Mrs Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant
Disneyland & Orange County
At this Mary Poppins–themed restaurant, the Jolly Holiday combo (grilled cheese and tomato basil soup for $9) is a decent deal and very satisfying. The cafe does other sandwiches on the sophisticated side, like the mozzarella caprese or turkey on ciabatta. Great people watching from outdoor seating.
Disneyland & Orange County
This counter-service spot near the Disneyland Hotel serves grilled sandwiches that are both kid- and adult-friendly. The 'original 1762' is roast beef, cheddar and horseradish, or look for chipotle chicken with avocado or holiday turkey. There are also pizza, salad and breakfast options.
Bowers Museum & Kidseum
Lunch in a yurt? In Orange County? Them’s the digs at this vegan spot serving organic salads, veggie burgers, rice bowls and ooey-gooey desserts.
A mom-and-pop vegetarian cafe so good, even carnivores will leave feeling sated. It looks like just another strip-mall storefront, but step inside for the creative chef duo’s magic with pizzas, roasted stuffed portobello mushrooms and the hot-taco brunch. The menu features organic produce from local farms.
Just north of downtown, this 100% vegetarian and vegan pan-Asian joint has a huge and varied menu, including mock-meat delights like pho noodle soup and Thai curries with fake ‘chicken’ and ‘beef.’ Vietnamese baguette sandwiches and wok-fried garlic ‘shrimp’ are also tasty.
Expect a wait at this HB institution, or get here early to see surfer dudes don their wet suits. Breakfast is served all day on the bustling Main St patio and inside, where you can grab a spot at the counter or a two-top. Photos of surf legends plastering the walls raise this place almost to shrine status.
Oh, yeah. Authentic cheesesteaks so lip-smackin’ good, you won’t mind the drive from the beach. Get ‘The Works’ or South Philly–style with marinara sauce.
Get your organic, health-conscious groceries here. A deli and take-out cafe caters to all diets (eg vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, nondairy). Juice bar open till 8pm daily.
Service can be harried at this breezy, open-air cafe, but all is forgiven after a bite of their ‘simple’ French crepe covered with cinnamon sugar, whipped cream and caramel sauce. Add strawberries and bananas for an extra splash of flavor. In a hurry? Made-from-scratch pastries and muffins are fab, as are garden-fresh salads and toasted panini sandwiches.
Ground zero for Laguna’s see-and-be-seen vegetarians, this gourmet market has a hedge-enclosed patio where you can munch on tasty vegetarian and vegan meals such as garden-fresh salads and pizzas. If you’ve been hesitant to order oatmeal at a restaurant, resist no more: Zinc’s fresh fruit-covered version is delish. Strong espresso too.
With its friendly, indie-spirited vibe comes this tiny tribute to healthy cuisine. From hummus and guac sandwiches to sunflower sprout salads and black-beans-and-rice burritos, the menu is varied and all of it soul-satisfying. Try a smoothie or an all-natural shake. Order at the counter in the red mini-barn, then cross your fingers for an outdoor patio table.