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Aug 23, 2006 04:46 PM

Healthy and Chowish in O.C.

I'm drawing a blank here... I'm going to pay a visit to my very frazzeled about to be married girlfriend down in Irvine. She's a total chowhound and is usually partner in crime when I go exploring ethnic places in O.C. But as some of you know, slipping on an engadgement ring can cause temporary insanity in some and she wants to slim down before the wedding and has been eating pretty much only salads and green tea for the last 2 months.

Yeah, she's sick of it and wants to go hounding...

But she's not quite ready to re-introduce the carbs... :/ Sushi is also out...

She was really happy when I took her to Urth Cafe this weekend, so I'd like to find something similar, great salads, laid back vibe, not too expensive (Gotta save up for the honeymoon...)...

Any suggestions?


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  1. In Costa Mesa there is a place on Bristol at The Camp (across the street from The Lab shopping center) called Native Foods. It should be just the ticket.

    While not quite as health minded, The Gypsy Den at The Lab has good food.

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    1. re: cdmedici

      I really like Native Foods and even though many of their most popular items are rice based, they are happy to sub it out for steamed veggies. Try the Ghandi bowl or the various salads (remembering you can sub out the rice).

      Zovs Cafe (as well as the Bistro) makes tastey salads with interesting mediteranean twists, and dining on their patio is a nice way to spend the afternoon.

    2. Dommy - Zinc Cafe in Laguna Beach or Corona del Mar has wonderful, healthy vegetarian food. The Health Emporium in Corona del Mar actually has some great food, as well.
      Good luck!

      1. Haveli (Indian) on Newport Ave, Tustin or Irvine? Great Buffet.
        Barolo Cafe (Fresh Italian) on Newport Ave, " "
        Whole Foods (Tustin)
        Pina's Bistro (Tustin)
        Avilia's , 1st , SA. Good Salads and Chix Soup
        Roma D'Italia (incredible Antipasta Salad)
        Opah , Irvine (fresh fish, etc)

        1. Wheel of Life, Irvine (Culver/Walnut off the 5) between Ralph's and Sav-on


          1. Have not yet been,but have heard good things about Avanti Cafe,an organic gourmet spot in Costa Mesa.Looks a bit divey from the outside,but have heard it's good.Check out the press and menu on their web site.