Vegetarian and vegan cuisine should taste as good as any other, and Butterleaf’s mission is to prove it. With indulgent, deep-fried avocado bombs and awesomely messy sandwiches, it’s safe to say it has accomplished that goal. Quinoa, sweet potatoes and beets are just a few of the soul-satisfying ingredients to look forward to. And be sure to check out the poutine at this TRADE food hall stall, found down the street from John Wayne Airport.
2222 Michelson Dr., Irvine, (949) 932-0420; www.butterleaf.co.
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