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A Place To Eat for vegetarians, vegans

Columns Veg'n Out

April 5, 2015

Story By: Nicole Kato | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

Let’s face it. It’s difficult to find hearty vegetarian (or vegan) meal options that fill you up without sacrificing taste or quality ingredients. Owner and chef Willu Diaz noticed this first-hand while dining with his vegetarian/vegan friends.

“(They) sometimes have to bring their own food, and it deters them from eating out,” he says. And that’s something that doesn’t fly with Diaz, who aims to create meals that are perfect for everyone who steps through his doors.

Quality preceeds quantity at a A Place To Eat, and while the menu isn’t overwhelming, Diaz puts his heart and soul into each meal he creates, and several items on the menu are vegan and vegetarian friendly.

“I would say one-third of it is dedicated to vegan (diners),” he adds.

Take Wok Fried Soba, for instance. Priced at $10, the dish features locally sourced, organic vegetables combined with yakisoba and fish cake.

“It’s an extremely simple dish,” says Diaz, who notes that it hits the spot after a late night out.

Fans of Thai curry will love Tofu White Curry ($10). Diaz dilutes the curry base with coconut milk, and adds bok choy, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, tofu and more.

Those seeking a quick snack can revel in Sweet Potato Fries ($7), which happens to be the eatery’s most popular side dish, and comes with house-made Hawaiian chili ketchup.

And Diaz recommends digging into the fries immediately, while they’re still hot and freshly made.

Located in Puck’s Alley on University Avenue, A Place To Eat has been in business for three years.

“We’re the perfect fit for the bustling neighborhood community and university students.”

A Place to Eat

Puck’s Alley
1035 University Ave. #105
941-4554
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m–2 p.m. and 5 p.m.–midnight
Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.–midnight (restaurant closes sporadically)

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