The Flaming Ice Cube might as well be a good vibes factory. Part cafe, gift shop, and yarn shop, visitors can stop in for a veggie burger, knitting lesson, or soy candle. At the cafe, chefs craft homemade vegan plates from a menu that includes a BBQ chick'n sandwich and brown rice bowls layered with asian vegetables, marinated organic tempeh, and the cafe's signature plum sauce. Meanwhile, instructors get needles moving at knitting classes, during which participants learn knitting basics or more advanced techniques for creating hats, scarves, and impractical bikinis.
Margaret and Phillip Nabors were ahead of the curve in championing natural and organic foods when they opened Mustard Seed Market & Café in 1981. To ensure the integrity of every item stocked on their shelves, the Nabors developed a list of golden standards—nine guidelines that range from a ban on high-fructose corn syrup to selling only cruelty-free cosmetics. This combination of rigor and passion has propelled Mustard Seed for more than 30 years, filling two locations with locally grown produce, fresh-baked vegan cookies, and naturally lean-but-tender beef from certified Piedmontese cattle, which are raised on an all-vegetarian diet free of steroids and antibiotics.
Today, the Nabors' children, Abraham and Gabe, have joined their parents in leading Mustard Seed's team of natural-foods experts—who include everyone from the customer-service associates to the stockers, ensuring that shoppers can find answers to their questions around every corner. The store also educates customers through classes and free lectures on topics such as California wines and what’s going to happen when they run out of letters to name the vitamins.
At Sakura Sushi House, fresh morsels of fish, eel, and octopi nestle into handcrafted rolls, a hibachi grill sears steak, and teriyaki sauce infuses chicken and tofu with savory flavor. Patrons perch at the granite-topped sushi bar and browse a menu brimming with four pages of specialty sushi rolls, or lounge in maroon booths, filling squirt guns from bowls of udon noodles. In the kitchen, chefs season meats ranging from filet mignon to lobster and augment shrimp tempura with teriyaki. After chopsticks ferry the final pieces of maki to tongues, punch their timecards, and head home, diners sip hot or cold sake to finish the evening with a final gustatory flourish.
The hybrid vegan café and gift shop deals in good vibes, whether they take the form of sandwiches and soups made from scratch, eco-fashions, or candles that both soothe the senses and keep away ghosts that are wearing flammable bed sheets. After tasting the zing of a spicy plum vinaigrette or biting into organic sprouted-grains bread at the Compassionate Café, guests can browse a selection of eclectic wares. Vegan jewelry sparkles with gemstones alongside Dead Sea mineral soaps and colorful socks made from recycled cotton, which are ideal for keeping a giant caterpillar warm.
The Boardman location also delves into the world of knitting with a lounge where needle artists can pick up skeins of silk or bamboo yarn, sink into armchairs, and clack away until they have a spider web to sleep in that night.
Looking for a quick bite to eat? Head on over to Cleveland's Johnny Mango. Those who avoid gluten or animal products will still find tons of choices on Johnny Mango's menu. Those who enjoy a drink or two with dinner are advised to take advantage of Johnny Mango's BYOB policy. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Johnny Mango is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along. Long guest list? Not a problem at Johnny Mango, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort. Patio tables and chairs are ready for Johnny Mango diners who prefer their meals al fresco. For a low cost, you can connect through the restaurant's wifi. You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Wear what you like when you dine at Johnny Mango — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Johnny Mango offers catering. Or, take your grub to-go.
Johnny Mango patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the Bridge Ave location.
Your wallet will be happy with a visit to Johnny Mango, too, where prices are generally under $15. All major credit cards are accepted. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Johnny Mango's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
Wash down curry with some cold lassi at Udupi Cafe — this Indian eatery is a must-try. Healthy fare, including some vegan options, is also featured on Udupi Cafe's menu. Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to Udupi Cafe — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks. Getting online is easy with Udupi Cafe free and convenient wifi.
No need to dress up for a trip to Udupi Cafe — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire. If time is of the essence, Udupi Cafe's take-out option may be a better fit. Throwing a big party? Count on Udupi Cafe to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge.
Your bill at Udupi Cafe will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang! Head on over to Udupi Cafe first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Udupi Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.