Sunday, October 19, 2008
VeganMoFo: Restaurant Review - The Veggie Grill, El Segundo CA
Mmm, Mmmm. I like The Veggie Grill. It's the kind of place that I wish there were more of around here, especially near non-veggie fast food establishments which would give people more choices. The Veggie Grill is a no nonsense, non-fancy, non-hippy yet healthy vegetarian "fast food" restaurant that serves reliable foods like sandwiches, burgers and salads. I would be totally comfortable bringing my non-veggie friends here because there is nothing 'weird' on the menu (except maybe the tempeh) and I think most will feel comfortable with what they have to offer. All of the sandwiches and burgers feature a "meat" like "veggie-steak" or "chickin'" which look and taste very similar to the real thing. All items on the menu have no cholestorol (yay!), no trans fat and no high-fructose corn syrup. Everything is vegan.
I had the Chipotle BBQ sandwich which was shredded "veggie-steak" in a tangy BBQ sauce with chipotle ranch and caramelized onions. Yummy. The texture was nice, tender and perfectly seasoned with a tangy, spicy sauce. My husband had the Santa Fe Crispy Chickin' sandwich which was their fried chick'n with southwestern spiced mayo. I didn't have a bite of his sandwich but he assured me that it was very good. You have an option of getting sweet potato fries on the side at an additional cost, otherwise you'll get red cabbage slaw which was actually very fresh and crunchy. This place does not have sodas like Coke etc. but you can get different flavored iced teas, fresh lemonade, natural sodas and juice. I had a dark red lightly sweetened herbal fruit tea which was refreshing and delicious. Visit The Veggie Grill when you get a chance and see for yourself that eating vegan and healthy does not have to be tasteless and unsatisfying!
Chipotle BBQ sandwich
Santa Fe Crispy Chickin' sandwich
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (5 being the best)
Pros: Great sandwiches. Menu is friendly to vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Nice selection of iced teas.
Cons: A little more expensive than a normal fast food restaurant but for the quality it is worth it.