Vegan MoFo – Zen Vegetarian, Wichita, KS

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My husband surprised me with a plane ticket to see my dad in Kansas for my birthday this year. I can usually get something in most restaurants, even if it’s just a plate of fries or some steamed vegetables. I also knew there were a few health food stores where I’d be able to pick up a few things, so I knew I wouldn’t starve.

Like anyone obsessed with food, though, before any trip, I always check happycow.net and google around for places I can eat. I was excited to find Zen Vegetarian, a fairly new restaurant in Wichita. My dad is a pretty adventurous eater, so he was happy to indulge me. He isn’t a vegan, but he absolutely cannot have milk products, so he’s always happy to visit restaurants where he knows he’ll be able to eat something that won’t make him sick.

The atmosphere in Zen was nice and quiet, and the service was friendly. While the entire menu isn’t vegan, vegan dishes are clearly marked. My dad ordered a rice dish, his wife ordered some soup, and I got a Papaya Passion Salad and Sesame Soy Nuggets. Since it was lunch time, it came as a Bento box with soup, tempura vegetables, a spring roll, wonton, and rice. I had to skip the cream cheese wonton and soup, but there was plenty to eat, and I had leftovers, so while it would have been nice to have a vegan wonton and vegan soup, I certainly had enough food.

The salad was really tasty. It was spiced with chilis, but wasn’t too hot, and was nice and refreshing. The sesame soy was really good too, with nice, fresh broccoli, and the tempura was crispy without being overly battered or greasy. I’ll definitely go again the next time I’m visiting my dad.

Zen Vegetarian

Zen Vegetarian

We also went to a restaurant where I had a nice falafel platter, hummus, tabbouleh, and a fattoush salad. So, you don’t have to live in a large metropolitan area to enjoy vegan food at a restaurant!

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4 Responses to “Vegan MoFo – Zen Vegetarian, Wichita, KS”
  1. Ochibawolf says:

    Sometimes I feel like the only vegan in Wichita, and I too was excited for zen. Unfortunately, the Soy nuggets you got are not vegan. (they have whey in them) I don’t know what menu you looked at but the cream cheese blossoms are not vegan either. Their menu is mostly vegetarian, with only a few Vegan items. I think when they first opened they didn’t really know what was Vegan or not because they had to change their menu a lot. So sorry…

    They have updated their menu since, with the vegan items clearly marked.

    • Luciana says:

      Boo on the soy nuggets, that is really annoying. I mentioned, though, that I didn’t actually eat the wonton. I opened it and saw it was full of cream cheese which I figured wasn’t Tofutti, so I skipped it!

      I actually got the falafel platter from a restaurant called Antonio’s, I think? I’ll have to check out the N&J the next time I visit, though, it looks really tasty!

  2. Ochibawolf says:

    Oh! I also forgot to mention, the place where you got the falafel platter, is called N & J cafe. one of my fave places to eat here =D

  3. I am also a vegetarian and my body has never been in a very good shape. Being a vegan can really make you much heathier.,,:

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