Thursday, May 8, 2014

Veggie Grill to the Rescue

Savory Kale Caesar and Quinoa Power Salad at Veggie Grill
It's exciting being in a new town with so many vegan delights just waiting for us to find them. Part of the reason we decided to give Portland a try is because it's so famously vegan friendly. Little by little we'll make our way to as many vegan and veg friendly restaurants, food carts, bars, bakeries, and cafes as we can find. And yes, I'll tell you all about them!

While I'm so excited to have so much exploring to do, I'm also equally relieved to have one simple, reliable comfort food place to go to during this weird transition phase when we're living in a hotel, looking for an apartment, and don't have a kitchen of our own. Thank the Great Whobody for Veggie Grill on 5th and Taylor, for being there for us almost every day so far. I've raved about it before, and I'm sure I'll do it again, because I'm just so darn happy that this totally vegan chain of restaurants is alive and well in the world.

VG-Cheeseburger with Onion Rings and All Hail Kale Salad
We've been going for everything from cheeseburgers to kale salads this week, and I love it all. And although it's a very casual, almost fast food sort of atmosphere, it's clean and happy and hiply decorated, and you can get wine or beer with your meal. The people who work there are friendly, though not necessarily vegan. That's a good thing because my guess is that the customer base is also not mostly vegan. I like that VG feels welcoming to anyone who's just hungry for something easy and good to eat.

"Fish" and "Chicken" Tacos on Cinco de Mayo. ¡Si!

Find a Veggie Grill near you by following this link, and be sure to get their free app for your phone so you can collect points with every purchase and get free stuff! I get something free almost every time I go in. Sweet. Actually, do me a favor. If you want the app, send me an email. If I invite you, I get extra points too!

Vegan Carrot Cake. Do leave room.