SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) -- Café Organix in San Bernardino promises to provide a delicious meal that is 100% fresh, plant-based, and dairy free.
When you step inside this vibrant café, you will see art covering the ceiling and walls. The artists featured are all from Southern California, and primarily the Inland Empire.
"It's a vibe here. This vibe is awesome," said owners Terrance and Shiloh Thibodeaux.
You can smell the makings of mouthwatering vegan entrees.
A favorite on the all day brunch menu is the Farmhouse Hash. Other best sellers include the avocado toast, topped with a fresh bruschetta and balsamic glaze.
They also offer a monstrous breakfast burrito stuffed with vegan eggs, sausage and cheese. You'd never know it's not the real thing.
Husband and wife Terrance and Shiloh began their plant-based lifestyle over a decade ago. The reason is for health, they said.
The couple found that vegan options were lacking in San Bernardino. So in 2020 they opened Café Organix. Originally a smoothie shop, it is now a full service sit down restaurant and a favorite among locals.
"It's so much love and it's really awesome because it's felt. I love to see the kids who are vegan, bringing in their very traditional non-vegan parents and then the parents having such a good experience, eating everything on their plate, saying 'I can't believe it was vegan,'" they explained.
Chicken Caesar salads, a chipotle avocado melt, and a quarter-pound burger, with caramelized jam, crispy onion, and kale slaw fittingly named 'Hot Damn' because the serrano peppers bring the spice.
A lot of people love the chicken and waffles too.
Brunch and lunch are served all day and they also offer seasonal specials.
Chef Thibodeaux said growing up in Pomona, he never dreamed he'd be here today.
"What's happening now, right now, is like my ancestors' wildest dreams."
But the seeds they planted have grown into a successful vegan café.
"It feels good. Sometimes it's very surreal when the restaurant is full and you have a moment to kind of stop and breathe and look around and go 'Oh my God look what we built. Look at all these things, all these people who get to come and enjoy what we're giving.' Makes me emotional," Shiloh said.
Café Organix is open six days a week, closed on Mondays.
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