Mother Nature restaurant in Albany serves Chinese vegetarian food so flavorful that it has become the favorite restaurant for several of my non-vegetarian friends and me. I'm not a vegetarian, but the food here is so good (and reasonably priced at $8-10 per entree) that I don't even notice the lack of meat. The owners are Buddist vegetarians and the food is suitable for vegans. Mother Nature restaurant is at 843 San Pablo Avenue, Alabany (1/2 block north of Solano Ave)and the phone # is 510-528-5388. Reservations are usually not needed. They are open Tues. through Sunday. I've tried every item on the menu and they are all great.