Restaurant Review: Saturn Cafe – Santa Cruz, CA

March 26, 2011 By: Megabeth Category: Restaurant Review Print This Post Print This Post

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Hands down, Santa Cruz is a vegetarian heaven. I realized this once I googled “Vegetarian Santa Cruz” and I was met with a zillion options.From the list that came up, I couldn’t resist stopping by the Saturn Cafe that serves all vegetarian and vegan food in twisted sorted of spaced-out diner setting.

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This place is hard to miss from the street with it’s sunny windows and paint advertising what you can find inside. Free parking is available behind the building.

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It’s interior is what can be best described as a retro-futuristic casual feel that leans towards a 50’s diner. It’s a see-it-to-believe-it sort of place.

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There’s lots to look at around this cafe including shadowbox tables that, at least at my table, featured bits and pieces from a local woman’s roller derby team – pictures, articles and their schedule for the year.

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The menu is extensive featuring sandwiches, burgers, wraps, soups featuring fresh vegetables and faux meat and soy products. They take pride in using local and organic ingredients and putting a healthy spin on their meals. And, many of their dishes could be veganized from the vegetarian version presented on the menu.

I started out with an appetizer plate of soy taquitos. They were filled with a spicy soy meat filling and were served with a fresh salsa. To be honest, I was a little disappointed as the end parts of the taquito were overcooked and a little tough to bite into. But, the parts that were not overcooked, mostly where the filling was, were really quite good and just the right about of tangy spiciness.

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Next came my triple-decker “chicken” sandwich. Holy crud it was huge. I regretted filling up on the taquitos because the serving size was humongous. The sandwich was stacked with a breaded “chicken”, smoked gouda, lettuce, tomato, red onions, “bacon” and avocado. And, lots and lots of mayo. (If ordering this sandwich and you don’t like a lot of mayo, you might want to tell them to hold up on it a bit.) Another warning: If you’re going to eat this, ask for extra napkins and have a giant mouth because each section of the sandwich is at least four or five inches tall. But, let’s just say, it was a pleasure to eat a club sandwich once again. I loved the smoked gouda as it added an additional element to the depth of flavor. The faux chicken was about a 1/4 inch thick so it did not overwhelm the sandwich. I could have used a little more of the fakin bacon…but I love the stuff so there can never be too much bacon on my sandwich.

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To keep with the theme of this place, my experience was out of this world. Next time, I’ll check out their home-made soups and treat myself to one of the unique organic seasonal beers they have on the menu.

Saturn Cafe
145 Laurel Street
Santa Cruz, CA

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