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Those uninitiated to the Mother's Market vernacular will find the menu's glossary helpful. There are definitions for terms such as TVP (textured vegetable protein), soyrizo (a soy-based version of the spicy Spanish sausage) and seitan (whole-wheat protein). Asterisks indicate something is organic. A heart icon means a dish is vegan. You won't need to refer to it, however, when you read the restaurant's roster of all-day breakfast dishes. Here, fried eggs, omelets and roasted potatoes are featured on plates that could pass muster at a real meat-eater's diner. The salsa that comes with the huevos rancheros could burn a hole through the plate. And even covered in non-dairy gravy, the biscuits for the country breakfast would satisfy a long-haul trucker from the South. For lunch, we would argue that no greater tuna melt exists outside these walls.
Founded in 1978 by people “who practiced yoga together”—which might just be another way of saying “hippies”—this Costa Mesa natural-foods market recently moved from its original flagship store on 17th Street to new digs at the site of a recently... More »
Welcome to a modern-day, health-conscious incarnation of that friend's house we all went to as kids, where a doting mom would take us into her home, stuff us with homemade treats as if we were her own kids, and then send us on our way, dreaming of our next visit. The only difference, really, is that almost everything at Mother's is organic and meatless. Store aisles are stuffed with bunches of just-washed lettuce, huge beets and organic carrots. The restaurant area is where shoppers inevitably end up, lured by organic, vegetarian entrées, like the Apron Pocket, a pita sandwich brimming with sliced beets, carrots, mushrooms and avocado and served with Mother's creamy tahini dressing. Breakfast includes meatless variations of some meaty Mexican favorites like chilaquiles (made here with zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and topped with cheese and scrambled eggs) and huevos rancheros. If you want more norteamericano fare, try the French toast (dipped in your choice of thick egg-cinnamon batter or soy batter) or a homemade scramble—with a side of "Fakin' Bacon" or "Gimme Lean Veggie Sausage." You won't miss the real thing.
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