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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Vegetarians Rejoice at Riviera Maya

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When it comes to local Mexican dining, vegetarians are usually out of luck. Options typically consist of a cheese quesadilla and possibly a cheese chimichanga. Even most bean items are out because they might be cooked with lard. An exception to this vegetarian dilemma can be found on the menu at Riviera Maya (2258 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.), located in Bay View. The menu is structured differently, in that most entrees are based first on the moles. Then diners choose between meat or vegetarian options. Other items, like tacos and burritos, are offered the same way. One vegetarian-only item is rollitos de col, or stuffed cabbage. The cabbage leaf is filled with zucchini, corn, red bell pepper and carrot. It is served with a mild red sauce and topped with pieces of queso fresco. Do not forget the tortilla soup, which might be the best item on the menu. Riviera Maya proves that vegetarians need not be ignored.