Surya Cafe

Surya Cafe is a vegetarian (mostly vegan) restaurant which is also entirely gluten free. To the extent that they don’t serve meat, they are also surprisingly paleo friendly. They do offer duck eggs (provided by the chef’s personal ducks) and a choice of dairy or non-dairy yogurt. They’re very willing to alter recipes to accommodate a paleo diet. For example, swapping roasted veggies for beans in the sweet potato hash, or cashews for peanuts.

I haven’t had a chance to personally try their food yet, but menu options that appeal to me include the zucchini noodle alfredo (cashew sauce, cauliflower, portabella mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus), hearty bowl (sweet potato hash, kale, avocado, cilantro-lime dressing, omit black beans), and duck egg quiche (spinach, sun-dried tomato, mushroom, served with mixed greens). In addition to entrees, they offer a variety of salads, snack platters, soups, smoothies, juices, coffee and tea. Sandwiches can be made as lettuce wraps or with dry roasted mushroom cap “buns.”

The cafe uses simple, pure ingredients, avoiding additives and processed foods, and utilizing local and organic produce when possible. Cooking fats are exclusively coconut oil and olive oil. Surya Cafe seems like an especially good option if you’re dining with a mixed paleo/vegan group.


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5500 East Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg
(608) 788-8448

Good Food – Low Carb Cafe

Good Food – Low Carb Cafe offers low-carb and paleo-friendly fare such as hot zoodle bowls, lettuce tacos, homemade soups and organic chicken bone broth, salads, Asian meatballs, bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers, pasture-raised chicken wings, grain-free flatbread pizza, locally-roasted organic coffee, assorted cold drinks, and a weekend brunch menu.

In addition to the restaurant, they also do catering, as well as operate two food carts which are available for private parties. They try to source produce locally when possible, and there are always vegan/vegetarian options. Note: I haven’t been there yet to try it out, initial review stars are based on information from others, and are (as are all reviews) subject to updates.

Open Monday – Friday,  11am – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday (Brunch Menu Only) 9am – 3pm


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4674 Cottage Grove Rd
Madison, WI 53716

(608) 630-8400