A fast food & dairy ice cream place serving veggie burgers, hot dogs, soft serve sundaes & fruit smoothies. Owner converted all the burgers/food choices to vegetarian in the '90s, a first of its kind. Accepts phone orders. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Ovo, Lacto, American, Fast food, Take-out
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First Review by stuckinthetrees
Veggie Army
Veggie Army
  • vegetarian
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+13

Historical

4 Posted on 08 / 29 / 2014

"The Very First Vegetarian Fast Food In America"
This place has a cool vegetarian rebel history. Established in 1960 as a Tastee Freez, then bought by current owner Mark Tsai in 1984 who didn't get approval from Tastee Freez to turn the menu vegetarian, but he did it anyway. After four years, Tastee Freez found out and suspended his franchise name, so he turned it to Covina Tasty.

I got the Chicken Sandwich Meal. The deep fried chicken patty is the best I've ever had with a good vegan bun which was unusually soft for a vegan bread, but the white "American" soy cheese became gooey with moisture of the lettuce, so I became suspicious it was mayo. Mr. Tsai assured me it wasn't.
My friend got the burger combo and said it was good. He probably would've enjoyed it more if he hadn't had his heart set on a mushroom burger. Keep in mind: There's "No Substitutions" for the combos...sigh...I wanted onion rings.

Although he deceivingly has many Tastee Freez marketing up from the 1980's that has expectedly faded from its original vibrant colors, it gives a Vintage/Retro/"Last Picture Show" feel to the establishment. Mr. Tsai is also an award winning painter, so there's a mini gallery you can see from the Tastee Freez- esque side and all the exterior artwork was done by him. "When you're a business owner, you have to do everything yourself." The whole place reminds me of the old burger stands at the beach when I was a kid.

While we were there, seven people came to the ice cream side, one of which had been coming for 22 years because it was so good. I'm not sure if she knew that it wasn't actual Tastee Freez product she was getting, but the laminated "No Beef Here" LA Times article (04/17/88) on the window states it isn't. If she enjoys it that much for that long, it may even be better than Tastee Freez.

Veg out,

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Pros: Historical, Interesting, Inspiring
Cons: Location needs a face lift, Tastee Freeze like items not vegan, Vegan desserts are from Vegan Heaven
HiromiAono
HiromiAono
  • vegan
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+25

First visit

4 Posted on 01 / 31 / 2012

I stopped by Covina Tasty today and had "vegan tiremisu." It was good and I took a look at menu for next time. I say you cannot expect to eat "healthy" here. The menu is all vegetarian friendly but still fastfood. I like the owner by the way, more than the food. I defenitely come back there again for the owner.


Ginita
Ginita
  • vegan
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+61

Covina Tasty

3 Posted on 02 / 24 / 2011

I used to like going here when I still ate ice cream. They have a vast amount of ice cream options like sundaes, banana splits, shakes, and many others. My family likes the vegetarian corndogs/hotdogs and I'm lucky to have it close to my house. The chili fries are delicious too; good variety of fast foods. Your best bet if you're ordering food is to call in and tehn arrive about 15 minutes later because it does take awhile. Seating is outside on tables. Be aware that some menu items listed are really more than what the menu board says as it hasn't been updated since the prices have changed.

Pros: location, fun for kids
Cons: prices, slow service on meal items

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jamber79
jamber79
  • vegetarian
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+198

cool place

4 Posted on 01 / 02 / 2011

This place had really good fast food, and the service was friendly. Their chili fries were great. Only wish they had a more descriptive menu so you understand what you're getting better. Also we went on a cold night and there wasn't any indoor seating, only outdoor, so we had to eat in our car. Overall, great place for veggie fast food especially if you take it to go.

Pros: food, staff
Cons: ambience
Mandy13
Mandy13
  • vegetarian
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+24

Yum!

4 Posted on 06 / 01 / 2010

I had the chilli cheese dog and fries. It was so good, almost like a regular fast food joint. But of course with the veggie meats instead.

Pros: Tasty, Friendly
Cons: Non-organic ketchup
kowgirl76
kowgirl76
  • vegetarian
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+11

Great Food

5 Posted on 09 / 01 / 2009

I found this place here on happy cow.com while trying to find some places to eat out at. so I went and tried it out and LOVE this place. I now go there at least once a week. I have even gotten my mom and people I work with that are meat eaters to eat there and the all loved the food! great job and Im sooo glad Covina Tasty exists.

Pros: Great Food, Good Service, Fast
Cons: Not a lot of seating
Guest
Guest

Good Fast Food

4 Posted on 05 / 18 / 2009

I was working as an intern for the San Gabrielle Valley Tribune and I wrote a review in their Highlander weekly on Covina Tasty. It's total comfort food. I shared a "chili dog" and "hamburger" with my sister. She loved it and she is such a meat lover.

Pros: Cheap, Fast, Comfort Food
Cons: Small place
stuckinthetrees
stuckinthetrees
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+11

Best Place To Eat

5 Posted on 03 / 14 / 2008

Hands down one of the best places to eat. I suggest the Veggie nuggets, Hotdog, Burger -- actually anything you eat there is great. Support this shop, the owner Mark is great host. He works hard and he makes terrific foods.

enjoy!


Guest
Guest

Good Food

5 Posted on 07 / 13 / 2007

I am not vegetarian but I love the Beef and Bean Burrito (Not Fried), The steak sandwich and some water. That is a meal right there.

Pros: Good Food, Nice Owner, Fast worker
Cons: Sit outside

 

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