Appu's Cafe

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )

3816 Woodruff Ave Ste 100B, Long Beach, California, USA, 90808

Small vegetarian cafe opened Jan 2015 on the 1st floor of a medical building. Uses fresh ingredients, and many of the vegetarian items can be made vegan upon request. Limited counter seating inside and a few tables outside. Plenty of parking. Open Mon-Fri 7:00am-4:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Indian, Take-out, Mexican

5 Reviews

First Review by 3Lego

Appu's is the Best - Edit

I had the best food today, Dr. VR was so knowledgeable, kind, and educational too. He said you came in for the food but you got an experience, I sure did.

Pros: Excellent food and drink, Super friendly and nice, wonderful customer interaction

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Love This Place. - Edit

The Owner/Chef Is a Great Person. And I Just Love The Fact That He Really Cares About What U Eat. Not Just Tryna Get Ya Money And Rush You Out. We'll Be Going Back ALOT!!!

Pros: Clean.

Cons: NONE.

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Hidden gem - Edit

The downside to working in retail is that it is hard to find good healthy options for lunch when you are short on time. Add to that the desire to eat vegan in an area that does not have much to offer in vegan cuisine and you are stuck with lots of salads or beans and rice on the daily....

Today I decided to try a little place about 15 minutes from work that I had read about. The only really vegan friendly option near my work in Lakewood. Boy am I glad I did! The entrance is at the back of a little medical building. Once you walk in, Appu's Cafe is on your left. It is a small, but very clean little cafe. I was immediately greeted by the chef/owner who welcomed me. I explained (per the sign) that I was vegan and his face lit up and immediately offered suggestions on the menu.

First was a sample of the yellow lentil soup of the day. One sip and I knew I made the right choice! I ordered a bowl of the soup and then asked for a sandwich recommendation. He said, today I recommend you try the maharaja burrito, vegan style. I quickly agreed and he proceeded to put my meal together, to go.

There was another patron there who explained to me how she goes to Appu's 2-3 times a week from Cerritos the food and that everything is so flavorful.

While my food was being prepared, the owner proceeded to talk to me about how he prepares his food and the lemongrass chai latte (which he also recommended and I ordered). He had such passion, not only for veganism which and his family strictly follows, but passion for his work. He mentioned that he was already retired and that this is what he truly loves doing. Creating flavorful, healthy, conscientious meals to share with his guests.

After returning to work to have my meal, I found everything to be incredibly delicious and flavorful. All his recommendations were spot on and I will definitely be going back not only for the food but the good conversation. Appu's cafe is DEFINITELY a hidden gem that is worth checking out!

Pros: Great service, Flavorful vegan choices, Passionate owner

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vegan friendly! - Edit

First time here but not the last! So good! And the owner is such a sweetheart! Great vegan lentil soup and burritos! He accommodates his food to be vegan friendly so well!!! Great food!

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Great Healthy Vegan Food ! - Edit

In our search for a local restaurant that serves healthy vegan food, my husband and I recently discovered this hidden gem in Long Beach. Appu's Cafe may be a little difficult to find the first time, but it's worth looking for, and you'll want to come back often. It is located at the back side of the Woodruff Medical Doctors building on the first floor, and there is plenty of free parking.

Appu's Cafe is operated by physician/owner/chef, V.R. He is passionate about finding new ways to prepare and introduce healthier vegetarian & vegan meals to the public. On most days V.R. will not only serve up an amazing meal, but will also gladly discuss the merits of healthy eating and good nutrition as well.

The food is made to order, so almost anything can be made vegan or modified to accommodate special dietary needs. We love the fact that no butter or oils are used in the preparation of this food.

Appu's is open for breakfast and lunch, and the international menu is varied and interesting. We ordered and shared a Maharaji Burrito and the Pav Bahji which was served with a side salad of moong bean & shredded carrot. We finished off our meal with a homemade cinnamon crisp. The only drinking water available is bottled water for purchase. Our meal tasted fresh & delicious, and we look forward to going back for more.

Pros: Healthy Vegan Food, Friendly Service, Affordable

Cons: Limited indoor seating

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