Restaurant Review: Cafe Evolution

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It would seem that my mom and I would have been hard pressed to find a cooler place to go on our mini-vacation.  Northampton, MA is full of all the fun little eclectic places we like to check out!  It’s home to WEBS yarn shop (which does stock vegan fibers), a bunch of historical locations and museums, used book stores, coffee shops, and vegan/veg-friendly restaurants!

Yesterday we had lunch at Cafe Evolution, which I found thanks to Happy Cow.  From the second we pulled into the parking lot, it was the kind of eclectic that I love.  Located in a building that at first appears to be a hole in the wall, the interior of Cafe Evolution offers a pleasant surprise.

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The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and so are the staff!  We had no problem ordering our food, finding a comfortable booth to sit at, and of course grabbing a tasty baked treat for dessert.

The menu is simple, but full of delicious vegan fare.  My mom and I both got sandwiches, which are served on bread that is baked in-house along with blue tortilla chips and homemade salsa on the side.

Mom’s Fakin’ Bacon BLT:
fakin blt

My baked tofu sandwich:
tofu sandwich

Both sandwiches were lightly toasted and just plain amazing.  Mine was so chock full of marinated baked tofu, vegan cheddar, and fresh veggies that I ate one half at lunch and saved the other half for dinner. (It was just as good cold.)

And, of course, the baked goods…
mocha cupcake

I am a sucker for good vegan baked goods.  That’s why I make so many of them myself and pick them up whenever I encounter them out somewhere.  This was a “mocha moose” cupcake–a moist chocolate cupcake with mocha cream filling and chocolate frosting.  It was rich and decadent, with nostalgic undertones of a Hostess cupcake…only much, much more amazing!

The prices for both menu items and baked goods were comparable to other vegan places I’ve eaten–cheap for the portion sizes.  Sandwiches start at $6.95 and the most expensive menu item is $9.95.

Verdict: Cafe Evolution rocks.  If for some reason you have a problem with the type of eatery where you order at the counter and they make your food fresh for you right where you can see it, and it arrives hot and delicious in a reasonable amount of time, you won’t like it.  But for the rest of us, it’s the perfect place to grab a delicious vegan bite to eat in Northampton.


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. Dena  August 11, 2010

    Glad Cafe Evolution worked out for you. Nice review. I’ve added it to our list of restaurants on our Area Attractions page on our site.

    Dena Childs
    WEBS – America’s Yarn Store

    • Sam  August 11, 2010

      Yey, thanks! ^_^ I think we’re heading there to eat again tomorrow.

  2. nourishthespirit  August 12, 2010

    I love Northampton too. I used to eat at Cha Cha Cha all the time, shop at Faces, and walk around. Now there’s even an Urban Outfitters. Thanks for the tip on a new vegan restaurant.

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