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Owner Damon Brasch opened this cool little vegan ice cream, coffee, and pastry shop in a renovated house in downtown Phoenix just days before he opened the second location of his vegan bistro Green right next door. And what Green does right in the way of comfort food, Nami does right in the way of caffeine and sugar treats. Try the decadent affogato, a scoop of organic soy-based ice cream and chocolate syrup drowned in espresso, paired with any number of outstanding 100 percent vegan goodies, from cupcakes to cookies to daily specials. And don't miss the Tsoynami, Brasch's delicious housemade organic ice cream delight featuring over 20 Blizzard-like flavors. Soy? What soy?
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In my searching of vegan options in Phoenix I stumbled across Nami that was listed as a 100% vegan ice cream shop/bakery/coffee shop. Further search brought up photos of indulgent ice cream sundaes called tSoynamis. We had the perfect opportunity to check out Nami following my birthday dinner at Pizza Heaven Bistro, since it was just up the street.
Not only does is Nami 100% vegan but they also carry many gluten-free options for those interested. Nami is located just next door to it’s restaurant counterpart, Green.
The staff was super friendly. Given so many choices they also gave us a hand selecting our tSoynami. My husband went with the “Mash” which is a mash up of baked goods and other yummy additions of the maker’s choice. In other words a “Mash” will never be the same. He was quite impressed by the tastiness of his treat and I will admit I stole many spoonfuls of his.
I chose the “Fluffernutterin’” which contained organic peanut butter, banana, ricemellow fluff and toasted marshmallow flavor. Definitely a win in my book.
What made our experience even better? When I saw that our treats were served in a biodegradable 16oz cup along with a wooden biodegradable spoon. I’m all about reducing my carbon footprint.
Checking out their Facebook page I see that they have Hot Fudge Sundays and Sunday Brunch, both of which I know I will have to check out. Not to mention, I definitely need to try some of their vegan baked goods ASAP. Vegan donuts exist too!!
The good and bad is that it’s a pretty big trek to Nami for us. Good since I think I’d be there every day. Bad, that I wish it wasn’t that far. Even so I’ve visited Nami 4 times since arriving in Phoenix just under a month ago -_-. My excuses are that once it was my birthday and the other 3 I just happened to be in the area while exploring all Phoenix has to offer. Hey, I had to take advantage of my opportunities.
Yes, vegan soft serve ice cream exists and it truly is heavenly.
As a newly gluten-free vegan, I really appreciate the amount of gluten-free options this ALL VEGAN coffee shop/ice cream shop has!
On Sundays, their brunch is spectacular with plenty of options for those of us that are gluten-free! I had the Wing Ding Dang which was a twist of Green's spectacular (somehow gluten-free!) chick'n wings, served with a tofu scramble and hash papas. The hash papas could definitely be improved upon, because they're soggy, but everything else made up for it.
The elotes de la calle is a dish of hominy served in some spicy lemon cream sauce. TO DIE FOR. Seriously, I could eat this all day, every day. I drooled little, just typing about it.
Go in for dessert, breakfast, what have you. If you're GF, there is always something. Enjoy!
Soy? What soy? Nami owner Damon Brasch opened this cool little vegan ice cream, coffee, and pastry shop in a renovated house in downtown Phoenix right next door to the second location of his vegan bistro, Green. With a solid offering of caffeine and sugar treats, vegans and meat-eaters alike can enjoy a decadent affogato (a scoop of organic, soy-based ice cream and chocolate syrup drowned in espresso) paired with any number of outstanding vegan goodies from cupcakes to cookies to daily... More »
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