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Vegan Restaurant Opening in Encinitas

Native Foods Café is slated to open in a few months.

Native Foods Café, an organic vegan restaurant, is opening in November at the Encinitas Village shopping center off Encinitas Boulevard and El Camino Real. 

Founded in 1994 by chef Tanya Petrovna, the restaurant chain aims to satisfy vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike. That’s achieved through some creative spins on traditional fare. Case in point, the portobello and sausage burger: grilled mushrooms and homemade seitan sausage, topped with caramelized onions, salsa pomodoro, sweet roasted garlic, creamy pumpkin seed pesto and mayo. The menu also includes vegan versions of nachos, pizza, chili-cheese fries, meatball subs, and cheesecake—just to name a few. There are also interesting made-from-scratch drinks, such as lavender lemonade.

Keeping with its vegan roots, Native Foods Café is also big on giving back to organizations that promote compassion for animals and the environment. Most recently it supported Surfrider Foundation, and past recipients include the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Elephant Sanctuary, and Animal Acres.

Headquartered in Orange County and with locations in Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Los Angeles, Native Foods Café is now expanding into Chicago. It opened its first location there last week, and two more will follow in a couple of weeks. The tentative opening date for the Encinitas location is Nov. 1, though that’s subject to change. Check Encinitas Patch for updates as they become available. 

Mim Michelove August 23, 2011 at 11:27 PM
One of my favorite restaurants when I lived in Orange County. I've been missing it and can't wait to see the doors open!
Jackie Kim August 25, 2011 at 04:21 AM
I'm soooo happy that they are opening here in Encinitas. The dishes are full of wholesome vegetables - they make Kale and Chard delicious enough for my child to clamor for it. The seitan and "chicken" are really tasty and not in overwhelming quantity. We have been visiting Native Foods in Orange County and we kept saying how they need to come to Encinitas. They answered our prayers!
Maureen October 04, 2011 at 04:34 PM
This is fantastic! One of my favorite restaurants. FINALLY a restaurant in Encinitas I want to eat at:)
Maureen October 04, 2011 at 04:36 PM
In response to the "mayo" comment above...EVERYTHING is vegan at Native Foods. They use veganaise for "mayo"
Suse November 05, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I love native foods! They have delicious food, and the gluten free menu is quite extensive! It is about time a vegan restaurant opens in this area! Sure there are vegan options at many places but not an all vegan restaurant!

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