Today my boyfriend and I where on our way to visit my grandparents in San Diego. For lunch we decided to take a pit stop at the well known vegan restaurant Native Foods, in Irvine. This little restaurant is hidden in an center of small community of environmentally conscious retail stores. The restaurant it self it a large tent like structure with a casual dinning ambiance. At one point a portrait of an elephant caught my attention. After reading the small inscription I found that it actually inspired the vegan owner, for elephants are the largest of the animal kingdom which survive on a strictly vegan diet. I was also pleased to find a large variety of vegan dishes from savory seitan burgers to chocolate pie.
After looking over the menu a few times I decided on the portobello and seitan sausage burger. This massive burger was absolutely delicious and came with a side or coconut and lemon grass soup.
My boyfriend tried the Greek Gyro, which to his surprise was not encased in bread like tradition gyros but rather it was tossed like a salad. The gyros consisted of thinly sliced native peppered seitan sauteed with shallots on quinoa, steamed veggies, and kale with lemon garlic sauce and hummus. He commented that he found the peppered seitan to be more appetizing than the traditional pork or beef in gyros.