Still interested in the mock meats of Veggie Grill I had high expectations for the smoked tempeh masquerading as bacon.

The tempeh looked and tasted like crunchy bacon. My complaint is that there just wasn’t enough of it.

The vegan mayonnaise tasted like mayonnaise.

Besides the food of the future, the artisanal soda is another draw at least for me to visit the Veggie Grill.


Fala-Full Sandwich

I returned yet another time to the Veggie Grill after the gym on a Friday night. The menu has begun to bore me as I’ve tried most or all of the mock meat dishes.

So I ordered the falafel sandwich. Tabbouleh was served on the side and in the pita bread along with the chickpea fritters was pepperoncini, cilantro and skchug sauce, which is described by Wikipedia as a Yemeni hot sauce.

It was good and I will return to try their mock turkey dinner.

Kung Pao Tacos 

I like to eat out on Friday night and as I work out on Friday I tend to eat at places near the gym.

VeggieGrill is in the same building as 24 Hour Fitness in Hollywood so I’ve been going there somewhat often.

I feel like I’m eating at a restaurant in the future as all of the meat there is a meat substitute of some sort.

Chikn is what they call their mock chicken flesh. It’s drier but it’s pretty close to actual chicken.  It is chewy and has a chicken-like texture. 

It was not very spicy, but they had the balance of sweet to spicy on fleek, if you will. 


A blondie is a brownie with white chocolate instead of regular dark chocolate. I had this rich dessert at the cafe inside the LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

It wasn’t cheap, but museum cafes rarely are.

The Chagall exhibit was somewhat interesting. Although I allow myself to eat desserts on the weekends, the blondie was so sweet it made my teeth ache. 

Hot Dog

After walking back from Runyon Canyon some time last month I bought a hot dog from one of the food trucks parked on Hollywood Boulevard.

I asked for the spiciest salsa and it was nice and hot. A long time ago when I was in college I discovered that hot dogs were the laziest way to eat protein. For months I ate microwaved hot dogs with generic brand macaroni and cheese. Later I ate the notorious hot dogs sold at the Eighr Ball Saloon in Ann Arbor. Because of that it took decades to again desire hot dogs. 

This one was pretty good. As it was grilled, it had nice char and was juicy, too. 

Backyard Spicy Fried Chickin’

Chickin’ is the proprietary name of a vegetable-derived chicken substitute and I must report that it is indeed meat-like. 

One could be fooled into thinking that one was eating slightly dry, yet chewy chicken. I like the Veggie Grill because it tastes like food of the future. The porcini gravy was very similar to country gravy.
Check this place out. You will be amazed at how meaty the fake meat options are.