I am really lucky to have the plant-based food chain Veggie Grill in my area, which is a casual dining restaurant with absolutely fantastic food. They offer a regular plant-based menu in addition to a special seasonal menu with temporary items.
The fall menu is particularly good, entirely plant based, and I want to try just about everything on it... but have to pace myself! I've only been twice this season, and here are the two items I've tried: the Southern Spicy Fried Chickin, and the Koreatown Tacos.
Southern Spicy Fried Chickin
If you order the Southern Spicy Fried Chickin at Veggie Grill, you recieve three battered pieces of Chickin, with pickles, some corn cake, collard greens, cauliflower mashed potatoes, topped with porcini mushroom gravy.
This dish is incredibly filling and satisfying. Only order it if you're hungry or prepared for some leftovers! "Fake" chicken is so convincing these days I'm not sure I could tell the difference between this and most chicken you receive from casual restaurants or ready-made meals these days. And battered and spiced it's simply delicious. The corn cake is not too sweet, and the mashed potatoes were flavorful and delicious. The gravy was a bit lacking - I only received a small drizzle so it was hard to make out the flavor.
For fans of dip: I strongly recommend asking for a side of their ranch dressing, and dipping your chickin in the ranch. And if you like spice, adding a bit of Sriracha to this. This combination really made the meal for me.
The Kreatown Tacos at Veggie Grill features crispy chickn' covered in a sweet and spicy sauce called Gochujang, beans, sauces, a bunch of vegetables and topped with avocado and a drizzle of sauce.
The tacos have an incredible amount of flavor and texture. The two sauces complement each other perfectly, and the texture of the sauces along with the bean and crispy tofu is perfection. The overall flavor, due to the sauce, is quite sweet. I like this, however I think it may be too much for those who do not like sweet + savory flavor profiles, as the Gochujang is quite sweet.
Unfortunately my tacos did not include the avocado as pictured on the menu, and I didn't remember it was supposed to be there until I was eating the second taco so went without. I am not sure if this is because of the current cost of avocados, but I was not told in advance (and no sign) - so I am not sure if this was an accident. Nonetheless, the dish still tasted fantastic. However I was quite disappointed about the missing main ingredient.
So if you have a Veggie Grill in your area, check out either of these two dishes on your next visit!
Images are by Veggie Grill. I make a point of keeping my cell phone tucked away while eating to focus on the experience instead of the photo-taking. Note that I am a paying customer - this review is not sponsored, solicited, or paid for in any way.