Last night, we had dinner with Emily (a vegetarian) at Candle Cafe, Candle Cafe a casual vegetarian restaurant with a fine dining sister restaurant called Candle 79.

We started with the Meze Platter, which was delicious! The three of us wolfed down the baba ganoush, tabouli, and hummus which came with an amazing bread. It was like a non-oily version of scallion pancakes (from Chinese restaurants). We requested more of the bread to finish up the spreads and this time, it came nice and warm. Yummm!

Lon ordered the Seitan Parmesan Sandwich which he really enjoyed, especially the bread. Emily and I each took a bite and Emily liked it more than I did. Emily ordered the Chipotle Grilled Tofu. The plate was beautifully presented with avocado, greens, and a pile of quinoa. We all thought the tofu was excellent. I felt adventurous and went with our waiter’s recommendation, the Grilled Seitan Steak, even though I didn’t remember if I liked seitan. I didn’t love it but finished the whole plate anyway, including all the broccoli and nicely cooked potato wedges. Lon ordered a side of Mexican Cornbread that came with a peanut-flavored spread. It was too dry and the cornbread flavor didn’t go well with the peanut spread, which was tasty on it’s own.

Lon had been to Candle Cafe a couple of years back and remembered that the dessert was really good. Somehow ended up with three, and they were all giant! We ordered the strawberry rhubarb pie (a seasonal treat at Candle Cafe), the Decadent Chocolate Cake, and the Banana Cake. We all agreed that the chocolate was the winner. The strawberry rhubarb was a close second and the banana cake fell way behind. The cake was a bit dry and the frosting had that artificial banana taste.

Overall, it was a good experience for all of us. Candle Cafe is not perfect but the prices are just right and I saw lots of interesting dishes go by while I was eating. You leave feeling very full, but very clean; not that oily heavy feel after eating a big Mexican meal. We want to try Candle 79 next.

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