In line with our ordering strategy, once our drinks arrived we ordered appetizers only: fries, a biscuit, and tempura. Then one of the owners kindly popped by our table to welcome us, make a few suggestions, and to assure us that we could take our time to enjoy a leisurely meal. Yes, we greatly appreciate the laid back speed, sir; it's the non-sensical preparation order that we can't figure out!
our other favorites at Candle 79 is because the ones at C79 are polenta fries. Can't fool us.
in the oven to combat microwave-induced mushiness (then cross your fingers that they'll comply).
With one appetizer still outstanding, our friendly waitress offered to take our lunch order. We hesitantly ordered a sandwich, the raw entree, and a side to share. So, can you guess what came out next? No, not our final appetizer, but instead- inexplicably- the side that was intended to accompany our meal.
I anxiously awaited the arrival of my dish, picking at the potato salad that had been languishing on our table for some time now. I waited and waited, and waited. And then it seemed to be coming! But no, it was the same dish being delivered to the table behind me whose companion's dish had yet to appear (!?); le sigh.
Much to my dismay, the gigantoid serving of tempura combined with the unusual sushi made it impossible for me to consider dessert. Not to be completely deterred, we decided to bring home two of our Peacefood favorites.
Oh yes, there was one other sweet that missed being photographed: the never before seen magic cookie. Filled with an unusual assortment of coconut, nuts, carrot, and the darkest chocolate chips I've every tasted; it was a happy surprise.
I like all kinds of vegan joints and Peacefood is high on my list. However, they clearly have the capacity to do better. Their location offers them practically no vegan competition, the food is delicious, the servers are pleasant, the restaurant is inviting; how hard can it be to get the food out in a sensible order? They are always obviously busy with eat-in clientele, take-out orders, etc., and they consistently seem to be well staffed, so I can't help but wonder why they can't seem to get their act together? It seems like it's not a big deal, but it kinda is-- especially since this isn't the hardest part to get right! They've been open (and busy) long enough that the disarray is no longer forgivably cute, but bordering on flaky and annoying. Come on, guys.
Oh, and also: lighten up on the cilantro. Sheesh.