Just a few days before Thanksgiving (aka, the one holiday of the year where overeating is most definitely encouraged), South Bay and Peninsula Yelp Elites were treated to a healthy meal at Santana Row's newest restaurant, Veggie Grill. Out to break the stereotype of bland vegetarian food, Veggie Grill combines hearty, plant-based proteins with bold marinades and sauces in familiar menu items that people can enjoy every day. The menu is 100-percent plant-based and free of animal fat, dairy, cholesterol, trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup and includes a variety of hot sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps, burgers and desserts.
Signature items at Veggie Grill include the Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ Sandwich, All Hail Kale Salad, Buffalo Wings and Sweetheart Fries (made from sweet potatoes). The restaurant offers a variety of gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free options, plus kids’ meals and a selection of beer and wine. Available for dine-in and take-out, the restaurant also has an extensive catering program. "The food was all really good," exclaimed Leslie H. "I was surprised at just how chicken-tasting the chickin' was. If I hadn't been told that it was a vegan substitute, I would have thought it was the real thing!" Likewise, Peggy S was impressed with the menu, as well as the overall level of service: "The food came out really quick even though all the elites kind of bum-rushed them when we all came in at once. I got my salad within 5 minutes of sitting down! And they came by frequently to clean the table and refill drinks, not something I would expect from a fast food-looking place!"
The modern, bright interior design of Veggie Grill in San Jose reflects the casual contemporary, family-friendly nature of the restaurant. With a color scheme of lime green, chocolate brown, tangerine orange and tomato red, the space offers counter and booth seating, high ceilings with spot and suspended light fixtures, plus lots of natural light. "The whole place had a nice vibe and was set up nicely," commented Jesus C. Plus, "The food here was awesome. I consider myself a carnivore, so much that my steak comes with a side of ribs. I have a new appreciation for tofu and all of the items served here. My buffalo 'chicken' sammich actually tasted like chicken." Phil L was also "highly impressed with the look of the place, the service, the food, and the pricing. Next time I'm in Santana Row, I would rather go here."
Everyone left Veggie Grill full, but not in-need of stretchy pants or Alka Seltzer. Read the reviews and check out photos taken by Super Elite Lorrie M. We welcome Veggie Grill to South Bay and can't wait to go back!
Happy Thanksgiving and SYOY!
Abby S (with Elite Lanie L), South Bay-Peninsula Community Manager