I have been biking for some time now and am happy to say that I finally came up with my top Veqan/Vegetarian/Plant Based eateries list, don’t know what took me so long actually. At any rate, know that I am the type who would rather cook for myself as I am EXTREMELY picky about not only what I eat, but how it is prepared, the portions I get ( I tend to be an “eater”), the service, I am, while on the outside a decent enough guy, internally I will speak to every last little nuance about my meal, which is why this list is so golden for any of you in the areas where the restaurants reside!
The Number One spot is currently and I am thinking will be forever inhabited by a wonderful place called:
The food they serve is so meticulously prepared and so well done, the ingredients, I am at a loss for what to speak to first, so I’ll tell you a story…
I went there a total of a few times in the short while that I stayed in Ventura. On the final time that I went, I was a bit tipsy and ordered the “chicken” sandwich. Now, I had at some point forgotten I was in a vegan eatery, i.e., you can not order anything that isn’t vegan, it simply isn’t there. My sandwich came and I began to eat with gusto as the taste was so wonderful, what could I do?!?
At some point I stopped and looked at what I was eaten and a cold dread crept through my veins, my god I thought, did they make a mistake and accidentally give me a real chicken fillet!?!
I immediately called over my wonderful waitress, who I think was the owner and quickly asked her if there was any chance they’d given me a real chicken and not my vegan sandwich.
She laughed and assured me that it was quite impossible and she was glad I was enjoying my meal.
Raw foods, wonderful salads, foods that mimic meat fares, great fries and a wonderful assortment of smoothies, drinks and teas are just what the doctor ordered. Prices for what you get are rad – 8-10 dollars and you leave feeling glorious!
No. 2 – Evolution Fast Food
San Diego, California
What a place! Vegan fast food with options for raw main meals and deserts, even the soft serve ice cream is raw or regular!
So, to give you the best idea of what we have to offer, here is what I usually order each time I go, and yes, I share this with whomever is with me, please don’t think me a glutton, big eater, yes, glutton, not so much, unless I get into the pakalolo, then it can be dangerous=]
So, I get the swiss mushroom burger with guacamole and a side of bacon, large order of spicy chicken tenders, sweet potato and regular fries mixed with soft serve ice cream for desert. This in one of the few places that I even bother with a desert. I have become quite picky about my sugar intake and quality of what you get, not to mention, some of these vegan eateries give you a 7 dollar sliver of something or other and look at you like they did something great.
Not here – They use great ingredients and give you enough that you don’t feel confused about what just happened.
In addition to what I ordered, there are a variety of burgers to choose from, different patties available, different fries, drinks, salads, super food creations, smoothies, free wi-fi and some pretty cool art=]
No. 3 – Loving Hut
San Diego California
What a concept and idea! Started by Supreme Master Ching Hai, this has grown to a chain of restaurants [most major US and international cities] that not only promote a plant based lifestyle, but also the effects of mental focus on one’s life. The food is incredible and varied, with a definite Asian influence. Very inexpensive and wonderfully food with great service!
No. 4 – 105 Degrees by Matthew Kenney
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
This is the spot, one of the reasons that it is not at number one is due to the cost and the location. While I do love my Oklahomies, I’m just not a fan of the cold and large flat desolate spots…
The food was impeccable, this is a raw eatery, hence the 105 degrees, food taken above this temperature, say to 110, you are now slowly killing off the important digestive enzymes and other nutrients in the food. This is a “bad” thing as then your body has to create the enzymes for digestion and that is a whole ‘nother story.
So, what did I have…. I wish I would have started this sooner… I had lasagna, a salad, forgot which appetizer[s], tea and I think a beer, I was drinking at the time, it has been an on and off thing throughout this journey depending on the whims of my health and thoughts at the time, for now it is once again off and will remain so for the foreseeable future as I decided to go lush free for a year just because of the vast amounts of alcohol I drank while making wine and beer in Ensenada with my former partner on this ride!
Of this place I cold say the usual, you know, how the staff was superb, how very posh the place looked, how meticulous the kitchen was – an open view kitchen at that, but what really matters is this. After taking all this time write this for you, after all the places I have eaten at, this stands out some 2 years later. That’s my review=]
San Francisco, Califronia
What an amazing story this is. I had the wonderful pleasure of being able to go to a Wednesday meditation put on by the founder and originator of the group Charity Focus which is now operating and expanding at a fantastic rate under the new name of Service Space – website here!
Karma Kitchen is now spreading across the globe and has many restaurants adopting this style of eating, you see, when you dine there, there are no prices on the menu, the food is ridiculously fantastic and at the end, you pay what you can. This money then goes towards the next person who comes to dine.
They have never operated in the red, always in the black, meaning, always at a surplus of money, which means we are good people when it comes to it aren’t we!
I am honored to have met Nipun and all his friends and family. I hope with my new outlook on things, I will be able to not only help out, but help to grow this network and organization as it is truly one of the most profound and honest organizations I have found to date!
Oh, and did I mention that the food is excellent?
Enjoy with Aloha!