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Vegan Native Foods in CM/OC- Try it!

davidt | May 19, 2004 08:17 PM

So I’ve been to Native Foods in Costa Mesa three times now and it’s time for a mini report. It’s located in the Camp across from The Lab on south Bristol. Its vegetarian food is definitely different for the OC, it’s completely vegan and much more like Real Food Daily except I think I like it better than RFD.

It’s a round restaurant with seating all around the edge. Fairly casual and the service is polite, but a bit slow. (I hope it’s because they’re making the food fresh). It gets really hot when it’s hot outside so go around the corner and eat at the tables under the trees in the shade- they’ll bring you the food out there. They have a huge fan that covers the whole ceiling, but all it does is make you dizzy.

There best item is the Philly cheese steak: There cheese is not that tofu fake garbage, more of an almond, nut smear that looks nothing like cheese, (looks more like hummus) but still tastes good. This sandwich is huge, has great bread (all of their bread items are great) and some really great sautéed onions and bell peppers inside. Another winner is there Cowboy bowl which is damn good. There chili, soups, French dip, and fries are also good, but not great like the previous two items. My 3 year old loves their chicken nuggets.

Also, if you’ve ever had temphe you might think it’s really heavy/nutty/bean tasting. I don’t really like temphe, but theirs is really good and light and tastes like nothing I’ve had before.

The only thing that I didn’t like was their Ruben sandwich. They should copy the one at Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park which is about the best veggie sandwich I’ve ever had.

Also, their Iced tea is sweetened with apple juice, not honey (vegan thing) and is really good.

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