Roots

1216 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40204

I decided to try Roots a couple weeks ago with girlfriends because none of us had been there before. If you like vegetarian food with a Vietnamese twist, this is your place! The people who own Roots also have a more casual, faster option next door, Heart and Soy, which serves food inspired by Asian street food. I’ll have to check it out soon! Both restaurants have common values of vegetarianism, health, and community awareness.

I started off with a mango bubble tea. If you haven’t had one and want to be adventurous, try one! Just make sure you’re not a texture person and like tapioco pudding… Other drink options include Estate teas: black, oolong, green, white, pu-erh, rooibos, herbal, etc.

The menu consists of soups, salads, and savories. The waitress told us the savories are tapa size so we decided to order a variety of things on the menu to share amongst the 3 of us…

Hue soup with rice noodles, tofu, veggie ham, and mushrooms in a spicy chili broth- it has a little kick to it but I could handle it. It’s a big portion for the small soup.

Hue soup

Hue soup

Jicima salad with red pepper, red onion, mandarin oranges, and cilantro in a vinaigrette- light, fresh, and delicious!

Jicima salad

Jicima salad

Crispy avocado and tomato rolls with pickled vegetables and tamarind sauce.

Crispy avocado and tomato rolls

Crispy avocado and tomato rolls

Lettuce wraps with crispy rice noodles, tofu, carrots, water chestnuts, wood ear mushrooms to dip in a vietnamese sauce. I usually love chicken lettuce wraps so I thought we should try these- pretty tasty and crisp!

Lettuce wraps

Lettuce wraps

Forbidden rice risotto with baby spinach, black cherries, candied walnuts, and goat cheese. This was probably my favorite!

Forbidden rice risotto

Forbidden rice risotto

Roots is a fun place to try a bunch of food and share with others at a reasonable price. We paid $13 each- not bad at all! My stomach was satisfied after eating all this but I did need a snack a couple hours later since we didn’t have anything too filling.

Roots also identifies which menu items can be made gluten free or vegan, which is nice if that’s your diet!

Check out their menu here. Roots is open Monday-Friday 11 am-10 pm, Saturday 11 am-11 pm, and Sunday 12 pm-8 pm.

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