My ex-husbands main sustenance was Doritos, M & M’s, fast food and Mountain Dew. I didn’t eat healthfully back then either, but at least I ate my veggies. My ex hated all veggies except for Brussels sprouts, the one veggie I abhorred (hmmm… maybe he just said he liked them because he knew I’d never make them).
So when my current husband and I went to a tasting dinner at Seabird’s Kitchen, a new plant-based restaurant in Costa Mesa, I was looking forward to everything except the Burnt Brussels. Being open, however; I tried them. Amazingly, I LOVED them! This was a fabulous sign.
After a second helping of Burnt Brussels my hubby and I tasted a variety of savory starters and mains. Everything was delish (as the Burnt Brussels foretold), but the BBQ Jack Sliders were my favorite. I’d never tasted jackfruit before but somehow Chef Morgan made it taste like sweet, salty pulled pork. (I know that some vegans don’t like foods that taste like meat, but I’m okay with it as long as no animal was harmed).
My husband, on the other hand, went coo coo over the Tahitian Squash Flatbread. This flatbread was loaded with pureed squash, caramelized onions, smoked paprika, Tuscan Kale and aged balsamic. A great appetizer to share (as long as you get the Burnt Brussels too – hehe).
Then for dessert we had a Chaffle, a churro waffle generously dressed with coconut sorbet, chocolate sauce and chopped pecans. This was fantastic! We plan to go back and have it for brunch one day soon.
I’m sure you’ve guessed that my hubby and I loved this place. We’re not alone either, they have a 4.5 rating on Yelp and even non-vegan restaurant critic Anita (aka – Mad Hungry Woman) gave them a glowing review.
And the icing on the cake is their location in The LAB Antimall, the coolest, funkiest shopping center I’ve ever been to. You’ve got to check out Seabirds Kitchen and hang out at The LAB (and please invite me to come along!).
I’m just going to unabashadely admit that these photos are not mine – why mince words and apologize? The food photos are from Diary of a Mad Hungry Woman and The LAB Antimall photo is courtesy of thelab.com.