While a vegetarian restaurant often offers vast, delicious varieties of vegetarian meals and appetizers, planning an outing with people of various diets can be difficult. Good vegetarian options tend to be offered exclusively by Vegetarian restaurants in St Louis.  In such case, a vegetarian will either have to convince the entire group to eat vegetarian meals for lunch or dinner, or the vegetarian will have to go out exclusively with vegetarians.  We feel this reinforces the polarized, fragmented nature of contemporary culture, and homie don’t play that!

We’ve developed a menu mirroring restaurants in East-Asia providing the full spectrum.  Thus, healthy carnivorous, gluten-free, paleo, pescetarian, and vegetarian meals are offered every day.  In fact, the standard meal at Lona’s Lil Eats incorporates elements of every diet, in a balanced, delicious form.  In a world of increasing polarization why not have a place that a vegetarian husband, gluten-free wife, and obnoxious uncle from out of down who doesn’t understand any of that jazz eat and at the end say, “damn, mine was good!”  Options as an after-thought are no options at all, we take pain-staking care to make every category our specialty.

“Tasting is believing”- Ladue News. So come taste it!

While, we don’t exclude non-vegetarians, we understand the importance of vegetarianism.  We want to be a part of catering to the movement toward a more responsible diet to the best of our ability. We are dedicated to keeping our menu affordable, while providing a living wage for our staff. We don’t tax vegetarians by charging higher prices for no reason other than supply and demand and even encourage carnivores to try tofu!

While vegetarianism is gaining traction in contemporary times, the history of vegetarianism goes back thousands of years.  In fact, Jesus’ earliest recorded group of followers, the Ebionites, are reported to have been vegetarians.  Notable scholars and mystics spanning from East Asia, to Greece were reported to be Vegetarian even before the birth of Jesus.  Vegetarianism carries both ethical, some would say moral, and health implications.

At a purely subjective level, a carnivorous diet requires animal sacrifice, which involves not only the suffering of animals, but also the violent intention of the perpetrator.  At a macro level, the meat industry continues to have an increasingly devastating impact on the environment.  Not only does it require massive amounts of precious grain and water resources to sustain, but the bi-products in the form of methane gas and physical waste are deplorable.  The meat industry also contributes to massive deforestation in Central and South America.

Health wise, scientific research continues to find benefits to practicing a vegetarian diet. Vegetarians are found to have far lower levels of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and even dementia.  Furthermore, vegetarians represent a much smaller portion of the obese population than non-vegetarians. There is even indication that levels of depression are lower among vegetarians.

Come cheer up, try our vegetarian meals!