Friday, January 9, 2015
Merit Vegetarian Restaurant- Sunnyvale, CA
I've told all of my children that when they were teenagers, I would take them on a special weekend trip, just the two of us, anywhere they wanted to go in California. The exception being Disneyland: if I was able to afford Disneyland, I wanted to take all the children. SR for the last couple of years has been mulling over Death Valley, but whenever she decided upon it, it was not the right season. Apparently the temps are better in the Spring, and there are certain flowers that blossom during that time as well. But something even better than Death Valley came up for her last June. One of her favorite artists was performing a rare American tour, and one of her stops would be in Mountain View, a mere couple of hours from our home. When I offered that to SR as her special weekend, she jumped at the chance. So, off we went to the Emilie Autumn Asylum Experience. Now, this music is not for everyone, not even me, but it wasn't about me. It was about giving SR a special weekend. So, we left on Friday night, spent the night in a hotel, spent all day at the Experience, stayed over again, and had lunch the next day before returning home. I researched restaurants before we left home and found Merit Vegetarian online. It was open on Sundays, so I thought we'd give it a shot. See my review below along with a a few shots of our trip.
Okay, here's a pic of SR with others talking with someone who does daguerreotypes at the Experience. Just so you know, SR has an unusual style in clothing. She likes layers, gloves, employs a Goth influence along with some Victoria era influence, and adds her own unique touch. I completely support her expressing herself with her attire. Here, for once, she found others that dressed in a similar way. She completely fit in and had made a few friends that will last a lifetime. I'm the one that stood out with my baseball cap and camera and pants. Oh, by the way, she's the one in the striped tights and dress. Don't you see her?
Here she is locked up with other prisoners in one of several cages at the Experience. You can see how utterly miserable everyone is. Okay, okay, she's the one on the right with black hair, black dress and black and white striped tights.
Here is Emilie Autumn and a couple of other permanent patients performing.
SR had a fabulous time, and that made it a great weekend for me too. I love you, SR!
Here is Merit Vegetarian. They are in a nondescript strip mall down a busy street. Their info is: meritvegetarian.com, ph: 408-245-8988, 548 Lawrence Expressway. Sunnyvale, CA 94085.
SR and I started off with Drumsticks and a sweet sauce. They were very good.
Then we went for their Orange Nuggets. Great glaze, very tasty.
SR had one of their freshly made Mango Smoothies. She let me have a sip, and it was delicious.
I ordered their Noble Broccoli. It was a beef and broccoli style dish. Very good, I liked the sauce it came with, too. Lots of broccoli, which is one of my favorite veggies.
SR ordered the Spicy Noodle Soup. She didn't realize it had mushrooms, which she despises, but she worked around it, and liked it in the end. It had a tangy taste to it and was good.
We ended our meal - and our stay - with desserts. SR ordered the Caramel Flan and completely loved it. I tasted it, and it was light and sweet, very good. But...
I had a penchant for chocolate, so I ordered their Mocha Chocolate Cake. The cake itself was a little too dense for me. I like light cakes and cupcakes. But, the frosting made up for it. So light, so creamy, it was in a word, delightful.
All in all, I highly recommend Merit Vegetarian. The prices were reasonable, and if you're a vegan, looking for an open place to eat on a Sunday, this one will definitely work. If you're in Sunnyvale, look them up.