Kinberley Brown, owner of Vegan Paradice in downtown Fairfield, makes an All Veggie Sandwich for a customer on Wednesday while her husband, Gerald, works the register. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

Kinberley Brown, owner of Vegan Paradice in downtown Fairfield, makes an All Veggie Sandwich for a customer on Wednesday while her husband, Gerald, works the register. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)


Vegan Paradice brings something different to downtown Fairfield

By From page B9 | May 06, 2012

FAIRFIELD — It’s called a Grilled Cheez, but that cheddar cheese is made from tapioca, not milk.

The patties in the Grilled Chik’n and BBQ Chik’n are made with soy fiber. The ice cream is made from soy and coconut milk. The Sausagy patty is made from soy.

Vegan Paradice Gourmet Cafe serves food containing no meat or animal products, but that hasn’t limited the variety on the menu. It even offers pizzas.

“Our whole thing is to show people healthy food can taste good,” said Kimberly Brown, who runs the new restaurant with her husband Gerald. “It doesn’t have to taste bland and have no flavor.”

And vegan food doesn’t have to be a salad. Brown is planning in coming weeks to introduce a chili dog she said will be made in a surprising way.

Brown, a Suisun City resident, became a vegetarian at age 11 at the encouragement of her mother. At 21, she went a step further and became a vegan, which calls for a plant-based diet without any animal products, such as eggs.

“I’ve seen it, I’ve felt it — I know what having a healthier alternative has done for me and my family,” she said. “I just like the feeling of health with it. Our foods are very high in fiber and protein.”

She has catered, but had never run her own restaurant until Vegan Paradice opened a couple of weeks ago at the northeast corner of Texas and Jackson streets.

“I decided downtown Fairfield because I wanted to do something different to downtown and add a different flair to the restaurants that are already down here,” Brown said.

Brown arrives at work around 7 a.m. and prepares the food. She even makes her own condiments, such as ketchup and mayonnaise.

“I use lemon juice instead of vinegar,” she said. “Vinegar over time destroys the lining of the stomach. The acidity in the lemon juice actually heals the lining of the stomach.”

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Brown, after that early start to her day, usually leaves work about 7 p.m.

Despite the name, Vegan Paradice isn’t only for vegans. Anyone who wants to take a break from eating meat or animal products for one meal during the day is welcome.

“We’re here for everybody,” Brown said.

One challenge the Browns had when opening the restaurant was what to do about a pole a few feet in front of the entry door.

“That pole was an eyesore,” Brown said.

The answer: They had a friend paint it green and add leaves, creating an artistic version of a banana tree. The eyesore become an attention-getter.

Brown is hoping the banana tree pole will help get people inside the doors. Then she’ll depend on the food of Vegan Paradice to keep them there.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Rick ColvinMay 06, 2012 - 6:41 pm

    Does this restaurant use non GMO soy products?

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  • RoseMay 16, 2012 - 11:11 pm

    Congrats, you two! My sister told me about your restaurant, however I can never get the chance to make it since I usually go to Fairfield on Fridays/Saturdays. But one day, I'll drop by!

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  • Cathy ColeMay 18, 2012 - 7:01 am

    So proud of you both. Can't wait to come sample the menu!!

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  • andreaSeptember 25, 2012 - 4:59 pm

    Just had lunch here...let me say, AMAZING! I had the Chicken wrap (vegan of course) and it was soooo good. I also tried the potato soup and I will def be going back!

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  • SpencerFebruary 21, 2013 - 10:04 am

    I am very proud of the both of you, I know that this is a dreanm come true. The Lord is truly blessing you both. As you know I am in Southern California, however, when I come to fairfield I will be visiting Vegan Paradice.

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  • Dipti LalaApril 18, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    I am a vegetarian who LOVES Vegan Paradice! I have had practically everything on the menue and it's all thumbs up! For those of you that want to live a happy, healthy life this is definitely a place not to miss! For the rest, you will be pleasantly surprised! So try it out, at least once! Kimberely and Gerald are super nice and friendly.

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  • RosalynApril 21, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    Kim and Gerald are such wonderful people. The atmosphere is as humbling as their personalities. I am new to the vegan world and Vegan Paradise has helped me through my transition from traditional eating to vegan. Kim is very knowledgeable and does not mind sharing best practices for support. Thank you Kim and Gerald for sharing your passion with Fairfield!

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