Even though my quick trip to So Cal wasn’t planned as a vacation, I sure ate like I was on one!
The first night was no exception, since the destination on the GPS was programmed to Native Foods in Culver City…an exact 6 hours away from home .
Even though I was with my Dad, we still ordered too much food for the both of us. I guess the excitement of even being at Native Foods got to us. But it’s not like we were the only ones. It was packed even around 7:30pm!
Since it was just as packed inside as it was outside, we decided it would be best to just enjoy the outdoors while the sun was still out, and sat at a table that still needed to be cleared. An employee did come by quickly and clean up the previous party’s plates.
My Dad was willing to eat anything, so our order was on me. After some pondering over the menu (I was very indecisive for some reason), I decided to go with some favorites and also to try a special they were having.
It took a bit longer for our plates to arrive because of the crowds, so I used the opportunity to freshen up in the bathroom.
Very clean and very nice, if I do say so myself . I also noticed this adorable poster:
And the reason why elephants were in the bathroom…
It’s basically an explanation of Chef Tanya’s (Native Foods founder) love for elephants and her support for them.
When I came back outside, our food was all set and ready to be dug into.
The nachos deserve another picture…
Here’s a close up of the crispy sweet potato chips…
I have no idea why, but my Dad thought it would be a good idea to get sweet potato fries on the side as well…
I sampled all dishes (even one or two sweet potato fries), but my focus was attacking those nachos, since I have been craving them since I first tried them last year. I think the chipotle crema is what makes them so drool-worthy.
My Dad took charge of finishing the Soul Bowl, which was packed with with rich, steaming kale and held a layer of rice and beans on the bottom. I had some of the (fake) chicken skewer, which was my most favorite part of the bowl.
Both of us split the sub, but only had room for the cauliflower cutlets. We tried some of the bread, and I used some of it to mop up any leftover nacho topping—it was very useful, and super scrumptious !
Despite our underestimation of the food, we did quite well.
Oh, and we couldn’t leave without grabbing some dessert. We shared the carrot cupcake back at the hotel.
While I do have more professional and academic reasons for why I would like to move to SoCal, I don’t think Native Foods is a bad reason to move either…man, I love this place too much .
What is your favorite vegetarian/vegan take on a meat dish?