Birthday Dinner

Our First Restaurant Review!

Last Tuesday was my birthday (hip hip hooray!) and despite having to work, Rick helped create a great celebration for me. I stopped for cupcakes on my way home from work, and went by Rick's school during his lunch break to share them, I got some fantastic presents in the afternoon, and after a quick stop at the beach, we went out to eat at one of my favorite restaurants. 

As this is our first official restaurant review, forgive me as I take a minute to explain how we're doing things around here:  We eat, we enjoy, and then we tell you about it! Generally, we will give a description of the food we ate and what was so delicious about it. Then, we will rate the restaurant overall, giving it a "heads of lettuce" rating. Five heads is a perfect score or, some of the best food we’ve ever had. We’ll also be sure to tell you what kind of food the restaurant serves as well—raw, cooked, “fast food”, etc. We also reserve the right to give multiple ratings for things like atmosphere/ambiance, food freshness, etc. :) Ratings will follow our write-up of the restaurant, so as not to spoil the fun right away!

Sage Organic Vegan Bistro

Sage Organic Vegan Bistro is in Echo Park--we happened upon them last spring for brunch, and have had great food experiences there ever since. We've taken our non-vegan friends there to eat (they loved it!) and have since decided that it is a great spot for first-time veg experiences. The best part about Sage is that they carry Kind Kreme ice creams in the bistro, which always leads to great dessert experiences. 

Buffalo Croquettes
On Tuesday we had our favorite Buffalo Croquettes - falafel tossed in buffalo sauce, on top of polenta, grilled onions, arugula, and horseradish sauce. Pretty sure I could have eaten one of these by myself!

We also tried the Brussels Sprouts, Summer Squash, and Tempeh Bacon in Garlic Sage Butter - the bacon flavor was absolutely spot on, and truly made the dish. Very, very yummy!
Brussels Sprouts

Garlic Roasted Fingerling Potatoes w/ Cashew Alfredo and Chipotle Ketchup also made the cut. I thought the sauce was the best part of these guys. 

Last, and most certainly not least, were ice cream sandwiches. Let's be real--these were the reason we went to Sage to eat. The chocolate chip cookies came from Babycakes NYC (see cupcake link above) and paired with the Kind Kreme chocolate ice cream, I was in dessert heaven. 
I want one right now. 

Rick's Review: As Emily stated earlier, these ice cream sandwiches are the real deal.  They taste exactly the same as the ice cream and cookies we had growing up, but are made at an even better and higher quality.  In addition, I love coming to this restaurant to experience the awesome culture of Los Angeles.  Located in Echo Park, you are always guaranteed to see eclectic mix of people in and outside of the restaurant.  Everyone is always extremely friendly and helpful answering our questions.   One little additional tip, you are allowed to bring your own wine here and they will NOT charge a corking fee; just one unique touch that makes Sage an awesome experience and a must-stop for delicious food.  

Review Recap:

Restaurant - Sage Organic Vegan Bistro 

Location - Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Dish - Ice cream sandwich 

Unexpected Perk - BYOB! Very minimal corking fee for personal alcohol 

Overall Rating - Four heads out of Five!


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