By: Katie Bouloubassis
Vegans and vegetarians follow strict diets, which could make dining out hard — until now. A growing number of Sonoma restaurants cater to vegans, who consume no food from animals, and vegetarians, who do not eat meat. Whether you follow these diets or just want to try out a new cuisine, we cultivated a list of some great vegan- and vegetarian-friendly restaurants around Sonoma. As you travel to these wonderful establishments, remember to have an open mind and rumbling tummy.
Location: 58 Golf Course Drive West, Rohnert Park
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m., daily.
Shaking up the fast food industry, Amy’s Drive Thru offers many tasty vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free foods. Amy’s takes fast food seriously and has thousands of recipes that will please any taste. With an upbeat, food-loving staff, Amy’s has an awesome environment to dine in. Don’t forget to check out their super cute Instagram page.
Location: 420 Center St., Healdsburg
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday.
Serving up some of the best tapas in town, Bravas! Traditional Spanish foods re-worked and presented to you in a modern fashion. They feature local and Spanish wines on the menu to give you the full experience. With huge portion sizes, you can share with your family, friends and even your four-legged companions. Bravas welcomes all pets to their establishment—they even have their own Instagram page.
Location: 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (brunch and a la carte only on the weekends)
Priding themselves on producing delicious meals with only the highest-quality ingredients, Gaia’s has something for everyone. They pay close attention to their recipes to ensure the foods remain true to the vegan and vegetarian diets. The chefs will go the extra mile to create something specifically for you if you have an allergy or specific diet restriction. Becoming a home for local authors and musicians, Gaia’s wants to create memories with and for you.
Location: 13648 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen
Hours: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
With a unique way of cooking, Glen Ellen Star will certainly please your taste-buds with their wood-fire cooking technique. The wood-fire technique amplifies the flavors in their California inspired dishes. They have an ever-changing menu, so you will always have something new to try.
Location: 6970 McKinley Ave., Sebastopol
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Slice of Life showcases their culinary expertise by featuring a vast array of diverse dishes on their menu. Whatever you’re in the mood for, they have it! From Mexican- to Italian-inspired dishes, the chefs at Slice of Life know how to please any appetite. Visit their Instagram for photos of their yummy dishes.
Take a photo of your dish and tag us at @somethingaboutsonoma on Instagram. We would love to see what you choose.