Our Honeymoon Adventures: Saturn Cafe
Alright, my friends.
Are you ready to be hungry? Because I am about to share with you one of my all-time favorite restaurants.
While Josh and I were staying in Santa Cruz on our honeymoon, we visited
two different times and l-o-v-e-d it both times. I would have gone every day if we hadn’t wanted to try other places, too!
The staff was super friendly and made us feel very welcome. I am a stickler for good service, and that’s what made me want to go back. Everyone was kind and helpful, and it really made an impression on me.
And the food...Oh, the food! It is so hard to get yummy, vegan, comfort food where I live. It’s practically impossible unless we want to drive an hour or so one way, and even then we only have one or two restaurants to choose from.
If I lived in Santa Cruz, you can bet that I’d be at Saturn Cafe as often as I could. (That is, when I wasn’t at Cafe Gratitude, my second favorite Santa Cruz eatery. Review to come!)
While it is technically a vegetarian establishment, the folks at Saturn Cafe make sure that we vegans have tons of options. Most of the vegetarian dishes can easily be made vegan upon request, and many dishes are vegan to begin with.
So let’s get down to it.
Josh and I both went a little overboard, since this was our first restaurant experience in California, and we were starving after
First, we ordered hot tea and water to drink. You know, healthy drinks. :P
Then, we ordered a vegan sampler platter to share - Comfort food at it’s greasy, delicious, best.
It came with housemade black bean taquitos, sweet potato fries, garlic fries, and onion strings, plus our choice of 2 vegan dipping sauces. (We chose BBQ and spicy chipotle.)
Everything was delectable, but I think my favorite part of this dish was the garlic fries. They were VERY garlicky, and I loved that.
Then, Josh ordered the Santa Fe Salad.
This monster of a salad was made with: Organic lettuce tossed with cilantro lime dressing, red cabbage, organic black beans, avocado, roasted corn, shredded “chicken” breast, corn tortilla chips, and fresh salsa. It also comes with shredded jack and cheddar cheese, but you can easily ask them to keep this off. (I’m going to leave out the part where Josh forgot to do this. Oh, wait.) ;)
I stole a few bites and let me tell you - This salad was fresh, crisp, and mouth-wateringly delicious. YUM!
For my entree, I went with a soup, salad, and half-sandwich combo.
I got to choose between a Grilled Mushroom, Avocado, and Cheese, or a Grilled Cheese, or an FLT for my sandwich. I went with the FLT: Fakin’ bacon, lettuce, tomato, and vegan mayo on toasted sourdough bread. Sooooo good! The bread was chewy, the veggies were fresh, and the bacon was flavorful. I would get this sandwich again in a heartbeat.
My salad a was a beautiful garden salad, and I chose a sesame vinaigrette to go on top.
For my soup, I had a vegan corn chowder that was quite tasty. It wasn’t my favorite part of the meal, but it was still yummy!
By the time we left, we were very, very full. However, we knew we were going to be on the road most of the day, so we got ourselves some dessert to-go!
Josh had a vegan coffee milkshake, which he raved about. (I tried a sip and decided that the
I had a heavenly, creamy, root beer float. I swear that this thing was made with some kind of magic. It was so good that I made sure to get another one more before we left for New York.
The second time we went back, I got the buffalo cauliflower bites. (A-plus!) I was so busy eating those that I forgot to take a picture or even see what Josh ordered! :P
Overall, Josh and I both give Saturn Cafe two thumbs up! They put a modern spin on diner food, and they do a great job with it. The friendly service, the variety of dishes, and the funky, retro interior come together to create a delicious, down-to-earth experience. I can’t wait to go back! Maybe next time I will try the Berkeley location!