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Spotlight: The Sanctum In Mills 50

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Anyone who questions whether there is a market for vegetarian restaurants only needs to visit The Sanctum, a new meat-freetery in the Mills 50 district.It seems that it is always packed.

Admittedly, it doesn’t take a lot of people to fill the space, but still.

It isn’t totally vegan but offers several items that can easily be veganized. And, despite what the menu says, it isn’t all plant based, either.

In the case of the Mo’Rockin Bowl, real chevre was an optional add-on. This was a salad of mixed greens tossed with roasted beets spiked with harissa (wonderful).

Calling another Green Bowl selection the Toasted Caesar would suggest someone had had a bit too much to drink when compiling the ingredients. Where else have you ever seen a Caesar salad with roasted rosemary potatoes thrown in? Or quinoa, sunflower sprouts and roasted pumpkin seeds, for that matter? Apparently the dressing hails from the land of traditional Caesars, so there you go.

I chose the Sassy Thai Salad, which featured pad Thai noodles at the bottom of the bowl under a stack of greens with cabbage, radish, cucumbers, carrots, bell pepper and grape tomatoes. A peanut and tamarind blend dressing coated the greens, and the salad was topped with some kimchi. I found myself devouring the entire salad.

I like to go for breakfast and have the avocado toast that I saw someone eating nearby (but which wasn’t on the lunch menu) and maybe some eggs.

Yikes! Eggs on the menu. Now this is my kind of plant-based restaurant.

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