Native Foods

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    5 Places to Eat in OC If You're Dating a Vegan

    By Ryan Cady It's getting easier to be vegan nowadays, but dating a vegan--especially if you're a carnivore--is still kind of shitty. Sure, you could be an asshole and drag your animal-loving significant other to a Korean barbecue place and force them to watch, horrified, as you consume pounds and p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    On The Line: Alissa Grenis & Chris Rubinstein Of Bite Me Foods, Part Two

    Read our interview with Alissa Grenis and Chris Rubinstein of Bite Me Foods, Part One. And now, on to Part Two. . . Where's the strangest place you've ever parked? Grenis:I don't know if we have ever parked anywhere that strange, but until recently, she has never been scratched. I'm driving the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Vegan Pizza Opens in Garden Grove

    If Pizza & Chicken Love Letter wins the prize for the most fanciful pizzeria name, the new Vegan Pizza would win for the most no-nonsense. Vegan Pizza serves, you guessed it, vegan pizzas. It just opened in Garden Grove and claims to be the first vegan pizzeria in Orange County. As far as I know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Revolving Sushi Restaurant To Open in Fashion Island

    Up to now, the closest thing to a sushi bar you could get at Fashion Island was Hana Grill at the food court. Blue C Sushi will change this soon. It is a revolving sushi joint where the plates of sushi roll by on a conveyor belt, just as it does at all the other kaiten sushi restaurants in our count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Native Foods' Fashion Island Branch Sets Opening Date

    ​Reader, tipster and friend JB says that Native Foods in Fashion Island is just a few mere weeks away from opening. The third OC location of the restaurant can be found in the mall's Island Terrace Court. He saw that their newsletter said early February would be when it will debut; but in checking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Fur Free Friday Covers South Coast Plaza

    ​Animal rights activists plan to spend their Black Friday not in lines in front of cash registers but in front of the malls themselves. That's because it's also Fur Free Friday, "the most widely attended annual demonstration in the history of the animal protection movement," according to an email ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    On the Line: Jenny Ross of 118 Degrees, Part Two

    ​ Our second installment of On the Line with 118 Degrees chef Jenny Ross not only dispels any misconceptions about vegans, but we get a heads up about an upcoming cookbook. If you want to begin at the beginning, Part One can be found here. Check back tomorrow for our final segment with a recipe fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    OC Weekly Intern Lunch at Native Foods!

    Just another day being an OC Weekly Intern...​Interns at the OC Weekly offices work hard. Updating calendar listings and updating the restaurant database begets quite the voracious appetite, and this last Thursday, fellow intern Mimi Tran and I decided to have an intern lunch at Native Foods!

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Five Places to Try for OC Restaurant Week

    ​ With OC Restaurant Week this week, and just more than 100 options to choose from, it's to separate the wheat from the chaff. I've dined at half of them, but like most people, I want to take advantage of the special pricing to check out some places I wouldn't otherwise go to. These five place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Taco Asylum Opens This Week at THE CAMP

    Greg Daniels, Wil Dee and Alkesh Patel, a.k.a. the people who brought you the wildly successful Haven Gastropub in Orange has finally put the finishing touches for their CAMP offering called taco asylum, what they describe as a "non-traditional" taco shop. The official opening is Thursday, Janu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Dave's New Year's Resolutions: OC Food Edition

    ​It's not fair to impose resolutions on OC diners when I myself have failings. Some of those failings will have to stand (I absolutely despise white chocolate, for example--if a bakery specializing in white chocolate ever opens, it will be down to Gustavo, Edwin or Shuji to review it), but some ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    New Banh Mi Shop Opens In Costa Mesa

    Photo by Brekkie Fan​ I wouldn't have thought that The Camp in Costa Mesa would become the nexus of all things hip and foodie in OC; but that's exactly what seems to be happening lately. A few weeks ago, Dave revealed that the still buzzy Haven Gastropub folks are planning something called taco a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Haven Mavens to Open Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa

    Courtesy of Haven Gastropub / Moxxe PROne flew east, one flew west / One flew over the taco's nest.​Hm... could Gustavo have been right? Nancy Luna at the OC Register got a string-along from chef-owner Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub. Supposedly they are looking to expand the Haven gastropub to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    The Loving Hut in Orange

    Grace LeHainam Grilled RiceOnly three months new, The Loving Hut in Orange is busy serving up a menu packed to capacity with healthy, hearty and 100 percent vegan offerings. If you don't mind having your meal served with a side order of vegetarian and spiritual propaganda, then the price and quality ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Tame Your Tykes at Greens Cafe

    Carrie LuuHappy Face Spaghetti​ When it comes to turning your little one's frown upside-down regarding healthy eating, Greens Cafe in Irvine has got your back. Their kids' menu makes vegetarian food fun by offering dishes from the smiling spaghetti pictured above to finger-friendly golden nuggets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Shitake Mushroom Burger at TK Burgers

    Grace LeShitake Mushroom Burger​ Hamburgers: The classic all-American food of convenience... and ultimate vegetarian deterrent. If we've learned anything from Fast Food Nation, it's that eating too many of them is bad. Veggieburgers--not too great for you either, but, damn, can they hit the spot. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Tanya Petrovna of Native Foods, Part II

    ​Tanya Petrovna is the chef and owner of Native Foods. Her ever-expanding vegan eatery started out in Palm Springs in 1994, but we in OC know her best from her restaurant at The Camp, which is housed inside a yurt. She has two other restaurants in OC, not all of them in yurts, but serving the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2010

    Tanya Petrovna of Native Foods, Part I

    ​Tanya Petrovna is the chef and owner of Native Foods. Her ever expanding vegan eatery started out in Palms Springs in 1994, but we in OC know her best from her restaurant at The Camp, which is housed inside a yurt. She has two other restaurants in OC, not all of them in yurts, but serving the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    2009: Bad Year To Be In The Restaurant Biz, Or Was It?

    Edwin Goei​If you think the year that's passed was bad, try owning a restaurant. It was a tough 2009. The luxury brands predictably suffered. The likes of Savannah, White Horses, Manhattan Supper Club and even Tracht's folded as people got tighter and choosier with their budgets. And some ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    On the Line: Ray White of the Veggie Grill

    Courtesy of Veggie Grill​The first time I heard tell of a group of people who eschewed not only meat but all animal products, I was stunned. I put down the fork and steak knife and said, "Exactly what do these people eat anyway?"As I started dating a woman whose father and sister are strict vegeta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Native Foods Cafe Opens At The District in Tustin

    Edwin Goei​As most Weekly readers know, Native Foods occupies a yurt at The Camp in Costa Mesa, one of the first stores to debut at the alternative mall. But Native Foods was actually started 15 years ago in Palm Springs by its founder, Tanya Petrovna, who's authored two cookbooks on the su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Great Squash Pizza at Mesa

    Everyone's trying to be a fancy pizza man nowadays gracias to the Mozza phenomenon. From Pizzeria Ortica's neo-Italian standards to Avanti Café's inventive pies, it's a welcome addition to the county's pizza scene. Add to the good ones some squash concoction at Mesa.Mesa switches up its menu to mat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Let's Talk No Turkey -- at Native Foods

    Believe it or not, the Native Foods vegan restaurant in Costa Mesa bustles during the Thanksgiving season, offering a birdless (and delicious) alternative to the traditional turkey dinner. Many OC vegans and vegetarians – and the families that enable their madnesses – order gussied up Tofurky di ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2007


    Squash Fest

  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    The Chuck Wagon

    Steakhouses, mess halls, eateries, barbecues, fine-dining establishments, & gratuitous & thematically inconsistent Tolkien references

  • Columns

    January 25, 2007

    I Hate People

    Poor, pitiful pearl goes to OCMA

  • Food

    November 30, 2006

    Good Enough to Eat Off Your Pants

    Veggie Grills fine meat-mocking

  • Food

    October 13, 2005
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    July 21, 2005
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    December 2, 2004

    Hopelessly New Age-Y But Its Great!

    Screw Native Foods milieu and enjoy their vegan bounty

  • News

    May 27, 2004

    Buckle Up for Terrorism

    Multi-agency sweep results in major arrests . . . for not wearing seatbelts