• sneak peek: new menu to hit native foods on sunday!

    January 8th, 2011quarrygirlLA restaurants, native foods

    i’ve got some very exciting news! native foods is launching a whole new menu tomorrow, and they’re giving quarrygirl readers a sneak peek at the goods! chef tanya has created some fantastic dishes for the winter season, and i don’t know about you guys, but i’m totally jonesing to try them all. have a look at the 8 new mouthwatering items.

    first up, there are 2 new appetizers:

    Creamy Artichoke Spinach Dip: Served warm with crispy crostini and dipping veggies. $6.95

    Asian Lettuce Wraps: Lettuce cups filled with a stir fry of our Original Seitan, mushrooms, jicama, garlic and ginger, topped with crispy rice noodles. Spicy garlic soy sauce on the side. $7.95

    a new pizza, which i hear is incredible…

    Spicy Meatball Pizza: Homemade marinara sauce, Native Sausage Seitan meatballs, roasted sweet peppers, caramelized onions, pesto and Native Parmesan. $7.95

    4 new seasonal specials…

    Mom’s Original Meatloaf: Made from lentils, barley, mushrooms, shallots and special spices. Served with coconut mashed yams and savory mushroom gravy. Mom knows meatloaf. $9.95

    Italian Wedding Salad: A wonderful marriage of mixed salad greens tossed with lemon garlic dressing and artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, capers, roasted sweet peppers, pomodoro, whole wheat fusilli pasta. Topped with Native Parmesan and served with a pesto crostini. It’s a celebration! $9.95

    Wild Buffalo Wrap: Our battered Seitan strips tossed with Louisiana hot sauce, shredded lettuce, cucumber strips and tomato. Served with homemade ranch dipping sauce. If you are really wild, ask for extra hot sauce. $8.95

    Stuffed Eggplant Rollatini Bowl: Stuffed eggplant filled with our homemade Native Ricotta and sautéed Tempeh, rolled and baked to perfection. Served atop broccoli, whole wheat fusilli pasta and marinara. $9.95

    and an amazing new dessert…!

    Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake: Our cheesecake with pecan caramel and chocolate chips swirled in a chocolate cookie crust.

    it all looks INCREDIBLE…right?! i can’t wait to get over to native foods and try out each one of these items. the meatloaf, the cheesecake, the wild buffalo wrap…i want it ALL. hit up the native foods website for all of their locations. you can likely find me chowing down tomorrow at the new one in culver city. PS: don’t forget about the monthly celebration of native days at native foods, when they offer up free dessert (with purchase of an entree, side, and drink) plus the chance to win prizes. this month a percentage of the native days profits will go to various animal organizations. here is the breakdown:

    LA locations will donate 25% of profits ALL day to Stray Cat Alliance. OC locations to Southern California Pomeranian Rescue. Palm Springs and Palm Desert to the Animal Samaritans. Wednesday, January 12th is for the Environment! All locations will donate 25% of profits ALL day to Heal the Bay.

    seeya there!

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  • WOW! Usually w/ new menus there are 1 or 2 things that grab me ….I want to eat EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE THINGS!!!!!!

    Tanya is really taking things to a new level!

  • They all look good, but so sad that not one of them—unless perhaps the dip if eaten only with vegetables and not bread, and MAYBE the pie—is gluten-free. But…at least some of the regular dishes are gluten-free, such as the Gandhi Bowl, which I love.

  • Native Foods is really stepping it up. NICE!!!

  • Oo, spinach artichoke dip. I don’t think anyone else offers that, it’s something I’ve really been wishing I could have again.

    As for that pizza, I don’t know how I would go about eating it!

  • They had the spinach and artichoke dip on the menu out in Palm Springs and it was good!

  • Holy Fuckballs!! That is all.

  • Wowza!!!
    Everything looks amazing!

  • Amazing! Tanya is the best and always comes up with such awesome menu items. And I was beyond thrilled to learn that the Reuben is on the menu for good. Can’t decide between the pizza or the buffalo wrap or the meatloaf or….guess i will be there a lot! Love that Tanya supports animal and environmental charities. I will definitely be there both Tuesday and Wednesday:)

  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    Wow everything looks marvelous and splendid and terrific and gorgeous!!!

  • i NEED that pizza. like now.

  • Seriously, Fritz, who gives a crap about gluten-free? Not me.

    Gluten holds the food world together… BRING IT ON!

  • Who cares about gluten-free? Pure Luck, for one, where my partner and I very much enjoyed lunch one day earlier this week. Loved it! : )

  • Everything looks SO GOOD!!! :p

  • I enjoy eating 100% gluten, aka seitan! I don’t know what I’d do without the stuff!

  • The buffalo wrap looks promising. And that cheesecake looks pretty amazing. The others look like straight-ahead dishes done vegan. Not that I’m saying they are bad; I’m sure they’re tasty, but they aren’t blowing me away on first glance.

    I do still lament the reduction in quality of ingredients. Native Foods used to use really fresh romaine slices for burgers and wraps. Now whatever they’re using for lettuce seems most of the time like the iceberg variety (much paler in color than it used to be). The wraps used to be swathed in lavash flatbread, and now they use cheaper tortillas which don’t have the same textural character. I guess it was a cost reduction move, but the dishes suffered.

    Then again, I’m just glad the Reuben is on the menu for good. That thing is a sandwich fit for the gods.

  • Know what Native Foods needs to do? BRING BACK THE MOBY DICK. OMG best sandwich ever.

  • Whyyyyyy is my husband on a new year’s all raw diet? Whine. Who wants to take me to Native Foods?

  • My goodness. I wish I was in LA.

  • The Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake was amazing (although as usual it doesn’t look like the picture – no pecan or chocolate syrup topping, just the cheesecake). The Spicy Meatball pizza also great (again, less pesto in real life than you see in the picture). The pizza is perfectly individually sized and the crust is not at all soggy (it won’t fall apart in your hand)

  • by the way, I HATE their regular cheesecake (very bland tasting), so that should tell you how amazing the chocolate caramel one is. Best vegan cheesecake I’ve ever had maybe.. Better than the Earth Cafe cheesecake (although EC is raw I believe so you can’t really compare)

  • Alrighty – I did my duty and ate a couple of these things today! I had the Wild Buffalo Wrap and the Spicy Meatball Pizza. 2 winners!!!!!! I was gonna eat half of each but I ended up eating the whole pizza. 🙂

    The Buffalo Wrap is kind of what I had always hoped the Twister Wrap would be…the ‘chicken’ was nice and crisp and the sauce is wonderful – tangy and spicy. I like how they’re celery in it…I don’t think I’ve ever had a wrap/sandwich w/ celery. Ranch dressing on the side is a nice touch.

    The pizza is INSANE. Those giant vegan meatballs are SO good…they’re really unlike anything I’ve had. They’ve got this “skin” …perhaps they’re fried a bit? A perfect chewy sausagey inside. They could really make a few menu items out of these: a meatball sub, spaghetti and meatballs, etc. The Oklahoma burger’s been my go-to item at Native for the past few months….this may replace it.

  • Major jealousy. Bring this stuff to Connecticut!

  • Don’t hire me to deliver it….I’d eat it before it got there.

  • Moby Dick: Good
    Abalone Burger: Better (and the first to get axed)

  • After reading this I tried the meatloaf the the cheesecake, and both were DISGUSTING. Actually some of the worst food I’ve ever had at Native, and I have been eating there for years.

    The Meatloaf was just pureed mush with NO meaty texture, and the mashed yams were SO overly sweet and coconut-y I couldn’t eat them. The gravy they included was so watery and tasteless that it further ruined the food when I poured it over. And what’s with the sad, token, broccoli?

    The cheesecake was just bizarre. If my eyes were closed I don’t think I would have been able to tell it was a dessert. It wasn’t sweet, chocolatey, or cheesecake-y.

    I honestly think that less and less thought is going into the menu items they are cranking out. The portions and getting smaller, more bland, and more expensive.

    I think this is why people make fun of vegan food, and I can’t believe people actually like it!

  • My partner and I have been pretty impressed by the food at Native Foods, but when we ate at the Culver City location one day last month, we did NOT care for the ambience. Inside, it was EXTREMELY noisy, so we sat outside on the patio. But THERE, we had to endure: 1) gratuitous noise from passing vehicles, 2) small leaves and other things blowing down whenever there was a breeze, which caused me to have to keep a close watch on my plate and keep it covered as best I could with one hand, and 3) ignoramuses cutting through the shrubbery rather than taking the time to walk around to the entrance. Hopefully, at some point better enclosure will be installed for the patio, but until that time, we won’t be in any hurry to go back, especially since we live in Hollywood and Veggie Grill is so close by if we want to dine out.

  • I wouldn’t quite call the meatloaf “disgusting” …but, yeah, if you expect it to be meaty, it’s disappointing. It’s more like a lentil loaf…and on that level it’s not bad. If you want a REAL vegan meatloaf, try the Field Roast Classic Meatloaf…I swear it tastes just like my mom’s.

    …but yeah, of the 3 new Native things I’ve tried so far, I’d put the meatloaf at the bottom. I still highly recommend the meatball pizza and buffalo wrap. EXCELLENT.

  • To be fair, the entrance to the new Native Foods is the complete opposite of how the entrance of that M Cafe was. I’ve walked into the patio area by accident both times by force of habit, forgetting that the door is now over on the left.


    i had the artichoke dip today, it was amazing! it’s supposedly gluten-free if you get it with the corn chips, but i’d double check to make sure there is no flour in it… cause i had a weird reaction, but i was also in a weird mood. 🙂 it was really good as was the mac and cheese! (also gluten-free)

  • I think we went to the Palm Desert location but the place is AMAZING!! Super yummy “fast” food without the grease. A lot of “fake meat” but really good fake meat! I don’t eat gluten and the girl working at counter was SO sweet and was also gluten free and helped me navigate the menu. My husband was loving his dish. This place could easily be a chain in the middle of the country and get business. The food is very “normal” and would appeal to the typical meat eater.

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