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Ultimate Guide Reviews
Lydia's Kitchen Cafe Lydia's has flavorful, organic, and nutritious vegan food. There is a good variety of both cooked and raw items, served in a pleasant and informal atmosphere. This is one of my favorite places. (For those of you who are familiar with Cafe Gratitude, I think that Lydia's is everything that CG aspired to be.) 3 stars 2012-05-14
Manzanita Restaurant MANZANITA CLOSED. As of 1-2011, restaurant is called Shangri-La, & run by former Tibetan employees of the old Organic Cafe & Manzanita, of the same location. Set meals are organic, vegan, well balanced, and mostly macrobiotic. Chefs, Tenzin, Kalsong, and Lobsang, (sp?) use oil, which makes food tasty, though not necessarily macrobiotic. Originally reviewed 5-2005, 8-2006, 12-2009. Updated 1-2011 5 stars 2011-04-08
Saturn Cafe I agree about the lack of vegan choices. Why no cooked green vegetables on menu? They seem careless in food preparation. I ordered the vegan version of the Saturn Spuds, which were incompletely cooked and tasted dirty. I also tried the "vegan breakfast," whose tofu scramble had a pasty flour texture. Neither nutritious nor fulfilling. I'm sorry to write a bad review, and I hope they improve. 1.5 stars 2010-08-28
Herbivore There is a broad selection of items, though some of them taste very similar. I agree with previous reviewers who find that the food quality is consistently good, but not great. 3 stars 2010-08-28
Symphonie I like this place. For me, it was worth the trip. Like previous reviewers, I was surprised at how empty the place was during dinnertime. But I found the service to be friendly and courteous, and I enjoyed the food. The entrees seem to be well balanced, with vegetables, grains, and legumes. I hope that this restaurant is successful. (disclaimer: I am NOT a devotee of "The Supreme Master") 4.5 stars 2010-08-28
Flacos Good food at a reasonable price, with courteous and friendly service. The spicy salsa is really hot! I liked both the taquitos and the banana leaf tamale. 5 stars 2010-03-24
Vital Ital Calabash I like the flavor and care they put into the food. They will be expanding their menu, with a "grand opening" on the weekend of August 26-27, 2006. The quality of the food is consistently good. Always fresh, vegan, and wholesome. 5 stars 2006-08-07
Empress Sarah's / Reggae Runnins Cross street is Fell, just next door to Herbivore 2. There is a shop, Reggae Runnings in the back of the cafe. Compared to Herbivore 2, the food at Sarah's is organic, fresher, better. 5 stars 2004-07-17

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