Heather Sainsbury opened BeLoved Café in Los Osos on Aug. 22, and she said she’s seen lots of local support since then. Sure, area residents could be showing up out of some sense of regional pride, but a more likely cause for the instant loyalty is what’s on the plate. Sainsbury offers “wholesome food for everyone”—and she means everyone. Diners can find vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options for breakfast and lunch, and can enjoy their meals inside or outside. The restaurant will even deliver its natural, whole-foods cuisine to the Morro Bay and Los Osos areas.
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- TASTY: : The Baywood Grilled Veggie Sandwich is proving to be a popular menu item at BeLoved Café.
As the café’s website states, their passionate mission is “to provide beloved nourishment to balance your mind, body, and spirit.” Beyond the shop’s “life-enhancing foods and superfoods,” watch for meditation workshops, plenty of community support, educational materials, and more. Then, of course, there’s the food. The café promises to only carry foods that are local, organic, all natural, or some combination of the above.
Huevos rancheros—made with two eggs, black beans, ranchero sauce, local avocado slices, pico de gallo, and green onions—have proven to be a popular morning dish, while the lunch crowd has favored the Baywood Grilled Veggie Sandwich: local farm-fresh squash, zucchini, and red bell peppers covered with a secret pesto sauce and feta, between slices of Pure and Simple focaccia bread.
Wraps come packed with stuff like quinoa tabouli and rainbow micro greens, and an Enlightened Platter pairs seasonal fruit and veggies with crackers or flatbread and hummus or tahini.
The café used to be home to Brandi’s Be Love Juice—and it still is. The two businesses share the space, with juicing happening three days a week. Sainsbury calls it “two health-conscious companies working together, scratching each other’s backs, working cooperatively instead of competing.”
BeLoved Café is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s closed on Wednesdays.
The café is at 690 Santa Maria Ave. in Los Osos. For more information, call 215-4864, visit belovednaturalcafe.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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