Thursday, September 18, 2008

Native Foods

On the last day of August, I was lucky enough to attend the Jack Johnson concert at UCLA. I love his music and his dedication to the environment.



Before the show, I ate dinner at Native Foods, a great restaurant where I don't eat nearly enough! Although I've eaten there several times before (and own the cookbook), I've never reviewed it here. This time around, I ordered the Soul Bowl (from the menu: Red beans and "jazzman" rice, steamed veggies and greens drizzled with Ranch dressing with BBQ fried "save the chicken" and cornbread) and iced tea (it was a hibiscus, agave-sweetened, tea). Wow, "save the chicken" is delicious! There were two nice-sized pieces in the bowl, each with a tiny bit of barbecue sauce and ranch dressing. Under the faux chicken was a huge helping of broccoli and cauliflower with occasional pieces of kale and carrot and, under the veggies, were jasmine rice and red beans. I wish there had been a little more dressing because I ended up eating that last handful of veggies with organic ketchup. The cornbread had a distinct orange flavor and was very crumbly, but good. All in all, I really enjoyed this meal and I'm looking forward to the next time I get a chance to eat there.

6 comments:

vko said...

Oh I love Native Foods and Tanya, owner & chef is the nicest. That food is so damn good, wish they would come to NYC. Your dish sounds like some perfect comfort food.

Hannah said...

That is one heaping plateful! Sounds great for a hearty fall or winter meal, and I've heard such good things about this place, too.

Ruby Red Vegan said...

If I lived in LA, I would so be your Native Foods buddy! I love that place! I love how they give you lots of veggies, too -- especially in the bowls. Your selection sounds wonderful, and I'm sure Jack Johnson topped it all off nicely. Oh, how I love that guy. Everything in the cookbook sounds so good but the only recipe I've managed to try is the hot chocolate...

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Jack Johnson AND Native Foods?! Lucky!

shellyfish said...

I'm with Katie! Jack Johnson and Native Foods? Sounds like a kick butt night to me!

JennShaggy said...

Native Foods is so fantastic. Portobella Sausage Burger. Beyond words.
That's crazy you have Youngstown kin! Awful place to be a vegan, great place for Italian food :) Perhaps our grandparents hung out at the pool hall together back in the day.
And I'm definitely hitting up Follow Your Heart the next time I "road trip" out to Vinh Loi Tofu. Who knew I could have a vegan adventure so deep in the valley?