Visiting SoCal? Eat Vegan Here!

September 25, 2015,

When you think California what comes to mind? It’s likely you’ll think of sunshine, celebrities and Hollywood, beaches and surfing – and for some of us, we can’t think of California and not sing the theme song to The OC (I’m not alone on this, right?). California is also overflowing with healthy restaurants and cafés, and too many Whole Foods to count! Basically, California (and SoCal in particular) is vegan heaven.

I visited SoCal in March of 2014 (for a business seminar as my sister’s guest) and we scoped out a ton of beaches and neighbourhoods, and of course, vegan restaurants.

If you’re in SoCal, you won’t want to miss these three vegan paradises.
In SoCal Eat Vegan Here: Native Foods Cafe / Photo by Native Foods Cafe                                                                                                               Photo by Native Foods Café
Native Foods Café
2937 Bristol St E100 in Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Native Foods serves 100% homemade and fun vegan food. Here you’ll find vegan burgers (with ingredients like fried pickles and tofu bacon), sweet potato fries, nachos and more classics. Native Foods is also known for their unique and amazingly tasty drinks (the likes of strawberry lavender lemonade and watermelon fresca). The first Native Foods Café opened in 1994 but now, new Native Foods are opening around and beyond California (there are currently more than 20 NF chains). I would go back to SoCal just for Native Foods.

In SoCal Eat Vegan Here: The Donuttery                                                                                                                Photo by @gorgeousssleep
The Donuttery
17420 Beach Blvd in Huntington Beach, CA 92647
The Donuttery serves the best vegan donuts EVER. Choose from blueberry, lemon, chocolate and whatever else they’re serving fresh that day. Be sure to order a vegan donut (they also make “regular” donuts). The vegan donuts are clearly labeled. Their donuts have a dense, cake-like consistency so you’ll be full after just one (save your seconds for the drive toward your next destination).

In SoCal Eat Vegan Here: Vegan Pizza                                                                                                                     Photo by @gorgeousssleep
Vegan Pizza
12022 Chapman Ave in Garden Grove, CA 92840

Located in Garden Grove near Disneyland, Vegan Pizza isn’t fancy – it’s a super simple, strip-mall pizza restaurant that just happens to serve the best vegan pizza you’ve ever tasted. Don’t get me started on their Greek pizza (it has vegenaise and artichokes!) – we ordered it twice in four days. With limited seating, I suggest take-out or arriving for an early dinner. In addition to pizza, VP has calzones, pasta and lasagna, fries, corndogs and desserts like puff pastries, chocolate cake and almond cake. You won’t want to skip this one. 

Have you been to SoCal? Share your favourite vegan SoCal restaurants in the comment section below!Visiting SoCal? Eat Vegan Here!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Ilena C. September 25, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I’m really appreciate the quotes you choose in your emails when introducing your latest blog…We who live in Montreal where a sunny day is WOW! cannot fathom a place where everyday is sunny!

    The food looks looks amazing and your info is great thanks! And this is ANOTHER destination to put on my to do list!

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring September 25, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you <3 Yes, everyday is sunny and WARM!! You'd really enjoy it (and with the Harry Potter park being built... you've got to go!)

  • Reply Steve September 25, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    There’s something so attracting about SoCal…like the earth’s gravity it pulls you in.. although I’ve never been.. maybe one day, those donuts!

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring September 25, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Very true… so many people living, visiting & dreaming of California!

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