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Bites Nearby

You could stand on a corner and look around until a restaurant sign draws you in. But we've got a better idea. Each week, Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that is worth checking out.

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Virago Baking Company

Overview: Virago Baking Company is the premier eatery for vegan, gluten-free and all-natural healthy food. Its warm atmosphere makes it a welcome spot to unwind after a busy day. What’s great is you can get a bite to eat and something warm to drink while watching a live performance from a local musician, and even try out your own talent at the monthly Open Mic Night.

Decor: The pastel green walls and artistic décor really gives you a feeling that you are at home. It offers ample seating at wood or metal-woven tables. For live entertainment, the acoustics are perfect.

The drinks: Virago offers hot drinks, cold drinks and espresso. All the hot drinks are organic, including the coffee ($2 for a small, $2.25 for a large), tea, hot apple cider ($4 for small, $4.50 for large) and chai latte ($4 for large). Espresso options feature the Good Morgan (triple espresso with vanilla) for $4, Americano (espresso shot with water) for $2.25, Baker’s Starter (coffee with espresso shot) for $3.25, and Espresso Noelle (one shot, hazelnut and cream splash) for $2.50. If you prefer a cold drink, choose from iced coffee and lattes, Virago Iced Tea ($2.50), fruit smoothies ($6) or Honest Tea ($1.75).

Appetizers: While Virago doesn’t offer appetizers, there are options that can suffice for a small entrée. There are five different salads: simple, goat cheese, Greek, fruit and ABC (arugula, beets and goat cheese), ranging in price from $5 to $8.

Entrees: Virago Baking Company is all about choices. They have a breakfast menu, including an egg burrito (organic eggs scrambled and wrapped inside a whole wheat or gluten-free rice wrap) for $3.50, to which you can add turkey bacon, cheese and sautéed vegetables; the quiche of the day; a frittata (organic eggs and mixed vegetables) for $5; and a tofu scrambler wrap (tofu, red peppers, onions, mushrooms and Daiya cheese) for $7. Virago also offers cold and hot wraps. The curry chicken salad is a delight for the palate with chicken, raisins, almonds, red peppers and onions for $9. The turkey pastrami reuben, made with Thousand Island dressing and blue cheese, is like a New York deli-style wrap that warms all the way down.

Desserts: Virago Baking Company is known for, and takes pride in, its desserts. The restaurant calls its Celebration-size cupcakes VIP for Virago Inspired Pleasures. These cupcakes are filled with extras, and they are large enough to share – if you want to. All cupcakes are $5 each, or 13 for $60. The most famous dessert is the Get the Led Out (GTLO) triple chocolate cupcake. This treat oozes with chocolate, and that fact that it’s organic and gluten free makes it a more healthy indulgence. Also recommended is the Raspberry Romance, and it tastes just as good as its name. There are also “Happy” options at $3 each, such as the aptly-named Hallelujah (chocolate, pecans and coconut), and the perfect and unique recipe of cinnamon, chili and chocolate called the Aztec.

Service: There is hardly ever a wait to order food, and there’s always seating available. Servers are quick to deliver drinks and food to you at your table once you have ordered.

Signature dishes: Get the Led Out cupcake, gluten-free pizza on Friday and Saturday nights

322 ½ W. Main St., Lansdale

Owner and chef: Regina Petruzziello Mason

Cost: $$

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