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First Bite: Plant Cafe Offers Waterfront Views and the Promise of Organic

Last night's opening of The Plant Café on the Embarcadero—the second location of what was formerly called Lettüs Café in the Marina—marked the dawn of a mini organic empire for owners Matthew Guelke and Mark Lewis. Softly lit by dozens of Edison bulb pendants, the restaurant catered to stylish couples and eco-moms, enjoying a peak at the historic shipping station resuscitated by architect Cass Calder Smith—who also designed the nearby La Mar Cebicheria. Upping the ante set by the sleek juice-and-salad bar on Steiner Street, the new solar-powered location includes an all-day café with mezzanine seating plus a separate dining room across the way offering a larger menu, including wood-oven pizza, clay-pot chicken and seafood dishes appropriate for the waterfront location (don't miss the seared dayboat scallops in a coconut-lime reduction). Proving organic dining is far from over, Guelke and Lewis are scheduled to open a third location on California and Pine in late September.