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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

Newsletters - Summer 2007 Issue

Restaurant Review
by Carole Boral

Garden Café (On The Green)
6 Old Forge Road
Woodstock, NY 12498
Open 11:30AM-9 PM
Closed Tuesdays

I recently had the pleasure of eating at this fabulous vegan restaurant with three of my favorite friends. The atmosphere is charming and simple with just the right touch of homespun decor. We started off with a fruit smoothie made with vanilla soymilk, chocolate soy ice cream, wild blueberries and bananas, called “Vivacious Violet.” We also had “natural” root beer and ginger ale.

Soup was an exquisitely blended and delicious creamy tomato vegetable. Homemade cornbread and foccacia were served with a divine spread of a sweet potato puree. The dish of baked olives (black and green) was unique and the arrugula salad with white tuscan beans in a roasted garlic dressing was spectacular and tasted as if it was freshly picked.

I had the seitan stew served with sautéed cabbage and Irish soda bread. My friend had a baked tofu entrée with caramelized onions served with horseradish mustard. Both dishes were perfectly prepared and presented. We would have liked to have tried other dishes as well -- like the Afghani lentil and vegetable roll up with cilantro soy yogurt glaze or the Southwest Black bean and roasted sweet potato burger but couldn’t finish what we had ordered. I truly believe that the test of a superb restaurant is the sauces and combinations they put together, and each taste was a hit! None of us were even tempted to order dessert [seasonal pies with non-dairy whip cream and fruit crisps] because we were so full and satisfied.

The dishes were all creative, vegan and voluminously sized. I urge you to try this magical menu in this most enchanted village. A huge sandwich is only about $7 to $9 dollars, the daily main dish specials are about $10 dollars each and I dare you to finish it! They do provide set ups if you would like to bring your own wine or beer and take reservations which are recommended -- especially for the weekends. Parking is available on the green or in a lot across the street. Bon appetito!

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