Best Vegan

Oasis Vegetarian Eatery and Food Company

Readers Pick

Vegetarian restaurant dies and reincarnates as a flesh-burning barbecue. The irony is lost on some, but Lars Von Trier would have appreciated it, given his greatly misunderstood Dogville: Yes, he made Nicole Kidman lug around that metal noose, then had her condone the killing of her town's residents. Like the burg of Dogville, perhaps Oasis came to a similar ethical roadblock. Maybe it went out of business because their servings of healthful food were super-sized, like the "Hemp for Victory" burger. Maybe it was that you could never go there if you were on the precipice of a sugar low, given the slow service. But like Von Trier's three-hour flick, Oasis made you realize how a little sanctuary in the harsh world could be comforting, if not life-saving.

Runners up:

2. Govinda's Natural Foods Restaurant and Boutique, 711 E. Blacklidge Drive, 792-0630

3. Casbah Tea House, 628 N. Fourth Ave., 903-0305

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