The ruler of plant-based, fast casual fare, Native Foods Café, is up and running full speed at its second San Diego location in Loma Square at 3369 Rosecrans St. in Point Loma. Native serves fresh, chef crafted vegan cuisine, made from scratch daily on location, including protein-packed superstars tempeh and seitan. And you might be surprised by this not-so-little stat - 85% of Native diners are neither vegan nor vegetarian. We recently stopped into Native to sample some of the menu items and were pleased by the delicious offerings and extreme value - everything is under $10!
Native Foods Café was founded in 1994 in Palm Springs, CA, bringing into harmony a passion for fresh food, animals and the environment. Today, Native Foods Café has grown to become America’s premier fast-casual vegan restaurant group, serving their creations to thousands of food lovers every day at 17 locations around the country, with an additional 12 to 14 coming this year. The 100% plant based menu aims to please the palates of vegans and non-vegans alike, with seasonal updates of hearty dishes, delicious desserts and homemade beverages inspired by the travels of their chefs.
Butternut Polenta Bites ($5.95) - pesto baked polenta topped with roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions and toasted pumpkin seeds in balsamic over arugula.
Since we were eating vegan, we decided to go as seemingly gluttonous as possible with our entrees, but our intentions were foiled by the fresh and healthy ingredients used by Native.
Bistro Steak Sandwich ($9.95) - Native Seitan 'steak', thinly sliced and seared, topped with homemade bleu cheese dressing, oven roasted tomatoes, crispy shallots and arugala on a grilled baguette.
All desserts at Native are dairy-free (as is everything else), cholesterol-free, refined sugar-free and priced at $2.95.
Native Foods Café is dedicated to keeping both its prices and environmental footprint minimal, charging under $10 for each plate and not contributing to toxic ranching emissions. The company focuses on delicious and fun food, community giving, and compassion for animals and the environment. Their monthly community events benefit local and national groups where a portion of proceeds go to the non-profit’s cause.
Be sure to stop by Native and try for yourself and don't miss Native Community Days and Native's free Cooking Demos. In addition to the Point Loma location, there is a Native Foods Café in Encinitas Village at 127 North El Camino Real and another slated to open in September in Clairemont Mesa at 5604 Balboa Avenue. For more information, visit nativefoods.com.