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Sometimes choosing vegetarian dishes can be hard. To help you find the your way, we’ve compiled a list of the best places for you to chow down on a refreshing and healthy meal in Santa Barbara!

Roasted Acorn and Kabocha Squash at The Lark
with chestnut mousse & vanilla poached cranberries

The Lark is a trendy New American restaurant located in the Funk Zone. The mellow flavor of the squash complements the vivid tang of juicy cranberries and the smooth nuttiness of the mousse.

Earth Burger at Kyle’s Kitchen
with crushed avocado, caramelized onion strings & garlic aioli

Kyle’s Kitchen’s veggie patties are melt in your mouth good. With a delicious, fluffy brioche bun, fresh garlic aioli and an exceptionally tender patty, you can’t go wrong with this burger. Oh, did we mention there’s avocado? All for just $5. For more options, check out the menu here!

Portobello Mushroom Sandwich at Natural Cafe
with fresh jack cheese, sprouts, pesto & garlic mayo

Tender and juicy portobello makes you feel like you’re eating a real burger, while the sprouts and pesto add a natural freshness that stays crisp with every bite. Natural Cafe’s house-made garlic mayo is a savory addition to the veggies and crunchy artisan bread.

Cupcakes at Lilac Patisserie
Vegan Carrot-Spice, and Red Velvet

This new Santa Barbara bakery offers a range of luscious, gluten-free baked goods as well as savory breakfast and dinner options. Although most cupcakes are vegetarian, we thought that Lilac’s tantalizing vegan cupcakes were too sweet to leave out. The vegan carrot-spice or red velvet cupcakes here are downright delicious and an excellent end to your superb veggie lunch.