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Annapurna Ayurvedic Cuisine and Chai House serves healthy and delicious vegetarian Indian food and drinks, and specializes in vegan fare prepared in the Ayurvedic tradition. It was awarded "Best Vegetarian Menu" and "Best Vegan Baked Goods" by readers of the Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque's alternative weekly newspaper. Try the thali, which translates as "plate" in Hindi and effectively serves as a sampler. Served in a series of small bowls on a spinnable round tray, it is a fun way to experiment with a selection of different dishes. Keen chefs may want to inquire about the Ayurvedic cooking classes available from the restaurant's knowledgeable owner.
Weekend brunch hours at the Grove Café and Marke find it packed, and for good reason. The Grove offers a delicious selection of freshly made breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches, and salads (try the Farmers Salad: a medley of golden beets, almonds, goat cheese, asparagus, yellow peppers and greens). Cocktails brighten up the brunch hour: sample a glass of vinho verde (Portuguese "green wine", which can be hard to find in the United States) or play it safe with a mimosa. Last but not least, The Grove also makes the absolute best cupcakes in town.
Vinaigrette is a charming restaurant that focuses salads. The menu has everything from traditional salads, like the Caesar or Greek, to signature creations, like The Beet Goes On or Cherry Tart. You can even personalize your meal by adding a topping including grilled shrimp, lemon-herb chicken breast, and grilled flack steak. Best of all, most of the ingredients are organic and come for local sources. If you're not in the mood for a salad then try one of their sandwiches or soups. Make sure you save room for dessert, with options like homemade ice cream and keylime cheesecake.