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. 

againstthegrain August 08, 2011 at 10:09 PM
I checked out the online menu, and didn't see a lot that appealed to me, despite my love of veggies. I did see a lot of fried-in-seed oil carbage like battered coatings, tortilla chips, etc., not to mention a LOT of wheat gluten (esp seitan, a wheat protein substitute for meat), which my family doesn't touch. Looks like dining there would be a minefield for us. We do seek out "from-scratch" meals made with quality ingredients that are sustainably produced, BUT also without neolithic agents of disease like veg oil, wheat gluten, agave, and ersatz plant-protein "meat" substitutes (and don't get me started on the fallacy that plant-based diet automatically means good for the environment - because monoculture row crops destroy wildlife habitat and polycultural ecosystems, dramatically altering soil fertility and stability, doncha know - the Dust Bowl didn't occur because millions of migrating bison were grazing and revitalizing the grass prairie for eons, but rather because the sodbuster transplant farmers killed off the bison (to drive away the Native Americans), broke up the sod with plows and tractors, and planted an ungodly amount of wheat). And what's up with saying everything served is dairy-free - "even the mayo". Real mayo has no dairy ingredients. Did someone confuse egg yolks with dairy? Eh, I think I'll stay home and prepare my own healthy meal. But thanks for keeping us posted on new restaurants in Encinitas. We sure need some new options.
Mary Mancera August 09, 2011 at 05:18 PM
OK folks, this is a testimonial from someone who has dined at Native Foods in Palm Springs. Don't just go by the menu. You have to try their dishes. I'm NOT a vegetarian and I've always said that I would eat less meat if Native Foods opened a place in my neighborhood. Their dishes are tasty, innovative, fresh and just plain old good. Give them a whirl when they open; you won't be sorry!
Marlena Medford August 09, 2011 at 06:44 PM
If you think Encinitas you could use some new dining options, you might be interested in another new eatery opening just a few doors down: http://encinitas.patch.com/articles/the-kebab-shop-opening-in-encinitas
mark scoular August 09, 2011 at 11:41 PM
wow, I was out of breath from reading your stream of thought. I have been to their restaurant in the desert as well as in LA. The food is great and their are options for everyone. The also have a gluten free menu. You do have to agree that this is better than another burger joint?
Ann Secord August 12, 2011 at 04:39 PM
My prayers have been answered!!! I LOVE Native foods! When I worked out in Palm Desert I'd look forward to my Ghandi Bowl as my special treat for making the weekly drive. I hope the eat in area is as big and bright and inviting as the wonderful restaurant in Irvine at the Tustin Ranch shopping center. Love, love, love the menu. I'm just thrilled!
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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