Before people hunted animals for food, they were satisfied with the simple challenge of lassoing an apple off a tree or coaxing a corncob into a bear trap. Engage in old-fashioned eating with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $45 worth of organic, raw cuisine and drinks at 118 Degrees in Costa Mesa. This Groupon is worth $50 Monday through Thursday between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
118 Degrees serves only living cuisine that's been prepared at 118 degrees or lower, preserving both its life and its life-enhancing nutrients. The menu is littered with plant-based delicacies crafted with ingredients from local organic growers. Start a palate party with an assortment of julienne veggies, tahini cheese, and avo-lime sauce on a flax wrap ($6). Sea-vegetable salad teases your taste muscle with dulse, cucumber, and avocado, all of which is spiced up by sesame seeds and teriyaki marinade ($6). For lunch, veganivores can consume living lasagna, which features strata of marinated Italian veggies flavored with creamy ricotta, sweet basil marinara, and crispy tomatoes ($10), and dinnertime diners can savor sweet-corn tamales served warm with marinated portobello mushrooms, rojo salsa, guacamole, and napa slaw ($14) paired with an organic wine.
The restaurant's bright ambience showcases modern styles, propping peach-colored chairs at square-topped tables or at a bar, while potted plants watch over each seat with leaves wide open. Call ahead or visit OpenTable.com to make a reservation.
Orange Coast and OC Weekly featured 118 Degrees, and OC Menus named it number one on its Top 10 Vegan Eateries list. Yelpers give it an average of three stars. OpenTablers named it Fit for Foodies and Great for Lunch, and also give it a four-star average:
Ringmastered by raw-foods guru Jenny Ross, 118 Degrees is a wellness-focused chain of vegan restaurants serving living cuisine prepared at 118 degrees or lower to lock in essential nutrients. The menu, populated with Italian-, Thai-, and Latin-inspired dishes, labels all nut-free items and dishes made with kamut, a high-protein, low-gluten grain. Each cheese on the menu consists solely of fresh herbs blended with sprouted nuts and seeds, allowing milk to be saved for donations to chocolate factories and preschool job fairs.
2981 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, California 92626Get Directions