Before juice bars were as prolific as coffee chains, Candle Cafe offered inventive, vegan cuisine to the animal-free set. Now, the scene is equally divided between old-school granola yogis and meat-free mommies who lunch. The restaurant favors boldly spiced dishes that will erase any residual memories of bland boiled beans and steamed tofu. If carnivores are in toe, try the daily soup specials (the rich corn chowder will leave you wondering why anyone would ever use cream) and the ginger vegetable stir-fry. --Mallory Stuchin
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