If you’re looking for a meal that has fewer than 600 calories and is mostly organic and plant-based—except for the 100 percent grass-fed steaks and antibiotic- and hormone-free meat and poultry—consider Irvine Spectrum Center’s new LYFE. Dishes at the restaurant, whose name is an acronym for “Love your food everyday,” have all dining persuasions covered: vegan, omnivore, or flexitarian. Try the quinoa buttermilk pancakes, above, served with fresh berries, Greek yogurt, and maple syrup; or Art’s Unfried Chicken, with roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, dried cranberries, cashew cream, and Dijon vinaigrette. The Pizzadillawich, a pizza, quesadilla, and sandwich, is a folded pizza stuffed with eggplant, peppers, onions, goat cheese, mozzarella, and basil, served with pomodoro dunking sauce.
Breakfasts, $4 to $8; salads, $7.50 to $11; sandwiches, burgers, and tacos, $9 to $11; entrees, $8 to $17.
707 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-727-1208, lyfekitchen.com