Raw/Vegan food near Irvine?
I have to be in Orange County today, at UC Irvine, and will be there around dinnertime. My friend and I are both vegan, and I know there are some excellent raw/vegan restaurants in Costa Mesa and thereabouts, but don't know which to seek out. A friend gave me some leads several years ago, but I can't find them, and they're probably out of date anyway. All help welcome. Thanks!
Right across the street from UCI on Campus Drive is Veggie Grill. Yummy vegetarian/vegan food. Their sweetheart (sweet potato) fries are tasty. I think Veggie Grill was established by the the Native Foods people-another vegan/vegetarian place. There's a location in Costa Mesa, I've never been there but i hear good things about it.
Way on the other side of Irvine is Wheel of Life.
100% vegan, Thai-Chinese menu. Speaking as a non-vegetarian, I'm usually not a fan of faux meat, but theirs is actually pretty good. It's not a raw food sort of place if that's what you want.
Wheel of Life
14370 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92604
I will second the Avanti rec - excellent - and there is also a vegan raw food place right next to Native Foods on Bristol in CM - ahh.... name escapes me... some number of degrees... haven't eaten there, yet, but it looks good.