Location and Hours
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Month Sunday brunches (check website for dates)
About Mint Tulip
The cafe is small and homey, with pastel colors accented with white. It's very Martha Stewart but in a hip hippie sort of way. Seat yourself at tables, by the counter or on the comfy couch. Your order comes in a metal baking tray, adaptive re-use at its most creative. Since the restaurant is homespun, the linen napkin indicates the restaurant has a commitment to sustainability, a definite plus.
The food is fresh, with locally sourced fruits and veggies. The meat substitutes are soy based, and they use TVP (texturized vegetable protein). For those new to eating vegetarian or vegan, this restaurant is a step in the direction of a more healthy lifestyle. But since it's a sandwich shop, the options aren't what really constitute health food. Think frito pie, hot wings, burgers and shakes, which contain sugar and are usually fried. But they are one of just a few vegan restaurants in town, and the food tastes pretty good.
For breakfast you can have a breakfast burrito with potato, spinach, green chile and sausage, bagels with hummus or cream cheese, oatmeal with your choice of milk or a sausage cheese biscuit. Prices range from $2 to $5.
Lunch offers a choice of salads ($8) or sandwiches ($9). Salad options include nicoise, caprese, hummus plate or fruit and nut. Sandwiches include the club, reuben, BLT, BBQ, buffalo ranch wrap, grilled veggie or veggie burger. Other sandwiches include grilled cheese, PB&J, hot dog, frito pie dog, chicago dog and brat w/kraut and onions. Sandwiches are served with a choice of side such as potato salad, cole slaw, fruit, chips and salsa or side salad.
On one visit, I tried the veggie burger ($9) and they had no problems serving it up without oil greasing the grill. Special diet requests are not unheard of and easily accommodated. Raw foodies simply need to ask and their wish will likely be granted. It contained beets and was quite good.
On another visit I tried the brat with sauerkraut and onions ($7) and it was also good. The sauerkraut was scrumptious and even though I'm not a big fan of soy "meats," the brat was very good. Why is the combination so satisfying? One of life's mysteries waiting to be solved. On another visit I had their veggie sandwich, and I give this option two thumbs up. It comes with grilled vegetables such as avacado and peppers.
One area where the restaurant shines is with their fresh juices. You can get your choice of carrot, ginger and other options for just $4. And their desserts are dairy free. They make shakes in many flavors, have soft serve ice cream, sundaes and even whip up a banana split. Their cupcakes and cookies look quite good, though I try not to do sugar, so I can't say I tried them. They also take orders for custom cakes without the dairy or gluten free.
On the Fourth of July, they have a hot dog eating contest!
The Mint Tulip offers sandwiches with no meat or dairy, so vegetarians and vegans have a place to grab a quick bite without worrying about stocks, sauces and additives. If you're looking for a fast bite with a dollop of flavor and you happen to not eat meat, Mint Tulip might be your place.
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