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Veggie Grill, Encino – Post 2

I have already talked about Veggie Grill, but I thought that I could do multiple reviews of restaurants as I make subsequent visits.  Click here to see previous posts about Veggie Grill.

I love Veggie Grill because it’s like a better version of fast food, only vegan.  Everything is quick and it isn’t too expensive, and there are many yummy items from which to choose.

Occasionally, Eric and I met my sister Allison and her boyfriend Zack at the Veggie Grill in Encino.

Veggie Grill Encino | A Vegan in Progress

On one of our recent visits, I got the Buffalo Bomber sandwich (Crispy Chickin’ tossed with spicy Buffalo sauce, tomato, red onion, lettuce, creamy ranch dressing) with Sweetheart (sweet potato) fries.  I love buffalo sauce and I love chickin’ sandwiches, so this is a no brainer.  It’s delicious and so far, my favorite on the menu.

Allison ordered sort of the salad version of my meal, the B-Wing Salad (Buffalo Wings over chopped romaine, avocado, celery, roasted corn salsa, creamy ranch dressing), which she really enjoyed.

Veggie Grill B-Wing Salad | A Vegan in Progress

B-Wing Salad

On another visit, we started with an order of VG Rollers (Blackened Chickin’, cabbage and creamy Santa Fe spread, grilled taquito-style in flour tortillas, served with salsa, mashed avocado) which were aesthetically pleasing, but a little boring.  Allison loved them, though.

VG Rollers | A Vegan in Progress

VG Rollers

I tried the Bayou Chickin’ sandwich (Blackened Chickin’, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, spicy vegan mayo) with a side of Cauli-mashed Potatoes.  The sandwich was spicy and creamy with the avocado and the cauli-mashed potatoes were a great side.  They came with a little bit of vegan gravy on top.

Bayou Chickin’ sandwich | A Vegan in Progress

Bayou Chickin’ sandwich

Eric ordered the Grillin’ Chickin’ (Grilled Chickin’, avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cilantro pesto, chipotle ranch) with a side of chili.  He thought the sandwich was good, but the chili was terribly bland.  I have to agree on that point.

Grillin' Chickin' | A Vegan in Progress

Grillin’ Chickin’

I love Veggie Grill and their superb customer service.  I will definitely be back!

Vegan at Coral Tree Cafe, Encino

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Eric and I love this cafe in Encino.  We have been several times before, although I believe this was the first time we had been since I became vegan.  It’s a popular weekend spot with both indoor and outdoor seating.  One particular morning we saw Wilmer Valderrama and dined next to and chatted with Dave Grohl and his family.

Their regular menu is clearly marked for vegetarian options and they also have a small, separate menu of their vegan options.

Vegan menu - Coral Tree Cafe | A Vegan in Progress

Vegan menu

Eric and I sat outside because it was a beautiful day.

I had their fresh mint tea and their vegan veggie burger on a ciabatta roll.  From what I could see in the patty, it had rice, peas, corn, black beans, peppers, and possibly sweet potatoes.  It was really tasty, but not very warm.  Overall, it was a very satisfying meal.

Veggie burger - Coral Tree Cafe | A Vegan in Progress

veggie burger - Coral Tree Cafe | A Vegan in Progress

I really like the options at this cafe and the ambiance is just as good.  Next time, I plan to try the panini!