Enter the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas -- a tranquil international Buddhist community that’s home to ornate temples, lush courtyards, and even a Buddhist university -- and make your way to its on-site kitchen and dining hall, Jyun Kang Vegetarian Restaurant. It’s a hidden treasure that toasts to your health (hence, the name Jyun Kang, meaning "To Your Health") with vegan and vegetarian Chinese dishes. Offered solely at lunchtime, the menu omits MSG, onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, shallots, and eggs, featuring often-spicy plates like sautéed mushrooms with bamboo shoots and mixed vegetables with Malaysian curry sauce. The modest, cash-only restaurant raises a toast to the environment, too, encouraging customers to bring their own containers for leftovers and take-out orders.
A gigantic moose head watches over as you inhale a bison burger and chocolate shake at this Hopland diner, whose old-school decor is boosted by vintage posters and hanging plants. Bluebird Cafe's strong point is breakfast, when chili-cheese omelets, biscuits & gravy, and golden brown pancakes are accompanied by baskets of complimentary scones, cinnamon rolls, and coffee cake, upholding our belief that bread baskets shouldn't be limited to lunch and dinner.