by Lindsey Warkentin
Ecopolitan is a one of a kind restaurant. It is a place devoted to organic, vegan, and raw foods. As someone who is not a vegan, trying Ecopolitan for the first time was an adventure of a different kind. It both opened my eyes to a new way of enjoying food and verified my choice to never go vegan. Despite all of the jokes I can make about the food though, Ecopolitan was definitely worth the experience, and a place I would voluntarily go to again.
Along with the three qualifications noted above, Ecopolitan employs a slew of others rules. Not only are they completely raw, vegan, and organic, they are also GMO-free, hypoallergenic, truly sweet (meaning they only use fruit to sweeten food and beverages), ultra-hygienic, ecological/non-toxic, and fresh and pure.
When I first heard of Ecopolitan I was eager to see what kind of food they would serve. I went with expectation that this would be a classy place, complete with a well-decorated building, but this restaurant is the exact opposite. Ecopolitan has a very down-to-earth feel. With mismatching chairs and tables in an open café style room, it is a relaxing place for people to gather together.
I took a friend with me, and we ordered different entrees and drinks. I got the vanilla smoothie, which deserves two thumbs up. For being a healthy drink, this smoothie was absolutely delicious (and it helped wash down the less delicious dishes that we had ordered). My friend ordered a “cool cucumber” juice, which tasted as healthy as it sounds. The juice was a bit harder to choke down.
As I was looking over the menu, I noticed that Ecopolitan offered a surprise entrée option. As long as you don’t make any specifications, the chef will prepare a random dish for you. If you like adventure, let this pique your interest. The chef made me Spaghetti and Meatballs (which is not otherwise on the menu). I am still unsure what the meatballs were made of, but they tasted great. I had forgotten that they don’t cook anything, so I was surprised when I dug in and found cold noodles.
My friend ordered off of the breakfast menu, which is available all day. She got banana crepes. As with the other three items that we tried, we were startled by what the waitress brought out to use. The crepe was made out of bananas, coconut, and flaxseed, and filled with avocados, cheese, carrot shreds, and onions. They were also served with a side of fresh fruit. This dish was a masterpiece! It was not only visually appealing, but it was also had a great combination of complimentary flavors.
For being healthy, the food at Ecopolitan is a win. Still, I will only give them three and a half stars out of five. Not everything on the menu was palatable, some of the items offered were hard to swallow. If this is the kind of diet that appeals to you though, the food was well done, and I will give Ecopolitan credit for sticking to the rules. The food was also very expensive, especially for college students. All of the main dishes were more than $10.00, and the drinks average about $6.00 each.
Review Rating: 3.5/5
The food was exciting, but maybe too adventurous for some. It was also expensive.
2409 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.