Main Essentials (based upon BRR's recommendation) and finally had the opportunity when I was recently in the vicinity. After hearing it referred to as a juice bar serving vegetarian cuisine, I was surprised to find that it is actually a sizable, beautiful restaurant. We stopped by an hour before closing on a Saturday night, and although the buffet offerings were dwindling, we were warmly welcomed by the gentleman who served as host and waiter.
The diner at the next table was raving about his selections from the buffet, but we decided to go with an assortment from the menu, which is varied. Although Main Essentials tauts itself as Caribbean, the menu features an eclectic mix of American, Spanish, and Middle Eastern comfort foods: all vegan.
China Cola. I was a little wary that it would taste "weird" (i.e., healthy), but I thought I'd be daring.
As it turns out, it's not made in China, but instead contains an herbal infusion imported from China. Blah, blah, blah, it tastes good. Think all of the delicious notes of a traditional cola, but without the chemical taste. I am definitely a new fan; now I just have to find an area market that carries it.
Yes, in addition to traditional salt and pepper, each table offers malt vinegar and pepper powder to doctor up your goods. While I missed my hot sauce, it was nice to experiment with other ingredients for a change.
The flavorful sandwich consisted of a fresh pita bursting with traditional falafel, tahini, lettuce, tomato, and onion.
I actually don't know if they have dessert (!) because, at the time, I was too full of fried foods to wonder. Hard to believe, but true.
The service at Main Essentials is extremely hospitable, the food fresh & tasty, and the prices extremely fair. Definitely worth a stop when you're in town!