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Lydia’s Express Restaurant Serves Healthy Food in Sebastopol

Admit it, all you Wine Country health-food fans. You’ve been craving raw green soup, in a cold blend of kale, avocado, cucumber, cilantro, ginger, celery, herbs, lemon and seaweed flakes.

Fortunately, with the opening of Lydia’s Express in the Gravenstein Station retail center of Sebastopol, your wish can be realized. The café is serving up organic, vegan, raw gluten-free and GMO-free dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, along with beer, wine and cider. And just to make the whole thing even cooler, it’s doing it out of a 1930's Pullman train dining car.

The new Express is an offshoot of owner Lydia Kindheart’s other restaurant, Lydia’s Sunflower
Center and health food café in Petaluma. And while it’s a smaller space, with about 50 seats in the car and another 70 on a patio, the menus are the same.

That means burgers made from quinoa, carrots, beets, celery, kale, parsley, basil and sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds; a raw pizza of cashew cheese on a sprouted seed and nut crust topped with marinated vegetables and vegan pesto sauce, and Lydia’s Favorite Crepe, a gluten-free buckwheat round stuffed with purple cabbage, carrots, beets, seaweed, kale, avocado, herbs and kalamata olives in a dressing of olive and sunflower oils, pumpkin seeds, herbs and lemon.

It’s never too early to start eating healthy, either. The menu includes kid’s temptations, too, like a nut butter, banana and agave sandwich, or a mini blini pizza topped in tomatoes, olives, Green Goddess dressing and cashew cheese.

Details: Lydia’s Express, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (in Gravenstein Station), Sebastopol, 707-861-9431, www.lydias-express.com. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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