Friday, December 7, 2012

Seabirds Food Truck Pop-Up Restaurant Review

Orange County's vegan food truck, Seabirds, is hosting a pop-up restaurant event at the new Back Bay Tavern at Whole Foods Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA through this Saturday, December 8th. As soon as I heard about the event I knew I had to attend!

I love Seabirds (their beer-battered avocado tacos are to die for!) and try to eat at their truck whenever I can. I think it is important to support other vegans in the community and to spread the word on awesome vegan food, so I recommend Seabirds to pretty much everyone. And how can I not? The founders of Seabirds rock for bringing such amazing vegan food to the masses!

I definitely wanted to see what the Seabirds chefs could do in a full kitchen, so Mister Spooky and I headed over to the pop-up on its first day. I gleefully checked out the vegan menu, which had starters, entrees and desserts. They had a nice variety of old favorites (avocado tacos and jack fruit tacos) along with other selections like butternut squash enchiladas.

Check out the menu for the pop-up below:

 Starters and Appetizers

Entrees and Desserts

I ordered the Creamy Potato Chowder as a starter and the Butternut Squash Enchiladas for an entree. Mister Spooky ordered the always-delicious Beer-Battered Avocado Tacos.

Seabirds' Potato Chowder Soup

The Creamy Potato Chowder was delicious and incredibly hearty! I loved the chunks of oyster mushrooms throughout the chowder that gave it a "meaty" texture. It came in a small portion but still managed to be quite filling!

Seabirds' Butternut Squash Enchiladas

The Butternut Squash Enchiladas were covered in a really delicious avocado-based sauce and a slaw. They had a subtle sweetness wrapped up in a delectably crispy shell! They came with a side of jalapeno black beans, but those were a bit under-seasoned. The plating was also a bit weird in that a huge plate with lots of unused area was used. Little quibbles and they didn't really detract from my overall enjoyment of the meal!

Seabirds' Beer Battered Avocado Tacos

Mister Spooky enjoyed the Beer Battered Avocado Tacos (I barely got a bite before he devoured them all). If you don't make the pop-up, you can always get these at the truck!

Seabirds' Salted Caramel Brownie a la mode

We couldn't leave without having dessert, so we ordered the decadent Salted Caramel Brownie a la mode. I double-checked to make sure the ice cream was vegan (it was, though I wish I would have asked what kind they used!) and we dug in!! The dessert was rich, dense and drizzled with crunchy bits of salted caramel. You better believe it was polished off in no time!

We left stuffed and happy, though I do wish we could have tried all the other great-sounding items on the menu. Hmmm, perhaps we'll have to go back tomorrow and Saturday, too?!

I HIGHLY recommend you attend this pop-up event if you are around Orange County this weekend. The pop-up runs through this Saturday, December 8th and goes all day from 11 AM to 10 PM.

Check out more Seabirds on their website or Twitter!

1 comment:

  1. This looks INCREDIBLE. You are so lucky to have this local to you - I am inanely jealous. There are only a couple of places that serve vegan food locally to me, and only one that is exclusively vegan. Those beer-battered tacos look ace.
    Nice blog by the way, good to find other spooky vegans :)


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