Vegan dining in Healdsburg, California

The lovely town of Healdsburg, in California’s Sonoma County, has an abundance of restaurants with vegan options, but best of all it boasts an all-vegan restaurant and bar called Little Saint, which has a gorgeous bar and lounge with an outdoor patio as well.

It was tempting (but, sadly, impossible) to try everything on the menu (or all of the wines, cocktails, and mocktails), but everything we did sample was delicious. In fact, the appetizers were so filling we only managed one main dish.

We began with thick slices of fresh sourdough accompanied by three dips: smoked carrot with garlic and cream cheese, cultured cashew with tomato chutney, and beet tahini with yogurt and mint. We also had the celery root ceviche, which came with tortilla chips and lots of avocado. The ceviche was fresh, flavorful, and delicious, but the dips were the highlight; insanely delicious, each had its own unique flavor, and in the end we couldn’t decide on a favorite — they were all too good.

The Golden Curry main dish, with seasoned rice and chickpeas, was lovely, and not quite as heavy as the other seasonal menu offerings (shepherd’s pie, winter squash lasagna, and maitake schnitzel) — which was perfect because we wanted to save room for dessert.

All of the desserts (including a pecan hazelnut tartlet and a Myer lemon citrus tart) were hugely tempting, but we decided on the opera cake, with espresso syrup, almonds, and chocolate ganache; and a tres leches pudding cup, with tapioca and cinnamon. Both were scrumptious.

As always, the best part of dining at a vegan restaurant is being able to choose anything (or everything — if only!) from the menu without having to ask questions about ingredients. But Little Saint is also a special gathering place; the restaurant is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but if you’re there later in the week, you’ll catch live music upstairs (The Second Story is where you’ll find Little Saint’s “elevated dining concept”).

Keep an eye out for drink specials that support plant-based and animal nonprofits, and note that 1 percent of your bill supports the nonprofit Zero Foodprint (this, like the menus, may change seasonally). Little Saint also has a Saturday pop-up farm stand, so don’t miss that if you’re in town. This Healdsburg treasure is an absolute must for anyone passing through this beautiful wine country.