OC Weekly Intern Lunch At Native Foods!
|Just another day being an OC Weekly Intern...|
|Mimi Tran: Intern at OC Weekly. Hi, Mi!|
Mimi Tran goes to Cal State Fullerton and lends her nifty wordsmith skills to Heard Mentality, the OC Weekly Music Blog. She's cool; we share a cubicle.
For our first hour out in the town, we decided on Native Foods. I was in a must-detox phase, she doesn't eat red meat much, and it's close to Weekly world headquarters. I'd never been, given I'm from Los Angeles and all. It all worked out relatively great.
We were excited to
I had a beer, but it was organic and brewed with acai berries, so my health and booze concerns canceled each other out. It came from Eel River Brewery in Northern California and was actually pretty tasty. A wheat beer, it was already naturally fruity--and with the faint, tart acai berry flavor? It could've passed as a Hansen's soda or something. Anyhoo, back to the food!
We shared an order of the chili-cheese fries and the meatball pizza. And . . . it was okay. It sucks to be misled in life, and with food, it sucks even more. The "pizza" ended up being a freakin' focaccia topped with a thin layer of marinara, a drizzle of pesto and a seitan-based meatball on each slice. Everything was cool except for one thing: It didn't have cheese! I know it's a vegan place and all, but couldn't they have put on some fake cheese? At least the bread was nice and chewy, I guess.
The chili-cheese fries, meanwhile, were the most uncluttered I have ever had, with only the scantest amount of chili carefully nestled atop a generous heap of seasoned fries. I appreciate the large portion, but they were a little on the underdone side. Best part was definitely the house-made scoop of whipped cashew cheese, but I think its because it reminded me of hummus.
On the bright side, all this food came to less than $20, with a beer and a specialty lemonade. And I am down to return to try some of the other stuff . . . but there are other places to try. Stay tuned to find out where the OC Weekly intern lunch lands next time!