Monday, October 8, 2018

SVCC 2018 -- Backbone Cafe

I had lunch today at Backbone Café, a restaurant that’s new to the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge. Backbone Café has a very eclectic menu, which is already pretty vegan-friendly, so I was interested to see what special vegan dishes they’d offer this month.

As it turns out, the dish that I had today may not be the dish that you'll have if you decide to go. Apparently, the chef changes things up every so often. But what I had was fried cauliflower rice – diced cauliflower fried with celery, onion, chili peppers, and garlic, then garnished with cilantro, lime, and salsa. I also ordered vegan carnitas to go with it. The carnitas were made from shredded, seasoned mushrooms. It was a very creative dish and quite tasty. It was also a little on the spicy side, but not terribly so.

The other special item they were serving today was a smoothie made with mango, banana, pineapple, coconut milk, orange juice, lime, chlorella, and beet. Adding CBD for an additional cost was also an option. 

Backbone Café is located at 729 J Street, and their phone number is 916-970-5545. Their website address is, and their Facebook page can be found at The restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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