by BtownMenus on October 25, 2010

The name itself makes you feel good.  I have been going to Roots since I discovered it during my sophomore year at IU.  I was living downtown, about three blocks away at the time, and woke up one Saturday morning feeling as though I was on the verge of getting sick.  Walking to class everyday, I remembered passing by “Roots” day on multiple occasions.  Word around the street was that it was a vegetarian restaurant which had a very organic feel.  For a carnivore lover such as myself, I was a little skeptical at first, but keeping an open mind I decided to give it a try.

From the second I walked in the door, I knew I was going to be coming back time and time again!  The menu jumped out at me.  Scanning over everything, I completely forgot that I was at a vegetarian restaurant!  Whether you want a satisfying omelette, or some tofu pad thai, Roots has a dish for you!  They also have wheat grass shots for a great immune booster!  Their freshly squeezed orange juice is incredible and very refreshing!  The only negative that I can point about Roots is that it’s a bit pricey.  However, the quality and care that is paid to each menu item makes you forget about the cost.   Roots is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner thanks to its diverse menu!

A few of my friends and I went to Roots the other night.  Since we all have diverse palates, it was great to be able to put a dent into the wide selection of dishes on the menu.  I noticed that there were some new specials up on the chalkboard, and they were all thai cuisine oriented.  I can eat Thai food every day of the week and not get sick of it, especially with how great the Tom Yum soup tasted.  A potent combination of herbs and spices helped clear up my sinuses in no time.  Being a natural remedy for cold and flu viruses, this is the perfect time of year to start eating Tom Yum soup.  Roots has a perfect amount of shrimp and vegetables to add to the flavorful broth.    Although I was sweating profusely from how spicy it was (You can get 1 to 5, 5 being the most spicy: I got a 4 and thoroughly enjoyed every spoonful.

Tom Yum Soup

After downing a couple glasses of water and wiping the sweat off my forehead a few times, I was ready for the Pad See Ew.  Pad See Ew is a popular Thai noodle dish that consists of wide noodles and broccoli, carrots, soy sauce, and in this case, tofu.  I have been to countless Thai restaurants and have had hundreds of different Pad See Ew, and Roots definitely is up there in the rankings.  The tofu is very fresh, and each bite of noodle, vegetables, and/or tofu is very fulfilling.

Pad See Ew

One of my friends had the Southwestern Black Bean burger with sweet potato fries.    My buddy enjoyed the burger but felt the vegenaise made it a little sour in taste.  Vegenaise is an eggless mayonnaise that is a healthy replacement for regular mayo.  Besides this slight hiccup, the meal was stellar.  The burger itself was cooked to perfection, and the sweet potato fries were addicting.

Roots on the Square

124 North Walnut Street

Bloomington, Indiana

(812) 336-7668

Cost friendly?  Reasonably priced, meals range from $8-$15

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