Mead’s Green Door Cafe is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Orange, CA. I work nearby, and after a co-worker (who isn’t vegetarian or vegan) raved about it, I gave it a shot and wasn’t disappointed.
Located in Old Towne Orange, Mead’s Green Door Cafe is vibrant, quirky, and filled with art (created by Gary Mead) and interesting things to look at. The menu is equally as creative, and although the restaurant is vegetarian, there are definitely vegan and gluten free options available. Vegan items on their menu are clearly marked, and if items aren’t vegan, you can typically make them vegan with some modifications. For breakfast, I love turning their Garden Veggie Burrito into a tofu scramble bowl, making it vegan and gluten free. It is made with organic tofu, garden veggies, onions, mushrooms, and seasoned potatoes. Make sure ask for the tofu and omit the cheese to make it vegan, and order it as a bowl to make it gluten free! I also love their hot cereal, which is often made with quinoa, non-dairy milk, shredded coconut, and fruit.
My absolute favorite item at Mead’s is the Buffalo Cauliflower. They take roasted cauliflower, coat it in a perfectly tangy buffalo sauce, and serve it with celery spears and an amazing vegan Bleu Cheese Dip. Seriously…the dip is so good I’ve caught myself licking the plastic cup it comes in. You can order the Buffalo Cauliflower by itself, but it also makes an appearance in their Taco Salad. The Taco Salad features the Buffalo Cauliflower, black beans, tomatoes, corn, olives, sliced avocado, tortilla strips, and pepitas on a bed of greens. It’s served with a vegan Chipotle Ranch that is delicious.
Other items I enjoy include the House-Made Hummus and the Roasted Sweet Potato Fries. The House-Made Hummus is fresh and tasty, and I love that it’s served with a wide variety of vegetables. I usually receive carrots, celery, bell pepper, cucumber, and zucchini with it. I would have never thought of eating raw zucchini with hummus, but it’s awesome. The Roasted Sweet Potato Fries are thick and served with the same delicious Chipotle Ranch Dressing that comes with the Taco Salad.
Although I’ve never tried it because I am allergic to some of the ingredients, their Green Power Salad is a favorite of my co-worker. It is made with marinated kale, grated carrot, edamame, grapes, red quinoa, walnuts, avocado, topped with Green Goddess Dressing.
If you’re in the Orange area and are looking for somewhere healthy and fun, I recommend trying Mead’s Green Door Cafe. In addition to their food, they also serve coffee, juice, tasty baked goods, and products such as pickles. The unique and inviting ambiance is reason enough to go, and everyone is always friendly and accommodating when it comes to dietary requests.