Mead's Green Door Cafe

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 18 reviews )

642 W Chapman Ave (at Batavia, Orange County), Orange, California, USA, 92868

Vegetarian food cafe, opened since Jan 2013. Offers breakfast food all day, plus baked goods, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and more. Open Mon-Fri 6:00am-8:00pm, Sat 8:00am-8:00pm, Sun 8:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Juice bar, Take-out, Bakery

18 Reviews

First Review by jrkoppelman

Love - Edit

We go here all the time! Just make sure you always ask for vegan cheese. I love the Terranean Pizza made with hummus as the sauce. The Sriracha Burger is spicy goodness! No need for cheese or anything else! The only thing I wish they would add would be regular French fries. The sweet potato ones are very good...but too sweet to eat with a burger for me. My whole family loves this place! One of my kids eats meat....he figured out that it was vegetarian after 6 breakfast visits..he still loves it!

Pros: Great Food, Love the Green Juice

Cons: Parking is the worst (Just plan in walking a coupl, Need to add salty French Fries to the menu

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Nice cafe - Edit

Good vegetarian & vegan cafe with a variety of items. Portions are big. Service is good & relatively fast. They have a parking lot on the side.

Pros: Vegetarian & vegan, Good variety of food

Cons: Large portions

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Love it! - Edit

This is a pretty chill place, everyone here is super friendly and the food is always on point. My fav, kale pizza 🖤

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Great vegan breakfast spot - Edit

My group of 5 order the Morning Stack, Quesadilla, Breakfast Pizza, and Burrito - all vegan. The pizza didn't have a lot of flavor (I recommend adding a hot sauce if you try it out) but everything else was delicious! The Morning Stack was so fresh and flavorful and just the right amount of food. The staff is so friendly, and the vegan bakery has a good variety of options.
I also love the ambiance - there are so many fun nooks and crannies with tons of art hanging everywhere. I could spend hours at Mead's enjoying coffee and a book.

Pros: Cute space, Lots of options, Friendly staff

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This might just be the best veggie restaurant I've ever been to! The food was incredible, the vibe was incredible, and the staff was so nice!!! Overall, eating here was an amazing experience for not only a vegan, but also a vegetarian and an omnivore! There were also really cute signs about saving water to water their plants and little wish sticky notes and it was just so cute!!!

Pros: great options for all kinds of diets, friendly staff, great environment

Cons: Kind of out of the way, parking kinda sucks

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Nice selection - Edit

I've been here a couple of times. The decor is pretty eclectic and interesting. The vegan baked items are amazing with a nice cup of coffee. I've only tried a couple of dishes here and both were ok.

My last visit I ordered a dish with potatoes, firm tofu "eggs" and vegan sausage. This dish hit the spot for breakfast which is exactly what I was looking for.

I will definitely be going back to try some of their lunch offerings next!

Pros: Great bakery and coffee, Interesting decor

Cons: Parking can sometimes be a challenge

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Friendly and Reliable Neighborhood Gem - Edit

I am a regular at Mead's. One of my favorite ways to relax on the weekend is to go to Mead's, purchase a scone and small coffee, grab the cozy table near the window, and read for an hour. The scones are huge and the coffee is refillable. They have wi-fi, and the super friendly staff doesn't mind if you take forever staring at the pastry case, nor do they rush you out.

The atmosphere is small and hipster-ish, plastered with unique, handmade art, and they have a cute patio outside, weather permitting. Depending on the time you go (breakfast and lunch can get busy), it could be bustling with college kids, or creatives and freelancers, but there is never a fight for a table. I love that Gary, one of the owners, is usually around and working in the kitchen. You can tell that he is invested in his business.

Back to the scones. They usually have a variety of flavors, but the pumpkin is my go-to. If you want something a bit sweeter, opt for the blueberry or strawberry. I wasn't a fan of the banana chocolate chip, but they stopped making that one and who knows if it will return. Beyond scones, Meads also offers a variety of other fabulous and vegan baked goods. If they have them, get the kale muffin. The cookies are also awesome.

In regards to the actual menu (its hard to stray away from the tantalizing pastry case), they have a few standout items. Get anything with the buffalo cauliflower. My favorite is the taco salad. The Mead's Ranchero with tofu and the "Chick'n" Torta is also good. The pizza's I've tried are decent, if you're in the mood. I've never purchased a full smoothie, but sometimes they sample them and the ones I have tried are stellar.

Side note: if you live locally, be sure to sign up for their rewards program. You will be back again and again.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Friendly Staff, Good & Affordable Food

Cons: Limited Parking, Not Completely Vegan

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Good food and a great vibe - Edit

Much of the menu is listed as vegan, but many more options can be made that way if you ask. The staff is very friendly and their baked items are great!

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-30

Pros: Open very early, Good food

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Meh - Edit

I just went here for lunch today. I wasn't super impressed. I thought it was just okay. I did like the whimsical artsy atmosphere. The girl taking our order was a little bit on the rude side. I tasted the Buffalo Cauliflower pizza with vegan cheese, the chili fries sub chipotle ranch for the sour cream, a pumpkin scone to go and an Allagash beer. The food was decent. Not amazing.

Pros: cool atmosphere, good beer, decent food

Cons: not the friendliest of staff, I have had better

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Im a regular - Edit

This place does have good vegan options for when you're craving something either light or hearty. They serve fresh fruit juices, specialty coffees, pastries, breakfast and lunch/dinner plates. The restaurant is across the street from a gas station and a used car lot, nestled on a corner on Chapman Ave and Parker St. (with a tiny parking lot). It's right down the street from the Orange Circle and a few blocks away from Chapman University. I have had most of their menu items by now since I have frequented this place quite a bit due to convenience of proximity. The food is good. Sometimes they put waay too much sage in their pesto and/or country gravy. I once thought it was windex and upon inquiring with a cashier, she informed me it may be one of the ingredients, sage or something else. At least it wasn't due to someone cleaning an appliance near my plate in the kitchen. Lol. The only reason I bring this up is because I am personally a big fan of their Blue Plate Special. It is the first meal I ever had there on my very first visit and really enjoyed it. The gravy also produced a sense of nostalgia for me too. But something has changed and its not the same anymore. Other than that...the sweet potato chili fries with the substitute of sour cream for hummus to make it vegan is also very grounding and flavorful. Hope you enjoy your visit! Also, the patio is a nice area to hang out and enjoy your meal in on a sunny day.

Pros: Customer Restroom, Free Self Serve Fruit Infused Water , Vegan Stuff!

Cons: Varying quality of staff

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Delicious - Edit

We came here with my son after going to the Discovery Center. A lot of non-veg friends had told us we needed to try this place, which I'd never had happen before. The atmosphere was really fun, and the cafe staff was very friendly with my son. There are a lot of little nooks to sit at and it's interesting wherever you decide to eat. There were a lot of great things on the menu, vegetarian and vegan. My son had the quinoa chili and he really liked it. I had a buffalo cauliflower salad that was great. My husband had a vegetarian breakfast burrito. In the end, we were all satisfied and determined to come back again. We chose a few desserts to take home and we were happy with all of them. I just wish it weren't so far away, or we'd probably be there all the time.

Pros: Friendly Staff, Atmosphere, Food

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great atmosphere, great for brunch - Edit

The atmosphere is wonderfully warm and welcoming. My favorite items are mead's ranchero burrito, taco salad, hot cereal of the day, and the chai latte with almond milk. this place is best for breakfast or lunch, or a casual dinner.

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Buffalo Cauliflower...the stuff of dreams! - Edit

My husband and I found Mead's a few months ago after I was searching for any new vegan friendly restaurants in our area. We decided to try Mead's as we were looking for something closer to us than Native Foods and Free Soul Caffe. What a pleasant surprise! We have now been to Mead's about 10 times and I have started taking friends there as well. I have only tried the vegan options on their menu, so I can't comment on the other stuff. Most of the vegan offerings have been delicious, affordable, and plentiful.
In my opinion, the must-haves are the sweet potato hash breakfast wrap, the blue plate special with tofu breakfast, and the sweet potato scones (when they are fresh!). We've also tried the kale muffin (who would have though kale would be so delicious in a muffin!?!?), and a vegan cupcake or two which were okay. However, the very best thing on their menu is the buffalo cauliflower. SO GOOD!
I've also tried one of the vegan pizzas which was so-so (the crust was a little burnt on mine) and some of the lunch wraps. All perfectly decent. The only thing we have tried that hasn't been very good are some of the vegan cookies, particularly the vegan chocolate chip. It was very dry and my husband who has never met a baked good he didn't like, wouldn't even finish it.
The coffee drinks are good too. Just make sure to specify that you want it vegan if that is your preference. When I have gone there the staff has always been friendly and welcoming.
The only negative thing I have noticed is that there is only one bathroom with a toilet and a urinal and it can get rather aromatic in there. However the last few times I have been they seem to have improved on that issue and it has been clean.
The environment is very cool with lots of unique art and a relaxed vibe. We love it!

Pros: Buffalo Cauliflower, yummy coffee, close to home

Cons: aromatic facilities at times, small parking lot

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Warm and Welcoming Place to visit - Edit

I felt very welcome and it was a cozy place to visit for the first time. I stopped here for breakfast and decided to follow the advice of other reviews. Ordered the Mead's Original Vegan Sweet Potato Scone to start and it was very moist and delicious. Then my main dish was Sweet Potato Hash it is made with roasted sweet potato and tempeh hash, black beans, Sautéed spicy green curry Kale I had it Vegan style with Organic scrambled Tofu. WOW it had a nice kick and all the favors came together very nicely. They also offer free wifi so I felt okay hanging out here for a while. I would recommend giving this place a try.

Pros: Plant Based Choices, Warm and Welcome Atmosphere, Gluten Free Ingredients

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Yummy Food, So-so Staff - Edit

I ate here for the first time, and I ordered a cappuccino and a habit sandwich. The coffee was delicious, the sandwich was pretty tasty, but the staff could have been friendlier. I would definitely still go back another time though because the rest of the menu sounds good and the seating areas are really cool.

Pros: Good Options, Delicious Coffee, Outdoor Seating

Cons: Aloof Staff

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Breakfast and Lunch place with lots of vegan optio - Edit

Oh yeah! A breakfast place with vegan options other than Mother's Market in our area! We've been going to Mother's Market for breakfast for years and are getting tired of it. Freesoulcaffe is very close but they are so expensive and all we can get is a waffle or baked goods. Finally, another option other than Mother's, we can go to, where we can enjoy a vegan breakfast early in the morning on a Saturday and Sunday. We've been to this place 2 times for breakfast. I tried another time for lunch without my husband. I had great meals those 3 times I went.

My favorite is the Vegan Sweet Potato Scone and Ranchero Burrito vegan style (with tofu and no sour cream) for breakfast. I like the crunch walnut soyrizo in the burrito. Their coffee is also so good, a great combination with the scone. What I tried for lunch was the Taco Salad with soy chicken. Their roasted buffalo cauliflower and chipotle ranch dressing is so good. All their salad dressing are home made and vegan. The salad was so healthy with roasted pumpkin seeds, black beans, and avocado.

I also tried the Vegan Red Velvet cookie. Yummy but overpriced for a little cookie.

I tried their Vegan Sweet Potato hash burrito (with kale). Good! I tried it as a bowl style but wished that I had it in a burrito style. For people that are eating gluten free and low carb, that's the way to go. However, for me it needed something else to make it a more satisfying meal (may be additional roasted potato, rice, or quinoa).

My husband tried the Blue Plate Special but didn't like it much. He tried the Breakfast Sandwich with tofu and liked it better. He likes carb so a breakfast burrito needs to be accompanied by a scone or muffin. I don't eat as much so the burrito was too big. I guess we both need to come there several times to know what to order but we both enjoyed their coffee very much. I also tried a vegan chia seed muffin that I didn't like that much. I didn't like the chia seed after taste.

The place is eclectic. Artsy! Sort of remind me of Gypsy Den but has a cleaner look. Bright, airy, cheery! Lots of interesting arts done by the owner. It is a family restaurant run by PJ Meads, her husband Gary, and son, also Gary. I love to support a small family restaurant like this. I hope they will be successful.

Everything was served on a recyclable paper plate, cups, etc. Very casual and not high price! This place will be our usual hang out.

Pros: Lots of Vegan options, Vegan Breakfast, Close to home

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We will for sure be back!! - Edit

I was surprised when this place popped up on happy cow... But it been open for less than a month. I am vegan and went with my non vegetarian friend... We immediately fell in love with this place!!! Decorated so cute and an amazing menu!! They let us have a same of the vegan red velvet cookie with espresso frosting and it was great! The homemade spicy pickle that came with our meal was great too!! We spent like 10 minutes staring at the menu and got great recommendations from the staff. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful!! The owner even came out and say hi to us! I can wait to try everything in their menu. Everything is vegetarian... And the vegan items on the menu are noted... But they said they can veganized almost anything!!
Updated from previous review on Tuesday February 05, 2013

Pros: large diverse menu, vegan bakery items, cute atmosphere

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Great Place for Plant-Based People! - Edit

I stopped in for lunch today and had the buffalo cauliflower, the blue plate special burrito, and a vegan sweet potato scone (all of which were great!) The vegan sausage and gravy in the burrito was really good quality - they clearly know how to make good seitan (i think) sausage and dairy-free gravy. Though the consistency of the sweet potato scone was more like a muffin, it also showed some skills in the vegan kitchen. Finally a local restaurant that is geared towards the veggie crowd!

Pros: Prices, Quality, Atmosphere

Cons: Limited Vegan Bakery Items

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