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Best Restaurant for a Vegetarian 

Wildflower Cafe and Bakery

click to enlarge Wildflower Café - PHOTO BY SCOTTIE LEE MEYERS
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Wildflower Cafe & Bakery beet the stuffing out of the rest of the competition here. Having never been there myself, I romained skeptical. However, after dining there last week with a few friends, lettuce say that we're with the voters.

For those of you who think a vegetarian menu is a missedsteak, I invite you to try this cute and warm Arcata café with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Our smiley waitress, who topped off my coffee three times, swore she knew me, but I'm pretty sure I never met herbivore.

Seriously though, this menu -- which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner -- will satisfy anyone. After devouring a filling Reuben tofu sandwich, it quickly a curd to me, tofu is underrated.

What customers told me they liked best was that Wildflower caters to special diets, substituting nearly everything on the menu for a gluten-free or soy option. The restaurant strives to offer as much organic produce as seasonally available, too. And prices won't cost you an almond a leg, with breakfast and lunch dishes mostly under $10, and dinner somewhere around $15.

And maybe best of all, Wildflower is on Humboldt time with the rest of us, serving breakfast until 1:45 p.m.

The Breakdown: Wildflower Cafe 33.2%, Golden Harvest 8.8%, Japhy’s 6.2%, 3 Foods Cafe 5.6%, Tomo 2.2%. Category popularity: 21st.

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