Boldo Bol

305 E. Fourth St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Best Of


  • Monday-Friday 11am-8pm Saturday 12pm-12am Sunday 12pm-8pm
  • $$
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
Boldo Bol is a vegan restaurant in Santa Ana. The self-described “Earth-to-table” downtown Santa Ana restaurant sources its ingredients from not only local farmers, but also school gardens and CSAs; it serves basic meals that are eco-friendly and sustainable. On its website, phrases such as “nutrient focused,” “ethically concerned” and “community supporting” are listed among its “holistic principles.” Everything from the steam table is piled together in the aluminum mixing bowls the staff use as serving plates. The bowls say a lot about the restaurant's philosophy: It's all about utility -- function over form. Choose whatever fish is offered as protein; it will be so soft it will practically disintegrate, soon becoming another flavor component in the slurry. For saucing, ask for a little bit of the three available. There might be a light vegetable curry, the dark adobe of a homemade harissa, and a broth-like seafood gumbo with bits of fish meat that could’ve been soup. All of this, again, will be poured into the same crowded container. When you're asked if you want some of the homemade pico de gallo, go for it. Why not? In this mosh pit of food, the more the merrier. And, surprisingly, it all works.

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  • Boldo Bol: From the Earth to Your Lips
    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:02 p.m. by Gustavo Arellano

    "Is she really going to put all that stuff into one bowl?" I thought to myself, eyeing the food on the steam tables that was not yet part of my meal. There were still three kinds of beans that looked rather watery, at least six diff...

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    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9 a.m. by Dave Lieberman

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