Native Foods Is Back! Palm Springs Grand Pre-Opening

When I fall off the gluten-free wagon, I fall off hard. And possibly permanently. The Native Foods event written about below took place on day 20, and I knew before I even arrived that I was going to eat everything on the menu live dangerously, gluten-wise. But, more on my three week gluten-free adventure in another post. With that teaser written, here is the story of my very enjoyable fall from GF grace.

I have written many times of my love of Native Foods, my favorite vegan restaurant, my disappointment when the Palm Desert location closed, my trips to other sites in Southern California, special occasions celebrated, my fear that the Palm Springs store would not re-open.  In regards to the latter concern though, all my worries are over. Native Foods in Palm Springs will reopen on Tuesday! Even better, a few days ago I received this (click the photo for the full sized version):

Native Foods VeganNot only was I invited to the pre-opening party a few days before the grand opening, I was able to bring up to three friend along with me for a free meal to celebrate. I invited Alan, of course, and Megan, my vegan co-worker. I told her to bring a guest and she came with Renee, another co-worker. We met at Native Foods on Saturday at 6:00.

As we were checked in, we were handed a menu and told that we could each order an appetizer, entree, side, dessert, and beverage. Beer and wine were $2 each, with all proceeds going to a local charity.

Native Foods vegan

As we walked into the restaurant, it seemed lighter and larger than before.  They now offer counter service like the rest of the restaurants in the chain, so we stepped up to order. We decided to share appetizers, so we ordered one each of the Butternut Polenta Bites, Native Fries, Nuevo Native Nachos, and Native Chicken Wings (remember, despite the names, everything on the menu is 100% vegan – no animal products at all – you can see the complete menu here). I’ll let the pictures do the talking:

Native Foods vegan

Butternut Polenta Bites

Native Foods vegan

Native Chicken Wings

Native Foods vegan

Nuevo Native Nachos

Native Foods vegan

Native Fries

Dinner arrived before we were done with the appetizers, something that usually annoys me, but these were special circumstances. Pile that table with food!

Native Foods vegan

 We all ordered different entrees. I had the Bistro Steak Sandwich with fries, Alan had the Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger, Megan the Twister Wrap, and Renee the Soul Bowl.

Native Foods vegan

Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger

Native foods vegan

Bistro Steak Sandwich

Native Foods vegan

Twister Wrap

Native Foods vegan

Soul Bowl

By this time, we were pretty much all stuffed. We had selected our desserts when we first ordered, but I was too full to eat another bite. We boxed up our leftovers, including my pumpkin cheesecake. Alan and Megan managed to devour their Peanut Butter Parfaits, while Renee took his Oatmeal Cream Pie home to his daughter.

Native Foods vegan

I admit it. Full or not I ate this Pumpkin Cheesecake as soon as we got home. Decadent!

We all agreed that our food was excellent. The staff was efficient and cheerful, and they seemed as happy as we were to be there. Our meals arrived quickly and everything was hot and delicious. The reviewers:

Native Foods vegan

Bottom line? Native Foods is back and we’re all happy and excited! As the only vegan restaurant in the desert, they fill a huge hole that has been empty since they closed in February. The grand opening is Tuesday, November 20.

Have you been to Native Foods? If not you’re missing a treat. What is your favorite vegan restaurant?

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  1. says

    Yay! I’m so happy for you that they’re open again! If you’re only going to have one vegan restaurant locally, you definitely lucked out that it’s Native Foods. I was just in Chicago this past weekend for a few days, and I ate at Native Foods three times. I had the Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger, Cobb Salad, and the Reuben. It was all amazing as usual!
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    • says

      Palm Springs was the original, back when Tanya started out. I was afraid for a while they weren’t going to reopen. I love the OK Bacon Cheeseburger. It’s one of the things I recommend to meat eating friends when they go to NF, it’s so rich and tasty. I’ll have to try the Reuben if they put it back on the menu. I never ordered it because I wasn’t a fan back when I ate meat, but people seem to go wild over it.
      Debbie recently posted…Native Foods Is Back! Palm Springs Grand Pre-OpeningMy Profile

  2. says

    Haha! I love a good piece of restaurant love. This one looks like fun. That soul bol looks incredible. And the desserts…I’m sure I would have found room 😉
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