April 13, 2010

Adventures in Dining Out: Veggie Grill

I think it was a few months ago I read about this restaurant called the Veggie Grill opening at the Irvine Spectrum. It sounded a lot like Native Foods, a Organic Vegan chain my sister and I really like in Aliso Viejo and I knew immediately I could talk her into eating there with me. Not that the Hubs wouldn't, I just knew Jen would be all over it.

Well, all over it she was, and today we went to the one near UCI for lunch.

According to their Facebook page:

"...we are very proud of the fact that our menu is 100% plant-based with absolutely no cholesterol, animal fat, trans fat or high-fructose corn syrup. Numerous studies have shown that eating 100% plant-based foods is the best way to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and to maintain a healthy weight."

The menu is entirely vegetarian, but to be honestly I couldn't say with absolute certainty that itis complete vegan as well. However, I know that several of the menu options are vegan. They even have a gluten free menu.

I teetered back and forth between Papa's Portobello and the Chop Chop Chef salad...

I decided on the Chop Chop Chef because it included both the 'chicken' and the 'steak'...

Jen went back and forth on a couple different salads and chose the All Hail Kale (without walnuts because she is allergic) with tempeh, because we wanted to what the tempeh was all about.

The verdict? Tempeh = Tasty! In fact both salads were outstanding! We already planning on going there again next week :)


Anonymous said...

Why can't they have one of those in SD?

Two Chicks Nest said...

Bless you! I feel like I was almost there, except not allowed to eat anything :( Oh well, it was fun to virtually tag along.

HisBirdie (Ali) said...

Peaches - To make you SDers come visit us in OC!
Two Chicks Nest - I should show you the picture of my sister frustrated she can't eat because I need a picture of her food first haha. Next time you're in town we should meet-up at Veggie Grill :)

Em said...

Oooh that sounds yummy! I'm definitely *not* a veggie fan, but I think I could get behind some of those salads. I wonder if this is just a West Coast chain?

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