My first exposure to vegan cuisine was at Native Foods Cafe in Westwood. It quickly became a go to place for me (way before eating vegan became “a thing”) due to the healthy, GMO free, organic, fresh food offerings.
Everything at Native Foods is made in house, from scratch. This includes their sauces, drinks, and desserts. They make seasonal dishes and drinks, use organic, non GMO soybeans and corn, and organic ingredients whenever possible. I frequently try new items and have yet to be disappointed. Bonuses: they have a kids meal, you can build your own burger, and they serve local beer and regional wine.
Founded in 1994 in Palm Springs, Native Foods Cafes are eco-friendly, LEED certified, and use recyclable and bio-degradable items. Active in the community, they have partnerships with Mercy for Animals (preventing cruelty to farm animals), The Surfrider Foundation (protecting oceans and beaches), and Farm Sanctuary (protecting, rescuing, and adopting farm animals). Eat there on “Native Pals Day” (occurs once a month) and a portion of the proceeds goes to the featured group– you’ll also receive a free dessert for certain purchases.
The way I see it is, if you’re going to spend $10 on a meal, might as well make it a healthy one. And if you can support the planet while you’re at it…even better!