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The 5 Best Vegetarian Dishes in Laguna Beach

There are many reasons why people make lifestyle choices to follow vegetarian diets.

Fortunately, visitors and residents of Laguna Beach who make the decision to eliminate meat from their diets don’t have to eliminate eating out. There are plenty of great restaurants with vegetarian-friendly options, and we have rounded up our top 5 picks for you.

Veggie Plate at NIRVANA GRILLE

Veggie Plate Nirvana Grille

Nirvana Grille is not strictly a vegetarian restaurant, but it tends to have some great vegetarian options on its menu. It’s most popular vegetarian entree is the colorful and vitamin enriched “Veggie Plate”. This flavorful dish features glazed organic carrots, wilted rainbow chard, mushroom ragout, balsamic caramelized onions, asparagus with lemon oil, sautéed mixed vegetables, sautéed french lentils, organic jasmine, baby garbanzo & daikon seed rice. Nirvana also has a separate vegan and gluten-free menu making this a great choice for a clean Californian cuisine.

Kale and Papaya Salad At MARO WOOD GRILL

Kale And Papaya Salad Maro Wood Grill

This small, charming Argentinian inspired restaurant has the best vegetarian salad around. The kale and pesto salad comes with organic kale, pepitas, sun-dried tomatoes, house made pesto vinaigrette and feta Crumble. Executive Chef Debra Sims’ has a passion for sustainable, seasonal cuisine and combines this with her mastery of wood-fired grilling. Other great options include mesquite grilled edamame, mesquite shishito peppers and wood grilled okra. Make sure to leave room for the banana bread pudding.

Stuffed Grape Leaves at ZEYTOON CAFE

Stuffed Grape Leaves Zeytoon Cafe

At Zeytoon Cafe the scent of crispy fried falafel blends with the sounds of onions, peppers and tomatoes, sautéing to perfection. With a variety of vegetarian choices, the stuffed grape leaves are an excellent choice. This meatless version is stuffed with rice, sautéed onions flavored with fresh parsley, mint, dill, Aleppo pepper, pomegranate syrup, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, cooked on slow fire to melt in your mouth. Dine on the upstairs patio for a gorgeous view of the ocean.

Falafel at MG Laguna Beach

                                          (credit, mg_lagunabeach/Instagram)

Known for it’s beautiful garden setting, MG Laguna Beach is in an architecturally significant building that dates back to 1912. Gold palm trees, a chalk wall to draw your own art on, and a dog friendly patio, are just a few of the gems you will see in the charming restaurant. The falafel is their most popular vegetarian dish and you can get it as a wrap, in a bowl or a la carte! 

Tofu Mushroom Quesadilla at TACO LOCO

Tofu Mushroom Quesadilla Taco Loco

(credit, Nicole Q./Yelp)

Taco Loco, one of Laguna’s favorite sidewalk cafe’s has a nice sized vegetarian menu specializing in tofu dishes. With well over a dozen options, Taco Loco is delicious for carnivores and vegetarians alike. Enjoy a blackened mushroom and tofu burger served with fresh guacamole or delicious blackened potato tacos served with a tangy sauce. There are also mushroom and tofu quesadillas served on black corn tortillas, and blackened hemp burgers with fresh salsa. Head over with friends and order all of the vegetarian/vegan items to share. You won’t regret it.

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Melodi Steinberg

Melodi Steinberg

As a native of Orange County, Melodi grew up in Huntington Beach and spent most of her days soaking up the California sun. She has lived in South Orange County for the past 13 years and in her spare time she enjoys dining out and trying new restaurants. In addition to writing for Visit Laguna Beach, Melodi also writes for two other blogs: www.eatdrinkoc.com and www.familyreviewguide.com. You can also read her work on visitanaheim.com and CBS "best of Orange County."