I love Veggie Era
Posted on 04 / 26 / 2009
I am so grateful that Veggie Era exists in "The Inland Empire" (where healthy/vegan restaurants should ABOUND due to the high population of Seventh-day Adventists). It's only about half an hour away from me (thankfully, or I would eat there daily!).
The food is awesome. The seitan/veggie meats are great, and I always order the SAME thing (the WONDERFUL Lemongrass Chicken!). I've recently taken every opportunity to stop by for the "Chicken Drumsticks". They used to have great little drumsticks like all the other Quan Yin/Supreme Master Ching Hai locations (we would travel an hour and a half from our country home in Massachusetts to the obscure Worchester Quan Yin Restaurant), but they have recently introduced these HUGE drumsticks (which I am SURE are commercially made, but who cares?!) which I love.
The true STAR of Veggie Era is the DESSERTS. Their Chocolate Truffle Pie, or ANY of their desserts are absolutely WONDERFUL. I don't care if you're vegan, vegetarian, or omni/whatever... Their desserts are WONDERFUL! I am just sad that getting their CAKES is a rarity. They are really the MOST delicious, moist, WONDERFUL cakes you'll ever enjoy! But like I said, they rarely make them. Oh, well, their pies will tie you over and keep you hoping to someday eat one of their wonderful, moist cakes.
The prices are also VERY reasonable, and the staff is always very friendly and helpful and nice. The only negative I have to say (besides not being able to buy their cakes regularly!) is that they are sorely lacking in the "vegetable" department. After 28 years of studying health and nutrition, I not only advocate a vegan diet, but a WHOLE FOODS diet rich in VEGETABLES. They seem to have mainly onions and peppers in stock. While I think onions and peppers rule, they need to add MANY more veggies to their menu. Some unique Asian veggies (such as Kang kung/Om Choy, Chinese Green Beans, lemongrass, galanga, turmeric, Bok Choy and the liberal use of the highly nutritious mung bean sprouts) would make this the PERFECT eatery.
GREAT VALUE!, DELICOUS!, Great staff
You can never buy the DELICOUS cake!, Not too many veggies (ironic), Religious propaganda constantly playing