We need The Veggie Grill in the Bu

Just the best dang vegan food ever...

I've been to a lot of Vegan Restaurants. And a lot of them are really good. But...

THE VEGGIE GRILL has got to be the best, bar none. It's fast, as in lightning. It's friendly, as in like you've never seen in a restaurant. And the food, man. The food is like the best there is. Why?

After a great introduction by server Adrian, awesome conversation with Director of Operations John Anderson, we got an insight into what TVG does to give their customers the best possible experience. They research the ingredients to ensure that they are GOOD FOR YOU. Wow. What a concept. Not that it tastes good first... (and it does), but that you benefit physically, emotionally and spiritually from the grub.

I had the American Stacker, which was basically a Sirloin Burger. Buffalo Wings that were HOT, awesome and mouth-watering. A glass of the best tea I ever had and c=some Chocolate Pudding that they threw in on the house. And that left me speechless, because YOU DON'T MESS WITH A MAN'S PUDDING by making it vegetarian.

But to my utter shock, it was the best dang pudding on the planet!

The Veggie Grill needs to be in Malibu so I can take all my friends. But, for the time being, check out their locations in Cali and Oregon and get there for lunch. I'm not kidding. It will blow your mind because things like the Santa Fe Crispy Chicken Sandwich will leave you in utter "blowmindville..." Good job, guys!

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Bruce Greenspan March 26, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I go to the Veggie Grill every time I'm in the south bay. I agree with Tim. I would love to have it here in the Bu.
Saltwater March 28, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Wait a minute, isn't Veggie Grill a chain? http://malibu.patch.com/articles/afd
J. Flo March 29, 2012 at 08:26 AM
No it's not - got to do your homework. Only 8 locations.
Saltwater March 29, 2012 at 09:17 AM
I'd say 8 locations qualifies it as a chain.
J. Flo March 29, 2012 at 09:33 AM
That's your opinion. That is not the definition that cities across the country use in legally binding ordinances. BTW I don't spend much time "communicating" with phony names. When you're ready to come out and have a real - conversation - I'll look forward to it.
Saltwater March 29, 2012 at 09:42 AM
That's pretty funny- you're not going to spend much time? It looks like you already have. Anyway, I don't care what cities across the country use in legally binding ordinances to define what a chain is. Eight is def a chain. Not a big one but a chain nevertheless. Nice talking to you, J.
Fireball Tim Lawrence March 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM
So what if it's a chain. The food is good and it's good for you. The experience is positive and people enjoy it. Chain or not, it's a place that makes people happy and that's more than I can say for hundred's of one-off establishments I've been to over the last 40 years.
Saltwater March 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Easy there, Fireball... I never said it wasn't good (fact is I haven't been there but that's beside the point) and chain or not that isn't an issue to me in Malibu. My intent was to point out the irony of how chains are favored by different people depending on their particular wants and needs.
Fireball Tim Lawrence March 29, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Gotcha. Very well said, Saltwater! That's very true.
Jo Cherkas April 04, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Yep...very ironic. I was thinking the same thing.
Carla April 06, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I'm not sure everyone would scream if Starbucks wasn't here. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a really unique, special coffee shop that wasn't a world institution? I may be alone, but I would love that--a fabulous Malibu Coffee Shop--one of a kind--not the same place you can go to on every corner of most cities in the world. I'm not a big fan of giant corporations that seem to have taken over not only our country, but the world. I miss the one of a kind places that made towns special. Drive across the country and you can be in Anywhere, USA--same corporate chains everywhere. Sad to see Malibu heading in the same direction.
J. Flo April 06, 2012 at 04:26 AM
You must've been reading my mind. Of course people go to Starbucks. My God there are FOUR of them in this tiny town. You can't sneeze without hitting one. There are no other choices in Malibu for a quick coffee but national corporate chains! That's the entire point. I'd LOVE a local Malibu Java shop - enough of the redundant, cookie-cutter corporations. Give me unique, give me special, give me a owner-run coffee-shop ANY day. In the real Malibu - there is plenty of room for BOTH.
Saltwater April 06, 2012 at 01:25 PM
@Carla, I like both corp chain coffee places like SB/CBTL as well as good indie coffee shops which I'm always on the lookout for. In the absence of the latter I'm grateful for the former. Like Merlot, it's popular to hate on SB but I appreciate them. On that subject I do notice that successful indie coffee shops will often have multiple locations. Examples are Looney Bean with locations in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes and Santa Barbara Roasting Company with 3 locations in SB.
Carla April 06, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I certainly don't "hate" anything. I also think it's great when indies are successful and have 3 more locations. I am talking about giant corporations that seem to be taking over our country and world. One sees them everywhere and it just seems sad that we have lost so much that makes us special--in Malibu, in the United States and in the world.
J. Flo April 06, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Fireball - it does matter when large national chains destroy the possibility of a town having a healthy balance along with successful independent businesses. The number #1 threat to a small, owner-run business are formula chains. They are systematically creating monopolies across the globe. The Godmother. What would happen if the Olive Garden decides they want her location and because of their enormous financial reserves from their national corporation offers to pay quadruple the rent she can? OUT she goes. That's OK with you? Creating a balance in towns by encouraging both kinds of businesses make sense on every level.
J. Flo April 06, 2012 at 07:35 PM
B-A-L-A-N-C-E. It's already been explained here that cities that have ordinances to create balance define a formula "chain" by having certain numbers, most between 8 to15 locations. That simple concept just seems to go way over "some" people's head, no doubt purposefully. I guess huge global corporate monopolies that displace independent businesses across the world and turn every beautiful, unique city into - cloned corporate billboards doesn't concern some people. Unfortunately. Study after study shows that cities with the most vibrant small, independent business are the healthiest economically. When people refuse to post with an actual name - residents really need to question the motives. Which in some cases is far too apparent . . . :)
Saltwater April 06, 2012 at 10:12 PM
@Carla- We're talking about retail businesses here, right? On that subject please tell me what it is that makes us in Malibu so special?
Carla April 06, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I don't understand the question. I consider all people special. I consider Malibu special. I consider beautiful places everywhere special. Sad to lose them. I think people should protect unique places before they are all gone. Just curious why you don't feel you can use your name. Always nice to know with whom I'm communicating.
Saltwater April 07, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Never mind...


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