Can the Meat: The Top 5 Vegetarian Restaurants in Orange County

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Where’s the beef? You won’t find much of it at any of these Top 5 picks. Go green, literally, and enjoy some of these veggie-friendly, raw, and vegan restaurants. Some of the specialties are so good you won’t even notice, but trust us, there are a few spots that both the meat friendly and meat phobic can coexist.

1 118 degrees

Simply delicious cuisine is what you’ll find at Jenny Ross’ 118 degrees. So good you won’t even know you’re missing any meat, she single-handedly brought the raw-volution to OC. The ever-changing menu, seasonal specialties and more make this restaurant one you’ll need to try for yourself.

2981 Bristol St. at the CAMP

Costa Mesa, CA 92626


2 Xanh Bistro

Voted best Vietnamese food in OC by just about every publication there is, Xanh Bistro is a fresh, sleek interpretation of traditional Southeast Asian cusine. There’s plenty here that’s veg-friendly and best of all, it’s a place where vegetarians and meat-lovers can enjoy a meal side by side.

16161 Brookhurst St.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708


3 Native Foods

Located at the heart of the CAMP, Native Foods is a place that draws everyone from tree huggers to hedge fund managers from South Coast Metro. The food is fresh and fun and they’ve got the greatest vegan pizza and meat substitutes around. Full of soul and flavor, you’ll be back for seconds and thirds.

2937 Bristol St. at the CAMP

Costa Mesa, CA 92626


4 RAW BAR at Whole Foods

Chef Jenny Ross didn’t just open one of the OC’s hippest hangouts for the meat-free crowd. Setting her sights on creating a place for quick, on-the-go food, she teamed with Whole Foods for their first ever raw bar, featuring her spins on raw cuisine with made-to-order salad, lasagne, portabella tacos and more – all ready to go where you want.

2847 Park Avenue at the District

Tustin, CA 92782


5 The Veggie Grill

Quick and easy, you can see why the Veggie Grill is a student favorite at UCI. Nothing frilly, but you can be sure that the sandwiches and hamburgers are filling and meat-free. Try any of the fresh spins on classic salads, sandwiches and anything else and you might just be converted.

4213 Campus Dr.

Irvine, CA 92612


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