Sunflower Café320 Eastern Shore Shopping CenterFairhope, AL 36532Tel: 251-929-0055
Serving LunchMonday - Saturday10:30 - 4:00
Serving BrunchSunday10:30 - 2:00
I recently visited a dear friend who has moved to Daphne, AL, near Gulf Shores on the Emerald Coast. It is lovely there. Not only are the beaches and water beautiful, the landscape is green and lush. Also nearby is the delightful town of Fairhope. With an amazing number of boutiques, art studios and restaurants, Fairhope is a great place to visit. And a gem even in Fairhope is the Sunflower Café. Nestled next door to Fairhope Health Foods, the varied menu offers vegetarian, vegan, lactose free, gluten free and wheat free options. And for the omnivores in the group, they offer poultry and seafood items as well.
The food was so good that we dined there twice in the four days I was in town. For lunch I had their Portobello Sandwich and my friend had one of their free-range turkey items. We shared a couple of their vegan desserts—Orange Cranberry Pound Cake and Carrot Cake. For brunch, I had the Biscuits and Gravy with vegetarian sausage. Everything was just terrific.
So if you are cruising along the Emerald Coast and want some very good, healthy food, check out the Sunflower Café in Fairhope. You will be glad you stopped in.
Until next time,
Lisa (aka Veggie Gal)
This Whole HouseTearoom - Antiques - Gifts106 East Doty AvenueSummerville, SC 29483(843) 851-8030
Lunch Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Closed Wednesdays)Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Best Day for Afternoon TeasSunday Brunch Buffet 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
My sister, two cousins and I took a trip to Charleston, SC. We decided to visit a couple of plantations and stop in Historic Downtown Summerville for lunch. We inadvertently missed the turn, so we made the block. And what a wonderful miss that turned out to be! As we turned the last corner, we spotted a sign for This Whole House (twh), an 1875 home that owner Judy Thomas and her husband refurbished and made into a combination restaurant and antique/gift shop.
We happened to do this on Sunday. We timed it perfectly and were seated immediately at an adorable table with different dishes and silverware at each place setting. A scrumptious brunch buffet was laid out, yet they more than accommodated my request for no cheese or eggs by making a couple of dishes just for me. My traveling companions raved about the Broccoli with Parmesan and the French Toast Casserole. And their grits. Even in South Carolina (the home of grits), these were exceptional. Stone ground, yet creamy.
After brunch we went upstairs to look at the antiques. My sister found an antique tea set, while I went home with hand-made, antique Christmas ornaments.
The only way this could have gotten better would be if we met a local celebrity. And we did! Bruce Orr, author of several books about local ghosts and legends, was there when we checked out. Look for his books at www.lostinlegend.com.
If you are in the Charleston/Summerville area, don’t miss This Whole House. This family run restaurant and antique shop is definitely worth the drive.
Crazy Burger Café and Juice Bar
Serving Up Soup to Nuts Since 1995144 Boon StreetNarragansett, RI 02882(401) 783-1810
Sunday - Thursday 8:00am-9:00pm Friday & Saturday 8:00am-9:30pm
On a trip to my company’s Rhode Island facility, a colleague took me to the Crazy Burger Café and Juice Bar in Narrangansett. Man oh man, what a treat! I wish I could say I discovered it, but I can’t—Guy Fieri already featured it on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Crazy Burger has a varied, eclectic menu, featuring burgers made from everything from lamb burgers to salmon to vegan ingredients. They have a wide assortment of other regular menu items and specials as well. I had the Corn-Sweet Potato and Leek Chowder, along with a daily special, Vegan Pot Pie. Both were terrific. They serve a fabulous breakfast, have a fresh juice bar and an espresso and chai bar. Not to mention smoothies and milkshakes. And the desserts are made from scratch (yum!).
If you are in Rhode Island, don’t miss a trip here. Definitely worth the drive!
Candle Café (Upper East Side)1307 3rd Avenue (Between 74th & 75th St.)New York, NY 10021Tel: (212) 472-0970Monday through Saturday 11:30AM - 10:30PMSunday 11:30AM - 9:30PM
Candle Café West (Upper West Side)2427 Broadway (Between 89th and 90th St.)New York, NY 10024Tel: (212) 769-8900Monday through Saturday 11:30AM - 10:30PMSunday 11:30AM - 9:30PM
My sister and I recently visited her son in New York. He made reservations for us to go to the Candle Café. When we got there I learned it was vegan. I was touched, surprised and impressed that he was willing to go to and even sought out a vegan restaurant. For me.
And guess what? All three of us had wonderful meals. My Texas kin did not miss the meat at all.
There are two locations for the Candle Café. Their regular menu is extensive, plus the Upper East Side location (where we went) offers daily specials. Start with traditional Edamame, or go with something you can’t get anywhere else, such as their House-Made Seitan Dumplings. Move on to one of their fabulous salads or something heartier like Tuscan Lasagna or a daily special like Pomegranate Grilled Tofu. Accompany it with one of their organic wines, beers or teas.
Candle Café is a wonderful place to dine, no matter what your eating ideology. Check it out!
Zorba’s Opa!2501 Bethlehem Pike (Rt 309)Hatfield, PA 19440(215) 997-0606
I travel for work, primarily to industrialized or warehouse areas. It is difficult to find a nearby restaurant in those areas that can feed a vegetarian. I was therefore thrilled to find Zorba’s Opa! Restaurant in Hatfield, PA, just minutes from our facility. It caters to folks of all eating ideologies and can accommodate any level of vegetarian.
Many Greek restaurants in the US really serve a combination of Greek and Lebanese foods. Zorba’s Opa! is true Greek. Their food is made to order, even at lunch, and is very fresh and tasty. Plus, if you have special dietary needs, all you have to do is tell your server and they will do their best to accommodate. The food was so good that I went two days in a row! I had two lunch specials and am hard pressed to say which one I liked better. The Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) special was particularly good. The Dolmades were served warm, with a side salad. I confess I also ordered fries, as everyone else’s looked so good. The next day I had the stuffed tomato special and I have one word for it: Yum!
None of my colleagues who went with me on Day 1 is vegetarian. They ordered a variety of other lunch specials and all went away happy. Zorba’s Opa! is a great place to dine when you have a group of diverse eaters. Try it!
1101 FM 517 Road EastDickinson, TX 77539(281) 534-2126Open Tuesday through Saturday
I lived in Dickinson, Texas, until earlier this year and went to Sesame House restaurant a couple of times a week. We moved 110 miles north of there, so now I only get to Sesame House when I am traveling that way. So I am thrilled (because they are so awesome) and saddened (because I can no longer go very often) to feature Sesame House as my first vegetarian-friendly restaurant while I am on the road.
Sesame House is family-owned and operated. They have a mix of excellent Viet Namese and Chinese foods. The very nice thing for vegetarians—including vegans—is that they will make virtually anything on their menu vegetarian. My favorites are Orange Tofu, Tofu Singapore, Pan Fried Veggie Dumplings and most especially an off-the-menu selection, Tofu Black Pepper. My husband routinely ordered one of the Pho soups there or, when he wanted a big meal, he got another off-the-menu item, Seafood Clay Pot.
Sesame House is the perfect place to dine when you have a group of diverse eaters. Check it out.
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