OC Restaurant Week is going on this week and is offering wonderful discounts. Luckily for vegans, we have some options. I went to 118 Degrees in Costa Mesa for a $10 lunch special. 118 Degrees is an all raw-all vegan restaurant (although I think they might have bee products in some smoothies).
Their Restaurant Week lunch menu included:
CA Pear and Walnut Salad (Organic Mixed Greens with Crisp Marinated Pears and Walnuts, topped with our famous Sweet Mustard Dressing.)
Sicilian Focaccia on our house made sprouted buckwheat crust topped with onions, olives, sun-dried tomato
and sweet macadamia cheese.
Fried Avocado Hand-Helds in a Nappa Cabbage Leaf with our Tahini Cheese, Chopped Organic Spinach, Diced Cucumber, and Flax Rolled Avocado.
Dessert Duo, Daily Selection of Dessert Bites from our House Selection of Popular Desserts
My dining partner and I got one of each entree and ended up splitting them.
The salad was simple and the pears added a nice bit of sweetness. I love the “fried” avocados at 118 Degrees so I was excited to get it in a handheld. Although it didn’t end up being eaten in handheld form, it was still delicious. The daily dessert duo ended up being their brownie and apple cobbler. The brownie was more like fudge. I loved the texture, but I find raw chocolate to be too bitter for me. I also wasn’t a big fan of the apple cobbler. I love baked apple cobblers, but since this was a raw dessert, I’m assuming they dehydrated their apples. I was never a fan of dried apples, which is why I could have passed on this dessert. The crust was good, though.
As far as the sicilian focaccia dish went – I actually didn’t have high hopes for this one. I was concerned that the crust was going to be bad (I’ve had bad experiences with raw items trying to replace bread). I ended up really liking their focaccia. The topping of greens was also wonderful.
If you are in the area, I’d highly recommend stopping by for this fantastic deal. They have a separate dinner special for $20. You can get all the information at the OC Restaurant Week’s website. The deals end March 3rd, so you better get over there!
Note: Avanti Cafe also is having OC Restaurant Week deals and includes some vegan options. See their options here.