by Craig Thompson
(Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States)
At Komo Zoo in St. Paul
Ecopolitan is an organic restaurant in Minneapolis that is relatively new, but has already become very popular among the vegan and vegetarian communities. So I had to check it out.
My experience there was amazing. I'm not a vegan or a vegetarian, but I am obsessive about organic food, namely produce.
Upon entering the establishment, I noticed the decor immediately. Flowers, plants and even the walls are made of organic and natural materials. It looks more like Grandma's house than it does like a posh metropolitan restaurant.
I took a look at the menu and was pretty surprised to find the food wasn't very expensive either. I've always found it curious how, in America, natural and untreated foods seem to cost twice as much. It's not like that in most other countries, and it's not like that here either.
I decided to order one of my favorite foods: Kale Salad. I accompanied that old favorite with a Green Burrito. The food was accompanied by raw vegetables and a hummus plate, which was almost as delicious as the order itself.
Unfortunately, I filled up on vegetables early on and my sweet beet juice was rather filling, so I was unable to finish my Green Burrito. But they were more than accommodating to me, as I wanted to bring it home and finish it later. It was too good to let go.
The service is fantastic, and not at all overtly smug as many other organic restaurants, where the service is sometimes pretentious and arrogant. Dr. T., the owner and founder of the restaurant, commonly interacts with customers as well.
I happened to be there on a Sunday when he was teaching the (un) cooking class, followed by a lecture on the health benefits of organic and natural foods. Unfortunately, we weren't there long enough to be greeted by him, but he seemed like a very nice and caring guy.
Over all, I had a great experience at Ecopolitan, and while I've had many great experiences at organic restaurants in the Twin Cities area, this was by far the greatest yet.