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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 A friend gave me some leads several years ago, but I can't find them, and they're probably out of date anyway.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!

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  1. 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.

    http://veggiegrill.com/index.html

    http://www.nativefoods.com/restaurant...

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    1. 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.

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      Wheel of Life
      14370 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92604

      1. There's Avanti Cafe @ Newport Beach:

        http://www.avantinatural.com/

        It has won a lot of awards since opening. The food is great, esp. the desserts.

        1. Thank you, everyone! Such great options! I wish we had as many down here in San Diego.

          1. 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.