My resolutions to lose a bit of weight and keep the taco truck type hounding to a once-a-week frequency and to also pay more attention to overlooked chow intersect perfectly at Manzanita.
I've posted one rave about this place before, but I have to do it again because I really think this place deserves the respect of Bay Area hounds. I've only seen it mentioned one other time on this board (by Rwo I believe).
Anyway, it's healthy, it's vegan, it's organic, but it is not penance. It is really really good food prepared with love and care. Food you crave, yes, crave (if you crave healthy food).
Here's the formula:
The moderate lunch consists of soup, salad, a green, a grain, a legume and a squash or root of sorts. $8.
Yesterday's soup was red lentil with carrots. My favorite is the black bean miso soup.
The rest of the plate had brown rice with cut up carrots and other veg, braised kale, a fresh salad with a really nice flavorful sesame dressing, incredibly rich chickpeas cooked with tahini and other stuff as well as perfect roasted kabocha squash.
The full lunch is a larger portion of the above for $10. You can eat half and have the rest for dinner.
There's a smaller lunch for $7 with fewer items.
The food is seriously good every time and if you eat it for lunch, there is no guilt for hitting the taco trucks the next day, but I find it just makes me crave MORE healthy food. Everything is very nicely seasoned, though simple. It's a great place in the dismal food vortex that is Emeryville. (actually it's on the border of Emeryville/Oakland)