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 brunch and drinks for two at 118 Degrees in Costa Mesa.
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 garden dippers ($6), an assortment of julienne veggies, tahini cheese, and avo-lime sauce on a flax wrap. Veganivores can consume living lasagna ($12), which features strata of marinated Italian veggies flavored with creamy ricotta, sweet basil marinara, and crispy tomatoes, and diners can savor Cremini mushrooms stuffed healthily with pistachio pesto ($7). Culinary completists can partake of the Summer of Brunch option ($22), which includes an appetizer, soup, salad, and one of a rotating menu of entrees, such as a smothered banana with fresh almond milk and buckwheat granola, or caramel crepes in a coconut wrap with fresh fruit. The restaurant's bright ambience showcases modern style, propping peach-colored chairs at square-topped tables or at a bar, and potted plants watch over each seat with leaves wide open.
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 92626