Update: I find myself here very often. Their food is delicious and, best of all, I feel good after I eat it. I know whatever I am served is made with the best ingredients and lots of love! The quality is always consistent and I end up full and very happy 🙂
My New Year’s resolution was pretty cliche - I decided 2015 will bring better eating habits and a slimmer stomach. My passion for eating doesn’t exactly align with those goals, but today I was happy to find out that eating healthy can taste great too. After my first hike of 2015, I ate at Cafe del Soul and was thoroughly pleased with my meal.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Great food backed by honest business values and quality ingredients. This restaurant cares about the food they serve. (They also have a location in San Rafael).
Mon - Sun 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
I have been late to jump on the bandwagon, but this gem has been around since 2004. Tucked away in the back of a strip mall off of Shoreline Highway, this restaurant offers a variety of good-for-the-soul dishes that consist of all the best ingredients.
- Gluten-free options
- Use organic produce, nuts, grains, milks and coffees
- Vinaigrettes, soups, drinks and snacks are original recipes that are made in house daily
- They use free range chicken, organic tofu and cheeses without added hormones
- To-go containers are biodegradable and compostable
The restaurant is very casual, we went in our post-hiking gear and didn’t feel out of place. The restaurant feels very open because they have large windows and roomy seating. You must order your food at the counter, pay and then wait for your food to be brought to you.
What we ate (and drank):
- Absolutely Perfect smoothie ($6)
- Nachos de Maria ($11.15)
- Quinoa quesadilla ($9.15)
* Their prices already include sales tax (they say they feel it’s honest)
The Absolutely Perfect smoothie has raspberries, blueberries, low-fat yogurt, almond milk, almonds, banana, and dates. The flavor was really tasty, I wouldn’t normally choose almond milk, but I couldn’t taste it. It tasted more like a berry drink, which I loved. I also don’t love the word smoothie because it makes me think of a thick, Jamba-Juice like beverage and I don’t like the hard-to-get-through-my-straw type drinks, but this was lighter in consistency and full of flavor. I would definitely buy it again.
The Nachos de Maria is essentially a salad on top of chips, it is simple, but very, very tasty. The chips gave it dimension without making it feel heavy like normal nachos. The flavor, though, was so good that I didn’t miss all the extra fattening stuff usually added. The chips were my favorite part because they were super thin, crispy and drizzled with cheddar cheese. This combination gave a more hearty taste to the salad and complemented the dish really well. The chips were topped with lettuce, avocado, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, olive oil and lime dressing. You can add tofu or chicken for an additional charge, but it really doesn’t need it, the serving size is large and very satisfying. Plus, the flavors go so well together that the chicken isn’t necessary.
The quesadilla was particularly delicious! The portion was very large and the quesadilla was well served (I’m not sure if it is clear in the picture, the dish comes with 4 pieces). It were stuffed with quinoa, avocado, monterey and feta cheese, black beans, spinach, and chipotle dressing. Everything had a pretty mild taste, but the blend of flavors was great! I was happy that the quinoa had a rice-like consistency (instead of being chewy) and the cheese gave it a warm, good-for-the-soul taste. The chipotle dressing wasn’t spicy or abundant, there was just enough to kick the flavor up a notch. The whole thing was very tasty and super filling! This will be my go-to every time I visit Cafe del Soul.