Best Santa Barbara Vegan Restaurants Part 2: Vegetarian Restaurants
So, not all of these restaurants are strictly vegan, but many offer vegan options on and off menu.
Here are a few sure things, some of my favorite local vegan dishes, continuing with the vegetarian restaurants that offer vegan options:
Protip: order your smoothie or bowl through their app or online to avoid the 30+ minute wait when these guys get busy (which is, like, all the time). I go for the Green Almond smoothie (no honey, add spirulina) between clients.
We love their Recovery smoothie (no coconut, no stevia, add green blend) for a post-yoga refueling.
Though technically a coffee shop, Handlebar offers some vegan menu and bakery items, yay! There’s no shortage of avocado toast in this town, but Handlebar’s stands out as being the quickest. Made in big batches all day long, it hits all the salty-crunchy-creamy notes a good avocado toast should. Ordered with a turmeric latte, you’ve got yourself some perfect study food.
Mesa Verde is a dedicated vegetarian restaurant that features loads of vegan options (they are organic and gluten-free too!). Spike and I appreciate their dog-friendly outdoor patio and their herbal coffee after a bike ride. Their servings are gigantic, so we usually split the falafel open-faced sandwich or the polenta fries.
Not a restaurant per se, but I almost always have a boule of Oat Bakery in my freezer, specifically their shiitake shallot bread. Toasted in coconut oil, it’s divine topped with some mushed avocado, turmeric, lemon pepper, and crunchy salt (throw some fenugreek while you’re at it). If you can catch their farmers market focaccia before they sell out, ask if today’s batch has cheese in it, and grab a big hunk to snack on while you wander around the downtown farmers market on Tuesdays or Saturdays,. Their superseed crackers are also a delight with hummus. Mindful that they’re open - they keep bakers hours!