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I'm going to hangout with a friend who is a vegetarian. I want to take her to a place where we will both be satisfied. Ive already been to Native Foods and Happy Family which I enjoyed. I would appreciate recommendations for restaurants that are vegetarian as I am not a picky eater or a restaurant such as Habana in the Lab with vegetarian options. Im open to any suggestion in the Costa Mesa or Irvine Area with plates up to $20 a piece. Ambiance and cool decor would be nice, but not required. Thanks

2930 Bristol St Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Happy Family Restaurant
869 N Wilcox Ave, Montebello, CA 90640

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  1. There's Avanti Cafe in Costa Mesa and Veggie Grill in Irvine if you want pure vegetarian.

    Avanti Cafe
    259 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Thanks, any other ideas out there? Avanti is the pizza place corrrect?

      Avanti Cafe
      259 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

    2. The HONDA's (linked) have a lot of veggie options and are pretty unique for the area. Should fit the budget, as well. Would love to hear about more spots!

      Kappo Honda
      18450 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

      Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant
      556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780

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      1. re: Jigsaw

        Assuming the friend is an actual vegetarian, I would just be careful at most traditional Japanese places (including Honda Ya) - izakaya food does often have a few vegetarian options, but as with most Japanese food, fish is very commonly in dishes you might not expect it in -- dishes which might appear to be vegetarian. Katsuo (bonito) dashi is often added to seasonings and condiments, or used to cook things, and in other cases, little bits of bonito or shaved bonito are also used. I would contact the restaurant first and make sure that they can accommodate a vegetarian and that they understand that this includes fish-based things.