Respond to Review of CLOSED: California Vegan
Review: With true regret, we must add our voices to the choir of folks who loved California Vegan a few years ago but have watched it slide downhill more recently and are alarmed to discover they are not completely vegan. First of all, we feel it's misleading and unethical for a place called "California Vegan" to sell food that includes eggs, dairy, and honey - and especially egregious if it isn't clearly marked as such. As vegans (and not only vegans but also those with lactose intolerance, egg allergies, and other special dietary needs and preferences), when we go to an establishment that presents itself to the world (via its name) as a vegan restaurant, we automatically assume that we can relax our normal practices of asking about the ingredients of every single thing we order. For many of us that's one of the joys of dining at (ostensibly) vegan restaurants, but for some of us (e.g. those with severe allergies and lactose intolerance) it's not a luxury but a medical imperative. For these reasons, the deceptive misuse of the word vegan in the name of such establishments must be opposed, and at the very least the current owners should examine all their ingredient lists carefully and provide very clear warnings on the menu (and wherever else appropriate) to make sure that their customers understand which items are truly vegan and which are not. As for the quality of the food, some of our past favorites have lost their former glory, or at least the quality has become inconsistent. For all these reasons, we sadly can't recommend California Vegan at all until these issues are resolved. It would certainly be preferable to eating in a completely non-vegetarian place, but veg*ns would be much better served at one of the other nearby veg places such as Golden Mean Cafe, Native Foods, or Real Food Daily.