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March 8th, 2011 RUTH BROWN | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Cheap Eats 2011: Prasad

     
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7:30 am-7 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-7 pm Saturday-Sunday.

When vegan institution Blossoming Lotus vacated Yoga Pearl for a slightly more granola part of town last year, Prasad stepped in to fill the void. It’s pretty much stayed business-as-usual: skinny chicks with neat ponytails mindfully munching on virtuous bowls of plant-based protein and complex carbohydrates. Prices are about on par with the nearby Whole Foods, but the food is infinitely better. The Soul Salad ($8) is satisfying, packed with avocado, slow-roasted tomatoes, black beans and well-seasoned tempeh. Bowls are equally formidable, layering a variety of fresh and cooked green things, stews and sauces on a base of nutty Bhutanese red rice or quinoa. The chili ($8) is insipid, but the African peanut ($9) is a winner, smothered in a warm, gooey, peanut butter stew with a zip of lime juice. The deli case also offers the area’s freshest grab-and-go options, holding granola parfait cups ($6) for breakfast and hefty raw and tortilla wraps ($7.50-$9) for lunch. RUTH BROWN.

 
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