Farmer and Cook in Ojai

Last time my vegan guy and I were in Ojai, the one vegan joint (Hip Vegan) was closed for some reason (were they on vacation?  I can’t remember).  We decided to make our way on over to the Farmer and Cook market, where they have a cafe on site.  While not entirely vegan, they did have enough vegan options to satisfy our hunger.

Farmer and the Cook Burrito


I love burritos.  I especially love it when they contain vegan deliciousness such as cashew cheese.  Also included in the Farmer and Cook Burrito was beans, rice, and veggies.  Yum.  Thank you, omnivorous restaurant, for making the extra cheesy effort for us vegans.

Farmer and the Cook Veggie Burger

Veggie Burger

My vegan guy went with the Veggie Burger.  As you can see, it was served on bread slices and not a bun.  Not a huge deal, but made it…well… less burger tasting (you know what I mean!).  All-in-all this was just a satisfactory sandwich (not burger!), but still well appreciated in the slim vegan pickings of Ojai.

Farmer and the Cook OJ and Lemonade

OJ and Lemonade

Fresh Orange Juice and local Ojai Lavender Lemonade helped wash everything down.

Farmer and the Cook Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

And let’s not forget about dessert.  I got the Chocolate Raspberry Cake.  That’s four whole layers of cake mixed with a fudgy chocolate frosting and raspberry jam.  It was a little bit dry towards the edges (something one can expect from a refrigerated bakery case), but I’d definitely indulge again should I be in the area in the future.

Farmer and Cook

Farmer and Cook

Farmer and the Cook Bakery Case

Bakery Case

Farmer and the Cook Inside Seating

Inside Seating

Farmer and the Cook Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

Next time I’m in Ojai, I definitely want to check out Hip Vegan.  But if you have time for a meal at Farmer and Cook, make it happen.

Located at:

339 W El Roblar St
Ojai, CA 93023

Daily 11am – 8:30pm

More Vegan Eats from Mu in Redlands

I went back to one of my favorite restaurants in Redlands.  Last time I went to Mu, I went with friends and got one dish for myself.  This time I went with my parents, and we got a few items to share.

Mu Tom Ka Soup

Tom Ka Soup

I love their simple Tom Ka Soup.  This coconut milk-based soup doesn’t skimp on tofu and veggies. It comes in a large bowl for sharing that stays hot from a flame underneath the bowl.  It’s perfect, because you’ll want seconds.


Mu Pad Thai

Pad Thai

As one friend once put it, “Pad Thai is like the gateway drug to Thai food.”  My first experience with Thai food was indeed Pad Thai, and Mu makes a delicious version of it.  Just make sure to ask for it without egg and fish sauce.

Mu Pad See Ew

Pad See Ew

While Pad Thai has a bit of sweet to it, Pad See Ew is less so.  I love the chewy-but-soft-but-firm texture of the wide flat rice noodles that go into this dish.  Top it with all that tofu and I’m sold.  Like the Pad Thai, make sure to omit the egg and fish sauce.

Mu Indian Yellow Curry

Indian Yellow Curry

Lastly, my parents and I got the Indian Yellow Curry.  It’s made with tofu, potatoes, onions, and coconut milk and was a delightful dish to round out the meal.


If you are ever in Redlands, I’d suggest checking out Mu.  They also have a martini bar connected with an extensive selection of adult beverages.


Mu is located at:
309 W State St
Redlands, CA 92373

Monday – Friday: 11am – 2:30pm and 5pm – 10pm
Saturday: 5pm – 10pm
Sunday:  5pm – 9pm