CA, Oakland – Encuentro Cafe and Wine Bar

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Just when you thought you had experience it all, encuentro comes out with the "vegan cheese plate." I kid not. You get to choose from Smoked Pecan, Macadamia Nut, and Cashew and Pumpkin Seed (obviously not for the nut allergic!).

This vegetarian restaurant was created by Eric Tucker (executive chef at Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco), Lacey Sher (former owner of Down To Earth Restaurant in Red Bank, New Jersey), and Linda Braz.

The menu (dinner only) denotes which entrees are vegan, and there are many. The food focuses on "simple, flavorful, organic and local, vegetarian cuisine in the style of enotecas and tapas bars including bocadillos, hearty salads, local cheeses, small plates, artisanal chocolates and sweets utilizing seasonal and market driven ingredients." While the wines are organic/sustainable options from small, local and old world vintners.

Location: 202 second street (corner of 2nd and jackson), Oakland, CA

Phone: 510-832-9463

Website: www.encuentrooakland.com

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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