Early vegetarians were faced with the challenge of lassoing an apple off a tree or coaxing a corncob into a bear trap. Hunt a healthy harvest the easy way with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $18 worth of vegetarian fare and drinks at Gaia's Garden in Santa Rosa.
Gaia's Garden's eclectic atmosphere couples vegetarian cuisine with live music and art exhibits, creating an environment that earned the 2011 Reader's Choice for Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Sonoma County. The international vegetarian buffet ($8.95 adult lunch; $10.95 adult dinner) reveals its worldliness by offering cuisine from multiple hemispheres, including red curry, eggplant parmesan, and enchiladas. A large serving of fresh salad and homemade whole-wheat loaves ($7.95) satiate non-buffet-goers, and halavah ($2.50) and coconut vegan pudding ($2.50) incite incisors with a sense of elation they haven't felt since they were spared by the tooth fairy. Diners can tipple glasses of Mark West pinot noir ($7.50) amid after-dinner conversation or sip a Lagunitas IPA ($4) while soaking up good vibrations and live music. Gaia's Garden adorns its interior with art exhibits from local artists and coordinates regular events, such as live poetry readings, author lectures, and narrated flipbook viewings, to support the local artistic community.