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Mäni's Caters to (Octo-Lacto) Vegetarians

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In 1989, the seeds for Mäni's were sown. The small Fairfax bakery began as a coffee house -- one that preceded the big Starbucks boom of the 90s. Like RFD, Mäni's has a Danny DeVito connection. The production company for Other People's Money asked Mäni's to make baked doughnuts for the film. In return, Mäni's would receive product placement. Though the placement was ditched at the 11th hour, People Magazine picked up the story. The subsequent press put Mäni's on the map. (Read the entire history on their blog.)

Flash forward to 2005. The bakery has a formidable menu that touts organic and vegetarian options, in addition to some chicken and tuna options for carnivores. There are a few Vegan selections, but they're sparse. Almost every item has bread, cheese or dairy mixed with it. The good news is they don't frown on substitutions. So you can easily make dishes Vegan friendly... just be careful to read all the ingredients.

For Vegans, we recommend the Vegan wheat-free pancakes, made with barley & oat flour, topped with your choice of fresh fruit or compote. There are also several dairy-free soups, which change daily. Unfortunately most of the sandwiches, wraps and salads come with cheese or meat. However, you can easily substitute tofu and hold any dairy from the salads.