The latest Veggie Grill opens in Long Beach today and I was there yesterday for a sneak peek of the new location. I’ve always been a fan of Veggie Grill from its inception in Irvine on the UCI campus to its many expansions. Long Beach is the 10th location and has adopted a stunning new look. The interior is reminiscent of a diner with booths, a counter and the addition of red to its ubiquitous orange and green color scheme.
We decided to order new menu items I hadn’t tried before, but began with the Tomato Basil soup ($2.95/cup and $4.50/bowl), a really delicious soup filled with tomatoey goodness and hints of basil.
Crispy Chickin’ Plate ($9.95) offers my favorite steaming kale as a side with the delicious sesame dressing drizzled on top. A fried chickin’ cutlet is cooked to perfection and honestly, tastes just like a piece of fried chicken to me but without all the calories and cholesterol.
VG Rollers ($7.95) are like mini wraps stuffed with blackened chickin’, cabbage, creamy Santa Fe spread and rolled in flour tortillas. A salsa is served on the side, but I love their housemade tomatillo sauce even more on these.
My favorite was the “Crab” Cake ($9.95). I was so blown away by the taste and texture I was honestly shocked that this was a faux crab cake. A spiced tartar sauce, pickles, tomato, lettuce and red onion is served on the sandwich.
The Buffalo Wings ($6.95) aren’t new, but they are so delicious that I had some of those too. My son eats two orders of these on his own.
End with a dessert like the Chocolate Pudding Parfait ($3.50) with their made-from-scratch pudding topped with chocolate sauce, crushed cookies, walnuts and VG crema. For a non-dessert lover, I totally love this one. Their chocolate pudding has always been one of my favorites with its rich chocolately taste and smooth texture.
The pudding, the sandwiches, salads and everything else in between — vegan or not, it’s simply THAT good.
6451 E Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA