Mother's Market and Kitchen...

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 10 Reviews
Natural foods grocery market with several locations in Orange County. Stocks supplements and vitamins, fresh fruit and vegetable, bulk, packaged food. The kitchen deli and juice bar serves meals including veg-friendly sandwiches and others. Moved from 17th Street in July 2010. more-less
1890 Newport Blvd (19th St)
Costa Mesa, California 92627
949-631-4741

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First Review by juliotnunes
40-Year-Old Vegan
40-Year-Old Vegan
  • vegan
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+39

Vegan Paradise

5
Posted on 02 / 05 / 2016

Whether you are shopping, dining in or taking out from the salad bar/hot bar, Mother's has plenty of vegan options to keep you satisfied. When I was in culinary school, I had to purchase a lot of unusual ingredients - like Irish Moss and various sea vegetables - no matter how unique the items on my shopping list were, Mother's always had them. It started to become a sport for me to see if I could come up with an ingredient they didn't have, but they always came through. The hot bar is excellent and they always have four soup choices including vegan chili and minestrone. I shop here several times a week.

Pros: vegan friendly, huge inventory of food and supplements, full vitamin section
Cons: parking lot is often congested
Star the magic vegan
Star the magic vegan
  • vegan
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+56

Mother's on the skids

2
Posted on 01 / 09 / 2016

The restaurant has steadily gotten worse over the years. I had the worst vegan burger of my life there. They now serve only half size tortillas. The Lemon Picatta sauce has gone from thick and creamy to watered down and tasteless. On a bad day the Pesto Pasta has enough oil to drive a diesel truck through Texas. Forget NOGO cuisine.

The store is locked into certain vendors that serve the desires of current management. At first glance the store seems well stocked until you shop there or ask for them to order you an item. When an item sells well and they run out, they see it as empty shelf space to stock the items that don't sell.

The juice bar is way too expensive and the deli has no edible vegan food.

I remember when Mother's was a vegetarian place. Now it is devolving into another Safeway. The different stores sell the same items at different prices.

I once looked in the back and saw that the Latino workers were leaving with the best produce, leaving only the left over picked through produce for the customers. This means that prime food goes to store workers, but our society's doctors, lawyers, business owners and well educated elite only get scraps and rejects. This is the upside down pyramid in action.

There are less and less organic things available over the years. This chain is in California but the bell peppers come from Israel and Holland. This is a typical carbon footprint of this store.

This store proves the before untested theory that Costa Mesa might be a genetic pool of devolving evolution throwing Darwin out the window.

Pros: guacamole for sale, vegan chili
Cons: store inventory practices, produce selected through, the deli
puravida87
puravida87
  • vegetarian
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+13

Fav local store

5
Posted on 07 / 30 / 2014

Clean, neat and great food options! They have a little bit of everything. Love that I can get smoothies to go when I'm lazy and don't feel like making one at home ;)

Pros: great selection, no parking issues, clean!

juicedoit
juicedoit
  • raw
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+50

Wonderful Juice Bar

5
Posted on 08 / 10 / 2013

Mother's Market is a terrific store for produce and healthy options. I went there for the amazing juice bar which offers many options made fresh in front of you. They have a regular juice menu of single juices and then you can make your own with a specific base (cucumber, apple, pear, carrot....) They also offer various sizes (16, 24, 32 oz) Mother's also has daily specials. When I was there they were offering watermelon juice, cantaloupe juice, and a Pretty in Pink juice (beet based). All of the juices were amazing! Highly recommend this place.....and to get to the juice bar you walk through the beautiful produce section....aahhhhhh....like walking through the Garden of Eden to reach Nirvana!

Pros: Delicious fresh juice, Clean, Great location
onlyahuman
onlyahuman
  • vegan
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+87

Great for shopping or eating!

4
Posted on 11 / 13 / 2010

This was a great place where we got some organic produce to last us through our stay in Southern CA. The Kitchen was also the only place my entire family got to eat together due to the fact that they had a good selection of vegan items and fresh juices. I wish there was a place this good in New Jersey!

Pros: great organic selection, good restaurant!
Colby
Colby
  • herbivore
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+77

Healthy Salvation for a New Jersey Tourist

5
Posted on 10 / 06 / 2010

Mother's Market was the perfect spot to pick up some fresh organic produce during my vacation in California. I was thrilled with the abundant assortment of local organic fruits and vegetables! The juice bar had some excellent choices, as well. And their salad bar and raw foods selection both get the thumbs up. So glad this market was there to provide a New Jersey tourist with some organic Vegan staple foods to last me though my stay.

Pros: large assortment of organic produce, great juice bar, raw food selections
Keith_Thode
Keith_Thode
  • vegan
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+287

Best Chocolate EVER!

5
Posted on 01 / 22 / 2009

This is a great health food store with a terrific deli counter with a chocolate cake to die for. I've only encountered one other that comes close, and that's at an Oriental Vegan buffet only a few miles away.


gr8vegan
gr8vegan
  • vegan
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+1287

One of the Best Natural Foods Grocery Store

5
Posted on 10 / 13 / 2008

I was so jealous when I entered Mothers... Its better than anything we've got in Los Angeles by a mile. Tons of vegan goods, great set up, just awesome product selection. The deli is fantastic. Vegan goodies abound!


Guest
Guest

Fantastic Store

4
Posted on 07 / 18 / 2007

I shop at least once or twice a week. Excellent juice bar and deli counter. The only grocery store that I look forward to visiting. They change the deli items daily and I can always find something interesting. Some staff are superb, while others seem like spoiled little rich kids from NB that want to slum it for a few days before they get fired or quit. I prefer to bag my own stuff to protect my investment.


juliotnunes
juliotnunes
  • vegan
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+241

Mother's

5
Posted on 12 / 03 / 2006

Very good food. Not only can you shop here for yummy vegan treats and dinner, but you can eat here as well.



 

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