Restaurant Reviews

The Rare Vegetarian Delivery, in Downtown Lauderdale

It's not hard to find one or two dishes -- usually they're side dishes -- for the vegetarian crowd at many restaurants. Vegetarians become accustomed to the plain goodness of rice and beans and house salads and saying "without cheese, please." Delivery, though? Forget about it. If you're not ordering meat, good luck making the minimum delivery price at most places without at least a pound of lettuce. In fact, vegetarians will drive 30 minutes just so we can have some tasty, well-prepared dish that never had eyes.

Las Olas Gourmet and Wine remedies this problem for veggies in Fort Lauderdale downtown. Not only does it deliver; it's actually got serious garden variety. Try the "classic vegetarian" sandwich (hummus, fresh basil, cucumbers, tomato, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and feta cheese) for $7.95. The hummus wrap is the same; it just comes with chick pea spread (not hummus -- really!). These two dishes epitomize the type of quick lunch that tastes healthy, with its crunchy cucumbers and flavorful basil mixed with soft feta cheese and spread.

Moreover, the falafel in the vegan falafel wrap (pictured) isn't dry or too crunchy. In fact, it is perfectly moist and soft and doesn't fall out of the wrap. If you're not vegan, try the omelet with cheddar sandwich (egg, cheddar cheese, tomato, and basil) for $6.95. Ten out of 13 salads are meatless, and there are plenty of meatless pizzas and platters. And 95 percent of the menu is under $10. Minimum order is $15, or two falafel wraps. Call 954-768-0003, or click here.

Las Olas Gourmet and Wine
111 SE Eighth Ave.,

Fort Lauderdale

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