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.