Lydia's has flavorful, organic, and nutritious vegan food. There is a good variety of both cooked and raw items, served in a pleasant and informal atmosphere. This is one of my favorite places.
(For those of you who are familiar with Cafe Gratitude, I think that Lydia's is everything that CG aspired to be.)
MANZANITA CLOSED. As of 1-2011, restaurant is called Shangri-La, & run by former Tibetan employees of the old Organic Cafe & Manzanita, of the same location. Set meals are organic, vegan, well balanced, and mostly macrobiotic. Chefs, Tenzin, Kalsong, and Lobsang, (sp?) use oil, which makes food tasty, though not necessarily macrobiotic. Originally reviewed 5-2005, 8-2006, 12-2009. Updated 1-2011
I agree about the lack of vegan choices. Why no cooked green vegetables on menu?
They seem careless in food preparation. I ordered the vegan version of the Saturn Spuds, which were incompletely cooked and tasted dirty. I also tried the "vegan breakfast," whose tofu scramble had a pasty flour texture.
Neither nutritious nor fulfilling.
I'm sorry to write a bad review, and I hope they improve.
I like this place. For me, it was worth the trip. Like previous reviewers, I was surprised at how empty the place was during dinnertime. But I found the service to be friendly and courteous, and I enjoyed the food. The entrees seem to be well balanced, with vegetables, grains, and legumes. I hope that this restaurant is successful. (disclaimer: I am NOT a devotee of "The Supreme Master")
I like the flavor and care they put into the food. They will be expanding their menu, with a "grand opening" on the weekend of August 26-27, 2006.
The quality of the food is consistently good. Always fresh, vegan, and wholesome.