My 5 Favourite Wholesome Eating places in Orange County

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5 healthy restaurants in orange county I love.

5 healthy restaurants in orange county I love.

I’ve been driving back-and-forth between Los Angeles and Orange County rather a lot recently. My mother or father’s are primarily based simply north of Los Angeles and my brother is in Orange County, so I appear to be splitting my time between each spots. Orange County is what I contemplate my true “residence” – as I grew up there, went to highschool there and nonetheless have many mates there. So up and down the 405 I’m going.

Orange County is residence to a few of my favourite seashore cities (like, Laguna Seashore, Newport Seashore and Corona Del Mar) and has fab eating places to get pleasure from wholesome meals whereas getting somewhat vitamin D. Wholesome meals, solar, sand, palm bushes…what extra may you need?

I used to be down in Orange County this previous weekend and hit up the brand new (and lovely!) Cafe Gratitude location in Newport Seashore. It’s a stunner for positive. And whereas I’m not vegan, I’m gluten-free and prioritize high quality components, which Cafe Gratitude delivers on. However there are a number of different eating places which have develop into my “go to” favorites for wholesome meals, so I believed I’d share these with you right now.

Subsequent time you’re in Orange County, you may hit them up, seize a wholesome meal and go stroll alongside the sand. An ideal day of Roaming Free in my books.

1. True Food Kitchen

451 Newport Heart Drive,
Newport Seashore, CA 92660

Situated in Style Island, True Food Kitchen is a good place to relaxation and recharge after a day of purchasing, errands or seashore time. They’ve a big selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free choices in addition to grass-fed animal proteins. The menu is seasonal (which I like), so even should you go on a regular basis (which I do!) it’s all the time contemporary and nourishing. A few of my private faves are the chopped salads and the rooster curry.

2. Cafe Gratitude

1617 Westcliff Drive
Newport Seashore, CA 92660

Cafe Gratitude is a 100% plant-based, natural restaurant and also you all the time depart feeling higher than while you arrived. Maybe it’s since you order your meal as an affirmation (“I’m free and vibrant”) or maybe it’s as a result of all of the meals are packed-full of vitamins – like a turmeric latte! Simply do not forget that as a result of it’s vegan doesn’t imply all of the choices are gluten-free, so be sure to confirm together with your server.

3. The Beachcomber

15 Crystal Cove
Newport Seashore, CA 92657

The Beachcomber is my absolute favourite breakfast spot in all of Orange County! The restaurant is actually on the seashore and listening to the waves crash whereas having fun with brekkie is all the time a good way to begin your day. A few hints: put on flip flops and make a reservation. Oh, it’s additionally an incredible post-hike cease, should you’re up for an early morning Crystal Cove hike. I all the time get the natural eggs with apple-wood smoked maple bacon or the grilled vegetable omelet.

4. Paul Martin’s American Grill

534 Spectrum Heart Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Whereas Paul Martin’s is nestled within the Irvine Spectrum Buying Heart, this restaurant is something however typical mall meals. The menu is constructed on domestically grown, natural and seasonal meals – and all the pieces is constructed from scratch (even the sauces). That’s a bonus if it’s good to alter or modify a dish, which they’re all the time pleased to do. For dinner I like their blackened ribeye or cedar planked salmon – however go early and revel in pleased hour!

5. Gulfstream

850 Avocado Ave
Newport Seashore, CA 92660

Gulfstream is owned by Hillstone Restaurant Group, which additionally owns R+D Kitchen, Bandera and Houston’s – different OC favorites of mine. However I discover myself all the time going again to Gulfstream for the broader seafood menu and outside patio vibes. They’re additionally nice at modifying to my gluten-free wants and I’ve discovered their service to be top-notch. Order the dover sole, Scottish salmon or Pacific purple snapper with rainbow swiss chard as a facet and a glass of certainly one of their scrumptious wines.


Do you may have different wholesome, favourite spots in Orange County? Let me know – I like discovering new locations to eat!

Ensure that to take a look at Roaming Free – A Whole Food Approach for Traveling the World Healthy, Happy and Gluten-Free for extra ideas, recommendation and wanderlust inspiration!

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