Native Foods Cafe – Palm Springs

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Native Foods Cafe was founded in 1994 in Palm Springs (California) by chef Tanya Petrovna. It’s now a 16-unit restaurant chain with an entire 100% plant-based menu.

“At Native Foods Café our food is made fresh daily—from our homemade tempeh and seitan, to our Native Cheese, to our sauces and drinks, dressings and desserts too! …  We strive to create a compassionate dining experience serving up homemade meals that are good for you, your family and the environment” ~ From Native Food Cafe’s website.

This is one of my favorite vegan restaurants in the US. It’s also our #1 mandatory stop when visiting Palm Springs. We used to frequent the original Native Foods Cafe, off trendy El Paseo in Palm Dessert.  This placed was closed down a few years ago and reopened in a not as popular area, few miles down the road.  Other than location, there are only positive things to say about this place.

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My family loves the refillable watermelon agua fresca and the lavender lemonade.

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For starters, I ordered the Soup Du Jour: Coconut Corn Chowder.

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It was creamy and insanely delicious!

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For the main course, I  actually ordered 2 appetizers: the Butternut Polenta Bites and the Native Chicken wings.

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The Butternut Polenta Bites were served with roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions and toasted pumpkin seeds in a balsamic over arugula. It tasted similar to a vegetarian Cuban “tamal en cazuela”, my all time favorite dish. It was so good, we decided to go back the next day for seconds.

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The Native Chicken wings were served with ranch and buffalo sauce on the side. We have tried a similar dish at both Veggie Grill and Whole Food Market. This was as good if not better.

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My kids ordered the Native Chicken Nuggets with brown rice and dipping veggies. They also enjoyed Freddie’s Mac and Cheese made with quinoa “super” pasta,  cow-friendly cheese sauce and broccoli.  My oldest asked if we could go back to this restaurant again.  Of course!  I happily mentioned to her that there is a new Native Foods Cafe in Encinitas which is 5 minutes from my work!

I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone: vegetarians and meat-eaters. 

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