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Vegan at Rustic Eatery in Valencia

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Eric was working for a while in the Valencia area and got to try out a few of their restaurants during that time.  I have never personally been to Rustic Eatery, but Eric picked up dinner for us on his way home one night.

Rustic Eatery has one of the simplest menus I have ever seen.  You pick your style, pick your protein, and pick your marinade.  We both had rice bowls with tofu and oven roasted vegetables.  I tried the grilled tofu with Sweet & Spicy Red Chile marinade while Eric got the fried tofu with Yakiniku Sweet Soy Sauce.

We aren’t likely to end up getting their food again, but it was tasty.  There was a good ratio of rice to vegetables to tofu and the spicy tofu was very spicy and flavorful.

Vegan at Tomato Joe’s Pizza, Valencia

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My sister Alli and I were sort of in the area for another visit to Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres, so I looked up a few places for good vegan food on our way home.  We decided on pizza after seeing that Tomato Joe’s Pizza in Valencia offered gluten-free crust (Alli’s preference) and vegan mozzarella cheese.

Here’s what I got:

Tomato Joe's, Valencia | A Vegan in Progress

My pizza from Tomato Joe’s

I ordered a whole wheat crust (only available in 14″ or larger) with vine ripened tomato sauce, artichoke hearts, black olives, and sun dried tomatoes with vegan mozzarella cheese.  I thought it was really good, but I still prefer Cruzer’s.

Alli ordered a pizza with the only crust they offer for an 8″ personal pizza, the thin crust.

Tomato Joe's, Valencia | A Vegan in Progress

Alli’s pizza from Tomato Joe’s

She got the bar-b-que sauce with onions and artichoke hearts.

Their menu offers a variety of items, not just pizza, but the only vegan non-pizza options are salads.  Their fresh garden salad without croutons and with balsamic dressing is vegan, as is their greek salad without cheese or croutons, but this would also have to be with balsamic dressing since it is the only vegan choice.

They have many specialty pizzas, but it’s simpler just to design your own pizza with all vegan ingredients.  Choices are as follows:

1.  CRUST

  • Thin crust
  • Beer batter crust
  • Whole wheat crust
  • Gluten-free crust (made with rice and potato flours), additional charge

2.  SAUCE

  • Vine ripened tomato sauce
  • Creamy dijon sauce
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Bar-b-que sauce
  • Chipotle pesto sauce (I will definitely be trying this one next time!)

3.  TOPPINGS

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Fresh spinach
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Roasted garlic
  • Green peppers
  • Jalapenos
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Olives (black, kalamata, spanish green)
  • Pepperoncini
  • Pineapple
  • Red onions
  • Tomatoes (fresh and sun dried)
  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Cashews
  • Almond slivers
  • Canned mushrooms
  • Vegan italian sausage, additional charge
  • Vegan pepperoni, additional charge
  • Vegan chicken, additional charge
  • Vegan mozzarella, additional charge

Prices are as follows:

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Their website suggests asking for a multi-topping discount if you order 3 or more, since the cost adds up quickly.

The company has made an effort to convey a kooky and friendly atmosphere, as evidenced by their sales pitch on the website:

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I will likely go there again for the rare vegan pizza with vegan cheese as opposed to the standard cheeseless pizza from Papa John’s.