I drove to Cosumnes River Preserve last week to see if the sandhill cranes had arrived for their winter stay yet. They had, and it was wonderful to watch dozens of them fly in to the fields along Desmond Road. Afterwards, I decided to drive to Lodi for lunch at Alebrijes Mexican Bistro, which features a number of vegan items on the Heart Healthy portion of their menu.
I ordered the stuffed portobello, which consisted of a marinated portobello mushroom cap stuffed with seasoned brown rice and topped with steamed spinach. It was served with black beans on the side. It was tasty and very filling. Their Heart Healthy menu also offers vegan tacos with soy meat, fajitas, and burritos. I was really glad to see such an extensive list of vegan options.
Alebrijes Mexican Bistro is currently located in a strip mall at 1301 Lockeford Street in Lodi, although their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alebrijes-Mexican-Bistro/187801241090) indicates that they'll be moving to downtown Lodi as soon as they get their liquor license. Their phone number is 209-368-1831, and their website address is http://www.alebrijesbistro.com/. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. They are closed on Monday.