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1304 10th Ave SW (at 12th St SW), Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T3C 0J2

Serves meat, vegan options available. Veg-friendly cafe inside Community Natural Foods; previously known as Sunflower Cafe. Offers coffee, juices, salad bar, hot food buffet, pizza, burritos, and sandwiches. Free parking on site. It's across railways tracks from Calgary Millenium Park in Canaught/Beltline district. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-7:00pm, Sat 9:00am-5:00pm, Sun 10:00am-4:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, American, Organic, Buffet, Salad bar, Juice bar, Canadian, Non-veg

Reviews (8)

First Review by aje

Pretty good - Edit

I found this place close to my new house- was super excited to have something vegan close to home. Their salad bar Is great and buffet is pretty good. They also have breakfast sandwiches which are a little sad. I haven't tried their pizza or lunches yet, I'm more of a breakfast person. Overall, since the foods are fresh and the coffee is decent I would give them 4/5.

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a favourite place to eat - Edit

The staff are very friendly. There is a great juice bar, salad bar and buffet. Plus a sandwich and burrito counter and fresh made pizza. Lots of vegan options. My favourite is a veganized "Tofu Parm" with Daiya cheese.

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not big on taste - Edit

most of the food looked and tasted highly processed, much white flour and frozen veggies about, and when ever I am there, it is over cooked. It would be nice to be able to grab something hot at times when shopping for food, I just wish it was better quality. An endless supply of not so good food is becoming way to common, after a time it starts looking good, then they can lower the quality a bit more, I mean cut costs and save money and then we can say good bye to tasty fresh food.

Pros: fast

Cons: expensive , salty

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not strictly vegetarian - Edit

Sunflower Cafe serves meat and is not strictly vegetarian but remain veggie friendly.

Pros: veggie friendly

Cons: serves meat

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Good veggie deli selections - Edit

I haven't sit down to eat at Community Natural Foods, but they have some baked items/coffee, and good deli items to take home. The veggie paté stands out, as does the red pepper hummous and falafel balls.

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not organic - Edit

I worked here- most things were from a can or came in frozen. Sure everyone likes the bland salty flavor of the soups and stir frys (notice the veggies are all nicely cut-uh hum... previously frozen) The only fresh ingredients are in the fresh salads, whether they're organic or not is questionable. I'd like to see some labels.

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Great for a Restaurant in a Grocery Store! - Edit

You have to take Sunflower Cafe for what it is- a cafeteria inside a grocery store! That being said, the food is good and the price is better. A filling bowl of curried vegetables on rice can be had for $3.50, and there are plenty of other choices as well. Obviously a cafeteria inside a grocery store isn't the place to go for a fancy meal out, but if you're going shopping at Community Natural Foods anyways (and you should- it's great!), Sunflower Cafe is a great lunch choice.

Pros: Excellent value., Convenient - eat then shop!, Friendly atmosphere.

Cons: Menu could vary more from day to day.

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Well ... I like it :) - Edit

I think the Sunflower cafe is great! It is not a restaurant feel though if that is what you are looking for you will not be happy here. It is a buffet style where your plate is weighed. I always find that the dishes compliment each other and they are always fresh. There is nothing like a big mountain of veggie delights with a warm samosa on top! Slightly expensive, but worth it.

Pros: excellent food, healthy cuisine

Cons: small, noisy

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