Vegetables are the anti-zombie, rising out of the ground to demand we devour their artichoke hearts and cauliflower brains. Hunt down some new green friends with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of vegetarian fare at Dharma's Restaurant in Capitola.
Since 1981, Dharma's has stocked their kitchen with organic and preservative-free ingredients to concoct a menu of vegetarian dishes that fuse American, Thai, Mexican, and Japanese cuisines. Tofu scrambles salute the sun with garlic, green onions, chilies, and spices until dismissed with a wave from their grilled potatoes and toast sergeants ($8.50–$9.95). Flames painstakingly paint grill marks on the tempeh burger's grain patty before chefs place it on a whole-wheat bun and bury it beneath pickles, lettuce, and thousand-island dressing ($9.50). The greek pasta disguises fresh noodles in a warm sauce of lemon, garlic, and expeller-pressed olive oil to infiltrate a vegetable mafia of sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, spinach, and green onions ($10.95 for small; $13.95 for regular).
Gluten-free options throw out grainy flavors to satisfy vegans and vegetarians with cheese and pesto pizzas that taste great without the use of wheat or other performance-enhancing durum ($11.95–$21.95). Patrons can lounge on the outdoor patio as vegan tapioca coats sweetened molars with natural sugars from coconut milk and raspberries ($4.75) and vegan chocolate cake tempts lactose-intolerant breezes with dairy-free icing ($4.95).
Burgers, breakfasts, hot dogs, and other classic diner dishes get a vegetarian spin at Dharma's Restaurant. The kitchen staff stocks the pantry with as many organic ingredients as possible, including grains, fresh vegetables, and soy-protein products that have not been genetically modified or ever seen by cows. For breakfast, organic tofu is scrambled with thai curry spices, kalamata olives, or pesto. Whole-wheat buns embrace burgers formed from tempeh or spicy tofu and topped with vegan cheese and soy mayo. Chefs create a map of international flavors by sautéing baked tofu with thai peanut sauce or salsa, or simmering the cubes in curry and serving with papadam. Most items have vegan alternatives available, and a separate menu highlights gluten-free recipes.
4250 Capitola Rd.
Capitola, California 95010Get Directions