Since 1994, Café Sunflower has been a favorite of Atlanta vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. On my first visit there a few years ago, I truly didn’t know what to expect. I was greeted with a delightful menu of fresh-sounding food with a plethora of choices across a wide range of flavors and tastes. Café Sunflower truly appeals to people of all diets (the menu is clearly marked for special needs, such as dairy-free and wheat-free).
Café Sunflower has two locations – one in Buckhead and one in Sandy Springs. They are the same restaurant, and yet they are really different! The two locations feature different menus and different specials each day. Unlike typical restaurants that have two locations, you can have two totally different experiences at each of these!
My most recent lunch at the Sandy Springs Café Sunflower was catching up with a good friend (neither of us, I will stress to you, are vegetarians). We both had the iced tea of the day, which was Red Zinger (no sugar, no caffeine!). The choices on the menu each look so appetizing that it’s difficult to decide what to order, but we finally did: she had the Portabello Mushroom Wrap (grilled eggplant, portabello mushrooms, roasted red bell peppers, onions, spinach, tomatoes, whole wheat pita, sun-dried tomato artichoke spread) and I ordered the Spicy Pad Thai Noodles (rice noodles, oyster mushrooms, red bell peppers, baby corn, tofu and kale, tossed in a spicy coconut peanut sauce – pictured). For both of us, it was so much food that we had another complete meal to take home and enjoy later!
I was tempted by a number of delectable menu items, though, making my list for future visits quite long: dishes like the Tuscan Sandwich (basil goat cheese, portabello mushroom, onions, tomatoes and spinach on rosemary focaccia bread), Garden Lasagna (ribbed lasagna layers filled with soy, zucchini, yellow squash, red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese and our own roasted shallot marinara sauce), and Jamaican Black Bean Cakes (made from scratch and topped with a pineapple jerk sauce and accented with coconut sour cream; served with sautéed vegetables) are just a few that will make sure I return again soon.
If you’ve never been and you’re thinking, “I’m not a vegetarian! I wouldn’t even know how to order there!” – never fear! It’s definitely worth checking out – the dishes are so hearty that you won’t even realize that the meat is missing! And the friendly, knowledgeable staff can easily recommend dishes to you. So even if you’re not a “veggie-saurus” (à la Jurassic Park), check out the Café Sunflower menus online and then head over for a delicious, healthy meal!