Vegan food options

publickmanNovember 7, 2012

Yesterday I went to Native Foods Cafe for dinner with a couple of friends who dropped in from St. George, Utah. They are both vegan, and I was going to cook dinner for them, but I found this restaurant and thought it would be fun to try. It was right around the corner from the Culver City Farmers' Market, and so we walked through the market on the way to the restaurant. Next time I'll want to get there even earlier and spend more time at the farmers' market, as it has gotten even more interesting than the last time I went there. It closes at 7:00 PM, and so there's not a lot of time for me to shop there, and Kevin usually goes there on his lunch hour instead. Anyway, I was very impressed with the restaurant - the food was excellent and extremely flavorful. I had a fake steak sandwich (because it was the special of the day), and it was very tasty - not exactly like steak, but a great flavor all the same and wonderful texture. The vegan brownie I had for dessert was as good as any regular brownie I have had that was made with eggs.

For recipes, you can check out their past newsletters or subscribe to new ones. The restaurant started in Palm Springs, but that location is temporarily closed, but there are nine locations in SoCal, and the chef opened up three restaurants in Chicago, which was rather unexpected to me, and another one in Portland and one in Boulder. Kevin said he will go back to the restaurant for lunch, since it is only two blocks from where he works. I normally do not care for vegan food that is trying to imitate meat, but this was exceptional. I even ordered the cookbook so I can try some of the recipes myself.


Here is a link that might be useful: Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook

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I love Native Foods! Love love love. I haven't had anything there that I didn't like. My favorites are the Ensalada Azteca and the Oklahoma bacon cheeseburger.

I'm lucky to have two within 5 miles of me so I go there way too often. I also have the cookbook. I plan on trying my hand at seitan soon.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 4:40PM
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Sounds wonderful, thanks for the info, Lars!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 11:33PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Very interesting! That book certainly gets great reviews and if I were vegan I would be all over it. Ever since reading about raw restaurants, the supreme creativity behind the food has intrigued me.
I don't even know any vegetarian friends, we're all carnivores to the max in the land of pulled pork but the health benefits should motivate me to learn more. I saved it in my amazon wish list anyway.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 2:20AM
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I wish I knew about that restaurant when I went to Portland last week. I don't know how I would have fitted it in, since our schedule was already packed, and nothing could have topped John's delicious dinner. Next time I go visit my dear offspring, I'll look for that restaurant. Thanks for the suggestion, Lars.

Now, if they'd just open up a branch here in the Dallas area.

I'll look for the cookbook.


    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 9:44AM
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I also plan on trying some seitan recipes when I get the cookbook. I already have VWG in the freezer, and so I'll only have to excavate the freezer to get at it. I have a lot of Chinese vegan recipes that I want to try that I have not gotten around to yet as well. People frequently ask vegan questions here, and so I thought it would be good to post this info, although I do not know how easy it will be to find in the search function here. That only sometimes works for me.


    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 7:34PM
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I have been to Native Foods Cafe a couple of times with my friend who works for Sony.

Very nice food.


    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 7:50PM
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