Name: Veggie Star/Ruffage Natural Foods. These are two locally owned restaurants with the same menu but different names. You can’t go wrong with either one!
Location: Veggie Star is at 417 Nahua Street while Ruffage Natural Foods is at 2443 Kuhio Avenue. Both are in Honolulu, Hawaii.
After eating here, I very seriously considered moving to Honolulu because the food is really that good at this plant-based diet restaurant/grocery store hybrid.
Seriously, you could close your eyes and point to a random item on the menu and fall in love with the exquisitely made foods here. The smoothies are perfectly blended, the sandwiches are a delightful medley of flavors and textures, and the people who work here are really friendly. Not to mention they also have some choices for your omnivore friends if they refuse to try anything from the plant-based side of the menu.
I had the “Veggie Burger Avocado” first, and was thoroughly impressed. The creamy avocado mised with spring greens and a rice-based veggie patty created a surprisingly delicious texture.
Describing this sandwich doesn’t do its awesomeness justice.
What’s even more awesome is that this restaurant offers an “airplane-ready” version of each sandwich, with the bread separated by plastic wrap so it doesn’t get soggy. Genius. I got a Sunflower Special Sandwich for the flight home, and let me tell you, no $14 upgraded in-flight meal tastes anywhere as great as the $7 masterpiece that is any sandwich from Veggie Star or their Ruffage Natural Foods counterpart.
The rest of my ragtag band of travel buddies also exuded positive affirmations while reviewing their dishes:
The Vegan Veggie Chili: “The vegetarian chili at Veggie Star was a great choice. The sauce was light and the meal (with a scoop of brown rice) left me full for the rest of the afternoon. Plenty of added vegetables (carrots, onions, peppers) made this meal even healthier.”
The Super Antioxidant Smoothie: “I could feel my internal organs operating better with every delicious sip!”
Vacation is all about trying new things. So bring your whole family down to one of these locations (walking distance from Waikiki Beach!) for some of the best food you’ll have in Oahu. (That’s also healthy! ). If you live in Honolulu, lucky you! Who knew supporting locally owned business could be so tasty?