Pelon's Baja Grill

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 9 reviews )

738 W 22nd St Ste 15, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, 23517

Serves meat, vegan options available. California-style Mexican food restaurant with a few outlets. Makes burritos, tacos, nachos, and such. Many items can be ordered vegan with plant proteins in the style of beef/fish/chicken as well as vegan sour cream, vegan cheese, and sauces. Has an egg-style tofu scramble for the breakfast items. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Fast food, Take-out, Mexican, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by VegLuv4Two


My boyfriend and I were down in Norfolk, VA for a concert. I was nervous about coming here cause I’m not big on fake meat but holy crap their vegan chorizo is incredible. My boyfriend got it in a quesadilla. I wanted to steal his damn plate. I only got to go once unfortunately, but if I ever visit Virginia Beach I will absolutely be stopping down there again.

Pros: have many vegan substitutes for any meal option

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Hiddeb Gem - Edit

Not exactly what we were expecting but surprised at how much we enjoyed aspects of this hidden gem. Being vegan i enjoyed having the option of vegan chicken, steak, and tofu. my husband being a California meat eater (sadly) enjoyed the carne asada, with very littlw judgment which is rare with Cali-mex on the east coast. would definitely recommend skipping on the salsa unless you like a sweet and very very chunky salsa.

Pros: great vegan options and very clearly marked, no hi

Cons: slightly expensive , sub par salsa

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AMAZING!! - Edit

So good! They have some vegetarian items listed on the menu. However, anything denoted with a flower on the menu can be veganized. They also have vegan cheese and sour cream. We tried the vegan fish, chicken, and carne tacos. All delicious but the vegan carne was my personal favorite. We also tried the vegan version of the Hang Ten burrito and I added vegan sour cream. Also delicious. From what I heard they make their own vegan meat. It didn't taste like Gardein or any other faux meat I have ever tried so I'm sure that's true. And it is SO much better than most faux meat! We also tried the taco salad with vegan chicken. This was our least favorite. I'm not a fan of Daiya cheese and the flavor was too prominent on the salad. Also, there were too many beans versus other toppings. Not bad just not my favorite. In addition to vegan food they also have vegan desserts. The brownies were incredible! I would definitely go back next time I'm in Norfolk!

Pros: so many vegan options, homemade vegan meat alternatives

Cons: Only vegan cheese they offer is daiya

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plenty of vegan options - Edit

great vegan options. best Mexican food I've eaten! def check it out. just come hungry because it doesn't keep well overnight

Pros: lots of vegan options

Cons: doesn't keep well for leftovers

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California Dreamin' - Edit

As a California native, I really appreciate this place! Almost everything on the menu has a vegan alternative. There is an up-charge for it, but it's worth it. The owner and staff are super friendly, and they remember our usual order. We go here almost once a week and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
If I had to mention one negative thing, the vegan brownies are pretty dry. But, everything else is awesome! I love the vegan chicken tacos or the Vegan Grass Hut burrito and my husband loves the vegan fish tacos or the Vegan Dude or Curl burrito.

Pros: awesome people, huge vegan menu, clean

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Great food and friendly service - Edit

They have really great vegan options, I had the vegan carne asada nachos which were pretty delicious. I think maybe it was Daiya cheese they used, which isn't my favorite, but I still enjoyed my food. My husband (who isn't vegan) also enjoyed his food so it was pleasant for everyone.

Pros: good atmosphere , hot sauce selection , cashier was helpful and friendly

Cons: kinda pricey, esp if using vegan meat and cheese s

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A Favorite - Edit

We always enjoy Pelon's, and have been many times. Our favorite is the vegan version of the Big Kahuna.

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Delicious! - Edit

I always get the vegan chicken/cheese quesadillas when I go. They're so good with the vegan sour cream and salsa they serve with them. Even my non-veg boyfriend loves them!

Pros: Excellent Food, Friendly Staff, Clean atmosphere

Cons: Pricey

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Simpy amazing! - Edit

All we can say is, "Wow!" Pelon's Baja Grill is hands-down the best Mexican style food we've ever had. This counter-service restaurant is extremely vegan friendly. Many of the menu items can be made vegan with Gardein, Daiya, non-dairy sour cream and Pelon's outstanding homemade chunky guacamole. The vegan chicken nachos were amazing! We've had Gardein at many restaurants, but Pelon's sautes their Gardein in a special blend of spices that is out of this world. We also enjoyed The Curl burrito with breaded, deep-fried tofu and creamy vegan Baja sauce. The owner was extremely friendly and helpful. She told us that Pelon's uses a separate grill for the vegan items. We can't wait for our next trip to Norfolk to come back to Pelon's. Other perks include vegan brownies, homemade sauces including a delicious pineapple habanero sauce, and a large selection of bottled hot sauces.

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, many vegan options available

Cons: 20% upcharge for vegan items, closed on Sundays

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