Sunday, May 27, 2007

Restaurant Review: Real Food Daily (Santa Monica, CA)

We ate at Real Food Daily! This was a treat, and it'd be difficult to top this dining experience with the fresh, organic, gourmet vegan food -- combined with an attentive waitstaff in an upbeat, contemporary environment. This is the high water mark for vegan eateries. There are two locations to choose from, and we ate at the one in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica
514 Santa Monica Blvd.
(310) 451-7544)

West Hollywood
414 N. La Cienega Blvd.
(310) 289-9910

I started off with a cup of the soup of the day, which was '
Asparagus Cilantro' $3.50 The soup was perfectly seasoned and creamy. I wouldn't have minded a piece of bread or cracker, but in the end, I was perfectly content.

Art ordered '
The Club' which is a double-decker sandwich with lightly breaded seitan served on toasted sourdough bread with tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato and vegenaise $10.95 Art ordered his with a side of kale. This is the most popular sandwich at the restaurant, for good reason. Art gave me a bite, and it was a the most delicious sandwich ever. This is what I'm getting next time...

Mexicali Chop Salad' Shredded romaine, pinto beans, corn, cucumber, celery, roasted red pepper, red onion, tomato and avocado tossed in a lime-cilantro dressing topped with baked tortilla strips $10.95 --- For an extra $2.50 I added blackened tempeh to mine. This salad was fresh, crunchy, flavorful, packed with goodies, and a very satisfying main course.

'Berry Chocolate Cake' $5.75 was recommended by our waiter as "The best dessert in the house" and I believe him. This cake was perfectly moist and the frosting melted in our mouths. Pure perfection. Art generously let me have the raspberry, which I included in the last bite. When you go to Real Food Daily, save room for dessert.

Check out these vegan cooking tips from Ann Gentry, a vegan food visionary & leader.


Melody Polakow said...

Wow.. it all looks amazing! I love that they offer Kale as a side ..
yay for good vegan food!

Liliy said...

Oh my, look at all the lovely vegan food! It's great that you found a resturant where there are vegan desserts. I haven't had a dessert I didn't make in months.

julie hasson said...

Welcome back Vicki! Everything looks so good. I haven't been to RFD in a long time, but this makes me wish we had one in Portland.

Your pics look great!

aTxVegn said...

I must eat at RFD before I die. I did have the privilege of taking an Ann Gentry cooking class, so I have had a sampling of the food and everything was extra delicious. That sandwich is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks great but I would probably go there just for the chocolate cake. In fact, just looking at it makes me want to make a cake or cupcakes for breakfast.

My perfect sweet tea recipe is so easy, it's embarassing. I fill a two quart pitcher with water and add one lipton cold brew tea bag. I dip it a few times and then I let it sit for 9 minutes. When my timer dings, I squeeze the tea bag, discard and add 1/2 cup sugar. I then add just a scootch more sugar (about 1/8 cup). Stir and refrigerate. It seems to get better as it refrigerates and gets cold.

Urban Vegan said...

That cake just looks too perfect. Actually, everything looks perfect. I've heard so many great things about this restaurant and hope to get there someday son.

madness rivera said...

Oh man, V, you were at my hang out! I don't think I was there last Sunday (maybe?) I'm there so often that the girls and I are on hugging terms with most of the staff. Next time you're there, I recommend the coconut cake. I think it blows the chocolate varities out of the water. Also, on Sundays they do a brunch at the West Hollywood RFD that is back-flip delicious. The blueberry pancakes and the Tofu Scamble w/ sundried tomato, tempeh bacon and avocado?? Dynomite.

springsandwells said...

Yay for RFD!!! I LOVE that place! Too bad it's so far away from Santa Cruz. I have written to them so many times, begging them to open one up here. ooooohh.

bazu said...

That's it- just for that cake alone, I must make it to RFD. Yummmmm.

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