The Chef: Colleen and Valencia Whole Foods
The Menu: A robust salad full of organic greens, shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, and Mediterranean specialties like fava beans, marinated mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and a chickpea medley
The Goods: Thank god for Valencia Whole Foods, who has what may be the best salad bar in the city—just a block away from the VNHQ. Not only is the bar loaded with organic vegetables, but there's always a bevy of specialty pasta, bean, and tofu salads made fresh that morning. Add to that a full-fledged dressing and condiment bar, and you can create one amazing salad. They also carry loads of vegan cookies and chocolate, and make warm vegan sausage and roasted vegetable sandwiches on focaccia bread. And we love that they're called Whole Foods but are 100-percent indie! This corner store is definitely a favorite of the VegNews staff.