Eating to Live on the Outside: Sunflower Cafe

This week Eating to Live on the Outside heads south. Well, not literally. Via the internet! We’re checking out Café Sunflower in Atlanta, Georgia. And it’s a lot like last week’s restaurant, Paradox Café. So I’m pretty sure we’ll find something GOOD to eat.

Let’s start with the salads. The Mixed Greens is COOL! It’s made with broccoli, cucumbers, Roma tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. I’d order the dressing on the side. The Harvest Salad also looks good. They make it with organic mixed greens, granny smith apples, crumbled gorgonzola cheese, candied walnuts, shredded carrots, dried cranberries, homemade croutons and thyme shallot vinaigrette. Dressing on the side and the cheese and croutons are OUT!

The next two salads are cool too. Combined the Spicy Thai Salad and the House Salad are made with organic mixed greens, smoked tofu, shitake mushrooms, tomatoes, peanuts, spicy red Thai curry vinaigrette, garden loaf with mushroom gravy, walnuts and peanut-curry dressing. These two are a LITTLE iffy. I’m not digging the smoked tofu or the garden loaf. So I’d skip those.

Alright, the salads are a nutritarian’s BEST bet, but there are some other options worth checking out. For example, I could go with the Stir-Fry Tofu in Ginger Sauce. I know, I know! It’s fried, but I NEVER eat fried foods. So, if I wasn’t in the mood for a salad, I could deal with it. The ginger sauce could be a little salty, so that is worrisome too.

The Lemongrass Coconut Curry is better. It’s prepared with celery, sugar snap peas, sweet onion, crispy tofu, lime, peppers, potatoes, red curry and served with jasmine rice and mango chutney. That’s A LOT of good stuff! I’d probably ditch the tofu because it’s crispy, odds are its fried and with all those great veggies, there’s NO reason to eat something fried in this case.

The Summer Quinoa is a nice option. It’s made with ratatouille, almond crusted tofu, quinoa and vegan cucumber cream. I’m cool with the tofu. The quinoa and the ratatouille are GREAT, but I’d ask the wait staff about the cucumber cream—sounds of mysterious to me.

Now, if none of these sounded appetizing to you. You could always pair these two sides together. The Hummus, which is served with sliced pita and fresh vegetables. And the steamed Edamame; i.e. steamed soy beans. The pita is a tiny worry, but just FOCUS on the veggies and beans. That’s what I’d do!

Café Sunflower looks pretty good to me. There SOME dicey things to avoid or limit, like fried foods and cheese, but overall, a nutritairan could make it work. Remember, in the land of fast food, it could ALWAYS be worse! But let me know what you think. Check out Café Sunflower’s menu and tell me how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Make a comment or send an email too Until then, eat mightily! Peace.

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Michael - October 3, 2008 11:00 AM

Woohoo! Finally a restaurant near where I live! I'll try this restaurant next time I'm up in that are.

Chris - October 5, 2008 9:19 AM

My lady and I ate at the Sandy Springs Location yesterday and loved it! We dined outside. It was very private and friendly. She had a portabella wrap with spinach,red pepper,and eggplant and a cucumber salad. I had the burritto stuffed with beans,brown rice,corn,onions,and soy cheese. Since I don't eat cheese,I opted for soy cheese just to try it,but it tasted too much like cheese and it turned me off. I will pass on that next time. They have a nice caffeine free rasberry tea also...I give it a two thumbs up.

Becky - November 17, 2011 2:08 PM

My best friends and I (along with my hubby whose not into the Eat To Live program YET) ate at the Buckhead location recently. I had the sunflower box which consisted of hummus, stuffed mushrooms,veggies and a spring roll (fried, sorry, but good). My friends had the fajitas and a mixed green salad and it looked great! The "steak" on top of the onions and peppers in the fajitas looked and smelled just like the real thing! I will probably go back at some point. Food was good and the atmosphere very retro, just like most of the eateries in Buckhead. I highly recommend!

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