It’s hard to find vegetarian-only restaurants here in the Valley, so I was eager to try Tsom in Tempe, which exclusively serves up vegetarian and vegan fare.
The order-at-the-counter spot is super-casual and simple, with one big dining room. I did like the fresh flowers that were on every table, but I wouldn’t go here for the ambiance, just for the food.
The restaurant includes both a salad bar with a variety of pastas, as well as hot entrees. Everything at the salad bar is priced by weight. As far as regular menu items, the eatery features an extensive menu of Middle Eastern options, plus pastas. I ordered the soup of the week, which was a veggie-filled soup with a veggie broth. It wasn’t my favorite soup (I prefer a traditional tomato base), but my friend loved it.
For my entree, I got the classic falafel pocket ($4.99), which was packed with falafel patties and veggies. It really filled me up, and I loved the falafel. I also appreciated the topping bar, which included everything from hot sauce to tzatziki to put on your pocket.
Tsom also offered vegan chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, which were on special, and though the cake was pretty dry, it was forgiveable because it was vegan–and the peanut butter frosting was so good.
I wouldn’t choose Tsom over a place like Green, since I can get pasta or Mediterranean food at many non-vegetarian places. I was hoping for more innovative dishes like the ones at Green (mmm, buffalo wings and meatballs), but I guess if you are a strict vegetarian who doesn’t want their food cooked in the same environment that meat is, this is a good option to have.