Eating Vegan At Copper Dog Cafe

August 6, 2010 by Keri

When my husband saw an article in the paper about a vegan-friendly restaurant opening up in Lafayette, we had to check it out.  So last night, we packed up our little family and headed out on our dinner adventure.

Vegan Restaurant Reviews

Vegan Restaurant Reviews

Copper Dog Cafe is located in a historic downtown location and couldn’t be more beautiful.  The signs and tables are, of course, copper and the inside of the restaurant is decorated to perfection.  It’s just so lovely and cozy!  We were greeted with warm and friendly welcomes, a dog bone to take home to our dog, and a pale and shovel for the little man.  This dog friendly cafe offers dog bones and water dishes for the visiting pups.  We didn’t bring our dog, Dixie, but I snapped a picture of the above satisfied customer.

Vegan Restaurant Reviews

Vegan Restaurant Reviews

Vegan Restaurant Reviews

To start, we ordered the Fresh Chickpea Hummus and Pico de Gallo with Pita Chips.  The little man adores hummus and theirs was smooth and yummy, served with soft, fresh pita wedges.

Vegan Restaurant Reviews

Chris and Little Man both got the Vegan “Haute” Dog, which was a vegan hot dog wrap and access to their lovely fixings bar with ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, etc.  They both really enjoyed their meals, and the hot dog wrap was perfect for my little guy’s little hands.  Mess-free meals like that are few and far between for us!

Vegan Restaurant Reviews

For my meal I ordered their Portabella Press wrap sans cheese, but they happened to have vegan cheese on hand to add.  The wrap was delicious!  I managed to make myself share a little and Chris loved this wrap as well.  The spicy vegan mayo and portabella combo is fantastic.  It had avocado on it, which I knew when I ordered, so I just let him have most of those bites.  You can’t really see all of the goodies in this picture, but it was stuffed with sautéed portabellas. Yum!

Vegan Restaurant Reviews

My favorite part is rather than chips or greasy fries, their dishes are server, more like surrounded, with seasonal fresh fruits and veggies. Our plates were loaded with cucumber slices, tomato slices, greens, and an orange half.  They just opened, but they’re planning on changing their menu often, so of course we’ll be going back as long as vegan menu items are available!  They have desserts as well, but vegan treats haven’t made their way to the case yet.

I promise he didn’t really eat that; they were just making silly faces, so he was pretending.  In fact, that treat didn’t even make it past the doorway because he couldn’t say no to those pleading eyes of the puppy dining outside.   It was a fun family outing and Copper Dog Cafe couldn’t be lovelier, with the matching copper decor and the friendly people.  Of course, they could have a few more vegan options, but hey, they’re new!

Happy Friday!

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  1. Lauren says:

    Aww cute pic of the guys! 😉

    This place looks great, we need more of this near me, I have to travel for vegan restaurants!

  2. VegMuffinMan says:

    This is not really on topic, but i voted for you for best vegan website for the 2010 veggie awards! You wern’t listed, so i put it under “other”. Good luck!!

    -Andrew “vegmuffinman” Morrison-
    Health Freax Unite!

  3. James says:

    Sounds like a cool place! I went to Purdue for four years (graduated last summer) and if I’m ever back in town I’ll check it out.

    • Keri says:

      That’s awesome!! My husband and I both graduated from Purdue- he in August ’06 and I in December ’06. 🙂

  4. Just discovered your blog! (love the name!) 😉

    Sounds like you discovered a great restaurant! I love it when restaurants serve fruit and veggies on the side– it’s so rare!! And it’s dog friendly?! That’s amazing!

  5. Andrea says:

    I love hummus myself. Went to the farmer’s market and bought tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions and put them all together in a sandwich. And that is happiness!