Much improved since 2006 - 2007
Posted on 05 / 19 / 2010
I moved out of Bakersfield in Nov. 2007, and have visited for the first time since in May 2010. I can't get over how much Lassen's has improved since then. When I lived here, I was constantly disappointed by the organic produce which usually looked like it was ready for the compost bin. I envied the folks in the L.A. area and central CA coast who had much fresher produce. Now the organic produce in Bakersfield is fresh and vibrant like in the large cities and the coast.
Also, when I lived here, ingredients in the deli and salad bar were not labelled individually nor as to what was vegan, so I had to ask a lot of questions. Vegan options were few. Now there's a vegan "chicken" salad sandwich and several vegan options at the deli including carrot salad. Also, one of the 3 soup options at the salad bar was vegan, which I never recall being the case when I lived here. In addition, they continue to offer some vegan smoothies.
Furthermore, vegan and raw takeout food options used to be non-existent. Now there's a plethora of raw vegan packaged meals, snacks and desserts, including raw "crabby" cakes, about a half dozen flavors of raw vegan "cheese" cake, and raw brownies.
I'm amazed at how much Lassen's has improved in 2 1/2 years. And if they had more vegan selections in the deli, I would give this place 5 cows.
Vegan foods now labelled, More vegan options than in 2006-2007, Fresh organic produce
Too few vegan options still IMO, Restroom needed cleaning