my visit to Real Food Daily a couple of weeks ago, but I've come to the realization that not only is vegan food not terrible, it actually can be quite tasty, and filling too. After Manhattan Beach, I stopped by Plaza El Segundo to pick up my car and decided to pick up a quick dinner at Veggie Grill. I'd heard a lot of good things Veggie Grill on Chowhound, but with locations in Irvine, Hollywood, and El Segundo, I hadn't had the opportunity to pay it a visit until yesterday. It's a quick casual concept where you order at a counter and then food is delivered to your table. The space is bright, airy and simple, with green and orange accents.
Cheez Whiz on my cheesesteaks and nachos. This cheese had the same consistency to cheez whiz, which I like on mac n cheese as well. It could have been just a little more tangy, like sharp cheddar, but was a good substitute. For the most part, the macaroni pasta tasted right as well. There was just the small touch of gumminess that you get from pasta not made solely from durum wheat, but it was pretty smooth as a whole. Better than the brown rice pasta that I've gotten from Trader Joes, which is just a gummy and grainy mess.
I also ordered the Bayou Chickin' sandwich, which was chillin' chickin' (a veggie protein blend), lightly blackened with cajun spices, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, and spicy vegan mayo. We didn't try this sandwich until the next day; I was actually quite full from the sweet potato fries, mac n cheese and a little bit of arugula, so I refrigerated the sandwich and heated it up in the microwave for lunch today. Even though it was a day old and reheated, I thought it was really good. More importantly, K., who loves his meat and is even more skeptical of vegan food than I am, really liked the sandwich as well. The chicken definitely had the consistency and taste of real chicken, and the cajun spices probably helped as well. It was an interesting, nicely balanced sandwich with the avocado and red onion. It tasted fresh, yet quite hearty and was quite filling. I guess the good thing about fake chicken is that it doesn't get overcooked and dry, so it was actually better than a lot of real chicken sandwiches that I normally have.
Plaza El Segundo
720 Allied Way
El Segundo, CA 90245