others can be vegan by removing cheese or butter). Three of us shared dishes with exotic offerings such as tepary Beans (had to Google it, an heirloom bean resembling black-eyed peas). We opened with two items from the five "share" options: Spring Vegetable Frito ($9), and Korean Fried Heirloom Cauliflower ($11). Five deep-fried breaded florets of purple cauliflower arrived on a bed of black rice. Very tasty. Same with the frito, which tasted like onion rings (although it was a mix of kale and corn). None of our dishes were overly spicy, despite the menu warnings of serrano peppers and tabasco sauce in the ingredients. Market Enchilada ($11) seems to be the only entree, offering a vegan version featuring kale and plantains. The side slaw was a big hit, featuring pickled onions and napa cabbage. We like the tacos best, sweet potato and corn with avocado salsa on thick, house-made corn tortillas ($6). The veg + beans + grains ($5) side dishes offered several vegan options, and we tried the tepary bean and corn salad (maybe a little too much corn here?), which was surprisingly bland, despite the menu saying there would be tabasco-fried shallots (saw no evidence of shallots). We celebrated with the vegan dessert of pineapple-upside down cake, but it was also a little disappointing, a small serving with a mild flavor. We like it overall, impressed with the appetizers, wanting to try more side dishes, and hoping for more vegan options down the road. Welcome to SLO, VB!

Pros: Many vegan options, exotic vegetables & legumes, fresh flavors

Cons: parking downtown, a little pricey, a little noisy

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