Mary’s Secret Garden – Ventura, CA

January 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm 11 comments

This is possibly the yummiest veggie burger ever made. All veggie, all VEGAN! Even the cheese. Matt devoured this at Mary’s Secret Garden in Ventura, CA, a sweet little vegan and raw cafe near the beaches in Ventura. I ordered some fresh spring rolls and a pineapple & date smoothie, but forgot to take photos. Oops! I ate them too fast.

The cafe featured all vegan food…with much of that being raw vegan. They had such a great mix of food…and they were super sweet with Bella, making her a special noodle dish upon her request. I had read rave reviews about this place, but we almost left town without checking it out. I’m so glad we didn’t…now I wish we would have been there longer so I could go every day. Yum.

A cute little outdoor patio…looking over the park across the street.

It was hoppin’ at lunch time.

A quaint little corner.


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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bree  |  January 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Aw, my hometown!! I’m guessing that’s where you encountered the tornado 🙂

    I’ve never heard of this little place though, I typically hit up Natural Cafe over on Main St.

  • 2. thankyouhello  |  January 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Aww I used to go there when I lived in Ventura! I tried my very first hemp seed smoothie there. Yummo.

  • 3. vegetablediaries  |  January 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    i love mary’s secret garden!! that picture of the veggie burger is amazing..

  • 4. Julie  |  January 26, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I use to live in Ventura… went back last summer and discovered Mary’s Secret Garden. Wow! I had the Rawvioli and then chocolate raspberry ice cream. Whoa. I’m always dreaming of Mary’ Secret Garden while landlocked here in the Midwest! We always dream of moving back to Ventura – farmers markets, beaches and now Mary’s! : )

    For some eye candy, check out photos of signature dishes at ( I can’t paste the line for some reason! Its worth a google search!)

  • 5. Tischa  |  January 26, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Can’t wait to try this place when we’re out there in March/April. We are looking to re-locate to Ventura and I’m always looking for great places to add to my list. Thanks for sharing! Are you on FB or Twitter?

  • 6. Rebecca  |  January 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I feel so inspired when I read your blogs! I’d really love to hear your thoughts on introducing solids.

  • 7. gorawme  |  February 3, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Greets Sara! Your blog linked to my blog. What smart little blogs we have! Looking forward to reading more posts from you.

    In joy, GoRawMe

  • 8. Jenn/CinnamonQuill  |  February 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I would love to eat there. That burger does look like the BEST! Mmm.

  • 9. Heatherlee  |  February 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I wish I had known where you would be. Did you get to hit up Ojai while there? It’s wonderful and I think you would have loved it.

  • 10. livelightly  |  February 19, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Tischa…yes, I am on both. @livelightly on Twitter and Sara Otis Janssen on FB.

    Rebecca…I try to wait as long as possible to introduce solids. We did 1 year with Bella, but I’m thinking Lucy will be a little sooner. I will definitely blog about it when the time comes.

    Heatherlee…Sorry! We did not make it up there…I wish we had, but we were a bit distracted in that area with flying in and out of LA for the holidays, a truck that was broken, etc. Someday…

  • 11. jenna  |  March 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    I love love love Marys Secret Garden. I’ve lived in walking distance for years and get ALL birthday cakes from them. Just wondeful!! Glad you got to stop in and enjoy!


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