America's Southwest: The Best Organic Food Stores, Farmers' Markets & Vegetarian Restaurants: The Best Organic Food Stores, Farmers' Markets & Vegetar

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This is the resource book for vegetarian travelers. -- Healing Retreats. "This is a terrific and much-needed guidebook that makes traveling easy and worry-free for vegetarians. It lists and rates vegetarian restaurants and also reports on the best places to find produce." -- Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. "... a handy way to eat well on the road... celebrates the pleasures of good and healthful eating.... Frost is an engaging writer, as interested in history as in food." -- Physician's Travel & Meeting Guide. "... well researched... " -- ForeWord magazine. "It's a meaty guidebook for the meatless." -- National Geographic Traveler. "Traveling vegetarians no longer have to make do with salads and pastas." -- The Atlanta Journal & Constitution. The full guide covers all of the United States and is the WINNER OF THE LOWELL THOMAS BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST TRAVEL GUIDE, sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. This excerpt focuses on America's Southeastern states, along with several key elements from the larger book. The ultimate tool for mobile vegetarians, vegans and travelers looking for a good, healthy meal. Many restaurants are described, with some featured in great detail and reviewed using a unique rating system. Food stores and markets serving the vegetarian community are also listed, as well as facts and interesting tidbits that health-minded individuals will appreciate. You'll find everything from hamburger joints with a superb garden burger option to gourmet raw foods restaurants that adhere to strict vegan standards.

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Arizona 

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People driving across I-40 are always surprised upon nearing Flagstaff. The long stretch of Arizona desert is suddenly punctuated by thick pine forest, towering mountains and, in the winter, snow. Those who actually get off the freeway and visit Flagstaff will find even more pleasant surprises. Flagstaff is an important destination for the scientific community. Here at the Lowell Observatory, the planet Pluto was discovered in the heavens. Flagstaff also has a high altitude training center making it a popular spot for mountaineers and Nordic skiers. 

Flagstaff's Old Town district is home to some exceptional New American restaurants. North of the tracks, you'll find Caf Espress (16 N. San Francisco St., 520-774-0541), a coffeehouse and art gallery that serves natural foods made from scratch. There are plenty of vegan options among the soups, salads and sandwiches. Mountain Oasis (11 E. Aspen St., 520-774-3492) is equally inviting. Dinners include a tasty mix of Mediterranean, Southwestern, and international flavors with plenty of vegetarian options. Also recommended is Pasto (19 E. Aspen St., 520-214-9270), specializing in upscale Italian food. The casual environment extends from its indoor dining room to an outdoor courtyard. 

 

Colorado 

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One local describes Boulder as "Berkeley, California, only with half the oxygen." There is some truth to this distinction. Boulder is arguably the most progressive town in the US that isn't on a coast. 

Nature lovers will find the town truly exemplary. It boasts more open space preserves than any other small town in the country. Mountain streams run unfettered through downtown while demanding mountain biking and hiking trails start just minutes away. Bike racks are a fixture in every parking lot. Public transportation is also excellent; you'll be loath to find a system as clean and efficient anywhere else in the country. Vegetarians will find Boulder equally enticing. There isn't a restaurant in town that doesn't serve some sort of meatless fare. Even the hot dog stands in Boulder have large signs reading, "Tofu Dogs Here." 

A visit to Boulder should start on Pearl Street. You'll find the same folk music, street vendors, and wacked-out youth as on Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue, but without the huge social problems. A multitude of restaurants cater to vegetarians along the street. Starting at the west end of Boulder Mall, you'll find Rhumba (950 Pearl St., 303-442-7771), which specializes in "Island Food." The youthful, nouveau restaurant features three island vegetable dishes nightly along with a "hellfire hot" curry made of such oddities as sofrito, cho cho, pak chow, yam, and crimini mushrooms. Fortunately the menu comes with a dictionary. 

 

Oklahoma 

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This secure, sprawling Midwestern town was changed forever in 1995 with the bombing of the Federal Building by right-wing extremists. Although the city's main industries were unaffected, the city is still struggling to regain its easy self-confidence. 

Beef is the prime focus of any OKC meal, but a few veggie-friendly places are scattered about the city. Not far from the Federal Building, Grateful Bean Caf (1039 N. Walker St., 405-236-3503) is frequented by government employees looking for a healthy lunch break. Vegetarian options, such as Nancy's beanburger, are a welcome respite from the traditional Oklahoma City half-pound burger. 

A couple of ethnic food options lie along NW 23rd Street. Gopuram Taste Of India (4559 NW 23rd St., 405-948-7373) has daily selections of vegan and vegetarian selections and a staff well-versed in vegetarianism. The Miriwa Restaurant (825 NW 23rd St., 405-524-6158) offers both Vietnamese and Chinese meatless dishes. 

Oklahoma City's Northwest Expressway is restaurant row. Here you'll find the California-style Nena Wine Bar & Bistro (3321 NW Expressway, 405-848-6362) with light meat, seafood, and some vegetarian entres. Although the restaurant is elegant, feel free to dress casually. 

 

Texas 

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Jokingly referred to as "the magic mushroom in the cow patty of Texas," Austin has a reputation for being eccentric. 

As both the state's capital and home to its largest and most prestigious university, Austin houses the state's greatest thinkers. It is also, undoubtedly, the state's music capital. Sixth Street has a worldwide reputation as ground zero for musicians on the move. 

MOTHER'S CAFE & GARDEN, 4215 Duval St., Austin, 512-451-3994. Price: $$. 100meatless, vegan options. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11:15am-10:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-10pm. 

Enter Mother's indoor garden, settle into your seat among the trees, then relax to gentle guitar music. The walls and floor of the interior are decorated with greenery, making it a maze to reach your table. The service is prompt and efficient. Mother's offers the dcor many restaurants lack and provides delicious entres that are sure to fill you up. 

After checking for the soup of the day, indulge in the artichoke enchiladas filled with black olives, Monterey Jack cheese and mushrooms all baked in ranchero sauce. Mother's offers a delicious spinach lasagna (eggless spinach pasta) loaded with ricotta cheese, fresh spinach and a pecan filling, then baked with jack and Parmesan cheeses. The garden stir fry is delectable. Don't leave this place without trying one of their smoothies. The energizer - a mix of carrot juice, pia colada juice, papaya juice, banana, orange and strawberries - is sure to give you all the energy and willpower you could possibly want. 

 

Utah 

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The wealth of this city is readily apparent in its impressive architecture, modern temples and well-designed grid system. The University of Utah keeps the town young, and although the restrictive Mormon church keeps things in check, there are just enough bars and restaurants to keep the tourists in town. 

Anyone making the mistake of stereotyping Salt Lake City will be chastened by a visit to Park Ivy Garden Caf (878 S. 900 East, 801-582-5888). Urban hipsters come out of the woodwork for a taste of the Garden's purely vegetarian concoctions. Feast on sun buns, pastries topped with onions and Gruyere, or a bitter green salad. Another vegetarian favorite is Bangkok Thai (1400 S. Foothill Dr., 801-582-8424) restaurant. The big event occurs on "Meatless Mondays" when all-vegetarian entres are served at rock-bottom prices. The crowd gets thick, but it's worth the wait. Ask the waitstaff about vegan options. 

A retreat from the bare-bones falafel houses dotting the country, Cedars Of Lebanon (154 E. 200 South, 801-364-4096) offers top-notch Middle Eastern entres amid a sea of colorful Arabic carpets. For lunch, head to the all-you-can-eat weekday lunch buffet or ask for the all-vegetarian mezze combination. Live music and belly dancing takes place on weekend nights. You can also pick up stuffed grape leaves and the like at the deli next door. Across the street is Star Of India (177 E. 200 South, 801-363-7555), recommended for its vegetable curries. 

 

Farmers' Markets 

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Arizona 

Arizona City Farmers' Market 

Sundayland Gin Rd. 

Arizona City, AZ 

 520-836-8889 

Seasonal - Wednesday and Friday 

Borgata Farmers' Market 

Borgata Mall 

Scotsdale, AZ 

 602-998-1822 

Seasonal 

Farm at South Mountain Farmers' Market 

6106 S. 32nd St. 

South Mountain, AZ 

 602-276-2667 

Seasonal - Wednesday and Saturday 

Gilbert Heritage District Market 

10 S. Gilbert Rd. 

Phoenix, AZ 

 602-848-1234 

Year-round - Saturday 

Heritage Square Farmers' Market 

7th St. & Monroe 

Phoenix, AZ 

 602-848-1234 

Seasonal - Thursday 

Mesa Community Farmers' Market 

263 N. Center St. 

Phoenix, AZ 

 602-848-1234 

Year-round - Friday 

Patriots Square Marketplace 1 

Washington Ave. at Central 

Phoenix, AZ 

 602-848-1234 

Seasonal - Wednesday 

Prescott Farmers' Market 

Goodwin & Montezuma Aves. 

Prescott, AZ 

 520-717-2476 

Seasonal - Saturday 

Roadrunner Park Farmers' Market 

3501 E. Cactus Rd. 

Phoenix, AZ 

 602-848-1234 

Seasonal - Saturday 

Silver Creek Farmers' Market 

530 S. 2nd, West 

Snowflake, AZ 

 520-536-2796 

Seasonal - Saturday 

Farmers' Market at Vincent's 

 

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