Little Lad’s, Big Flavor

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When I come to work the thing I really look forward to is lunchtime because I know I will be going to my favorite place. That place is Little Lad’s Vegan Restaurant.  I have been going to eat there since it opened in 2006.  Before discovering this place I used to eat at different salad bars in the area.

I didn’t even know about Little Lad’s until somebody told me about it.  It’s located on the lower level of my building, 120 Broadway.  Recently they put a sign in the lobby with the name of the restaurant, letting people know it was there, but before that if you didn’t know about it, it was hard to find.

I loved this place from the minute I walked in and felt right at home.  The people who work there are so nice and friendly and greet me by my name and ask me how I am when I walk in the door.  I am not a vegetarian or a vegan, but I love the food that they have.  I feel like I am eating a home-cooked meal.

They have a standard menu with sandwiches, veggie burgers and other things, but I love to have the buffet.  The price is a real bargain for what you get.  For $5.40, including tax, you get one plate and one bowl to fill with a choice of six hot dishes or you could make a salad from the salad bar or fruit salad with toppings such as granola and delicious sweet cream, which is vegan.  They also have a choice of two different kinds of soups.

What I love about it is that you never know what they will be serving.  Every day the food is different, which makes it interesting.  There are some dishes which are very popular, such as the macaroni and cheese.  The cheese tastes and looks like real cheese but it’s made from carrots and potatoes.  I don’t understand how they make it.  All I know is that it’s delicious.  I also love the butternut squash and the guacamole.

They also have an assortment of things for dessert such as fruit pies, cookies and something called Need’ems, which is hard for me to explain.  It is a little patty made from potatoes and other ingredients.  It looks like it is covered in chocolate, but it’s really carob.  They come in an assortment of flavors, two of which are orange-almond and peppermint.  There is something called Nice Creme which is vegan ice cream.  They also have different kinds of breads, rolls and crackers for sale and of course their famous popcorn, which comes in an assortment of flavors, but the most popular flavor is the herbal popcorn.

I would recommend that people try this place at least once and they might be pleasantly surprised just like I was.  The only negative thing I could say about it is that sometimes I eat too much because the food is just so delicious.