GoodLife Cafe and Bakery

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 7 reviews )

10483 Lansing St, Mendocino, California, USA, 95460

Serves meat, vegan options available. Casual cafe offering coffee and pastries, breakfast and lunch food and soup, salads. Uses fresh produce. Ask to veganize your order. Open Mon-Sat 8:00am-5:00pm, Sun 8:00am-4:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Take-out, Bakery, Non-veg

7 Reviews

First Review by ShantiPeace

Yumm! - Edit

We tried the vegan panini option (which changes daily)which was the peppers, mushroom, kale and onion version with a cup of red pepper tomato bisque soup. Delicious. One of us also had the black beans, rice and tofu dish and it was very good with some crispy squares of tofu and homemade salsa.

Unfortunately the burritos were all pre-made so they couldn't be customized to be vegan which is a shame (omitting eggs or cheese would have made these good options)

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-24

Pros: vegan sandwiches and soups

Cons: expensive, burritos are premade and can't be made vegan

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vegan lunch - Edit

We got lunch to go since options are limited long the coast. The bean and rice vegan bowls were very good. It's nice that their menu labels vegan items. They also had some vegan baked goods which we did not try. These were labeled vegan too.

Pros: vegan options labeled

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A great option for lunch, or a coffee break (5/5 green stars) - Edit

Even though there are a good number of places to eat in Mendocino, we ended up coming here twice (once for lunch and once for a coffee & pastry) – it’s the kind of place you’ll want to return to. Even when busy the staff members were friendly and welcoming. We collectively drooled over the new cookie that they’d brought out – a salted chocolate concoction that tasted as excellent as it looked. They make very good espressos, very good pastries, and also have some inventive savory items. Our Korean noodle salad was super-good. The veggie cake sounded better than it tasted but I think that was partly because I chose the wrong side (sour cream) and it ended up being a little bland – or it would be better if crisped up a bit before serving. Overall, it was a satisfying, healthy and affordable lunch ($5 for the noodle salad, $4.50 for the veggie cake and $3 for the cup of soup – kale and black eyed peas) made by people who cares about their ingredients.

I’m also giving them 5/5 “green stars” for social and environmental impact, based on these reasons:
• Their coffee beans are from local roaster, Thanksgiving (all fair trade and organic).
• They use Clover milk and also have alternatives such as soy, coconut and even oat or hemp.
• Good selection of vegetarian and vegan items (now including occasional vegan pastries).
(Thanks to Jessika L. for sussing out the hemp milk and vegan pastry situation.)
• For baking, they use organic flours and seasonal fruits.
• They also use free-range eggs.
• Many ingredients such as beans, rice and tofu are organic. Much is locally sourced.
• They encourage waste reduction.
• They appear to treat their staff like family – appropriate for a place like Mencocino.
• They provide an outlet for local artists (great selection of ceramics for sale).
Interested in writing green star reviews? If so, contact me!

Pros: Many vegetarian options, a few vegan, Soy, coconut, Oat and hemp milk available., Many organic ingredients (such as tofu).

Cons: Could offer a few more vegan items.

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Breakfast options limited - Edit

Good life has lots of dairy and gluten free options for baked goods, but all still had egg, including the bagels and the veggie patty. All of the vegan options are for lunch which I did not try.

Pros: Nice dude

Cons: Egg in baked goods

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Insanely Expensive - Good Quality - Edit

This place has fairly good quality as far as the town is concerned - but some of the prices are nearly impossible to believe. For Instance - I just spent $21.50 for a bowl of soup and a large orange juice!! It was tasty and filling - but Whoa. Also - don't come here if you are expecting smiling and friendly faces greeting you and welcoming you to the coast - the register staff is always surly, bitter and basically unhappy with what they are doing. Also - you'll often have to ask to have your table cleaned.
Unfortunately - this is one of the only go to places in town to get some quick and fairly good quality vegan items. That being said - 90% of the menu is not Vegan - and probably 50% is veg.
Kind of one of the only games in town - fills the stpmach but feels a little bad afterwards.

Pros: A Few Vegan options, Fairly Good Quality

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Ate there 2 days in a row on our Mendocino visit...awesome! - Edit

Fresh produce, fresh can feel the love. Service is very efficient- you can tell they have their act together. They have simple vegan friendly options including soups, sandwiches, and salads or you can design your own. I had a BLT vegan style on buckwheat bread with avocado in place of the bacon. Piled so high, I could barely get my mouth around the sandwich. My husband had the BLT (with bacon) and loved it. Bread is thick. Also had the Asian coleslaw as a side that was excellent and the Asian noodle salad another day. Both made with a bit of tahini and ginger. Clean surroundings, with outside dining. This was a pleasant surprise.

Pros: Variety for vegan options, Easy service, not daunted by changes, Clean

Cons: Can't think of any...

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Be careful!! - Edit

I had a wonderful pumpkin curry with chickpeas, added tofu and brown rice. It totally hit the spot. I also had a scone made out of Almond meal. Really wonderful.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday June 30, 2015
I just ate there again and had a very unfortunate experience. I ordered the vegan lentil and veggie soup and when I got towards the bottom of the bowl I found some small pieces of chicken—very uncool. I bought the bowl to the counter and asked if it was supposed to be vegan and they said yes, then I asked why I had found chicken and pointed to it on the plate and they said a mistake had been made and that they were sorry. Decide for yourself.

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