We are lucky to have some really good vegan restaurants locally. Come to think of it, we’re lucky to have vegan restaurants, period. Plant based diets must be picking up in popularity because these business seem to be thriving.

Tucked away in Old Town Tustin is a lovely cafe called FreeSoulCaffe. It’s in a newer part of Old Town, but the styling fits in with the area’s turn of the 20th century architecture. It is one of the type of live/work buildings that have become popular in Southern California.

Vegan BLTAlong with gourmet coffee and tea, FreeSoulCaffe also has a menu of sandwiches, soups and salads. My favorite thing on the menu is their BLT. Most former omnivores have things they miss. For many of us, bacon probably tops the list. Tempeh bacon is a decent substitute, but doesn’t quite satisfy. I’m not sure how they do it, but FreeSoulCaffe has perfected vegan bacon. I believe it is thinly sliced tofu, marinated and cooked to perfection. The sandwich is served on lightly toasted sourdough bread along with crisp lettuce and sweet tomatoes.

Key Lime PieIf you go, don’t pass up on dessert. They have a case full of beautiful treats to tempt you. My favorite is their key lime pie. It is perfectly tart with just the right amount of sweetness. I usually take it to go and enjoy it later. They also have small cakes, which would make a great birthday surprise for a vegan friend.

If you are in the Tustin area and want to try some delightful vegan food, give FreeSoulCaffe a try. I’m sure you’ll find something you like, even if it just a cup of coffee and a pastry. My omnivore sister insists we eat there every time she visits.