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Restaurant Spotlight: November 2002

Enjoy Veggie Delights in Palm Springs, CA

Dogs may not like leftovers from a vegetarian restaurant...or do they? Most dogs like meat, but dogs also usually like cheese and bread, and some dogs even like fruits and vegetables. There are also some dogs that are not allowed to have any people food. Anyway, for humans who are becoming more health conscious, a restaurant like Native Foods might be the perfect spot to eat out. And since they welcome dogs at their outdoor tables, your pooch will be able to come along with you. Native Foods uses some organic ingredients in their cooking, and they do not use any meat, not even fish. Even without the meats, they offer a pretty decent selection of foods on the menu. As meat substitutes, they use Tempeh (TEM-pay), an Indonesian staple consisting of soybean, grain and a rice culture. They also use Seitan (SAY-tahn) which is wheat protein or gluten. And last, they use Soy Protein. Apparently even a meat lover would like this substitute. Basically, with these substitutes, you can still get a good amount of iron and protein, but without all the fat and cholesterol.

So, will your dog start drooling over the entrees? With items on the menu called the Reuben Burger, or the Portobello and Sausage Burger, it is possible. If you are not sure if you'll like the veggie substitutes, you can always go slow and start with one of their pizzas. Still have room for dessert? Try their carrot cake or cheesecake. So will your pooch let you come back to Native Foods? All I can say is that my dog would rather eat a veggie garden burger before he would eat a major fast food chain's breakfast sausage...seriously! The restaurant hours are 11:30 am to 9:30 pm except Sunday when the restaurant is closed. They also have two other Native Foods restaurants, one in Palm Desert and one in Westwood (near Los Angeles).

For more information:
Native Foods, 1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 760-416-0070
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