Follow Your Heart...

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 32 Reviews
Long time operating veggie restaurant and all vegetarian natural foods market by the same name. Restaurant serves vegan and vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Eat at the counter, at tables inside, or out on the front patio. Busy on weekends. The market offers a wide selection of natural foods products, snacks, supplements, books, gifts, health and personal care products. Parking provided. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, International, Juice bar, Take-out
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First Review by eric
brandalock
brandalock
24

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  • vegan

The Real Hippy Deal

5 Posted on 05 / 21 / 2014

This place is a cafe/restaurant located within a health grocery store. Follow Your Heart is responsible for products like Veganaise.

I have been here a few times and enjoyed myself every time. The food has always been good when I dined there and the service has been extremely friendly.

I am also a fan of the story of this restaurant/grocery store and how long they have survived. You can see the authentic story of this place the minute you sit down to eat.

Their soups are always delicious and I love, love, LOVE their sandwiches and their original burger.

The prices are comparable to most LA vegan restaurant/cafes. I usually spend $15 a meal there (but I also get their soups on the side).

There is free parking on the side and behind the building. You pay at the cashier on your way out.

For all you hipsters out there looking for a legit step back in vegan time, this is the place to go.

Pros: Authentic ambiance, Solid food, Service
Dalia23
Dalia23
2

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  • vegan

My favorite Vegan Restaurant

5 Posted on 12 / 29 / 2013

From the vibe to the food, FYH is one of my favorite places to eat--I can even go there to eat lunch alone without feeling awkward or lonely since the staff is so friendly! The 'Chicken' Pomodoro Panini is a favorite of mine; I've also tried the portobello panini as well as the vegan meatball sub and the tempeh tacos. All of them tasted great. If you want dessert -- which I highly suggest-- try the fruit torte or vegan 'cheese' cake.

Pros: Friendly Staff, Fun atmosphere
ronitw
ronitw
31

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  • vegan

Cold Soup

2 Posted on 11 / 28 / 2013

We ate there a few times, but the last time the soup was served cold and I had to return it a few times to get it reheated. As we are lucky to have better vegan choices, we have not been back.

Pros: Cold Soup
VeganMarr
VeganMarr
14

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  • vegan

The FIRST veg store ever in LA & it has survived!

5 Posted on 08 / 22 / 2013

FYH goes back about 40 yrs...amazing! They pack soooo many cool choices in this small store. The restaurant has tons of vegan choices, including soups & desserts. Great people run & work at the store. They also carry cool gift items like unique wind chimes & crystals & scarfs etc. I wish I lived close to this store/restaurant, I'd shop there all the time.

Pros: all veg, lots of variety of items, great restaurant too
Cons: far from where I live!
Lily925
Lily925
15

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  • vegan

not so yummy..............

3 Posted on 04 / 18 / 2013

We've eaten there for years, atleast 20. Long before there was any other like this in the valley. Consistantly good. I want to try everything but it's hard to get away from the best vegan Reuban. It's delicious and huge. It's made with tofu cottage for vegans and the rye bread is homemade. They have always had those dumb carrot chips with the sandwitches but oh well. Most everything can be made vegan and the staff is happy to help.
Updated from previous review on Saturday March 23, 2013.
After writing this review I had to go back and get a Reuban sandwich. It's changed. No longer grilled and yummy but dry toast and not so yummy. I contacted them right away to find out about it and never got an email back. Maybe just not a good manager. I'll go back but it's not the same and not for the better and not for my Reuban.

Pros: vegan food, good value
Cons: not all vegan, a little noisy

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RhobertTachamet
RhobertTachamet
3

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  • vegetarian

BEST VEGGIE EATERY!!

5 Posted on 03 / 12 / 2013

I have eaten here several times since I became a veggie in 1995. I am never disappointed. Their "RUBEN" sandwich is a pleaser as is their "burger". I am never disappointed with their food. You may have to wait a while before you get your food but you won't leave disappointed. IT is more of a fast food type of atmosphere but it is worth the visit. Another veggie eatery to put on your list if you live in or visit the Los Angeles area.

Pros: wonderful veggie burgers/sandwiches, Good selection on the menu, Easy to find
Cons: Very slow service, Can be crowded at times, Not enough tables/ space to eat
pgnlvr22b
pgnlvr22b
12

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  • vegan

no thanks

2 Posted on 02 / 23 / 2013

eaten here twice and all I can say is overpriced, no flavor, lots of fluff. Don't waste your time eating at the restaurant or shopping here for that matter. The items that they make themselves are actually cheaper at whole foods and that is just sad


Cons: Expensive, Flavorless, Not Vegan
  • rylewins rylewins

    I am sorry you feel this way about our food. I assume the products you are referring to is the vegenaise and the vegan cheese. I was just in Whole Foods yesterday and we are in fact cheaper than whole foods! Original vegenaise in the 16 oz size was 4.99 there and we sell it for 3.99 that is a dollar cheaper. Thank you for your constructive criticism we value all feedback!

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SynthVegan
SynthVegan
552

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  • vegan

Follow Your Heart

5 Posted on 06 / 25 / 2012

This is a cozy little restaurant and store, I decided to check out both aspects of it.

Restaurant: The food was good, I went with the vegan pesto pasta and also got the tofu cottage cheese on the side. I would probably pass on the cottage cheese next time, but would definitely get the pasta again. The bread served with it was also really good. My bf got nachos which were not vegan, he seemed to have like them.

Store: Given that this is home of Vegenaise, they had a lot of items made with it (hooray). I purchased a side of potato salad and fell in love with it, it was so good. It even had vegan bacon bits in it, highly recommended.

Overall, I really liked this place and would definitely return.


techical
techical
1

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  • mostly-vegetarian

Service

2 Posted on 03 / 11 / 2012

I went with 2 friends and their 8-year old child to have dinner. It was around 8 p.m. on Saturday about a month ago. My friends were there and they made a mistake to enter by the back door and they just accommodated on one table close to the back entrance. The table was set for 4 people but we were 5 with the child. We were told that we can not sit there because that table was for 4 people and no for 5. I told this guy that suppose to be the host or waiter that we were 4 adults with one child and that we can accommodate a chair that a nice couple gave it to us. But he kept saying we couldn't stay there and that we have to wait outside. We went outside and we were waiting and waiting and around 8.30 p.m I went to see what was happening and the girl say that the table was ready. It was the same table they didn't let us to stay and it was available all the time. It is ridiculous. the food is good but very bad service. We made a mistake but we are customers, we can be immigrants but we have the right to be treated with courtesy and equality.

Pros: food
Cons: service, rudeness
Chia
Chia
597

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  • vegetarian

Always feels great to be here

5 Posted on 01 / 11 / 2012

I had read about this place on happycow and have eaten here several times over the years. Here's my Follow Your Heart Restaurant review.

Follow Your Heart market & restaurant has been operating for so many years in Canoga Park. It's considered by many in the vegetarian community as a landmark.

The market is in the front, and the restaurant in the back. There is also a covered patio area in the front for seating.

My husband and I have tried and enjoyed a good majority of the menu offerings. The Mexican style dishes are always good. The sandwiches are all right. The full size salads are huge. The baked goods and cakes are excellent. They are famous for their soups.

For our meal time on the last trip, we shared a pizza which features their own brand of vegan cheese. It was nice and hot with lots of melted cheese over assorted veggies. The crust is just a bit thick and crunchy on the edges. We also shared the tempeh tacos which came with black beans and rice on the side, plus salsa, guacamole, and vegan sour cream (dairy also available).

The menu marks which options are vegan and which are gluten-free. It's very vegan friendly as Follow Your Heart makes their own brand of vegan stuff (veganaise, vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, salad dressings...). For dessert, we grabbed a couple yummy vegan muffins and a small tub of raw ice cream from a freezer in the store.

The store is well stocked with all kinds of food, snacks, and health products. Also some children's toys, clothing, crystals and jewelry. Very relaxed vibe.

The only suggestion for improvement I have would be for them to freshen up the main dining area a bit with better lighting and perhaps a remodel. It gets a bit smoky in there from the kitchen. But Follow Your Heart is charming and wonderful in it ways.

Pros: positive vibes, country market feel, been here forever
Fritz
Fritz
13

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  • vegetarian

Still Very Good

4 Posted on 06 / 30 / 2011

We were delighted to have lunch at Follow Your Heart again for the first time in 31 or 32 years! Not all that much has changed since then, and the food was still very good. My partner and I both had the Reuben sandwich, and he also had fries with his. The sandwiches were very large, tasty, and satisfying, but would have been even better had the rye bread been grilled in butter or margarine instead of just being toasted. I enjoyed the carrot chips that accompanied my sandwich and my partner really liked his baked fries. The garlic dill pickles were great!

Our server was pleasant and efficient, and didn't mind bringing a salt shaker to the table at my partner's request. I thought about requesting sweetener for my iced tea, but decided to skip it, and fortunately the tea was still quite good anyway. The server did ask if we would like mustard and ketchup, which we appreciated.

We were both very impressed with the cleanliness of the restroom, and of the entire restaurant and market. All of the employees we encountered were polite and helpful.

It would have been nice to have had a little more privacy, as the tables are fairly close together and, by the time we left, there were people seated on both sides of us. But, since no one was rude, we still enjoyed the atmosphere overall.

Pros: tasty, satisfying food, large portions, very clean restroom
Cons: no salt, pepper, or sweetener on table, not much privacy, tables close together, sandwich bread not grilled in margarine
SharonaLA
SharonaLA
8

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  • vegetarian

Great mock meats and pizza

5 Posted on 01 / 08 / 2011

Delicious meal, big portions, daily specials are great. A nice, ethical company to support.


Sonja and Dirk
Sonja and Dirk
285

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  • vegan

one stop lunch and shopping

4 Posted on 10 / 16 / 2010

We hadn't been to FYH in years, but decided to make the drive today for a late lunch since we wanted to shop there as well afterwards. It seems nothing has changed though. The cafe area looks just the same. It was still quite busy, so we had to wait a bit, but we got a table inside.

We ordered the reuben sandwich and the omelette (with mushrooms, spinach, and avocado). The reuben was huge and quite tasty. I liked the rye caraway bread they used. The omelette was good too and a nice change from just a scramble. However, we both ordered non-dairy shakes (a chocolate mint and a coffee), but they forgot them. We had to ask about them 2 or 3 times before we finally got them and by then, we were almost done eating. They were quite good though and they brought them out in the metal mixer, so we got 2 glasses out of each one.

As for the store, it's small, but it has a lot of great stuff, so I really had to look at the shelves carefully to make sure I didn't miss some great find! :-) They had a lot of variety for some items that can't be found elsewhere. You pay for both the cafe and the store up front.

Overall, I wish FYH was all vegan and since they make so many of their own vegan products, it would seem like a logical choice, but alas, no, so they don't get five cows from me although it was really nice to shop at a store that didn't sell meat.

Pros: very vegan friendly cafe and store, has own brand of products, easy parking
Cons: sells dairy and eggs, forgot shake order
Colinski
Colinski
21

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  • vegan

Very good Vegetarian diner and health food store

4 Posted on 07 / 21 / 2010

Great restaurant, and particularly vegan-friendly for being a lacto-veg place. Then again, these are the people who gave us Vegenaise, so why should we be surprised? I think the food is a little pricey for what it is, but it is very good so perhaps I'm being overly critical. The nutburger is delicious, and perhaps the best use of FYH vegan cheese in the world, but for the best value go for Lorenzo's breakfast sandwich - their version of an egg mcmuffin which is mysteriously listed as a starter, and yet comes with fries (unlike the burgers) and easily makes a complete meal.

Pros: Tasty, Vegan-friendly
Cons: Often crowded, Overpriced
samanthamuffin
samanthamuffin
26

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  • vegan

Vegan Paradise

5 Posted on 05 / 05 / 2010

FYH was a dream come true. I visited my sister in LA and managed to go there twice, although I could have gone there every day and been perfectly happy. On our first visit, I got the reuben. It was delicious! The sandwich was huge and came with a side of carrot chips. Usually, I'm like "Cut the crap! No one wants carrot chips!" but they were really crisp and perfectly complimented the sandwich. The waiter was really funny and attentive. We sat out on the patio both times.

The second time I ordered the Grilled Chicken Sandwich. What can I say...I like sandwiches! It was very similar to the reuben, but I would say the reuben was better. Still came with carrot chips. Still huge. Still delicious.

If I lived closer I would go all the time. The food was sooooo good!!!!

Pros: Parking, Yummy!, Big portions
yelahasinyello
yelahasinyello
2

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  • vegetarian

Solid, Reliable place

4 Posted on 01 / 23 / 2010

I've eaten there many times including when I wasn't a vegetarian. I have always loved it but now am branching out and I think it can get a little bland. As my title indicates though, it's throughly solid and a good place to get filled up at. My personal favorites are the soups and the Quesadilla appetizer. I like the fact that it's attached to the health store and you can grab an interesting international soda to go with your meal.

Pros: hip staff, portions, robustness
Cons: blandness
dancingvegan
dancingvegan
16

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  • vegan

Follow your HEART to "Follow Your Heart"!!! :)

5 Posted on 07 / 10 / 2009

OMG!! Love it!!! Two thumbs (and eight fingers) up!!!

You walk into the door and it's like walking into the 60s!! Cool hip hippies working there. All kinds of spiritual stuff in the store by the produce section. The only thing missing is the black light!! LOL!!!

The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating. In the summertime, they have a mister that sprays water and makes it more comfortable. It does get to be in the 100s there!!

The Vegan Reuben has got to be one of the BEST meals I have ever had. Seriously. I just savor every bite, anticipating the next until voila... the whole thing is in my tummy!!! (Sometimes I will take the other half home for another meal.)

I follow MY heart to "Follow Your Heart" as often as I can and I suggest you do the same!!

hugs to all!!

dancing vegan

Pros: great food!! , cool atmosphere, hip staff
Vegyogini
Vegyogini
19

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  • vegan

Follow Your Heart

5 Posted on 03 / 25 / 2009

Follow Your Heart is one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. The market is full of interesting and exciting vegan products and the cafe is home to my favorite sandwich of all time: the vegan Reuben (I order mine with vegan cheese). I've had success bringing non-vegans to FYH, as well, as the menu is largely made up of comfort foods.


Star and Max
Star and Max
2

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  • vegan

Without Follow Your Heart,

5 Posted on 03 / 19 / 2009

There would be no Tofu A Go-Go!
I went to brunch at Follow Your Heart every Sunday for YEARS!I would have gone for lunch every day if it had not been so far from my job.The brunch was great, even back in the 80's they had non dairy soups and sandwiches.I was eating Macrobiotic for many years, and Brunch was party day.The staff was great, the food wonderful and believe it or not, the store had the organic rice and organic produce I couldn't find any place nearer to my home. I moved to the Cape in '93 and I am still talking about Follow Your Heart. Donna was our favorite server. She was there for years! Somebody tell her hello from Star. Thank you Follow Your Heart for setting such a good example for me. It's been 3 years since my last visit but I'll be there the next time I am out west. Readers, if they still make the Tofu Ranchero, order it!

Pros: Vegan , Brunch, Store
Cons: 3000+ miles away
The Veggie Cook
The Veggie Cook
46

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  • vegetarian

Good Vibes

4 Posted on 07 / 25 / 2008

Follow Your Heart oozes good vibes everytime I visit. The store is well-stocked with a wide range of vegetarian and vegan food, and it offers a good selection natural supplements and remedies.

The restaurant is a causal and cozy with bar seating, table seating, and patio seating. My friend and I came here yesterday for lunch and enjoyed our meal.

The vegan muffins at $1.75 each, were very moist and super good (we got chocolate chip, blueberry, and coconut). For our meal, we shared a vegan pizza, and a plate of tacos with dairy on the side that came with a choice of soup (we got the split pea). Everything was good, except for the soft taco tortillas - they tore easily and could not hold the marinated tofu taco filling - it got messy but tasty.

This is a long time favorite spot for many people, and I can certainly see why. A good choice when in the area.

Pros: varied menu, vegan and vegetarian, relaxed space
geminigirl
geminigirl
2

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  • vegan

Only good if you are a vegetarian/vegan

3 Posted on 05 / 25 / 2008

Follow your Heart has some very good vegan dishes. The only problems are the service stints...there are a few good waitresses and waiters, but most of the people have really bad attitudes and don't acknowledge the customers even when they are standing right in front of them. I witness a lady throw a fit over it one time, but personally I just grin and bear it cause I don't have that many options for vegan food. If you get food to go always check it because often times the order will be wrong and for some reason the portions are smaller on some items if you get it to go. Not all staff know what is in the food, but are happy to tell you any answer although it is not always the truth. It is best to have them double check or ask the manager. Overall good food, bad service.

Pros: good food, great vegan cheese, a few great waitresses and waiters
Cons: bad service, misinformed staff, food portion is smaller for to go orders
gr8vegan
gr8vegan
545

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  • vegan

Great Reuben

5 Posted on 05 / 06 / 2008

Not bad for solo dining, there's a bar where you can sit. I like how they give carrot chips instead of potato chips! You order and then pay at the GROCERY register. They ask you at the register if you want to add a tip (which is probably why the servers are pretty lax! but still good)

Pros: can shop after eating, reuben, carrots!
beitme
beitme
33

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  • vegan

good food, great people

5 Posted on 01 / 06 / 2008

this place has an excellent atmosphere and a very progressive vibe. people are nice and the store sells quality food. the restaurant can be a bit pricey, but well worth it if you feel like indulging in unique dishes.

Pros: friendly staff, quality food, wholesome atmosphere
Cons: limited options in grocery, bit pricey
VeggiePinkoKat
VeggiePinkoKat
30

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  • vegan

Best Veg Restaurant in CA

5 Posted on 12 / 17 / 2007

Try the enchiladas, mediterranean appetizer sampler or the FYH burger w/ avocado. They have great fresh lemonade.
Seriously, they make the best vegan Un-Chicken, veggie patties and cheese (mozzarella & nacho cheese)--buy some in the market!

Pros: excellent food, healthy cuisine, good value
kelly
kelly
2

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  • vegetarian

favorite vegetarian restaurant

5 Posted on 10 / 19 / 2007

Follow Your Heart is my (and my family's) favorite restaurant. We used to live near by and went often, we even had a mobile waiter place that would deliver their food to our house. Now we only get to eat there when we are traveling. We go out of our way most of the time, just to eat there. Great food for everyone, even the kids and their picky eating habits. Love the soy shakes, and everything on the menu is delicious.

Pros: excellent food, many food choices, you can shop on your way out
CasualDiner
CasualDiner
2

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  • vegetarian

Cold food...too much fat...inconsistant service

2 Posted on 10 / 08 / 2007

I have been eating at Follow Your Heart for over twenty years and I don't go too often because the food really isn't that good. If you remove the cheese and other dairy products from the menu you are left without much. On the plus side, FYH is always a place to get a great salad. The soups are good but most are high fat due to added oil. The Ruben is excellent but don't confuse it with health food. My favorite time to eat at FYH is breakfast when there are not many people there and the service is actually good. Other times, the restaurant is poorly organized for good service and often you notice that your food is ready long before the service does.

Pros: Good Salads, Better than average breakfast, Variety
Cons: Bad Service, High Fat Menu, Cold Food
vaca-feliz
vaca-feliz
1

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  • vegetarian

wonderful food

5 Posted on 09 / 11 / 2007

This is one of the best vegetarian restaurants I've had the pleasure of dining in. The food is great. I love the Tandoori and Curry dish best.

Pros: great food, good service, fast service
Cons: crowded
kyvegan
kyvegan
17

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  • vegan

Well worth the drive from Los Angeles!

5 Posted on 07 / 27 / 2007

This is, hands down, my favorite place EVER for vegan brunch. The vegan french toast, breakfast burrito, and eggwich (think: a vegan egg mcmuffin!) are well worth the 35 - 50 minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. Plus--the place is just so CUTE. With its wood panelling and ultra 70s bar seating, it looks like something out of a Peter Fonda road movie. I recommend the dairy-free shakes (they have dairy shakes as well if you are trying to get an omnivore friend to make the commute!) and where else can you get a made-to-order vegan pizza with this many options?

Pros: vegan brunch, vegan shakes, great atmosphere
groovyvegan
groovyvegan
47

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  • vegan

Best for sandwiches, pancakes, shakes, and dessert

3 Posted on 06 / 26 / 2007

I think of FYH as a deli and vegan "IHOP." IMO, they excel at sandwiches, such as their club sandwich and reuben. However, I've generally found their entrees to generally be so-so including their curry "chicken" and wok stirfry. Their tacos aren't bad and my omni partner loves their spanikopita. Some of their holiday specials are good, but overall, their sandwiches are better than their entrees. I find their pizza mediocre.

I especially like coming their for breakfast and find their wheat-free blueberry pancakes excellent. Their smoothies are tasty, but unfortunately do not use organic fruit. Their chocolate mint shake is quite good and can be made vegan. My favorite FYH dessert is their peach tart.

Overall, I find the service friendly, helpful, and not flakey like I find in some veg restaurants. The menu is quite helpful and specifies which dishes can be made vegan. Link to menu: http://www.followyourheart.com/cafe_menu.php

Pros: Outdoor eating area, Great pancakes, Helpful menu for vegans
Cons: Can be noisey indoors, Mediocre Entrees
irlandaise
irlandaise
26

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  • vegan

Amazing!

5 Posted on 06 / 21 / 2007

The food was great and very affordable! The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was very comfortable and relaxed (very "funky"). Our favorite was the grilled "chicken" sandwich on rye - to DIE for! We also had breakfast there in the morning and I had a wonderful vegan om-lette with hash browns and fresh (tropical) fruit. We also had some awesome vegan cheesecake! Everything right down to the iced tea was delicious! We ate WAAAAY to much!


eric
eric
48

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  • vegan

Always nice to have choices!

4 Posted on 02 / 26 / 2006

The thing I love most about Follow Your Heart is their great menu and always having lots of choices for vegans. I disagree with Pancho, I've found that soy cheese can be substituted often for reg. cheese (not 100% sure if it's casein-free though). No matter what you order on the menu it's unlikely that you'll be disappointed. I was there today and had the brunch special. Awesome wheat-free raspberry pancakes, scrambled tofu, breakfast potatoes and a veg. sausage. Good blueberry pie for dessert. Always lots of choices on the dessert section. FYH has always held a special place in HappyCow's heart ever since the old days when it was "Famished party of 4".

Pros: Many Choices, Relaxed Atmosphere, Good Food
Cons: Often Busy - Slow service
  • veganceleste veganceleste

    The sell vegan cheese nation wide under their label, so I would imagine the soy cheese they serve in the resteraunt is the same stuff.

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