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Vegan and Gluten-free Options at Lotus Cafe

Lotus Café and Juice Bar, located in The Lumberyard in Encinitas and Village Hillcrest in San Diego, is proud to offer vegan and gluten-free menu items. According to owners, Johanna and Carl Wright, Lotus Café is dedicated to serving fresh, natural, healthy food at affordable prices, prepared with love, simplicity, and a joyful heart. “While I am vegetarian and my husband is vegan and gluten-free, our families of origin are not all vegetarians,” says Johanna.  “So, our vision was to create a place where we could all sit down and enjoy a good, healthy meal together when family comes to visit.  While Lotus is predominantly vegetarian cafe, with many vegan and gluten-free options, we also offer fish and poultry choices for our non-vegetarian patrons.”

Gluten-free options include everything from hearty Buckwheat Pancakes and Huevos Rancheros for breakfast, to Chicken Enchiladas and the veggie-filled Harvest Salad. Vegan menu items include Acai Bowls, Pancakes, Tempeh Tacos, an Indian Curry Bowl, a tasty Encinitas Veggie Grill, Homemade Soups, and nourishing fresh salads incorporating organic and local ingredients, such as the Chapati Salad.

Everything is clearly marked on their extensive menu and many dishes can be made vegan or gluten-free. “We wanted to make ordering easy for our vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free customers,” says Carl, “so we made sure the menu was colorful and simple to navigate.”  The restaurant also features delicious appetizers, shakes and smoothies, salad add-ons, combo plates, pasta, a large kid’s menu, and an assortment of beverages including coffee, tea and fresh-squeezed, organic juices. Desserts include homemade scrumptious gluten-free brownies and delicious vegan cupcakes.

Lotus Café and Juice Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Locations: 765 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas; call 760-479-1977 and 3955 5th Ave., San Diego; call 619-795-2446. For more information visit

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