June 8, 2011

Native Foods Palm Springs

I've made several trips to Palm Springs over the past couple of years for work and I've come to absolutely adore Native Foods, a vegan restaurant chain in southern California.  I've eaten there many times and loved everything, these are just some of the highlights.

Since I'm always working when I'm in town, I eat mostly takeout in my hotel room at The Ace Hotel + Swim Club.  I'll have more on this fabulous hotel later in the week.
The Native Nachos are amazing. Corn tortilla chips topped with black beans, Native Taco Meat, Native Chipotle Crema, Native Cheese, salsa fresca, and guacamole, green onions and cilantro. There are simply too many good things going on here.  It's like sensory overload, in the best possible way. No entree needed, these are more than enough!
The Chili Cheese Fries are lightly seasoned and topped with vegan chili, Native cheese and pico de gallo.  They have several variations on their Native cheese, all of them made with cashews, seeds and nuts.
The Baja Surf Tacos were the first vegan fish tacos I've ever tried and they are still the best.  Crispy battered homemade tempeh covered with surfer sauce, salsa fresca, shredded cabbage and guacamole. 
The vegan cheese, taco meat and sauces are not overly processed, they are all made fresh and with quality ingredients on site.  Even when eating chili cheese fries, you can feel good about it here!

Some of my other favorites are the Chicken Run Ranch Burger, Spicy Buffalo Wings and the Soul Bowl. You can find all of the Native Foods locations here.


xvavaveganx said...

Everything looks amazing! I am super jealous of those "fish" tacos though, they look gorgeous! I wish we had Native Foods in NY!

sarah-mai said...

I've found recipes on vegweb for some pretty awesome vegan fish tacos, you should definitely take a look! I heard a rumor awhile ago that they might be coming to Chicago but I have no idea how accurate it was.

xvavaveganx said...

ooh I'll have to check out vegweb. And Chicago is closer but still half a country away from me lol ;)

sarah-mai said...

Very true. Maybe they're making their way to you, slowly but surely :)

andrea said...

Native Foods Cafe Chicago....I just walked by it! They are opening 4 in Chicago this summer..Native Foods Cafes in Wicker Park, Lakeview on Belmont/Kenmore and Loop at Clark/Quincy. Vegan restaurant heaven in Chicago!

sarah-mai said...

That is so exciting!!! Can't wait to try them all :)