Follow Your Heart Cafe and Market

 Follow Your Heart Cafe and Market in Canoga Park – home of vegan mayonnaise!

I am going out to Canoga Park to watch the rough cut of some friends’ newest film. I’ve been present at the very first reading and even auditioned for it, so making the hour long trek in traffic to give feedback is a no brainer.  Especially when I realize the screening room is just down the street from Follow Your Heart Cafe and Market.


Sound familiar? This is probably why.  They’re the ones who make Vegenaise!


I am still working through my jar at home, actually. It’s made in a solar-powered factory near the Follow Your Heart Cafe and Market, first opened in 1970.


Still feels very hippy dippy, especially in the vegetarian cafe part.



I only have 1/2 an hour to eat and ask the waiter what he recommends to save time. He suggests “The Follow Your Heart Burger.”


I am dining solo and appreciate the reading material they have lying out.


It is full of Follow Your Heart’s rich history, newspaper clippings, etc. My favorite section is the letters from kids who tour the market/cafe on field trips.


Funny how the novocaine from my dentist appointment wears off completely the second the burger arrives!


It comes with a choice of cheese – regular, vegan, soy – or avocado. I haven’t eaten since breakfast, so I go with the fattiest option possible.


Also on the side – carrot chips – though I must admit I am disappointed when they arrive and aren’t the baked/fried version I envision.


Surprisingly good combo, especially with Cadia ketchup!


Should have ordered the Nutburger instead – I prefer those kinds of veggie burgers to fake meat substitutes.


Still, I polish off everything but the onions!

I love the vibe at Follow Your Heart and am sad not to have more time to explore. I don’t know if the food is really worth driving out of your way for, but if you do find yourself in Canoga Park like me, it’s definitely worth a visit.


19 thoughts on “Follow Your Heart Cafe and Market

  1. elise

    oh bummer. i def know what you mean about fake meat burgers. i wouldve been annoyed by that choice. when i go out to eat, i want something i cant make myself at home.

  2. Pink Foodie

    Definitely will tell my vegetarian neighbors about this place. They probably won’t mind the drive to check out a new spot. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    I don’t do fake meat since the nut or bean burgers always taste better to me. It looked good though. Sounds like you had a fun night out!

  4. Emily @ Savory and Savage

    I agree I would much rather have a bean/nut burger than the fake/pretend meat kind.

    It does look like a very cute market.

  5. Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine

    I love reading stuff that kids write!
    The nutburger supreme looks delish (from what I could see of the description)!

  6. edenseats

    As a carnivore, its difficult for me to warm up to veggie burgers, but in this case, it might happen. I’m always wary of brownies at these hippie joints though….

  7. Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count

    Follow Your Heart looks fabulous! Remind me again why I live in New Jersey and not out west where it’s not hard to find markets/restaurants like that? Love your posts, Lynn. Thanks!

  8. chezjulie

    Sometimes I enjoy hippy-dippy as opposed to organic and trendy.

    I agree about nut, grain, or bean burgers being better than fake beef ones.

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