Best Vegetarian Menu

1st Place: The Nucleus
2nd Place: Noodles & Company
3rd Place: Water Street Deli

Dining out can sometimes be hard if you’re a vegetarian, but our readers have found good veggie fare on these menus. The top vote-getter is The Nucleus (405 Water St., Eau Claire), where the offerings include The Boomer, a grilled portabella mushroom cap topped with all kinds of great veggies, feta cheese, and garlic mayo. The second favorite is Noodles & Company (4653 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire), which has 12 meatless options, ranging from Wisconsin Mac & Cheese to the more exotic Bangkok Curry. Third place belongs to The Water Street Deli (628 Water St., Eau Claire), where owner and cook Sam cooks up all kinds of delightful Mediterranean foods. The staple, of course, is hummus, which you can find at local farmers markets and grocery stories. And in winter, Sam serves the best homemade hot lentil soup in town. Bon appétit! — Barbara Arnold