"Wow, this is really good!", my sister says as she takes a bite of her vegetarian 'grinder' sandwich and chews heartily. Finally making it to WaterCourse Foods one day in January has been the highlight of the season.
Walking into the restaurant, the excitement began as the amount of people there on a weekday for lunch told us there was something amazing about to happen. We waited in the sunny lobby for awhile, giving us ample time to become just hungry enough for a large lunch. As we sat at our table, I noticed how open the restaurant was. It felt like a classic delicatessen, but much more homey. My sister, an omnivore, was surprised at the amount of dishes on the menu for lunch. A longtime vegan would even be a bit taken aback to see the selection before them. Highlights of the menu include omelettes made vegan with tofu at request, buckwheat pancakes, seitan buffalo wings, the wild rice tempeh burger, Thai peanut stir fry, bhakti chai and vegan milkshakes!
The final decision was the sweet potato and black bean tacos with a raspberry milkshake and the grinder and Oogave rootbeer for my sister.
Needless to say, the vegan was in heaven and the non-vegan was pretty happy after the meal was over. There were some amazing fresh food combinations in the tacos and the grinder was reportedly very tasty and worth the trip (she ordered non-vegan cheese on it, so unfortunately I couldn't sample it myself).
The service at WaterCourse was punctual, pleasantly casual and bright; this is just the kind of service one would expect and want at a vegetarian restaurant of this caliber. The food was more pleasing, and more trips to WaterCourse are needed in the near future to make up for taking so long to visit in the first place.
WaterCourse has been reviewed by other popular and trusted vegan bloggers recently, as in quarrygirl.com's rave post in which she claims that WaterCourse Foods is "better than any LA vegetarian restaurant". Now that is saying something.