Vegetarians and locavores in the Santa Ynez Valley now have an entire restaurant devoted to their cuisine. Global Gardens’ Caliterranean Café features a fresh, rotating vegetarian menu with daily specials including phyllo “pitas,” stuffed French toast, a “daily dip,” hearty salads, the daily “pickle” and a weekly list of craft beers and local wines. All menu items are made with Global Gardens’ handcrafted olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Customers with a sweet tooth can choose from a selection of olive oil desserts including handmade olive oil ice cream, “Ani’s EVOO Ice Cream,” made by owner Theo Stephan’s daughter, Anita. The sweet treat comes in several flavors such as vanilla bean, coffee and lemon ginger.
The Caliterranean Café celebrates local produce and products. Stephan says of the café’s new menu, “Eating healthy doesn’t have to taste like cardboard. The bounty of Santa Barbara and the Central Coast makes truly memorable, flavorful vegetarian dishes.”
Global Gardens and the Caliterranean Café is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are located at 380 Bell Street in Los Alamos.