The combinations from the buffet are endless, and our customers have their favorite ways of doing things - soup on the vegetables, spinach garnishing the soup, layers of curry, rice and pasta sauce. Then, there's the condiment bar with curry-spiced peanuts, vegan "baco" bits, flavored vinegars and oils and a variety of hot sauces.
Each day, Gaia's Garden offers a full salad bar with homemade dressings: Toasted Sesame, Tomato Herb, Tofu Dill, Bell Pepper Ranch, Honey Mustard, Almond Blend and our new Oil-Free Sun-Dried Grape Balsamic.
Dahl, an Indian-spiced yellow split pea soup is offered each day because folks love it so much. A second soup du jour might be Creamy Carrot, Tomato Coconut or Caribbean Black Bean. All the soups are vegan and all except the dahl are sugar-free. All the soups are gluten-free as well.
A vegetable curry (vegan, sugar and gluten-free) is featured each day, served with brown basmati rice, steamed vegetables, another roasted or stir-fryed vegetable(s), pasta or rice noodles or polenta and sauce. Dinner includes two entrees, such as enchiladas, eggplant parmesan or coconut tofu. At least one of the entrees is vegan and gluten-free.
We make our own.
Our cornbread is "down home," dark and not too sweet. It's accompanied by whole-wheat loaf bread.
All breads are vegan.
Halavah is prepared from farina, Indian-style. There is also a vegan pudding included with the buffet - either coconut tapioca or chocolate. Try some with our great coffee, tea or chai.
A la Carte
We offer vegan chocolate chip cookies, vegan and gluten-free oatmeal cookies and vegan baklava (made in-house). Availability changes daily (and sometimes hourly!)
If you are allergic to anything, or on a special diet, we will be happy to go over each item with you. No meat, poultry, eggs or fish are used in the kitchen at all, but we do use peanuts, wheat, pepper, citrus, tomatoes and other common allergens. Because we are a buffet, we cannot make special dishes to your order. While we make the effort to keep ingredients separated, if even minute quantities of an allergen that we use are life-threatening to you, we regretfully suggest that you not join us for a meal.
Sample Menu (changes weekly)
Always: fresh salad bar with homemade dressings, homemade bread, rainbow vegetables, brown basmati rice, dahl soup, dairy-free pudding (usually, coconut tapioca).
Monday: Red curry with cauliflower, zuchini and garbanzo beans; corn chowder; polenta and marinara sauce; roasted potatoes. At dinner: stuffed cabbage and coconut tofu. All vegan and gluten-free.
Tuesday: Curry with collard greens, potatoes and tomatoes; kubota squash soup with coconut and Persian lime; marinara sauce with polenta, green beans almondine. At dinner: Stuffed cabbge and vegan mac and cheese. All vegan and gluten-free.
Wednesday: Yellow curry with potatoes, cauliflower and peas; lentil soup, roasted beets, pumpkin sauce and noodles. All vegan; gluten-free except for the noodles. For dinner: Quiche (dairy and wheat - no eggs); black rice stir fry with tofu (vegan and gluten-free)
Thursday: Yam and zuchini curry in a red sauce; chili, green curry sauce and rice noodles, mashed parsnips. For dinner, peanut ginger tofu and quinoa stir fry with tempeh - all vegan and gluten-free.
Friday: Red curry with cauliflower, potatoes and peas, carrot soup, pasta and coconut pesto sauce, green beans almondine. All vegan and all gluten-free except for the pasta. For dinner: Lasagna* (dairy and wheat) and black rice stir fry with tofu (vegan and gluten-free).
Saturday: Yellow curry with potatoes, cauliflower and peas, tomato coconut soup; polenta and marinara sauce, roasted turnips. For dinner: Lasagna*(dairy and wheat); peanut ginger tofu (vegan and gluten-free).
Sunday: Yet to be announced.
You will find a large assortment of teas - black, green and herbal - as well as our organic home-brewed chai (just the herbs and spices - no dairy, sugar of caffeine). Our coffee is organic, fair trade, shade-grown and French pressed, a rich combination of Sumatra and French Roast. Water processed decaf French Roast is also available. $2.75
Daily-brewed Hibiscus iced tea is made with rose hips, cinnamon sticks and oranges. It's organic and unsweetened. $2.75
In the cold case, we have a variety of carbonated beverages - such as Izze, San Pelegrino, Juice Squeeze, Virgils Root Beer, Reeds Ginger Beer and Taylor's Tonics Chai Cola. Prices range from $1.75 to $2.75. Tejava black iced tea (no added sugar) $2.50 and Source Natural Coconut Water ($3.00) are two non-carbonated options. And, we are proud to offer a full line of Guayaki mate beverages as well as Revive Kombucha. None of our beverages contains corn syrup, artificial sweeteners or dyes.
We have an excellent selection of beers and wines, chosen to compliment our food. They deserve their own page.
Our menu boards for lunch and dinner are duplicated below. The regular buffet is "all you care to eat," and thus cannot be shared - nor can leftovers be taken home. For
a limited time, or maybe forever, we're offering the "Blue Plate
Special" for $6.95 at lunch and $7.95 for dinner. This is one trip
through the buffet line with our 9.5 inch oval platter - whatever you
want to put on it at lunch. At dinner, the offer includes one
serving of each entree, then whatever else you want to put on the
plate. You may also add a cup of soup, a side salad or a small bowl of
pudding for $2 each.
All of our food may be ordered "to go." 25 cents per container will be added to the price (for the full buffet, you get three containers). The container charge will be waived for customers bringing stainless steel tiffins. Other to-go products are not acceptable for reasons of portion control and sanitation.
The Go Local Rewards card saves regular customers about $1 per full buffet meal over time. The card is available at the restaurant for no charge and may be used at many local businesses. It applies only to the full buffet and may not be combined with other discounts.
For parties of more than six people, a 10% gratuity will be charged at the register.
We happily accept IMS scrip. Tax and a 10% gratuity must be paid in cash. IMS may not be combined with other discounts.