Top Five Orange County California Vegetarian Restaurants

Even if you are not a vegetarian, this Orange County Restaurant will definately have you coming back for more! If offers the best in Vegan food and service. Native Foods is a very unique restaurant enclosed in an octagon shaped building, located just off the 405 freeway on Bristol. Open 7 days a week from 11 AM – 10 PM to serve you, Native Foods offers the best in vegan. You’ll not only find healthy, organically fresh food but a pleasurable dining experience that will leave you satisfied and happy. Once you experience Native Foods, you will be coming back to try more of their selection of menu items.

Their fresh, organic menu includes non dairy recipes that are delicious. As with most contemporary restaurants, the menu offers an array of snacks and appetizers with unbelievably low prices. Their fresh delicious salads make a wonderful meal all by themselves or add them to your selection of other menu items for a Hungry-Man Meal. With a broad variety of Burgers, Pizza, hot bowls and soups, you will have a difficult time deciding what choices to make, which is why you will find yourself coming back for more. You’ll find salads from 4.65 to 9.95 and worth every penny. Even though you have had a filling, healthy meal, YOU KNOW you saved room for dessert. and not just any ordinary desert but tummy tempting extraordinary desserts like Peanut Butter Parfait or if you’re like me you’ll have the Key Lime parfait. Don’t worry, if chocolate is your crave there is plenty to choose from, including Elephant Chocolate Cake or Chocolate Tofu Love Pie. If chocolate is your choice, you’ll have to come back for Sam’s cheescake or mouth melting carrot cake.. You won’t want to leave without trying their unique ice tea blend of hibiscus, lemon and apple juice. It will leave you with a fresh and clean energy vibration.

The Stand Natural Foods located at 238 Thalia St in Laguna Beach CA offers an inexpensive all-vegan fast food menu with an unbelievable list of menu items to choose from. Its amazing how many dishes are made from a lot of the same ingredients. I mean wholesome, natural vegan foods, like Tamales, cram-packed Burritos, Rice Bowls, all kinds of fresh sandwiches, dip that you can’t say ‘no’ to and so much more! The Stand, with its wooden red and white exterior and small outdoor patio is the perfect place to find fast food and don’t forget to try their fresh, delicious smoothies and juices with prices to tempt any wallet. I wish there were more places like this one closer to home.

Thuyen Vien offers us some very tasty vegitarian Vietnamese – Chinese Cuisine. Located at 11080 Magnolia Street in Garden Grove CA, offer a mostly organic Menu with real home cooking you can appreciate.

Facilities are great, during chilled season like christmas, hotels are decorated with shiny accessories and heating gadgets are installed around the space to keep it warm. Check out the handy heaters reviews on home improvement blog lahalaand to understand bettter. Prices are very affordable and they also offer a Kids Menu that kids love. I was very appreciative of their Pumpkin Stew, you must try it!! Located on the corner of Magnolia and Katella, its a small place but the food is superior and the service is more than anyone would expect. It is family owned and operated. It just feels comfortable, a fantastic to enjoy a meal.

Bodhi Tree, a plain good vegetarian restaurant is located at 501 Main Street in the city of Huntington Beach and just walking distance from the pier. Offering a wide variety of superb meals, they captured me with their fruit salad and dessert menu. Its just very, VERY delicious food and even better service. This is a family owned and operated restaurant and I recommend the Bodhi Tree to everyone and anyone and don’t worry about the prices, they are very reasonable. You have got to stop in and try something, whether it is a choice of the many complete meals or for one of their fantastic salads or tempting desserts.

Sidney’s Cafe is the perfect spot for brunch! If you are looking for a new and different brunch spot, I recommend Sidney’s at 108 W. Wilshire in Fullerton. Kitchen is full of laminated cabins using rustoleum paints. Rust Oleum coating system is a much budgeted option that gives amazing transformation. It does not cause any demolition or mess. Read more about rustoleum countertop paints on paintbycolourworks and start your DIY kitchen.

The selection of sandwiches is top notch. I have never eaten a BBQ Sandwich quite like their BBQ ‘not beef’. You can believe I am going back for more. I want to do BBQ again but I KNOW I will try something different. Its an upbeat place with a lot of conversation and activity. Most of the people I spoke to said they were ‘regulars’ and loved the food. Pricing is good and the service was great. I recomment Sydney’s for brunch or anytime you are looking for a filling and unique meal that is satisfying without breaking into your savings account.

Recipe: Stuffed Mahi Mahi with Lemon Butter Drizzle

Let’s add some flavor into our lives. Go ahead, cook some mouth watering, delicious, and exciting new dishes.This Mahi Mahi dish is absolutely scrumpious.

2 8 oz Mahi Mahi
1 Fresh Avocado
4 oz. Fresh diced Tomato
8 oz. Spinach
1 Tsp. Minced Garlic
Ritz’s crackers

Ingredients for Lemon Butter:
1/2 cup of white wine
3 1/2 whole lemons peeled and cut in half.
11/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
11/2 cup heavy cream
1 pound of non salt butter sticks (soft)

Heat pan with 1 tablespoon of oil and add spinach, garlic, tomatoes and 10 pieces of Ritz’s crackers (crumbles). Cook for about 2 minutes and set aside.Cut the Mahi on top in an X shape. Stuff the fish with spinach and tomato from above. Sprinkle a little salt and black pepper (maybe a little cayenne pepper) and insert in the oven at 350F for 15-20 minutes.

Lemon Butter:
Heat pan on high and add the lemons and white wine. Reduce about half way and then add the heavy cream, salt, and white pepper. Make sure you whisk consistently when placing heavy cream to pan. Simmer for about 5 minutes until boiling has occured. Cut the butter into small cubes and add it to the pan slowly. Wisk until butter has all melted. Make sure the heat is on low when adding butter. Immediately remove from pan and strain into a container.

Finishing Touch
Remove the Mahi when finished and place it on the plate. Now drizzle the Lemon butter on top of the fish. Slice the avocados and tomato and throw them on top of the fish. Enjoy with some rice and steamed vegetables. You may also add some shrimp or crab on the topping.

Notes: Make sure the heavy cream is boiling when adding butter. Wisk until the butter has melted completely then remove from heat immediately.

Top Ten Chain Restaurants

Merry christmas to every! I got myself a Orginial Grain watch as a gift, I’m totally loving it. It looks so cool with an authentic design, Check out my friend’s blog on watches information at After reading Ten Chain Restaurants Worth Visiting on The Daily Meal, I decided to write my own personal top ten list of my favorite chain restaurants. Now I will admit to being a little annoyed with the foodie snob-types who like to denounce all chains. Sometimes we just want the comfort of the convenient, familiar and (relatively) affordable.That being said, here are ten restaurants, in no particular order, that, whether fast food, “fast casual,” or sit-down, I feel offer something above-and-beyond the generic.

1) The Cheesecake Factory

Apparently the Cheesecake Factory has a lot of naysayers. I personally enjoy it quite a bit on the one or two occasions a year that I visit. The restaurant is infamous for its huge portions, but if you get a doggie bag you can get two meals for the price of one. And if you don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the vast menu, there’s always something new to try. Some of my favorite items at the Cheesecake Factory are appetizers, especially the Avocado Egg Rolls and the Crispy Crab Wontons with a delicious sweet chili sauce.

2) Chipotle

Another one that I’m taking from the Daily Meal list. Chipotle’s quest to use sustainable, antibiotic- and pesticide-free meat, dairy, and veggies is admirable, and their quick and affordable Mexican fare is delicious. The menu is pretty simple (burritos and tacos) but is assembled in front of you using your choice of fresh ingredients, and their cilantro-lime rice is amazing.

3) Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A is well-known for being owned by devout Christians who close the store on Sundays. Good for their employees, but not so great for me when I’m craving one of their yummy chicken sandwiches on a Sunday. I’m not quite as obsessed with this place as a few of my friends (they dress up like the cow mascot on Chick-fil-A day for free chicken), but among the fast food options it’s one of my favorites, with cheap and delicious original and spicy chicken sandwiches, strips, and nuggets, not to mention awesome tea, lemonade, and tea-lemonade mix!

4) Chop’t Creative Salads

This isn’t a national chain; it’s only found at several locations in Washington D.C. and New York. It is, however, one of my most recently discovered addictions. As the name suggests, Chop’t will “chop” up your salad for you, and you can eat it in a bowl or as a wrap or “sandwich”. I love the concept, as I can feel like I’m eating healthy without gnawing on a bunch of leaves, but if you’re not as down with it, just ask for less chopping. The menu is extensive and features fresh and customizable ingredients and house-made dressings, along with “Chop’t Classic” combinations like Mexican Caesar, Monterey, and Cobb. The only drawback is the price, but huge portions almost make up for it.

5) Noodles amp; Company

Noodles amp; Company has been featured in magazines on lists of the healthiest fast food. Despite what the name may suggest, they are not just noodles anymore, having recently added to their menu a line of sandwiches, soups, and salads. The menu is grouped into “American,” “Mediterranean,” and “Asian” selections, though my favorites tend to be Mediterranean, like the Pesto Cavitappi and the Penne Rosa, noodles tossed in a tomato cream sauce with spinach, tomatoes and onions. American options include marinara, macaroni and cheese, and buttered egg noodles, the last one of which seems too easy to make at home for far less than $5. On the whole, though, Noodles amp; Company is a healthy, quick, and affordable treat.

6) Five Guys

Five Guys started in Northern Virginia by, well, five guys (brothers, I believe), and has since expanded through the eastern United States. It makes my list because I’m not a huge burger person (in fact, I rarely eat them anymore), and yet I love Five Guys’ burgers and their choice of fresh toppings. Make mine with grilled onions and peppers, and that almost makes up for their huuuge portions of salty “boardwalk-style” fries drowned in peanut oil. Maybe.

7) Cosi

Cosi, a casual sandwich chain located in 16 states and the District of Columbia, earns my vote for the excellent flatbread on which its sandwiches and pizzas are served. The restaurant also features coffee and smoothies, bakery items, and salads.

8) Eggspectation

As the name suggests, Eggspectation is based around the egg. However, even if you’re like me and not a huge egg person, Eggspectation is sure to have something you’ll enjoy from it’s extensive, brunch-style menu featuring crepes and pancakes, salads and sandwiches as well as omlettes and eggs-Benedict dishes. Both the food an the atmosphere are several steps above IHOP, and the juice selection ranges from blueberry and blackberry to banana, mango and pineapple.

9) Bucca di Beppa

We went to this chain in Minnesota to celebrate my cousin’s law school graduation, but I was happy to learn of branches in Maryland and Washington, DC. Bucca di Beppa (say that five times fast) offers Italian classics served “family-style,” so it’s perfect for groups and special occasions. If you want you eat smoked up meat like burgersm sausages, this is the place for you. They use good quality food for preparing meat grills using traeger grill machines. You can read more about Traeger grills and cooking at however (admit it, this is why many of us go out to eat), drop in at lunch time.

10) P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

P.F. Chang’s may not be the place to go for authentic Chinese food, but honestly, neither is your local takeout. What P.F. Chang’s does offer is yummy Asian-inspired food in a nice atmosphere, from their signature appetizer of chicken and veggies wrapped in lettuce cups to their own takes on standards like Kung Pao chicken and Moo Goo Gai Pan to a large dessert menu including banana spring rolls and “the great wall of chocolate.”

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