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              rec.food.veg  World Guide to Vegetarianism
                             California1
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The 20 parts of this guide contain a world list of vegetarian and
vegetarian-friendly restaurants, stores, organizations, services, etc.
Each part is posted on an independent schedule.

The guide is available on WWW in easy-to-use hypertext format on the
Vegetarian Pages at http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Vegetarian/

        ** Please send us any new listings or corrections. **

The prefered way for you to send us updates is to use the forms on the
above mentioned WWW site. E-mail updates gladly accepted also, but
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keep comments and reviews short, simple, and straight to the point.

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available via e-mail. For an index and instructions, send an e-mail to
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California part 1
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This section has listings for the following:

  Town/City/Area to County Cross Reference
  State-Wide Information

  Counties:
    Alameda          El Dorado        Humboldt         Lake
    Butte            Fresno           Kern             Los Angeles
    Contra Costa


Many thanks to Elliot Omiya, our previous California coordinator, and
to Michael Hummell for having provided a good deal of information on
the Bay Area.

Entries marked with *VRG are ones which were discovered in the
_Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S.
and Canada_ from the Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463,
Baltimore, MD 21203. Tel. (410) 366-VEGE. Foreword by Lindsay Wagner,
info compiled by Sally Clinton and Debra Wasserman, published by Avery
Publishing Group Inc. in Garden City Park, NY, copyright 1993.


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Town/City/Area to County Cross Reference
----------------------------------------


Town/City               County
------------------------------------------------
Alameda                 Alameda
Alhambra                Los Angeles
Anaheim                 Orange
Arcata                  Humboldt
Arroyo Grande           San Luis Obispo
Auburn                  Placer
Bakersfield             Kern
Berkeley                Alameda
Beverly Hills           Los Angeles
Bonita                  Los Angeles
Brea                    Orange
Brentwood               Contra Costa
Burlingame              San Mateo
Calistoga               Napa
Cambria                 San Luis Obispo
Campbell                Santa Clara
Canoga Park             Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley)
Capitola                Santa Cruz
Carmel                  ???
Castro Valley           Alameda
Century City            Los Angeles
Cerritos                Los Angeles
Chico                   Butte
Citrus Heights          Sacramento
Claremont               Los Angeles
Clovis                  Fresno
Concord                 Contra Costa
Coronado                San Diego
Corte Madera            Marin
Costa Mesa              Orange
Cotati                  Sonoma
Culver City             Los Angeles
Cupertino               Santa Clara
Daly City               San Mateo
Danville                Contra Costa
Davenport               Santa Cruz
Davis                   Yolo
Del Mar                 San Diego
Duncan's Mills          Sonoma
El Cajon                San Diego
El Cerrito              Contra Costa
El Toro                 Orange
Emeryville              Alameda
Encinitas               San Diego
Encino                  Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley)
Eureka                  Humboldt
Fair Oaks               Sacramento
Fairfax                 Marin
Felton                  Santa Cruz
Fort Bragg              Mendocino
Foster City             San Mateo
Fremont                 Alameda
Fresno                  Fresno
Fullerton               Orange
Garberville             Humboldt
Garden Grove            Orange
Glendale                Los Angeles
Goleta                  Santa Barbara
Granada Hills           Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley)
Guerneville             Sonoma
Hacienda Heights        Los Angeles
Half Moon Bay           San Mateo
Harbor City             Los Angeles
Hayward                 Alameda
Hermosa Beach           Los Angeles
Hollywood               Los Angeles
Huntington Beach        Orange
Irvine                  Orange
La Crescenta            Los Angeles
La Jolla                San Diego
La Mesa                 San Diego
Laguna Beach            Orange
Laguna Hills            Orange
Lakeport                Lake
Larkspur                Marin
Lemon Grove             San Diego
Leucadia                San Diego
Livermore               Alameda
Loma Linda              San Bernandino
Long Beach              Los Angeles
Los Alamitos            Los Angeles
Los Altos               Santa Clara
Los Angeles             Los Angeles
Los Gatos               Santa Clara
Manhattan Beach         Los Angeles
Marina Del Ray          Los Angeles
Mendocino               Mendocino
Menlo Park              San Mateo
Middletown              Lake
Milbrae                 San Mateo
Mill Valley             Marin
Milpitas                Santa Clara
Modesto                 Stanislaus
Montebello              Los Angeles
Monterey                Monterey
Monterey Park           Los Angeles
Moreno                  Riverside
Morgan Hill             Santa Clara
Mountain View           Santa Clara
Murrieta                Riverside
National City           San Diego
Needles                 San Bernandino
Nevada City             Nevada
Newark                  Alameda
Newport Beach           Orange
North Park              San Diego
Northridge              Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley)
Norwalk                 Los Angeles
Novato                  Marin
Oakland                 Alameda
Occidental              Sonoma
Oceanside               San Diego
Ojai                    Ventura
Orange                  Orange
Oroville                Butte
Oxnard                  Ventura
Pacific Grove           Monterey
Palm Desert             Riverside
Palm Springs            Riverside
Palo Alto               Santa Clara
Palomar Mountain        San Diego
Paradise                Butte
Pasadena                Los Angeles
Petaluma                Sonoma
Pleasant Hill           Contra Costa
Pleasanton              Alameda
Rancho Palos Verdes     Los Angeles
Redlands                San Bernandino
Redondo Beach           Los Angeles
Redwood City            San Mateo
Richmond                Contra Costa
Riverside               Riverside
Rosemead                Los Angeles
Sacramento              Sacramento
San Anselmo             Marin
San Bruno               San Mateo
San Clemente            Orange
San Diego               San Diego
San Francisco           San Francisco
San Gabriel             Los Angeles
San Jose                Santa Clara
San Juan Capistrano     Orange
San Leandro             Alameda
San Luis Obispo         San Luis Obispo
San Marcos              San Diego
San Mateo               San Mateo
San Rafael              Marin
San Ramon               Contra Costa
Santa Ana               Orange
Santa Barbara           Santa Barbara
Santa Clara             Santa Clara
Santa Cruz              Santa Cruz
Santa Margarita         San Luis Obispo
Santa Monica            Los Angeles
Santa Rosa              Sonoma
Saratoga                Santa Clara
Sausalito               Marin
Scotts Valley           Santa Cruz
Sebastopol              Sonoma
Shell Beach             San Luis Obispo
Sherman Oaks            Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley)
Sierra Madre            Los Angeles
Simi Valley             Ventura
Solana Beach            San Diego
Soquel                  Santa Cruz
South El Monte          Los Angeles
South Lake Tahoe        El Dorado
South Pasadena          Los Angeles
St. Helena              Napa
Stanford                Santa Clara
Stockton                San Joaquin
Studio City             Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley)
Sunnyvale               Santa Clara
Tahoe City              Placer
Tahoe Vista             Placer
Tarzana                 Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley)
Thousand Oaks           Ventura
Topanga                 Los Angeles
Torrance                Los Angeles
Tracy                   ???
Tustin                  Orange
Ukiah                   Mendocino
Vacaville               Solano
Vallejo                 Solano
Venice                  Los Angeles
Ventura                 Ventura
Walnut Creek            Contra Costa
Watsonville             Santa Cruz
West Covina             Los Angeles
Westlake Village        Los Angeles
Westwood Village        Los Angeles
Whittier                Los Angeles
Willits                 Mendocino
Woodland Hills          Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley)
Yreka                   Siskiyou
Yuba City               Sutter



Area                        County
------------------------------------------------
Central Coast               San Luis Obispo
East San Francisco Bay      Alameda
San Francisco Peninsula     San Mateo
Silicon Valley              Santa Clara
South San Francisco Bay     Santa Clara



State-Wide Information
----------------------

State Vegetarian Organization:

California Vegetarian Association
P.O. Box 6213, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359, (818) 377-4090
or (805) 529-7519


Radio Show:

Dr. John MacDougall has a radio show that is broadcast to all
metropolitan areas of California on Sunday nights from 8:00 to 10:00.
It's a very informative program. He has some type of expert on for the
first hour and then he opens up the phone lines for questions the
second hour. Stations broadcasting this show include KSRO 1350 AM.


Listing of Produce Selling Farmers:

California Farmer-to-Consumer Directory, Northern & Southern edition
- Free. Call 1-800-952-5272.



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Alameda County                                (East San Francisco Bay)


Vegetarian Organizations:

East Bay Vegetarian Society
- Meetings on first Sunday of each month at 7pm at the Oakland 7th
  Day Aventist Church near Harrison & 27th Street. Contact: Alex
  (510) 848-4888. (Potluck on 3rd Saturday of each month 654-5621(?)).
  Thanksgiving dinner: John 526-5346.


East Bay Services:

Dave Tester, 530 Liberty Street, El Cerrito, (510) 526-8845 / 222-6706
- Vegan meals with home delivery to East Bay & Marin County.

Joyce Guthrie, (510) 658-8340
- Macrobiotic meals to go, cooking lessons, and catering. Special
  monthly dinners one Sunday per month.

For a list of farms selling fresh produce send a SASE to
638 Enos Way, Livermore, CA 94550, (510) 447-1993



Alameda
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Farmer's market, Central Avenue at Webster, 798-7061
- Tue 9:30am-1pm.



Berkeley
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Vegan Restaurants:

Vegi Food, 2083 Vine Street (near Shattuck), 548-5244
- Chinese. Cheap - around $5/entree. Serve brown rice. Delicious food
  prepared with much care, and served in a friendly but unobtrusive
  atmosphere. Dishes include many kinds of mushrooms, fungi, bean curd
  and skin, gluten, and other unusual ingredients. Many dishes are a
  bit oily. Most popular dish is the Sweet & Sour Walnuts. No TsingTao
  with your meal here, just tea. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm & 5pm-9pm,
  Sat-Sun 11:30am-9pm.


Vegetarian Restaurants:

Elmwood Natural Foods Deli, 2944 College Avenue (corner Ashby),
  841-3871
- Each morning they make tofu-salad, tempeh & tofu sandwiches,
  burrito-wraps (rice, umeboshi,etc. wrapped in burrito), hot soup,
  etc. Have soy lattes. Non-dairy, whole-grain, naturally sweetened
  desserts and baked goods. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm.

Smokey Joe's Cafe, 1620 Shattuck (near Cedar), 548-4616
- Food is ovo-lacto, and is largely oriented toward breakfast items.
  I like the Holy Mole Frijole Bowl with salsa. 70's tie-dye earth
  food, with country or reggae on the radio. Open Mon-Thu 7:30am-3pm,
  Fri 7:30am-9pm, Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 8am-3pm
- Mostly refried beans, etc. Very greasy.

Govinda's, 2334 Stuart Street, 644-2777
- Hare Krishna lacto-vegetarian restaurant. All-you-can-eat buffet.
  Closed Sun & Mon.


Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

:Chinese:

  Lotus Vegetarian and Seafood, 2272 Shattuck (next to UA Theater),
    841-7303
  - Very generous portions. Have many dishes involving gluten,
    beancurd skin, and/or tofu and a variety of fresh vegetables. Open
    Mon-Sat 11:30am-9:30pm, Sun 5pm-9:30pm. Discount for San Francisco
    Vegetarian Society members.

  Long Life Vegi House, 2129 University Avenue, 845-6072
  - Vegetarian & fish. Mostly vegan. Mock meats, pot stickers. No MSG
    on request. Open Mon-Sat 11am-9:30pm, Sun 5pm-9:30pm. Discount for
    San Francisco Vegetarian Society members.

  Hung Fu, 2126 Center Street, 845-4020
  - Open Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm.

:Thai:

  Cha Am, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, 848-9664
  - Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-9:30pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun 5pm-9:30pm.

:Japanese:

  O Chame, 1830 Fourth Street, 841-8783
  - Macrobiotic touches.

:Indian:

  Maharani, 1025 University (near San Pablo), 848-7777
  - Extensive vegetarian menu. Vegan-friendly. Open Sun-Thu 11am-9pm,
    Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. Discount for San Francisco Vegetarian Society
    members.

  Pasand Madras, 2286 Shattuck, 549-2559
  - South Indian. Open 11:30am-10pm.

  Sujatha's, 48 Shattuck (near University), 549-1814
  - Indian.

:Middle-Eastern:

  Bongo Burgers, 2 locations:
    2505 Dwight, 540-9147
    1839 Euclid, 540-9573
  - Falafels.

  Food carts near U.C. Berkeley, on Bancroft (at Telegraph)
  - Falafel, etc.

:Ethiopian:

  Blue Nile, 2525 Telegraph, 540-6777
  - Vegan friendly. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 5pm-10pm.

:Russian:

  Petrouchka, 2930 College Avenue, 848-7860
  - Full service. Open 11am-10pm.

:Greek:

  Vasiliki Restaurant & Bakery, 2175 Allston Wasy, 649-1160
  - Salad bar with more than 50 items, pasta, Greek specialties, fresh
    baked breads, fresh juices. Full service. Open daily. *VRG

:Mexican:

  Ay Caramba, 1901 University (corner Grove), 843-1298
  - Bean burritos (pinto/black), lard-free. Fresh (carrot, etc.)
    juice. Open Sun-Thu 11:30am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm.

  Las Palmas, 3221 Adeline, 653-2121
  - Burritos. Open Mon-Sat 10:30am-8pm.

:Cafes:

  Buttercup Bakery Cafe, 3201 College
  - Vegetarian buffet. Mon-Fri lunch. Mon-Sun dinner.

  Cafe Intermezzo, 2442 Telegraph Avenue, 849-4592
  - Mostly vegetarian. Soups, salads, sandwiches, fresh juices. Open
    daily.

  Tea Spot Cafe, 2072 San Pablo Avenue, 848-7376
  - Lentil-millet loaf, tofu salad, homemade biscuits. Open Tue
    7:30am-2:30pm, Wed-Fri 7:30am-9:30pm, Sat 8am-9:30pm, Sun
    8am-2:30pm.

  Edible Complex
  - Cafe with soy and rice milk alternatives, including soy lattes.

  The Wall of Berlin
  - Cafe with soy and rice milk alternatives, including soy lattes.

:Generic:

  Anna's, 6420 Shattuck Avenue, 655-5900
  - Veg curry & rice, pasta/chickpea salad.

  U.C. Berkeley Men's Faculty Club, on campus
  - Great salad bar has vegetarian chow main, brown rice with veggies,
    potato dishes, macaroni. Open to public. Open noon-1pm.

:Natural Foods:

  Brick Hut, 3222 Adeline, 658-5555
  - Tofu burgers, chili, salads. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-2pm, Sat-Sun
    8am-3pm.

  Juice Bar Collective, 2114 Vine (corner Shattuck)
  - Juice, sandwiches. Open Mon-Sat 10am-4:30pm.

  See also Natural Foods Stores below.


Natural Foods Stores:

Berkeley Bowl, 277 Shattuck (near Adelaine), 548-7008
- Open Mon-Fri 9:30am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm.

Berkeley Natural Grocery, 1336 Gilman, 526-2456
- Open 9am-8pm.

Elmwood Natural Foods, 2944 College Avenue (Ashby), 841-3871
- Has a deli. Open 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm.

Living Foods, 1581 University, 549-1714
- Has a deli. Open 9am-9pm.

Whole Foods Market (old Co-Op), 3000 Telegraph Avenue, 649-1333
- Has a cafeteria-style deli. Fresh juices. Open daily 9am-10pm.

Uprisings Bakery
- Make a whole wheat sourdough and a rye sourdough that are very
  tasty (and organic!). They are a collective and need all the support
  they can get.


Farmer's Markets:

Derby Street, (at Martin Luther King), 548-2220
- Tue 2pm-7pm (1pm-dusk in winter).

Center Street, (between Milvia & Martin Luther King), 548-2220
- Sat 10am-2pm.

Woolsey, (between Adeline & Tremont, south of Ashby Bart), 654-6107
- Saturdays.


Vegetarian Organizations:

Vegan Action
P.O. Box 4353, Berkeley, CA 94704-0353
Contact: Leor Jacobi, (510) 654-6297
WWW: http://envirolink.org/arrs/va/home.html
E-Mail: eastbayvegans@uclink.berkeley.edu
  or leor@mellers1.psych.berkeley.edu
- Vegan advocacy organization. Distribute information on vegan diets
  and lifestyles, including coookbooks, t-shirts, stickers, and
  resources. Publishes the Vegan News and campaigns for the increased
  availability of vegan foods.

Ecology Center, 2503 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702,
  (510) 548-2220



Castro Valley
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Health Unlimited, 3446 Village Drive, 581-0220
- Juice bar.



Emeryville
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Hobee's, Powell Street Plaza, 5765 Christie Avenue, (510) 652-5944
- Vegetarian-friendly. All-fresh salad bar. Gourmet tofu burgers,
  vegetarian chili, soups, sandwiches. Vegan options. Breakfasts. Open
  Mon 7:30am-2:30pm, Tue-Fri 7:30am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 8am-3pm.



Fremont
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Vegetarian Restaurants:

Wise Garden, 43691 Mission Bivd, (510) 249-9473
- Lacto-vegetarian. Vegan-friendly. Run by a religious organization,
  The International Supreme Master Ching Hai Meditation Association.


Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Hobee's, between Walnut & Maury, across from the Hub, (510) 797-1244
- Vegan-friendly. All-fresh salad bar. Gourmet tofu burgers,
  vegetarian chili, soups, sandwiches. Breakfasts. Open daily.

Sweet Tomatoes, Corner of Walnut & Paseo Padre
- Vegan-friendly restaurant. All-you-can-eat salad bar, pasta bar,
  etc.


Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, Fremont Hub, at intersection of Mowry & Fremont Blvds
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.
- Has a vegetarian deli. Open daily 9am-9pm.


Vegetarian Organizations:

Fremont Vegetarian Society
- Contact: Lani (510) 429-0858 or Catherine (510) 797-7606. Monthly
  potlucks.



Hayward
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Farmer's market, Chabot College, Hesperian & Depot
- Every 3rd Sat from 8am-4pm. Year round.



Livermore
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Lemon Grass Thai
- Vegan-friendly. Very good Thai for a small town. Inexpensive. Open
  Mon-Sat 11am-9pm.

Helga's Nut Stand, on Greenville Road at Vaughn, just south of 580,
  info: (209) 847-5545
- Fresh shelled Almonds, Walnuts from her orchard in Oakdale. Open
  Mon,Thu,Fri 7:30am-5pm/6pm.



Newark
------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Fresh Choice, New Park Mall, 791-6096
- All-you-can-eat salad bar, pasta bar, etc. Unfortunately the vegan
  items seem to be disappearing. All their pasta contains eggs and the
  marinara sauce surprisingly is not vegan. Their nutritional
  information pamphlet lists all menu items and indicates which are
  vegan.



Oakland
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Vegan Restaurants:

The Organic Cafe, Macrobiotic Community Center, 1050 40th Street,
  (510) 653-6510
  Two blocks north of MacArthur Blvd, between Market & Adeline. Just a
  few blocks west of the MacArthur BART station.
- Organically grown ingredients. Generous servings in a very informal
  atmosphere. A typical dinner has soup, bread, brown rice, cooked
  greens, a bean or tofu side dish, and several seasonal vegetable
  side dishes. Meals can be quite outstanding. Breakfast Mon-Sat
  7am-9am $4.25. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-1pm $7.50. Brunch Sun
  11am-1:30pm $7.50. Dinner Mon-Sun 5:30-7:30pm $10. Discount for San
  Francisco Vegetarian Society members.

Bo De Vegetarian House, 464 8th Street (at Broadway, near 12th Street
  BART), (408) 444-2891
- Vietnamese. Over 100 items on the menu. Prices are pretty cheap,
  $5-$10 (1995). The menu has written in it: "Based upon the principle
  of non-violence and respect for all life, all dishes are free from
  meat, poultry, fish, egg, alcohol, and MSG." Associated with The
  International Supreme Master Ching Hai Meditation Association, a
  religious organization. Open daily until 9pm.


Vegetarian Restaurants:

Siddha Yoga Ashram, 1107 Stanford Avenue (near San Pablo),
  (510) 655-8677
- Open 8am-8:45am, noon-1:30pm, 6:30-7:45pm except: Sat no lunch,
  Fri-Sat 6pm-7pm, Sun 9:30am-10:20am & no lunch or dinner.


Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Alpha Health Foods, 468 20th Street, 465-7410

Asmara, 5020 Telegraph (near 51st), 547-5100
- Ethiopian. Menu includes several vegetarian items, though they may
  be made with ghee. Open Sun,Mon,Wed,Thu 11:30am-11pm.

Black Muslim Bakery, 5832 San Pablo Avenue, 658-7080
- Open 9am-9pm. Fri-Sat 9am-11pm.

Cafe Eritrea d'Afrique, 4069 Telegraph, 547-4520
- Open Mon-Fri 9:30am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am-11pm.

Edible Complex, 5600 College, 658-2172
- Cafe. Open Sun-Thu 7:30am-midnight. Fri-Sat 7:30am-1am.

Frieda's Eatery, 3340 Grand (near theatre), 839-4986
- Vegetarian sandwiches. Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm.

Granny Feels Great, 5020 WoodminsterLane 530-6723

Great Wall, 6247 College Avenue (near Claremont), 658-8458
- Chinese. Open 11:30am-9:30pm.

Hunan Garden, 5500 College, 655-4060
- Chinese.

Lalibela, 3300 Grand Avenue, 444-5844
- Ethiopian.

Mimosa Cafe, 462 Santa Clara Avenue, 465-2948
- Open Tue-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 11am-2pm.

Nan Yang, 6048 College Avenue (near Claremont), North Oakland
- Burmese. A large selection of vegetarian dishes at reasonable
  prices.

Pizza Rustica, 5422 College Avenue, 654-1601
- Soy-cheese and no-cheese pizzas. Great fresh-fruit drinks (pina-
  coladas). Open 11:30am-2pm & 5pm-9:30pm.

Red Sea, 5200 Claremont Avenue (near Telegraph), 655-3757
- Eritrean.

Royal India Cuisine, 1400 Franklin Street, 268-9000

TiBacio Ristorante, 5301 College Avenue (near Clifton/Hodgson),
  428-1703
- Macrobiotic entree some nights (Tue, Wed ?), call ahead and ask.
  Vegetarian dishes marked as such on the menu. Always have at least
  one VLF vegan dish. Reservations required. Discount for San
  Francisco Vegetarian Society members. Open 4pm-10pm.

Zula's, 4929 Shattuck (Hwy 24 exit & 51st), 654-2830
- East African. Vegetarian special Fri 6pm-10pm. Open Mon 5pm-10pm,
  Tue-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sun noon-11:30pm.


Natural Foods Stores:

Food Mill, 3033 MacArthur Blvd, 482-3848
- Open Mon-Sat 8:30am-6pm.

Macrobiotic Center, 1050 40th Street, 653-6510
- Open 7am-8:30pm. Also offers cooking classes.

Oakland Natural Foods, 2700 Park Blvd, 839-6277


Farmer's Markets:

9th Street at Broadway, downtown, info: 452-FARM
- Fri 8am-1:30pm. Year round.

Jack London Square, (510) 798-7061
- Sun 10am-2pm. Year round.


Vegetarian Organizations:

East Bay Vegetarian Society
- Meetings on first Sunday of each month at 7pm at the Oakland 7th
  Day Aventist Church near Harrison & 27th Street. Contact: Alex
  (510) 848-4888. (Potluck on 3rd Saturday of each month 654-5621(?)).
  Thanksgiving dinner: John 526-5346.

Action for Animals, P.O. Box 20184, Oakland, CA 94620, (510) 652-5603



Pleasanton
----------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Fresh Choice, Stoneridge Mall, 2453 Stoneridge Mall Road, 734-8186
- All-you-can-eat salad bar, pasta bar, etc. Unfortunately the vegan
  items seem to be disappearing. All their pasta contains eggs and the
  marinara sauce surprisingly is not vegan. Their nutritional
  information pamphlet lists all menu items and indicates which are
  vegan.

Sweet Tomatoes
- Vegan-friendly. All-you-can-eat salad bar, pasta bar, etc.

Chevy's
- Mexican. Be careful, the vegetarian fajitas contain beans with lard,
  and they don't consider sour cream to be a dairy product.


Miscellaneous:

Farmer's market, (800) 949-FARM
- Sat 9am-1pm. June 20 to Dec 19.

Trader Joe's, 4040 Pimlico (at Santa Rita Road & Fwy 580), 734-3422
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.

Pleasanton Vegetarian Dining Group
- Hold a potluck on the first Saturday of every month at a member's
  house. The food is usually quite good! About one-fourth of members
  are vegan. Contact Shelley Lapkoff, 4190 Peregrine Way, Pleasanton,
  CA 94566, (510) 846-9785, or E-mail lapkoff@qal.berkeley.edu for
  more details.



San Leandro
-----------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Fresh Choice, 15 Bayfair Mall, 278-5404
- All-you-can-eat salad bar, pasta bar, etc. Unfortunately the vegan
  items seem to be disappearing. All their pasta contains eggs and the
  marinara sauce surprisingly is not vegan. Their nutritional
  information pamphlet lists all menu items and indicates which are
  vegan.


Miscellaneous:

Farmer's market, Bayfair Shopping Center, Fairmont & E. 14th
- Thurs 3pm-7pm. May to Oct.

Casbah, Sahara Natural Foods, 14855 Wicks Boulevard, (510) 352-5111
- Distributer of dry bulk mixes of falafel, hummus, tahini sauce,
  gyros, and other vegetarian delicacies.



______________________________________________________________________
Butte County


Chico
-----

Cafe Sandino, 817 Main Street, (916) 894-6515
- Tamales, black bean burritos, salads, soups, hibiscus punch.

Today's Tamales, 2560 Dominic Drive, #1, (916) 893-2646
- Distributer of wonderful vegetarian tamales, including Spicy Tofu
  and Del Sol (artichoke, black olive, and sun-dried tomato). Free of
  preservatives and colorings.



Oroville
--------

Vega Study Center, 1511 Robinson Street, 533-7702
- A center for the study of vegetarianism and macrobiotics. Open to
  the public by reservation only (call before 9am for lunch and before
  2pm for supper). Occasionally serve non-vegetarian items.



Paradise
--------

Feather River Hospital Cafeteria, 5974 Pentz Road, 877-9361
- Natural foods. Spansih, Chinese, and American cuisine.



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Contra Costa County


Contra Costa Vegetarian Society
- Contact Diann Seaborg for events, (510) 283-3418.



Brentwood
---------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Au Votre Sante, on San Vicente and 26th Street
- Vegetarian section of the menu. Vegan-friendly. Excellent sugar-free
  desserts, and one is usually fat-free (but it doesn't taste good).
  Very trendy.

Krystine's Bakery, on the corner of San Vicente and 26th Street
- Fat-free and fat-reduced desserts. All are made naturally without
  sugar. Excellent chocolate cream rolls. Friendly staff.


Miscellaneous:

For a list of farms selling fresh produce send a SASE to
P.O. Box 773, Brentwood, CA 94513, (510) 634-3344



Concord
-------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Fresh Choice, Sunvalley Mall, 486 Sunvalley Mall Road, 671-7222
- All-you-can-eat salad bar, pasta bar, etc. Unfortunately the vegan
  items seem to be disappearing. All their pasta contains eggs and the
  marinara sauce surprisingly is not vegan. Their nutritional
  information pamphlet lists all menu items and indicates which are
  vegan.


Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, The Willows Shopping Center, 1975 Diamond Blvd (across
  from Hilton Hotel), 689-2990
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Danville
--------

Miscellaneous:

Farmer's market, Railroad and Prospect, (800) 949-FARM
- Sat 9am-1pm. May 30 to Dec 19.

Trader Joe's, 99 Danville Square (Railroad Ave), 838-5757
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



El Cerrito
----------

Farmer's Market, El Cerrito Plaza, on San Pablo and Centra Avenues
- Every Tuesday 9am-1pm.



Pleasant Hill
-------------

Farmer's market, Hillcrest Shopping Center, Taylor & Morello
- Sat 8am-1pm. May to Nov.



Richmond
--------

Farmer's market, Civic Center (between Nevin & MacDonald Avenues)
- Fri 2pm-6pm. May to Nov.



San Ramon
---------

Gourmet Burrito, 3141-A Crow Canyon Place, 866-9644
- Mexican. The vegetarian burritos are huge, taste clean/ungreasy, are
  excellently spiced, and contain grilled mixed vegetables, garlic,
  herbs, lots of rice and beans, greens, and tomato. Also have
  vegetarian tacos. Decor is fast-food Santa Fe, clean & pretty
  simple.



Walnut Creek
------------

Farmer's market, Library parking lot at Broadway & Lincoln
- Sun 9am-1pm. May to Nov.



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El Dorado County


South Lake Tahoe
----------------

Grass Roots, 2040 Dunlap, just off Hwy 50, 541-7788
- Natural foods store with cafe and bakery. Sandwiches, burgers,
  tofu enchiladas, tamale pie, garden quesadilla, soups, salads,
  seed bread, smoothies, and juices. The restaurant is small, so be
  prepared to take-out. Open Mon-Sun.




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Fresno County


Clovis
------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Fresh Choice, 10 Shaw Avenue, 297-4272
- All-you-can-eat salad bar, pasta bar, etc. Unfortunately the vegan
  items seem to be disappearing. All their pasta contains eggs and the
  marinara sauce surprisingly is not vegan. Their nutritional
  information pamphlet lists all menu items and indicates which are
  vegan.



Fresno
------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Fresh Choice, 706 West Shaw Avenue, 221-5091
- All-you-can-eat salad bar, pasta bar, etc. Unfortunately the vegan
  items seem to be disappearing. All their pasta contains eggs and the
  marinara sauce surprisingly is not vegan. Their nutritional
  information pamphlet lists all menu items and indicates which are
  vegan.


Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 5376 N. Blackstone (at East Barstow)
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



______________________________________________________________________
Humboldt County


Arcata
------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Daybreak Cafe, 768 18th Street, between G & H Streets, (707) 826-7543
- Organic expresso, fresh juices, smoothies. Local foods. Take-out.
  Vegetarian catering available. The cafe features paintings of a
  different local artist each month. Open daily from 7am.

The Wildflower Cafe, 1604 G Street, (707) 822-0360
- Vegan-friendly.


Natural Foods Stores:

Arcata Co-op, 811 I Street, (707) 822-5947
- Has a vegan-friendly deli. "Has to be one of the best natural food
  stores there is!"


Miscellaneous:

Tofu Shop Specialty Foods Co, 100 Ericson Court, Arcata, CA 95521,
  (707) 822-7401
- They produce tofu and soy products for the local area.



Eureka
------

Eureka Natural Food Store, at Broadway & Wabash, 442-6325
- Reasonably large natural foods market. In-store deli with sit-down
  eating area. Has lots of natural food items as well at vitamins and
  supplements. Owner Richard Littlefield is a vegetarian and very
  helpful. Open Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm.



Garberville
-----------

The WoodRose Cafe
- Vegetarian-friendly. Great breakfasts.

The Calico Cafe,
- Deli-style cafe with a grill. Not vegan-friendly. (The black bean
  burrito could be vegan?). Gardenburgers prepared any of 4+ ways.



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Kern County


Bakersfield
-----------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Fresh Choice, soon to open (if not already open).
- All-you-can-eat salad bar, pasta bar, etc. Unfortunately the vegan
  items seem to be disappearing. All their pasta contains eggs and the
  marinara sauce surprisingly is not vegan. Their nutritional
  information pamphlet lists all menu items and indicates which are
  vegan.



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Lake County


Lakeport
--------

Nature's Bounty, 301 North Main Street, 263-4575
- Juice and salad bar. Open Mon-Fri.



Middletown
----------

Stonefront, 18424 Harbin Springs Road
- Vegetarian-friendly. Some lacto-vegetarian and macrobiotic dishes
  available. Open Mon-Sun.

Harbin Hot Springs, PO Box 782, Middletown, CA 95461
  Tel: 1-800-622-2477 in California, (707) 987-2477 elsewhere.
- Four hot, warm, and cold pools, sun decks, sauna. Has rooms,
  camping, and allows day visits. All meals vegetarian, served
  cafeteria style, or you can use community kitchen.



______________________________________________________________________
Los Angeles County


Vegetarian Organizations:

Los Angeles Vegetarian Association (LAVA)
505 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 690, Beverly Hills, CA 90212,
(213) 964-4FUN
- Among other things, they publish a Vegetarian Dining Guide to
  Southern California. Potluck dinners about once a month.

South Bay Vegetarians
515 Monterey Boulevard, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, (213) 374-5152

Vegetarian Society Inc.
P.O. Box 34427, Los Angeles, CA 90034, (619) 492-8803 / (714) 647-5590

Earthsave L.A. Chapter
Hotline phone number is (213) 964-4455

Animal Allies
P.O. Box 35063, Los Angeles, CA 90035, (213) 936-5166



Alhambra
--------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Ten-In, 640 W. Valley Blvd, (818) 458-9682
- Chinese Buddhist restaurant. Lots of "fake" meat dishes.



Beverly Hills
-------------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Breadwinner, 200 South Beverly Drive, (213) 550-0590
- Natural foods, salads. Cafeteria style.



Bonita
------

** Is Bonita in Los Angeles County? **

Organizations:

The Gerson Institute
P.O. Box 430, Bonita, CA 91908-0430, (619) 472-7450
WWW: http://www.homepage.com/~jimb/gerson/gerson.html
Contact: Charlotte Gerson
- The Gerson Institute educates people about the Gerson Therapy, a
  vegan dietary regime with a 75-year history of curing advanced
  degenerative diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease,
  lupus, MS, and others. Albert Schweitzer called Dr. Max Gerson "one
  of the most eminent medical geniuses to ever walk among us."



Canoga Park
-----------

See also: Encino, Granada Hills, Northridge, Sherman Oaks,
          Studio City, Tarzana, Woodland Hills.


Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, Topanga Plaza, (818) 883-4134
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Century City
------------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Raja, Century City Market Place, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd,
  (213) 282-CURRY
- Indian. Buffet lunches. Formal suppers. Potato and cauliflower
  dishes are their specialty. Open Mon-Sun.



Cerritos
--------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Madhu's Dasaprakash, 11321 East 183rd Street, (310) 924-0879
- South Indian. Perhaps the best South Indian food in California.
  Fresh ingredients. Great variety. Vegan options. Inexpenive. Service
  is a bit slow. Closed Mon.



Claremont
---------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Sari Market
- Vegetarian & Middle Eastern. Great food! Prices are ~$5.00 for a
  full sandwich and they serve the widest seection of baklava I have
  ever seen.



Culver City
-----------

Natural Foods Stores:

Rainbow Acres, 13208 Washington Blvd, (310) 306-8330
- Natural foods store featuring bulk grains and organic produce.


Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 10011 Washington Blvd, (310) 202-1108
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Encino
------

See also: Canoga Park, Granada Hills, Northridge, Sherman Oaks,
          Studio City, Tarzana, Woodland Hills.


Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 17640 Burbank Blvd, (818) 990-7751
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Glendale
--------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Glendale Adventist Medical Center, 1509 Wilson Terrace, (818) 409-8090
- Vegetarian cafeteria. Salad Bar. Open daily.



Granada Hills
-------------

See also: Canoga Park, Encino, Northridge, Sherman Oaks, Studio City,
          Tarzana, Woodland Hills.


Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 11114 Balboa Blvd, (818) 368-6461
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Hacienda Heights
----------------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Macrobiotic Living Center, 14426 Cabinda Drive, (818) 330-1246
- Macrobiotic store with take-out vegetarian food. You can call in
  your order before coming. Store closed Sat. Restaurant closed
  Sat-Sun.



Harbor City
-----------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Siam Clift Cuisine of Thailand, 1605 West Pacific Coast Hwy 106,
  (310) 325-0844
- Thai. Beautiful dining room. Closed Sun.



Hermosa Beach
-------------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

The Spot, 110 2nd St, Hermosa Beach, (213) 376-2355
- At the beach. Homemade bread. Good soup and lasagna.


Miscellaneous:

Farmer's market, location unknown
- Fridays?



Hollywood
---------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Nature Club Cafe, 7174 Melrose Avenue, (213) 931-8994
- Gourmet vegetarian cuisine. A "must go" if you are in the L.A. area.
  Part of a yoga & meditation club. Great food that doesn't taste
  bland (usually) or overspiced. Vegan items marked as such. According
  to L.A. Weekly, "truly vegetarian heaven." Entrees vary from the
  traditional and expected to the inventive and very sophisticated.
  International salad buffet. Freshly pressed juices and smoothies.
  Oil-free and sugar-free dishes available. Elixir bar and herbs.
  Warm, lighthearted atmosphere. Regularly frequented by celebrities.
  Take-out, delivery, and catering. Special meals on holidays.
  Saturday and Sunday brunch, 11:30am-2:30pm. On Mondays 6pm-9pm,
  there's the Vegetarian Supper Club, with great atmosphere and
  speakers. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Parus, 5140 Sunset Blvd, (213) 661-7600
- South Indian. Most dishes vegan. Patio. Brunch special on Sat & Sun.
  Closed Tue.


Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 7304 Santa Monica Blvd, (213) 851-9772
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



La Crescenta
------------

Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 3433 Foothill Blvd, (818) 249-3693
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Long Beach
----------

Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, Marina Pacifica Mall, 6378 E. Pacific Coast Hwy,
  (310) 598-3740
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Los Alamitos
------------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Good Earth, 4232 Katella Avenue, (213) 598-0503
- Part of a national chain. At least one third of the menu is
  vegetarian. Tends to emphasize beans and soy foods.



Los Angeles
-----------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Country Life, 888 S. Figueroa, (213) 489-4118
- Vegan. 7th Day Adventist restaurant.

The Good Life Health Food Centre, 3631 S. Crenshaw Blvd,
  (213) 731-0588
- Vegan. Open Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-7pm.

Govinda's, 3764 Watseka Avenue, (310) 836-2676
- Indian lacto-vegetarian. Vegan-friendly. All you can eat Hare
  Krishna style Indian buffet with American salad bar. Lunch $5.50,
  dinner $6.50. Special ethnic entree every evening. Also sandwiches,
  juices, and pizza. Gift shop upstairs. Clothes, instruments, books,
  incense, and deities from India. Open Mon-Sat 11am-3pm & 5pm-8:30pm.
  Closed Sun.

Paru's, 5140 Sunset Blvd, (213) 661-7600
- South Indian lacto-vegetarian. Reasonably priced. Owner is very
  friendly and talkative.

Raja, 8875 West Pico Blvd, (213) 550-9176
- Vegetarian Indian. Buffet lunches. Formal suppers. Potato and
  cauliflower dishes are their specialty. Open Mon-Sun.

The Artful Balance, 525 1/2 N. Fairfax, (213) 852-9091
- Vegetarian restaurant. Informal atmosphere. Whole-food, macrobiotic,
  etc. Call first for reservations, they take weird vacations and are
  gone for a week at a time. Food is great, eat early because specials
  run out fast.


Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Fragrant Vegetable, 11859 Wilshire Blvd, (213) 312-1442
- Chinese Budhist restaurant specializing in gluten based vegetarian
  dishes. Elegant selection. Some dishes contain eggs. No longer fully
  vegetarian.
- Their menu deals almost exclusively with mushrooms and fungus. The
  meal I had there was incredible.

Gate of India, 7300 Sunset Boulevard (at Fuller)
- "The most amazing, authentic Indian cuisine we've yet been able to
  taste. The menu is 25 pages long and has has more vegetarian dishes
  to choose from than any other restaurant I've seen!" The chef is
  Rita Huda. Lunch buffets daily. "Treat yourselves."

Inaka, on LaBrea Avenue, mid-town Los Angeles
- Macrobiotic. Extremely good food.

Souplantation
- All-you-can-eat salad bar with more than 60 items. Soup, fruit,
  muffins. Open daily.

Good Earth, 11819 Willshire Blvd, (213) 479-0177
- Part of a national chain. At least one third of the menu is
  vegetarian. Tends to emphasize beans and soy foods.
  Note: The Good Earth at 1002 Westwood Blvd has closed to extensive
  damage to the building. (Feb 94)

Mother Earth, 11277 National Blvd (at Sawtelle), (310) 477-0555
- Many vegetarian entrees. No sugar, salt, or preservatives added.
  Nice restaurant. Pleasant surroundings. Good food. Reasonable
  prices. Many baked/stir-fried vegetable dishes. A few pastas. The
  freshly baked rolls are delicious. Vegan-friendly. Will try to
  accomodate any special diets.

Messob, on South Fairfax Avenue
- Ethiopian. Vegan friendly.


Natural Foods Stores:

Rainbow Acres, 11665 Santa Monica Blvd, (310) 444-7949
- Features bulk grains and organic produce.


Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, several locations:
  2738 Hyperion Avenue, Silver Lake, (213) 665-6774
  8645 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Westchester, (310) 338-9238
  10850 National Blvd, (310) 470-1917
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Manhattan Beach
---------------

Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 1821 Manhattan Beach Blvd, (310) 338-9238
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Marina Del Ray
--------------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Good Earth, 4730 Lincoln Blvd, (213) 822-9033
- Part of a national chain. At least one third of the menu is
  vegetarian. Tends to emphasize beans and soy foods.


Natural Foods Stores:

Rainbow Acres, 4756 Admiralty Way, (310) 823-5373
- Natural foods store featuring bulk grains and organic produce.



Montebello
----------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Raja, 3414 West Beverly Blvd, (213) 725-8905
- Indian. Buffet lunches. Formal suppers. Potato and cauliflower
  dishes are their specialty. Open Mon-Sun.



Monterey Park
-------------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Merit Grove Vegetable Restaurant, on Garfield Avenue, a few blocks
  south of Garvey, on the east side of the street
- Chinese. Small mom-and-pop kind of restaurant where few Americans
  dare to go... great food and reasonable prices.

Fragrant Vegetable, 108 North Garfield, (818) 280-4215
- Is this restaurant closed?



North Hollywood
---------------

Leonore's
- Mexican vegan(?). Very casual. Not located in a great area, but the
  food is very good and the service is adequate. Prices are low to
  moderate. They have a "flax seed iced tea" that is terrific.



Northridge
----------

See also: Canoga Park, Encino, Granada Hills, Sherman Oaks,
          Studio City, Tarzana, Woodland Hills.


Vegetarian Restaurants:

Paru's, (LA location phone number is (213) 661-7600)
- South Indian lacto-vegetarian. Reasonably priced. Owner is very
  friendly and talkative.


Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Fresh Choice, soon to open (if not already open).
- All-you-can-eat salad bar, pasta bar, etc. Unfortunately the vegan
  items seem to be disappearing. All their pasta contains eggs and the
  marinara sauce surprisingly is not vegan. Their nutritional
  information pamphlet lists all menu items and indicates which are
  vegan.



Norwalk
-------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Our Daily Bread Bakery, 12201 Front Street, (213) 863-6897
- Vegetarian bakery and restaurant with dairy-free, sugar-free, and
  oil-free entrees, soups, and salads. Open Mon-Fri.



Pasadena
--------

Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 2 locations:
  610 S. Arroyo Pkwy, (818) 568-9254
  1566 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, (213) 257-6422
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Rancho Palos Verdes
-------------------

Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, The Terraces, 28901 S. Western Avenue, (310) 832-1241
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Redondo Beach
-------------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Greens at the Beach, 247 Avenida del Norte, (310) 316-9451
- Vegan-friendly. Nice restaurant with an eclectic menu of steamers,
  pastas, tacos, salads, vegetarian burgers, etc. Most dishes
  available in dairy-free form. Outdoor seating available, indoor
  seating pleasant with tables and counter options. Pleasant service.
  Resembles "The Spot" in Hermosa Beach to some extent. A couple of
  blocks away from the Pacific Ocean. Live Jazz on Fri/Sat night, no
  cover, no minimum. Open daily 11am-10pm.


Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, Hollywood Riviera, 1761 S. Elena Avenue, (310) 316-1745
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Rosemead
--------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Chamelli, 8752 Valley Blvd., (818) 280-1947
- Indian. Good food, sometimes live music. Indian gift shop.



San Fernando Valley
-------------------

See listings for Canoga Park, Encino, Granada Hills, Northridge,
  Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Tarzana, Woodland Hills.



San Gabriel
-----------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Vegetarian Delight, 140 W. Valley #203, (818) 288-2698
- Buddhist vegan restaurant. Fabulous meals with impressive
  "fake-meat" dishes. Particularly noteworthy are the imitation pork
  and fish dishes. Some of the tastiest food in an area known for
  excellent Chinese dishes. Open daily 11am-10pm.


Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 7260 N. Rosemead Blvd (at Huntington Drive),
  (818) 285-5862
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Santa Monica
------------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Real Food Daily, 514 Santa Monica Blvd, (310) 451-7544
- Vegan. No sugar or honey. Main courses: Lasagna, tostadas, seitan
  fajitas, and two vegetable plates. Slightly expensive. Everything is
  a la carte. Two-level dining. Knowledgeable, efficient, and
  courteous staff.


Miscellaneous:

Farmer's market, Arizona @ 2nd
- Biggest farmer's market in California, maybe in the USA.
  Wed 8am-2pm??



Sherman Oaks
------------

See also: Canoga Park, Encino, Granada Hills, Northridge, Studio City,
          Tarzana, Woodland Hills.


Vegetarian Restaurants:

Follow Your Heart, on Sherman Way near Topanga Canyon Road
- Ovo-vegetarian. Vegan-friendly. Follow Your Heart is a
  lacto-vegetarian grocery store and restaurant. They sell personal
  care products, books on natural health, etc. The food is fantastic.
  I eat there every day when I am in L.A. I highly recommend their
  soups (they sell a soup cookbook too) and their tofu rancheros.
  Don't miss this place.


Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Genmai
- Macrobiotic. Very good vegetarian sushi. Also has regular Japanese
  menu. "Genmai" is Japanese for brown rice.


Natural Foods Stores:

Follow Your Heart, on Sherman Way near Topanga Canyon Road
- See entry above, under 'Vegetarian Restaurants'.

Mrs. Gooch's, 12905 Riverside Drive, (818) 762-5548
- Has a vegetarian deli. Open Mon-Sun 9am-9pm.


Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 14119 Riverside Drive, (818) 789-2771
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Sierra Madre
------------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Restaurant Lozano, 44 North Baldwin, (818) 355-9900
- Mexican. No lard, hidden animal products, or preservatives used. You
  can get soy cheese (with hidden animal products?) on request.



South El Monte
--------------

Miscellaneous:

VegeSoft International, 11135 East Rush #O, (818) 401-3132
Fax: (818) 401-3004
Contact: Rex Wu <connect@ni.net>
- A new supplier of vegetarian meat, very rich in good taste and fiber
  texture. Free samples of new products are available by e-mailing or
  faxing the company.



South Pasadena
--------------

Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 613 Mission Street, (818) 441-6263
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Studio City
-----------

See also: Canoga Park, Encino, Granada Hills, Northridge,
          Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Woodland Hills.


Vegan Restaurants:

Greenies, 11288 South Ventura Blvd, (818) 760-0789
- Excellent. Lasagna, tempeh/veggie burgers, Mexican, macrobiotic
  plate, falafel, tofu(?) omelettes, fresh juices, smoothies. Open
  daily. Breakfast on Mon-Sat only.



Tarzana
-------

See also: Canoga Park, Encino, Granada Hills, Northridge,
          Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Woodland Hills.


Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Armen & Salpy's, 19014 Ventura Blvd, (818) 343-1301
- Vegetarian-friendly. Ethnic and natural foods. Falafel, salads.
  Smoke-free. Open Mon-Sat.

Bombay Gate, 19527 Ventura Boulevard, (818) 609-7200
- Tandoori and traditional Indian. Vegan-friendly. Health consciously
  prepared food with less oil, and naturally colored with saffron,
  beet, cilantro, or carrot in place of commercial food colors. The
  $5.50 buffet (1995) is to die for! All you can eat includes at least
  3 veggie dishes, naan, tikki or samosa, and raita. The Indian tea,
  Chai, is also very good (not vegan-but other choices remain). The
  owners, Sonny and Tanui, are very friendly, and make you feel at
  home. The atmosphere is pleasant and relaxing, and the food is the
  best we've found in our area, at the best prices. There is plenty of
  rear parking. One can't go wrong dining at Bombay Gate. Open Mon-Sat
  11am-10pm. Closed Sun. All you can eat buffet 11:30am-2:30pm.



Topanga
-------

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Inn of the Seventh Ray, 128 Old Topanga Canyon Road, (213) 455-1311
- Vegetarian-friendly. Up-scale gourmet natural foods restaurant.
  Expensive. Acorn squash stuffed with orange, curried stuffing,
  steamed artichokes filled with tofu and mushrooms. Willing to
  accomodate special requests. Smoke-free. Open Mon-Sun for dinner.
  Mon-Fri for lunch. Champagne brunch on Sat-Sun.



Torrance
--------

Miscellaneous:

Farmer's market, Charles H. Wilson Park, Madrona Avenue
- Tue 8am-1pm.

Van's International Foods, 20318 Gramercy Place, (310) 320-8611
- Distributer of eggless, dairyless, gluten-free, wheat-free,
  yeast-free, sugar-free waffles. They're absolutely delicious.



Venice
------

Vegetarian Restaurants:

Venus Of Venice, 302 Westminster (at Abbot Kinney), (310) 392-1987
- Vegan. Small, friendly. Quality food.


Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Figtree Cafe, on Venice Boardwalk, Venice Beach
- Good vegetarian selection on menu. Scenic. Crowded on weekends
  during summer. Bad parking situation.

Au Votre Sante


Miscellaneous:

Farmer's market, Venice Avenue, near the beach
- Fridays.



West Covina
-----------

Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 220 South Citrus, (818) 858-0408
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Westlake Village
----------------

Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 3835 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, (805) 494-5040
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Whittier
--------

Miscellaneous:

Trader Joe's, 15025 E. Whittier Blvd (at Colima Road), (310) 698-1642
- Excellent store with many quality, and often reasonably priced,
  natural foods store type items.



Woodland Hills
--------------

See also: Canoga Park, Encino, Granada Hills, Northridge,
          Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Tarzana.


Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants:

Good Earth, 23397 Mulholland Drive, (818) 888-6300
- Part of a national chain. At least one third of the menu is
  vegetarian. Tends to emphasize beans and soy foods.

Mendocino Summer Retreat
21109 Costanso Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91364, (818) 716-6332
- Macrobiotic summer camp with classes and workshops. Great vegan
  food. Entire week before July 4th.



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