By Nailea Fabiola Ayala |Staff Writer|
A hidden gem can be found only a short 15 minutes away from CSUSB.
I can assure you that both vegetarian and meat-eaters can enjoy a meal together and return for more.
Happy Family Vegetarian Cuisine is a calm and quiet place where students can enjoy a delicious vegetarian meal while taking advantage of the tranquil environment to get some studying done.
While the restaurant is a very quiet and relaxing place to be, it does not give you an awkward vibe where you feel like you must be quiet. It makes you feel comfortable and it definitely is a place to go with friends and take a break from everyday life.
The interior is kept attractive and clean with oriental décor.
My favorite aspect of this restaurant is the way the food is distributed.
Many restaurants take such a long time to serve your food, that you end up sipping on your beverage to the point where you are almost full.
Unlike other restaurants, Happy Family does not even give you the chance to fill up on only your beverage while you wait for food. Instead they immediately serve you a soup of your choice and a spring roll.
This is great for those hungry students that are in a hurry to get back to class.
I was very satisfied with my visit to Happy Family.
I ordered the Vegetarian Pork and Broccoli from the lunch specials and although I’m not a vegetarian, I fell in love with it all.
There are 35 meals in total that you can choose from. The lunch and dinner specials all include soup, a spring roll, and brown or white rice.
Lunch Specials range from $7 to $8, which is a great price for students that are on a budget.
Happy Family also includes 15 appetizers, 76 entrees, and 30 dinner meals.
Appetizers and entrees both range from $8 to $10 and dinner plates range from $12-$14.
Happy Family has a variety of beverages including vegan beer, smoothies, iced tea, orange juice, and soft drinks that are no more than $4.
Their customer service is amazing.
The staff is extremely attentive and makes sure your drink is always filled.
Make sure you pay attention to the time. The business hours are from 11 a.m.-3 p.m for lunch and 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for dinner.
Students run on very specific schedules and are not used to restaurants being closed during the middle of the day. If you organize your time, this shouldn’t be a problem.
“Business hours are probably the only thing I dislike about Happy Family. I am so used to restaurants being open during the entire day that I forget I have to get there by 3 p.m. if I want lunch,” said student Esmeralda Sahagun.
I definitely agree with Esmeralda, the hours did throw me off, but the food compensated for this minor detail.
Happy Family Vegetarian Cuisine is located at 2150 S. Waterman Ave. Ste C San Bernardino, CA. 92408