Native Foods Cafe the Best Vegan Food in San Diego

Letting go of your favorite foods can seem impossible. But many of us reach a point where eating more vegetables and less fatty foods seems like the most sensible thing to do, whether for health reasons (like controlling diabetes or lowering cholesterol) or just to look and feel a little better.

So where do you go if you’re trying to shed a few pounds, live a little lighter or get yourself into better shape—without saying goodbye to delicious, satisfying food? Just head over to Native Foods Café in Encinitas.

Native Foods Café has taken vegan cooking to a whole new level by recreating classic flavors and delicious entrees everyone knows and loves, and they’re doing it entirely without the use of animal products. Everything on the Native Foods menu is 100% plant-based—from steak sandwiches and barbecue burgers to meatball subs and chicken sandwiches.

It may sound strange, but this is what Native Foods is all about. They’re making it easy to cut the fatty, high-cholesterol animal products out of your diet, even if you’re a real meat-and-potatoes kind of person.

If you want to challenge the notion that someone can actually build a meat-free sandwich and still have the nerve to call it “steak,” order the Bistro Steak Sandwich, a foot long hoagie on a French baguette with roasted tomatoes, baby arugula, crispy fried shallots and a super chunky, dairy-free “bleu cheese.”

The Bistro Steak is strong testimony that a steak sandwich without steak isn’t just possible, but truly something to savor. The “steak” in this dish is made with tender, flaky seitan (pronounced SAY-TAWN, also known as wheat meat), soaked in a peppery steak marinade, thinly sliced and lightly seared. The texture is surprisingly genuine, and it’s absolutely bursting with flavor.

In this same fashion, Native Foods has literally mastered the art of making delicious entrees of all kinds, without relying on heavy, hard-to-metabolize meat and dairy products. From the crispy Chicken-run Ranch Burger to the Super Italian Meatball Sub, this cozy little bistro has the best vegan dishes in town; and that’s aside from their selection of fresh organic salads, scrumptious side dishes, appetizers and desserts.

They also have fresh, house-made juices and teas, along with selection of vegan wines and organic brews, just in case you want to tip a few back while you wait. Everything’s made to order, so you’ll have a few minutes to relax and soak in the atmosphere—it’s clean, casual and comfortable, with a friendly staff and excellent customer service.

So if you’re thinking of eating more plant-based foods and cutting down on some of the heavier stuff like beef, pork and dairy, stop by Native Foods Café in Encinitas. It’s one of the few places in San Diego where you can eat a little lighter without sacrificing flavor and genuine satisfaction.

Learn more about Native Foods Café and its delicious twist on healthy eating at, or stop in one of their three San Diego locations and try it out for yourself. You’re sure to agree—eating your veggies has never been so good!