30 May 2011

Andy Nguyen's Vegetarian in Sacramento, delicious food and pleasant service

I went to Andy Nguyen's Vegetarian restaurant in Sacramento with my aunt who, while not necessarily a picky eater, is definitely set in her culinary ways. I had read on Yelp that the food was delicious but the service was less-than-stellar. Thankfully, for our visit, the first review was proven and the second debunked.

Our waiter immediately greeted us when we walked in the door and had water for us within 5 minutes. At that point, to ensure that we'd have food before 10 p.m., I ordered the Budda Rolls (rice paper filled with lemongrass-infused mushrooms, carrots, and lettuce, served with a delicious oily peanut dressing). The restaurant was busy, and it looked like only two waitstaff were working, so the time it took for them to take our order and get us our food was completely reasonable.

The Budda Rolls were delicious, although my aunt was dubious about the lettuce sticking straight out of them (she kept asking what it was, but she's 90, so I gave her the benefit of the doubt). The dipping sauce was spicy flavorful.

I ordered one of the day's specials, which was the Red Beet Salad. It came with spring greens and beets, with a sweet vinaigrette dressing on top. My aunt ordered the Eight-Fold Path salad (she, unaware that this was a completely vegetarian restaurant, at first wanted to order another salad when she saw it said “beef”, but once I told her it was mock-beef, she said that was misleading, and went with the solely vegetable salad instead). Her salad came with bean sprouts, mushrooms, carrots, lettuce, and the same dressing that had been served with the Budda Rolls. She liked it, but said the dressing was a little spicy for her tastebuds.

I really enjoyed my salad and was pleased that I could take half of it home to enjoy the next day (it was HUMONGOUS!). The waiter was great about deferring to my gluten-free needs and was quite pleasant overall.

2007 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818

Geanna Marek | @greenvegnliving
Geanna has been a vegan for over 3 years. She lives in the very veg-friendly city of Portland, Oregon, where she works as a freelance writer and library assistant. She is also currently training to run the Portland Marathon this fall. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, eating, and traveling. Find Geanna at greenveganliving.com.

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