The robin’s-egg blue walls of Stacey’s Cafe Delish provide a calming backdrop to the delicious chaos of cheese and crisp, flattened bread that compose the grilled paninis. Stuffed with the likes of eggplant, salmon, and scrambled eggs, the paninis represent the creative café fixings that are served up in the sunny, coffee-scented restaurant. Breakfasts of asparagus omelets or apple-juice smoothies are followed by a plethora of hot sandwiches and cool salads, which are kosher and can be prepared vegan or gluten free if desired.
SunCafe puts a healthy spin on traditional foods, creating each of its dishes from scratch with organic, plant-based, and dairy-free ingredients. The restaurant has collected numerous awards and extensive press acclaim for its raw and vegan specialties, the most popular of which include kale shakes, supreme pizza, and gluten-free cookie-dough pie. To help others become comfortable with preparing raw and plant-based food, SunCafe offers themed classes every week that share recipes and cooking methods.
On opening day in 1993, a crowd of 100 clamored for a table at Real Food Daily. Founder Ann Gentry was shocked—she hadn’t spent a penny on advertising. But the overwhelming response shouldn’t have been all that surprising, since Ann had spent the past four years gaining a following through home delivery of her gourmet vegan cuisine––when she wasn’t busy working as Danny Devito's personal chef, that is. Ann's meat-free fare struck a chord with the opening-day crowd, which merely foreshadowed the hordes that would descend upon Real Food Daily across the next 20 years. Today, she and her staff still craft healthy meals by making almost all of the food in-house without refined sugars, white flours, preservatives, or microwaves—the kitchens don’t even have them. 90% of ingredients––including fresh veggies, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits––hail from local, organic-certified farms, adding homegrown flavor to dishes such as kung pao tempeh, seitan tacos, and black-bean burgers. Today, Ann's eats can be found at three Real Food Daily locations, and the chef regularly brings some of her innovative dishes to The Today Show, The Talk, Vegetarian Times, and VegNews.
Beyond creating taste-good, feel-good food, Ann’s practices also lend themselves to sustainability. The West Hollywood location sports recycled-teak wood on table- and countertops, and the staff at all three of her certified green eateries compost kitchen scraps and package food in to-go containers, which are designed to biodegrade like a witch in the rain.
RAWvolution founders Janabai and Matt Amsden serve up raw foods chock-full of healthy vitamins and enzymes, earning praise from celebrities such as Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Alicia Silverstone. Forged from locally sourced organic produce, the Amsden?s array of gourmet wheat-, soy-, and gluten-free vegan fare tickles health-conscious palates at two caf? locations in New York City and Los Angeles. Their prepared-meal service, The Box, also fills clients? fridges with four to five days? worth of premade organic meals for at-home noshing.
Like when the tech world first put a camera into a phone, something many assumed impossible, Chop Stop brings healthiness to speedy dining with more than a dozen signature salads for dine-in or carryout. They also offer custom salads to allow diners to blend a choice of greens with a dressing and up to six toppings from a selection of more than 40. The eatery's commitment to human health dovetails with their responsible practices toward the planet itself, using locally grown produce and compostable bowls and cups that vanish off the face of the Earth in a manner almost as sustainable as bowls made of a magician's ace of clubs