10.10.2016

Eat the Guide: Yummy Yummy

Hello and welcome to the NOiG series Eat the Guide!  In this series, I explore the scores of restaurants included in the NOIG Guide to Vegan-Friendly Restaurants.  You can follow along in the guide or right here on the blog, or both of course.  See previous posts here, and enjoy!

Last weekend Jonathan and I visited Yummy Yummy, a humble but tasty Chinese restaurant on Carrollton near Canal Street, just across Canal from Theo's and Juan's and just doors down from Brocato's.  While we typically order delivery from this economic spot, we were pleasantly surprised with the experience of dining in.

Appearance and Atmosphere:  Yummy Yummy is unassuming, the kind of Chinese restaurant that has lit pictures of the house specials up on the wall over the ordering counter.  Its booth seating area is comfy and clean, and seems to be set up to cater to the lunch buffet crowd.  This is as casual as eating out gets.

Hours of Operation: 10:30am to 10:30pm every day, except for Sundays when they open at 11.  A lunch buffet is available from 11am to 3pm Monday through Saturday, vegan options unknown.

Service Style:  Ordering is done at the counter, and most business is either for take-out or delivery outside of the buffet.  Food is brought out to your table if dining in.  Possibly my favorite aspect of this restaurant is that you can order delivery online.  It's like magic.

Family Style Tofu
Available Vegan Options:  The "Vegetarian" section is almost all vegan - just make sure that no egg is added.  Options include vegetable fried rice, lo mein, and chow mei fun; steamed mix vegetables with our without bean curd; four kinds of fried tofu; and three kinds of stir-fried vegetables.

Alcohol or Espresso: Nope.  You'll have to go down the block to the Red Door for a drink or across Canal Street to Monkey Monkey for coffee.  Or if they're closed already, up to the Bean Gallery...

Price Range:  Prices range from $3.55 for a pint of vegetable fried rice to 7.50 for the most expensive fried tofu.  This is eating out on a budget.

General Tso's Tofu
My Experience:  As usual, the person at the counter was friendly and helpful.  We ordered vegetable lo mein, Family Style Bean Curd, and General Tso's Tofu.  The food came out hot and delicious, with crispy fried tofu and perfectly cooked broccoli - such a difference from receiving delivery (though the delivered food is always very good).  We got way too much food for about $20, and both ate our fill of dinner and had lunch on the leftovers the next day.

Final Thoughts: Yummy Yummy is the best stop in Mid-City for cheap Chinese.  The tofu is excellent and makes great leftovers.  And did I mention that you can order delivery online?  Nothing could be better when you're sick, tired, or just need a treat.

Is it... tofu?

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