Fast food

Small chain of vegan restaurants originating from Southern California. Offers a menu of sandwiches, veggie burgers, bowls, salads, and others. Order at the counter and food is brought to your table. This one est. 2014. Reported closed, June '23.

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51 Reviews

First Review by reflecte


Points +263

14 Jun 2023

Great good, wish I lived closer

I had the brisket burger with mac and cheese (I just can't pass up mac and cheese). It came on a pretzel bun (love pretzel buns) full of tasty toppings. So much so that at the end it almost became a knife and fork affair. Tray beverage options, many of which are no sugar.

Pros: Variety, Good recipes, Fast



Points +356

07 May 2023

Tasty Elevated Fast Food

Sooo good and the service was really great! The guy who took our order was so friendly and funny

Pros: Large portions

Cons: Teeny bit pricey


Points +48

25 Apr 2023

Great service

Good experience. Great service.

Pros: You have NOVA 2 and Nova 4 to choose


Points +70

06 Feb 2023


Quick, and good food

Pros: Good spot to stop by to grab a bite, Delicious food

Cons: For 2 little over 50 but with desert


Points +86

17 Dec 2022

Plant based restaurant

I got the seasonal pesto grilled cheese with tomato bisque & it was a perfect pair! I will have to come back & try other menu items

Pros: Lots of options, Quick, Delicious food

Cons: Pricey


Points +24

23 Oct 2022

Amazing !!!!

You have to try the bbq brisket burger,it’s amazing


Points +1094

02 Aug 2022

Great Bowl

I ordered the Chimichurri Steak Bowl and an oatmeal cream pie. I’ve had their burgers at another location, but I’m glad I tried something different. The staff was super friendly and the food was delicious.


Points +507

25 Jul 2022

Must Visit! Delicious Variety

Love the variety of vegan options. You can also buy vegan meat by the pound to go. This is a chain with multiple locations. They make their own vegan meats. I’ve got the cookbook which is amazing and they also have reward program. During holiday season, I always buy the $100 gift card and get $20 card for free which is an awesome deal. Friendly staff.

Thai Beef Bowl for $13.75. The seitan was fresh and delicious

Chikin vegan tenders for $7.50
Large and filling. Way more fresh and tasty than vegan meat from the grocery store. The sauce is made from scratch & liked both the hot buffalo sauce & ranch

The drinks are made from scratch. My favorite is the lavender lemonade.

Summer Seasonal Items:
Backyard BBQ Bowl - Your choice of plant-based bbq. pork or crispy cauliflower, Mac and cheese, Southern coleslaw, braised kale. Yummy!! I really loved this meal.

Cool chick sandwich- plant-based chicken salad with celery, onion, parsley, and mayo, play-based bacon, lettuce, sourdough bread.

Updated from previous review on 2022-05-13

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Tasty veggie proteins , Good prices

Cons: Watch the calories! , Service can be long at lunchtime


Points +189

23 Jul 2022

Hot chicken sandwich!

Thought the hot chicken sandwich was awesome. It will keep me coming back

Pros: Everything is vegan, Great variety and salads, Great flavors

Cons: $14 burgers


Points +21

22 Jul 2022

No Apple Pay

Couldn’t try the food but though I was important to let people know they don’t do Apple Pay

Pros: wasn’t able to eat

Cons: Unable to try it


Points +5611

12 May 2022


Okay, so this is not a complete review because I only ordered the strawberry and key lime cheesecake but… oh my gosh. I have had my fair share of vegan cheesecake from both stores and homemade, but these are really good. The strawberry was my favorite, while my boyfriend liked the key lime. Super fluffy with a tasty crust. I will update next time I try real food!

Updated from previous review on 2022-05-08


Points +250

30 Apr 2022

Great Burgers

Had both the brisket burger and the double cheese burger. Definitely satisfies the burger craving. Tried the regular and sweet potato fries. Both were amazing.

Pros: Wide variety of menu items, Easy parking , Great teas and aguas frescas


Points +18

25 Jan 2022


I have had almost everything from their menu and I love all of it! Most of the items that they have I wouldn’t of been able to tell if it was plant-based food if no one told me! #Veganuary

Pros: All vegan options


Points +30

26 Dec 2021

My go to.

My go to whether I’m at work weekends or nights and can’t figure out what to make. First place I found that was 100% plant based when I changed over to the green side.


Points +35

21 Dec 2021

Great food as always- lots of diverse choices.

We never walk away unsatisfied. Their Thanksgiving feast is excellent.

Pros: Many delicious vegan options., Rewards program with bonus days

Cons: Still using disposal containers and cutlery


Points +64

15 Dec 2021

Great variety

their menu usually changed every once in a while which I like, the best things from them is definitely the peanut butter parfait, to die for! last time i got the meatball sub and it was good but needed more sauce and cheesy was a little dry


Points +38

25 Oct 2021

Good lunch

I hope they expand to my town. Good menu selection


Points +81

08 Oct 2021

Cozy flavors fast food style!

I love the food and the ppl working here!!
Best vegan fast food with healthy or deep fried options 😊
They are always friendly and food is always ready in 10mins!!
They also serve beer and wine, and some indulgent desserts!!

Orange cauliflower, shawarma bowl and wrap, Nashville hot burger are my favorite!! Also ask about their soup of the day or monthly specials!!

They have an app and cash reward system!! So practically we get food for free about every fifth time!
Also check out their cookbook, and there is a macro/ingredient PDF online!

Pros: All vegan menu, on budget!!!, Quick and friendly service (in person/on phone), Fun and friendly ambience


Points +26

18 Sep 2021


If you’re hungry and vegan, this place is so good!!! They have tons of options.
Clean, friendly service and easy to find. I wish they had more locations.


Points +163

16 Sep 2021

Good fast food

I’m not the biggest fast food fan but I decided to try this place since it’s fully vegan! The double cheeseburger was quite good and so was the cauliflower wings, the buddha bowl as well as the wraps! Nice interior and not too crowded

Pros: Lots of different options, Good food


Points +760

09 Jun 2021

Junk food was never this comforting! :)

I recently was down in this area with family. Ordered dinner delivery for everyone. (I was the only vegan so I ordered my food from Native Foods via UberEats.)

I got the "chicken, bacon, avo club" (nut-free) - crunchy, herb-crusted made-with-plants chicken, seitan bacon, avocado, chipotle sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions. Served on a toasted sandwich roll. I chose fries as my side.

This burger was beyond bountiful & vivacious! The thing that pulled it over the edge delish was the sauce!!! Next time I will order more of it!!

The service was super quick also!! A win-win situation!!

Updated from previous review on 2021-06-09

Pros: delish, quick delivery


Points +279

06 May 2021

Amazing options!

Love that everything is vegan and there is a great variety of options. The chocolate cupcake was delicious!


Points +52

29 Aug 2020


Nothing extremely amazing. But good and decent quick vegan food. I did really enjoy the ranch.
Ordered the gastropub burger and naked chicken wings.


Points +115

13 Aug 2020

delicious quick food!

good flavors, lots of options!


Points +560

03 Jul 2020

Good Dinner Spot

Good place for dinner. Solid food, good flavors.


Points +78

11 Feb 2020

Love Native Foods

I first found Native Foods in Palm Springs while I was on a business trip. Loved the food there and wished they had one in Northern California. Now I’m in San Diego on business and was so happy to see there’s a Native Foods here and only 2 miles from my hotel! Had the cauliflower chickpea shawarma bowl, super delicious! The staff were very friendly too.

Pros: Great variety of vegan food

Cons: None


Points +109

21 Jan 2020

Can't Live Without!

I cannot live without Native Foods! I eat here several times a month - I just wish it were closer to my apartment! The food is always amazing and I love that they vary the menu a bit. Staff is friendly and service is usually quick. Everything I've ever tried has been delicious (wraps, burgers, sandwiches) and the beverages are great too. Pro tip: try mixing the lavender lemonade and blueberry hibiscus iced tea. Yum! They do have a couple of beer and wine offerings too. I recommend using the Native Foods app -- a great rewards program.

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