Naked Cafe: Vegan Friendly
POINT LOMA, SOLANA BEACH, ENCINITAS, and CARLSBAD. Naked food is good food. Specifically, Naked Café offers satisfying dishes built from natural, whole foods. Beans, greens, and rice play a large role in the bowls, plates, and wraps, while fresh herbs, spices, salsas, and sauces produce robust flavors. The vegan options are excellent.
My favorite item on the menu is the “OM.” The product of an enlightened yogi, perhaps? Lotus root, corn, celery, carrots and shitake mushrooms are sautéed to perfection, then laid enticingly over brown rice and black beans. A whole grain tortilla and fresh salsa come on the side. I like to mix everything up together and pile it onto my tortilla. This dish is filling, but not heavy. Perfect.
While writing this post, I realized I didn’t know anything about one of OM’s ingredients, the lotus root. I have learned that the lotus root is an aquatic tuber that offers a strong nutritional punch with nutrients like Vitamin C, copper, and iron. For more information and facts on the lotus root check out:
Next, the Green Transcendence Wrap. With a name like that, how could it not be good for you? Your spinach tortilla holds tofu, siracha, basil, onions, tomato, and fresh spinach. The tofu in this wrap may catch your eye, but it is the siracha, basil, and onions that will make your taste buds dance. The dish comes with two sides: (1) organic quinoa and (2) organic baby greens. The quinoa is light and fluffy with a tangy dressing. I could eat a whole plate of it. And the greens do not disappoint.
And what would lunch be without a sweet ending? Cool and refreshing, the Banana Blackberry Smoothie is an excellent choice.
Naked Café has four locations. The restaurant in Solana Beach is tucked away next to the grass park overlooking the ocean. It is a beautiful spot to walk around with your smoothie. The Point Loma and Encinitas locations are ensconced in strip malls. It is a testament to the quality of the food that people drive into these vicious parking lots. As for Carlsbad, it is next on my list! Note: all of the locations I’ve visited have outdoor seating areas that are pet friendly and the perfect place to enjoy the San Diego weather.
Finally, keep your eye on the clock. Naked Café closes at 2:30pm, because it is focused on the breakfast and lunch crowd.
3555 Rosecrans St #109
San Diego, CA 92110
106 S. Sierra Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
288-C N. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
300 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008