Three Vegan Jackfruit Dishes In The County

Who knew the pulled-pork texture of this tropical fruit would make it star in some of the best vegan dishes in Orange County?

Seabirds Kitchen
BBQ Jack Sliders, $8
Tender, robust shreds of jackfruit are marinated in Kentucky barbecue sauce and paired with house slaw, caramelized onions, and dill pickles for a dish that satisfies even the most die-hard carnivore. Just add sweet potato tots. Costa Mesa, 714-549-2584,

Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice
Fiesta Bowl, $12
No skimping on ingredients here: spicy jackfruit “carnitas,” chipotle black beans, pico de gallo, crispy pumpkin seeds, guacamole, cashew-lime crema, and pickled red onions. Newport Beach, 949‑478-4118,

Saigon Beach Restaurant
Jackfruit 420 Green Rice, $6.25
Beware, this pile of cilantro rice topped with savory shredded jackfruit is highly addictive. While here, try the jackfruit banh mi and cucumber mint lemonade. Newport Beach, 949-612-8067

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