Photo: Via Tender Greens
Most of the produce from TG comes from the sprawling farms in Oxnard, and just about every item you'll eat there is organic. What we love most besides their insanely delish salads is the design of the building. It's a throwback to the '30s with an old-school beachside cottage vibe, and the prettiest little patio.
Tender Greens, 2400 Historic Decatur Road (near Womble Road); 619-226-6254.
The Naked Café
To fill your tummy up without feeling like a total beast, try the Good Karma: four egg whites, steamed brown rice, broccoli, zucchini, and salsa fresca. They also make a mean Sesame Ginger Soft Taco for deliciously healthy fare that doesn't taste like cardboard.
The Naked Café, 3555 Rosecrans Avenue (near West Camino Del Rio); 619-226-7866.
The bestseller on this yogi-owned resto's menu is their Neatloaf, with brown rice, grains, eggs, ricotta cheese, tofu, and spices blended together and baked, then topped with a tangy tomato-based sauce. You can get it vegan style, too, sans the eggs and cheese. They were around long before the veggie craze, and it's apparent that they've perfected each and every recipe.
Jyoti-Bihanga, 3351 Adams Avenue (near Felton Street); 619-282-4116.
Okay, first off, we love the satirical spin on In-N-Out! This teeny vegetarian's (and vegan's) dream uses unrefined sugar, olive oil, sea salts — only the most au natural ingredients make it into their dishes! We recommend the Tree Hugger, a veggie patty piled with avocados, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, and mayo.
Veg-N-Out, 3442 30th Street (near Upas Street); 619-546-8411.