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Barley Forge Brewing Co. is located at the popular Camp in Costa Mesa, where visitors can mix both dining and shopping at this hip retail center. Behind the bar, the brewery offers small-batch, craft beers that are made with love and character. The core beers consist of a Witbier, a Dark Ale, an Amber Ale made with Agave, a Dortmunder, an IPA, a double IPA, a Hefeweizen made with mango and the Patsy is a Rye Stout infused with coconut. Of course, guests will find seasonal beers depending on the time of their visit, as well as limited-release editions. The kitchen serves a myriad of sandwiches from the grill as well as appetizers; the selections accompany the beers perfectly.
Rooster Cafe is located in the popular shopping and entertainment complex, the Camp. The cafe is known for its strong coffee as well as its sumptuous breakfasts and though Rooster is only open for breakfast and lunch, the menu is packed with classic omelets, sandwiches and salads. The Portuguese omelet made with linguiça and French Dip sandwich are two standouts on the menu while the Mexican Mocha is probably the best drink on the list.
Let all of your assumptions go when you come to Au Lac, a Vietnamese-inspired vegan raw food restaurant. The exterior of the restaurant is a typical hole in the wall. But the interior is surprisingly nice with ambient light, modern utensils, and happy diners. Hardly anything on the menu looks familiar. But seriously, everything looks fabulous and tastes great. Definitely try one raw food dish and one soy-meat dish. Cream Cheese is a delightful raw appetizer. Soy fish clay pot sensation treats you with soy fish with no sacrifice in taste. Last but not least, do dessert, or you'll regret it.
Cafe Gratitude is a delightful vegan restaurant that serves upscale California cuisine. This restaurant aims to serve organic gourmet food that is both heathy and delicious, as well as doesn't negatively impact our environment. Dine in their modern indoor space or enjoy your meal in their beautiful outdoor area. Cafe Gratitude also has an impressive drink menu, including coffee, juices, milkshakes, wine, and cocktails. Try the Sour T-iesel cocktail, a unique take on a Tequila Sour which includes CBD oil.
Thuyen Vien is a favorite for vegetarians and vegans in the area looking for delicious Vietnamese and Southeast Asian cuisine. All dishes are prepared without using meat, many utilizing imitation chicken, fish and beef. Herbivores will delight in the vegetarian pho, a dish usually prepared with meat broth and more meat inside. The garlic "chicken" is another favorite, along with egg rolls and Vietnamese crepes.
Hans' Homemade Ice Cream is a spot where you can get real, fresh cream made with all-natural ingredients. If you are looking for chemical goop sold in your neighborhood supermarket made by conglomerate food companies, you might want to search there. However, if you seek the real deal, Hans' and his crew know their business. The ice cream flavors range from Nutella and Oreo to Lemon Custard and Butter Pecan, needless to say there is something for everyone. Once you have made a choice, take your selection and grab a seat on the grass in nearby Farmer's Park and enjoy the people watching.