Where to Eat - On the West Coast
A lot of preparation goes into place when you're planning a trip, whether it's for business or pleasure. Planning on where you're going to eat is much more important when you have dietary restrictions.
Before my West Coast tour, I made sure to check on places that would have something Plant-Based or Vegan. I didn't want to be stuck with just vegetables, I also wanted to explore the local cuisine.
First stop was a restaurant in Tacoma called "Viva 4 Life". It was more of a sit-down restaurant and absolutely delicious. I love getting restaurant ideas from Instagram because you can see how the food looks and also get a good handle on what the portion size is going to be like.
If you're on a road trip like I was, there isn't always time to sit down and eat at a restaurant. You need more of a "grab and go" meal. Pixie Retreat in Portland Oregon had a delicious menu that wasn't only plant-based, it was also raw! I grabbed a lot off the menu from Pixie Retreat and put some items in our cooler so I could have them again the following day.
Santa Rosa California
There's definitely no shortage of Plant-Based restaurants or health food stores when you enter California. I really enjoyed "Juice on The Square", it's a juicery that's in Santa Rosa. It's privately owned and operated, so you're supporting a local business when you visit them!
San Fransisco California
From Santa Rosa to San Fransisco! I came across this awesome restaurant "Urban Remedy". They have multiple locations throughout California and their products are also available in Whole Foods. If you're flying in or out of the San Fransisco airport, you can also purchase their products at Terminal 2, Boarding Area D and the International Terminal!
Santa Barbara California
If you're going to Santa Barbara, The Honey B Kitchen is a MUST! It's a little hidden gem on the rooftop of Antioch University, with breathtaking views of Santa Barbara. Each menu item is made to order with homemade, wholesome, plant-powered ingredients. They also get their produce from the farmers market located right below them!
Los Angeles California
Cafe Gratitude was exactly what I needed after a long road trip. It asked you to really reflect on what you're grateful for. A very delicious menu with meaning. They have locations all over California. I also visited "The Butchers Daughter" in Los Angeles which was amazing, they also have a location in New York. The Butcher’s Daughter is a plant-based restaurant, cafe, juice bar and “vegetable slaughterhouse." they treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: We chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into healthy vegetarian dishes and press them into pretty juices.
True Food Kitchen was a great place to stop for food, and also stock up. They have locations all over the US, check their map HERE. True Food Kitchen is a health-driven, seasonal restaurant merging nutrient-rich ingredients with a flavour-forward menu that rotates regularly to let guests experience great-tasting ingredients at the peak of their freshness. The open kitchen brings guests closer to the culinary craft while showcasing that there’s nothing secret about the way they prepare the dishes.
Where have you been along the West Coast? Share with me in the comments below.
Health is Happiness!