Vegetarian first bites in Islip

Vegetarian Chinese food is the specialty at Vege Vegetarian Chinese food is the specialty at Vege Favor in Islip (September, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday/Joan Reminick

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If youre among those who dont eat meat, you can order anything on the menu at Vege Favor in Islip. Everything is vegetarian   Asian, too.

A recent lunch in the bright, airy counter-service eatery proved a generally positive experience    following a letdown of steamed dumplings whose fillings were bland and mealy. But kung pao chicken, made with tofu, celery and peanuts, proved spicy and satisfying. While a friend's mango chicken was a bit too sweet for me, she liked it just fine. And eggplant   requested with spicy garlic sauce on the side was a bright dish.  Accompanying it was brown rice, at once floral and wholesome. An alternate side dish,  plain lo mein with cabbage, was another hit.

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The place features self-serve frozen yogurt as well as freshly squeezed and blended juices.

Vege Favor is at 496 Main Street, Islip, 631-650-7788,

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