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Avanti Natural Cafe
259 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa California
949-548-2224 • avantinatural.com
Avanti sits in an unassuming space in the usual Costa Mesa strip mall, but inside is a warm, inviting space that serves food deserving of a higher-end address. Homemade ricotta cradles olives, almonds and greens on a pizza bianco; olives d’amour (what Sicilians would call ulivi cunzati) are marinated with bay; at one point there was a dish of eggplant that had been rolled in falafel dough and fried. Desserts are spectacular, and there’s a well-curated wine and craft beer list as well.

Au Lac Fountain Valley
16563 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley California (92708)
714-418-0658 & bull; www.aulac.com
Vegan, American, Chinese, Raw, Juice bar, Take-out, Vietnamese
Price Range: Moderate
Vegan restaurant operating since 1997 under the direction of Chef Ito. Has a second location in Downtown LA. Offers “Humanese cuisine” comprising of Vietnamese and Chinese vegan cuisine with a variety of mock meats and brown rice available, as well as a separate raw food menu. Extensive beverages, teas, elixirs and shots menu. Parking lot on-site. Accepts credit cards.

Bo De
15131 Moran St Ste 417, Westminster California (92683) (at Bolsa Ave)
714-891-5809
Vegan-friendly, Take-out, Vietnamese, Buddhist
Price Range: Inexpensive
A small cafeteria style eatery in the corner of a shopping plaza, originally Bo De Tinh Tam Chay but switched to a smaller, separate entity and kept only the “Bo De” in its name. Vegetarian/vegan Vietnamese cuisine. Cash only.

Bo De Tinh Tam Chay – Beach Blvd
15352 Beach Blvd, Westminster California (92683) (at McFadden Ave)
714-891-4455
Lacto, Ovo, Take-out, Catering, Vietnamese, Buddhist
Price Range: Moderate
Orange County Vietnamese vegetarian food restaurant. This is its second and larger location. Features extensive food and beverage menus. Nice Asian bamboo decor. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards.

Freesoulcaffe
191 E Main St Ste 1B, Tustin California (92780) (at Old Town Tustin)
714-371-0976 • www.freesoulcaffe.com
Vegan, American, Juice bar, Take-out, Bakery
Price Range: Moderate
Opened Sept 2010, this vegan cafe provides coffee, tea, and food using natural ingredients. Menu includes sandwiches, panini, day’s soup, organic salads, Belgium waffles (mornings only) and oatmeal. The glass case display features muffins, cakes, and various desserts. Choice of soy, almond, or hemp milk for your drinks. Has fresh juices. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards.

Happy Family
1400 Bristol St., Costa Mesa California
714-668-9288 • happyfamilyvege.com
Anyone who thinks vegetables are boring needs to go to Happy Family; here, they’re treated with the respect they’re accorded in China. Meals arrive beautifully plated; the unbelievably well-balanced flavors come as a shock. They serve delicacies unheard of in most Chinese places, like fa cai (“hair” vegetable) in soup with tofu; lily buds stir-fried with asparagus, ginkgo nuts and wolf (goji) berry; and even Chinese vegetarian classics such as hong you chao shou, the steamed wontons in chile oil that are the favorite street snack of Chengdu.

Long Hoa Vegan
9550 Bolsa Ave Unit 125, Westminster California (92683)
714-514-8726
Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out, Asian, Vietnamese
Price Range: Moderate
Re-opened Jun 2015 after remodeling. A small vegan food cafe offering an extensive menu. Kitchen rests 3-5pm. Cash only.

Native Foods – Costa Mesa
2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa California (92626) (at The Camp in Orange County)
714-751-2151 • www.nativefoods.com
Vegan, American, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Catering, Fusion
Price Range: Inexpensive
Costa Mesa vegan cafe offering an original menu of salads, veggie burgers, sandwiches, rice and noodle bowls, desserts, native fries, and more. In-house tempeh and seitan (wheat meat). Casual setting in a unique, yurt-like space with inside and patio seating. Order at counter and food is brought to your table. Accepts credit cards.

Seabirds Kitchen
2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa California (92626) (at The Lab, Orange County)
714-549-2584 • www.seabirdskitchen.com
Vegan, American, Organic, Take-out, Mexican
Price Range: Moderate
Food truck turned brick and mortar restaurant, opened Oct 2013 at The Lab which also houses other restaurants and shops. Offers 100% vegan and organic salads, bowls, small plates, appetizers, desserts, and drinks. Accepts credit cards.

The Veggie Grill – University Center
81 Fortune Dr, Irvine California (92618) (at Orange County)
949-727-9900 • www.veggiegrill.com
4213 Campus Dr, Irvine California (92612) (at besides Trader Joe’s)
949-509-0003 • www.veggiegrill.com
Vegan, American, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Catering
Price Range: Inexpensive
Vegan fast food cafe chain offering a variety of veggie burgers and sandwiches, hot plates, plus salads, sweet potato fries, kids menu, and desserts. Large space. This is their flagship location. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards.

Thien Dang Vegetarian
14253 Brookhurst St, Westminster California (92840)
714-531-4888
Vegan, Fast food, Delivery, Take-out, Asian, Vietnamese
Price Range: Inexpensive
A small vegan food restaurant providing Vietnamese cuisine, since 2012. Menu features veggie soups, baguette sandwiches, rice and noodle dishes, juices, and Vietnamese coffee. Uses faux meats and also sells veggie foodstuff for take home. Accepts credit cards.

Wheel of Life
14370 Culver Dr Ste 2G, Irvine California (92604)
949-551-8222 • www.wheelofliferestaurant.com
Vegan, Thai, Buffet, Take-out, Southeast Asian
Price Range: Moderate
Irvine vegan restaurant operating since 1999. Serves Southeast Asian style Thai food. Most dishes feature of a soy meat plus veggies. Menu shows a photo of each food item. Has vegan cakes, soy jerky, and sometimes fried donuts. During the week at lunch time, there is a 16-inch combination steam table where you choose your food. Location is in a shopping plaza with parking. Accepts credit cards.