Veggie Grill

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 13 reviews )

965 Palomar Airport Rd, Carlsbad, California, USA, 90211

Vegan cafe chain offering burgers and sandwiches made from meat alternatives such as Beyond Meat, chickin’ veggie protein and tofu, as well as salads, tacos, sides, carrot cake & cookies, and seasonal specials. This one est. 2014. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Catering, Fusion

13 Reviews

First Review by Gyan Penrose-Kafka

A casual date night favorite - Edit

One of my favorites in the area, this Veggie Grill--tucked into the corner of a small strip mall across the street from the Carlsbad Flower Fields--has a great vibe, excellent food, and really friendly staff. We usually sit outside even when it's chilly as the seating is more private and there are heat lamps. The carnist restaurant next door is revolting, but the two establishments standing practically side-by-side serves as an interesting juxtaposition: an icon of cultural dichotomies and, in my optimistic view, symbolic of the rise of veganism.

As anyone who has eaten at multiple Veggie Grills knows, their dishes tend to vary depending on at which location you eat them--sometimes for the worse. Returning from a short trip to Seattle I re-ordered the Bahn Mi tofu bowl (which had been mind-blowing up north) and was sadly disappointed by how different it was, here.

But don't be mistaken: I *love* this place.

My favorite go-to burger is the Santa Fe Crispy Chickin' with the patty tossed in buffalo sauce. Definitely try their Southern Fried Backyard Spicy Fried Chickin' platter; everything on it is amazing, including the pinto bean stew--which surprised me, as I don't usually like pinto beans. The Seoul bowl is so-so and the Sonoran bowl is incredible. Their Mondo Nachos rival Native Foods' Native Nachos (I think it's the cheese...or maybe it's the chickin'). Get their dense and deeply chocolatey brownie for dessert: you'll want to eat it all in one bite and savor it slowly over the next few days and then you'll cry knowing you can't do both at once (and how is this possibly gluten-free??) but then you'll buy another one under the pretense of sharing (you probably won't, and that's okay).

Pros: delicious food, nice vibe, great waitstaff, food comes out quickly, ample opportunities to make carnists uncomfortable

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One of Our Go Tos - Edit

I'm sad to say my once beloved Native Foods in Encinitas is now second to VG. Never thought it'd be possible! Good portions, good food, nice staff and I love the seasonal specials. My new favorite salad is the Summer Celebration Salad and my husband LOVES the Backyard Spicy Chicken Plate. I've brought non-vegans here and they thought it was really good too.

One thing to watch out for are their togo orders. Unfortunately, they have screwed ours up more than they have gotten it right, which is strange because they don't mess it up when we dine in. So, I've learned to double check everything before I leave.

Pros: Good Menu, Friendly Staff, Fast Service

Cons: Next to Burger Lounge, Booths Always Look Dirty

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if only there was a closer location to me - Edit

Just have the beyond burger with french fries mac & cheese and a brownie. Amazing food great menu items and friendly staff. Definitely will be driving here in the future just for a meal. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for delicious healthy options.

Pros: large selection, delicious food, friendly staff

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Most excellent in Carlsbad - Edit

Great variety of burgers and sandwiches. B.L.T.A on sourdough bread was fantastic. Cucumber mint lemonade was fantastic.

Pros: Wish one was close to were we live. Vegan dessert.

Cons: Nonr

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Solid vegan dinner - Edit

Ordered 2 apps and 5 entrees and all were good. Two meat eaters didn't even know they were eating vegan chicken!

Happy this place delivers!

Pros: Variety

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Great Burgers and Things - Edit

I went here with my husband to get the ever anticipated beyond burger. It was great! We both got the beyond burger, could've gotten it with two patties for sure (we can eat a lot lol). The fries were good as well. Will definitely be back!

Pros: fast, all vegan, tasty

Cons: wish the burger was bigger

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Thai Taco - Edit

Driving back from San Diego this was the perfect place for lunch. I tried the Thai Taco, with Asian slaw, and added Fresh Little Salad for $3.95! This was delicious and it is my new Veggie Grill favorite.
The place was packed for lunch, but service was friendly and the food excellent.
And it was convenient to fill in gasoline at the Costco across the street.

Pros: Good food, service. , Costco next door

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Great for Dinner with the Family - Edit

I am typically a raw vegan, but when I want to have the family/kids all go out together I love The Veggie Grill. They have food to appeal to any diet, that tastes great. The kids menus are a great deal. I wish they have more 'pure' raw options, but their salads are 90% raw so I can survive or ask to have them prepare meals custom and they are happy to oblige. This is a nice location with great parking, and outdoor seating with nice heaters.

Pros: Wide Selection, Parking, Outdoor Seating with heaters

Cons: Limited Raw Vegan Menu Options, Next Door to a Burger Place, Wish it was open even later

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Highly recommend! - Edit

This is our favorite vegan restaurant around (so far) and each time I go I try something new! I haven't been disappointed yet!

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Great place next to Costco! - Edit

Our fried chick'n dinner with cauli-mashed potatoes was delicious! Washed it down with pomegranate green tea. What a great option to a slab of cheese pizza at Costco.

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Nice Menu, Poor Execution - Edit

I was excited about Veggie Grill opening nearby. They have great sandwich options. Sadly, they don't put as much effort into preparation as they do their menu. The food was poorly prepared. All dishes were cold. The children's dish had absolutely no flavor. There seems to be heavy reliance on oils.

Lastly, the prices are a bit high, especially considering the lack of effort in the kitchen. Still very glad to see Veg*n options appearing mainstream. Hope they focus more on quality, as opposed to speed (fast food model)

Pros: Great Menu Options

Cons: Poor Food Preparation, Some Dishes Lacked Flavor, Greasy Food

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Great Place - Edit

I love all the options here, the food is cheap, delicious and ALL vegan. Someone gave this place a bad review because some of their fried food items, that is a very personal preference. In terms of taste and quality this place is 5 out of 5. If you want something on the healthy side they have a plethora of salad options. Veggie grill also has an app that gives you points every time you eat there which can be redeemed for free food. Awesome!
Updated from previous review on Saturday May 24, 2014

Updated from previous review on Saturday May 24, 2014

Pros: Delicious, Cheap, Fast

Cons: Busy

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Vegan junk food - Edit

I've been there once and that was enough for me. Fried foods, whether they're fried in "healthy" oils or not, are still fried foods. The majority of the menu seems oriented towards people who want fast/junk/flavorless food with things like burgers, fries, etc. They do offer some less unhealthy options (I got the Gluten Free Power Plate - some tempeh and portobello mushrooms - it was OK, but mostly without flavor or distinction. The atmosphere was very corporate - no real warmth, lots of orange colors (which is used in a lot of fast food places because it seems to get people to leave quicker, thereby freeing up table space).

I guess I'd have to say this is like a vegan version of Denny's.

Pros: Kale

Cons: fried, flavorless, ambience

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