Wildflower Cafe and Bakery

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1604 G St, Arcata, California, USA, 95521

Veggie cafe and bakery offering daily breakfast and lunch, plus some dinners. Lunch items such as sandwiches, burgers, tempeh tacos, and organic salads at moderate prices. Dinner include savory main entrees with international influences, and prices are higher. Small, country atmosphere. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-3:00pm, Thu-Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, International, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Bakery

35 Reviews

First Review by kindlizard

Superb - Edit

This place is such an awesome stop for some delicious vegan eats. They have everything from pancakes to French toast to hamburgers & salads. Anything can be made vegan and a lot of items already are. We got the biscuits & gravy and the French toast both are soooo so good. 👍🏼

Pros: Tons of comfort food, Breakfast food! , Chill environment

Cons: Go vegan!

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Lovely place for vegans - Edit

This was a delightful restaurant that had vegan items clearly marked on the menu. We had their specials - a gnocchi, which was neatly done, and the West Indian curries - this was a substantial plate with veggies and tofu, black lentils and a small dish of chutney. We also had a distinctive sweet and sour borscht, The meal was very enjoyable. Service was friendly, the ambiance was relaxed.

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Awesome vegan lunch in Arcata - Edit

Stopped by this vegetarian restaurant for lunch while heading north and we were very pleased. Virtually every item on the menu, with a few minor exceptions, can be made vegan. I ordered the nutbuger with the salad option. It was delicious. Suzanna (at my suggestion) ordered the nachos. Yum. The food and the service were wonderful. The wait staff was very friendly and knew how to veganize everything on the menu. One nicety that is rare and very appreciated was the fact that both waitresses served us. There wasn’t the usual “I’ll have to get your waitress”. On the way out we grabbed a couple of tasty vegan cookies to go (peanut butter and oatmeal raisin; the latter was my favorite). Highly recommended!

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Love Love Love this Place - Edit

This place is a vegan's delight! Having lived in rural and sometimes remote places all over the country,I can honestly not express how great it is to have a gem like this in Arcata. The owners are great and the staff is super friendly and accommodating. I've eaten here many times over the years and having recently moved to town for a spell, found myself eating here multiple times a week. I had a regular Sunday brunch for a minute and ate lunch or dinner here at least once or twice. I've probably tried everything on the menu at least once.

As mentioned in several reviews, everything on the menu can be made vegan. My personal favorites:
Breakfast-
Breakfast Burrito- Sub quinoa chorizo or tofu for the eggs. Its huge, smothered in
salsa, and so good
Humboldt Hash- Sub quinoa chorizo for the egg and delight in potato/lentil
goodness
Ranchero Flores- My ultimate favorite and usual go to

Lunch-
Dragon Bowl- Really nice balance of veg to noodle and the cilantro-lime sauce is
bomb
Tempeh Tacos- Great take on veggie tacos
Thai Salad- I was stuck on this one for a minute. The portion is great and filling.
Its got the right balance of veggies and is topped with grilled
tempeh. Tip: Ask for extra Peanut Sauce. IT's to die for!

Black-Bean Quinoa Burger- Simply put, the spice blend makes this mouth
watering delicious
Apps-
Super Nachos- Huge Portion, so come prepared to share with friends. Or, act like
no one is watching and eat the whole things as your meal.

Dinner- Check the Seasonal Specials and order that. You can't go wrong

The dessert menu varies, but for a while they had a vegan peanut butter pie. By far the best vegan dessert I've ever had out anywhere.

Disclaimer: They do use Earth Balance for their baked goods, but honestly if we visit a place that serves "vegan options" I do not think we can nitpick this one. Especially looking at the cogs of making in house vegan butter in a busy establishment like this

Bottom-line: Eat Here!

Pros: Excellent Food, Friendly staff, Great portions

Cons: Slow service when busy

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Vegan's heaven - Edit

All the menu items can be made vegan! We had vegan mac and cheese, vegan tuna melt, and vegan biscuits and gravy. All we're divine! The "cheese" had great texture and tasted great. They have a great variety of vegan pastries too. Highly recommend!!

Pros: cozy atmosphere, nice staff, vegan options

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Cozy Place for Vegans and Vegetarians - Edit

This vegetarian restaurant has numerous vegan dishes, and most (if not all) of the vegetarian dishes have a vegan option. They make great vegan pastries, sell locally brewed alcoholic beverages, and I recommend the vegan mac n cheese plate or the vegan nachos.

Pros: nice atmosphere, good food, wide selection

Cons: a bit pricey, small and can fill up on busy weekend nights

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ForestNymph 10 Dec 2017 - I have something to add ...this past week I tried a veganized version of their soft tacos. I got the tempeh ones, left off the cheese and sour cream, and had avocado and a side of the vegan nacho cheez sauce instead. So so good. Also - the vegan version of the reuben is excellent, I get it without lettuce and tomato too since the sandwich already comes with a side salad. Try their tempeh!  


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Excellent Gem - Edit

Stopped by on a road trip and are so glad we payed in Eureka for this little place. Service isn't fast, but it is good and the food is excellent.

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Quaint and delicious! With it serviced to boot! - Edit

Good food and pleanty of vegan options two. We got breakfast when traveling down the 101 hwy and it was worthy it, thanks HarryCow!"

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Great Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant - Edit

This place has been in business since 1987 and you can tell why it's so popular. We tried the vegan Reuben sandwich with a side salad dressed in herbal vinaigrette, Pat's Mac n' Cheese, and nachos. For dessert we had the peanut butter pie and a raspberry thumb-print cookie.

The sandwich was very good and the nachos were amazing (all the dishes came out at a hot temperature except the nachos which was a little disappointing) and the mac and cheese was a standout. Perfectly cooked pasta shells were topped with a delicious vegan cheese sauce and sprinkled with gomasio seasoning (black sesame seeds and salt) and it came with bright steamed kale and a slice of corn bread. For an extra charge, I added in broccoli. Desserts were really good and the pie (the selection changes daily) was velvety and smooth.

Pros: great food, great service, yummy desserts

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cute and tidy with great food and service! - Edit

My husband and I are here on a road trip from Seattle to LA. It was just off Hwy101 in a cute sleep town. The food was delicious and the service was warm and inviting.

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great food, wonderful service - Edit

Tasty spicy black bean/quinoa burger and yummy Rueben substituting a nut burger!

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Great place! - Edit

I went there several times during a California road trip, and they had something to make everyone in my five-person (mostly not vegetarian or vegan) party happy! The staff was very friendly and helpful, and the booth at the front by the window is really nice. I loved everything I ate there, except their smoothies are only okay. Their tofu scramble totally changed my life--or at least my tofu-eating life. My attempts to copy it have led to the best tofu scrambles ON EARTH coming out of my kitchen.

Cute bathroom for selfies, too!

Pros: great food, something for everyone, vegan options for most dishes

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Okay - Edit

Besides barely getting there on time to get a table because it was so crowded, this place was okay. Okay sounds bad, but it was like an "OKAY!!!!!!!", ya know? I would definitely go again, but maybe try and get a table not in the middle. They are INCREDIBLY vegan friendly (except they do use Earth Balance that uses palm oil which is unsustainable and not rainforest-friendly), but I was able to see into the kitchen and saw a girl just wipe the pan with a cloth after cooking who knows what, meat or eggs, I should have asked but I was afraid..shame on me. I got the Blackbean-Quinoa Burger with a side salad (no dressing), and added grilled mushrooms and asked for sprouts but never got them. The burger was...okay. I'm not sure if this sounds possible, but it was a little dry but oily at the same time. There wasn't too much oil on my hands, but I had oil stains on my napkin. The patty was mildly spicy (not a con). I didn't like the atmosphere of people around me. We were too close and the entire place is too small for comfort. They had vegan desserts, but I didn't get any. Cookies and a lemon poppyseed vegan scone.
Do I recommend this place? I think I do. They have tons of vegan options. And I mean TONS!
Update: went again and got their Falafel with a cup of rice and beans, as well as a cup of coffee (no cream or sugar). The coffee was delicious, the rice and beans were amazing, the Falafel tasted like seafood (not in a good way unless you like the taste of octopus which I have had before I went vegan). So...don't get the Falafel.

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-15

Pros: Tons of options and anything can be made vegan, Servers are friendly and give plenty of order time, Food is 3.5/5 stars (they do take-outs)

Cons: Crowded, Claustrophobics beware, Parallel parking most times

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Great vegan friendly spot - Edit

Great spot for breakfast, good coffee, pancakes, ext. they have lunch and dinner too (they close at 3 then reopen at 5) they serve beer as well and have many vegan baked goods. There are a lot of vegan options on the menu and is very vegan friendly for a not all vegan cafe. Oh and big portions and not to expensive either. I could barley finish 2 pancakes haha

Pros: big selections, tastes great, good ingredients

Cons: only one I can think of is uncomfortable seats hah

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Everything is Delicious! - Edit

I've been to Wildflower several times and took my meat-eating chef friend there who said, "Wow. This is so flavorful!" Their menu options are diverse and delicious- even down to the drinks! The locals know this place is a gem and I'll continue to bring friends when I go.

Pros: Menu variety, Presentation of food, Quality of flavor

Cons: Bathrooms are behind the kitchen.

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delightful surprise - Edit

We ate there on 9/26/14. The hummus plate appetizer had a variety of fresh veggies, hummus, warm pita bread, and a spicy tappenade. It was abundant and delicious. The side salads were crisp and fresh. I had a plate of steamed veggies over fresh greens and my friend had a dragon bowl with spicy noodles. Total cost was just under $30 and we felt like we had enjoyed a feast. It's a small, friendly place with great service. Thank you Happy Cow! I never would have found them without you.

Pros: Good service, Fresh food, Abundant quantities

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Average - Edit

Good food, I had the french toast, my wife had the potatoes and vegetables and we ordered the TBLT's to go. The sandwiches were good. I didnt care for the fries...

Pros: Location, Friendly Staff

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SMALL VEGAN CAFE - Edit

I had the tofu pesto scramble, there must have been over !/2lb of tofu, well cooked with pesto, fresh, local veggies and tasty home fries

The staff were very knowledgeable about the difference between vegan and vegetarian diets and were only to happy to help ..... they even sold me a box of tea bags to save me shopping

The food was good, the place was clean and the vibe was Arcata all over

I'll be back next time I'm in the area for sure

Pros: Vegan food, Fresh,, local veggies, Prompt service

Cons: Restricted choices

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Yummy GF Treats! - Edit

Driving home to SLC from Eureka we found this cosy cafe. Since we were at the beginning of a 13hr drive I got breakfast takeout: thick gluten-free banana pancakes, gf sugar cookies (heart-shaped!), and scrumptious & moist gingersnaps (good flavouring with molasses and clove). The cost was cheaper than SLC. The service was very friendly, our order was filled quickly and we were on our way. I wish I'd bought more gingersnaps for the road.

Pros: Good value, Tasty food, Friendly staff

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A gem! - Edit

This small café and bakery is an absolute gem. On a recent trip to Arcata, we ate there twice in one day, and had to leave early the next day or we might have had additional meals there. The menu is vegetarian with many vegan options and specials. They can make most of the vegetarian dishes vegan upon request. My husband enjoyed the vegan mac and cheese at dinner, and earlier in the day had vegan biscuits and gravy which he also liked a lot. I had a unique dish for breakfast that I loved - grilled (fried?) potato pieces topped with delicious steamed organic garden vegetables. At dinner, I opted for the Hawaiian tempeh burger which was delectable. The service was excellent; very friendly accommodating staff. The prices were average - not cheap, not extreme. If you are vegan and visit the McKinleyville/Arcata/Eureka area at least one meal at Wildflower Café and Bakery is a must!

Pros: Very fresh produce, Great vegan options, Terrific service

Cons: Parking can be challenging, Small, may have to wait

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Can't Say Enough About Wildflower.. Delicious!! - Edit

This place is amazing! Delicious food, very nice staff, cozy little cafe. I stopped here on a trip to the Redwood National Forest and I'm so glad I did! The vegan french toast was AMAZING. The vegan options on their menu are clearly labeled and numerous. I wish there was a place like this around my way!

Pros: delicious, variety, clearly labeled menu

Cons: none

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Recommend this place! - Edit

Came here for dinner while on vacation. I ordered the vegan mac and cheese which was yummy! I am not a fan of vegan cheese but had no problem with this. It also came with cornbread and kale which were equally good. I also got a lemon thyme scone which was tasty. I was very pleased with this restaurant and will come again when I'm in the area.

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Great Little Spot - Edit

Great food for a little cafe. Staff were great and friendly.

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Delicious! - Edit

My husband and I were passing through Arcata, CA about a month ago on vacation, and we were very fortunate to find this great restaurant. I liked the atmosphere, but the food was unbelievably good. My husband had the tempeh tacos, and I had the Reuben. I would highly recommend both. Also, even if you are full make sure you look at their pastry case before you leave and get something to go. Their brownies are amazing.

Pros: Great Food, Great Staff, Comfy Atmosphere

Cons: None

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Delicious Vegan Food - Edit

Despite a previous reviewer, I found no deficit in the menu selections. At 7 PM on a Monday night they offered everything on both the lunch and dinner menus. Everything from hummus and nachos to falafal and burgers. Well done vegan food, delicious vegan-cheese sauce. Very friendly. Also into local and sustainable and seasonal offerings.

Pros: Fast service, Friendly staff, Large Portions

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All about the Vegan French Toast - Edit

Ordered the Tofu Scramble and French Toast. Tofu was good the French Toast will demand a return visit. The also have a few vegan baked goods for sale at the counter.

Pros: Fresh Squeezed OJ, French Toast

Cons: Remote location

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Delicious!!! - Edit

The food was AMAZING! The service is great! I cannot say enough good things about the food. I highly recommend eating here... try everything!

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