Hello from the US of A! We arrived safely in LAX but unfortunately got caught in the craziness with the shooting so we lost a day. We decided to make the most of the time we did have so we could see the sights and as a result I only got to eat at one vegan restaurant. Not to worry though because I found plenty of vegan options throughout LA and Disneyland that may come in handy for you if you decide to visit.
Veggie Grill is a vegan chain of restaurants and you can find them in California, Oregon and Washington. We visited the location in West Hollywood for dinner on our second night in LA.
I started with the Buffalo Wings as a starter and they were pretty tasty but my least favourite dish. While they were tasty and the texture was great, I would have preferred the marinade to have been a little sweeter.
For my main I chose the VG Cheeseburger which was AWESOME. The patty was smokey and juicy and was served on a bun with cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle ranch sauce. Definitely try this if you love burgers, it’s a real good one (the photo doesn’t do it justice).
I decided to have two sides (when in Rome, ay?) and opted for the Sweet Potato Fries and the Mac n Cheese. Both were super tasty; Americans do really awesome sweet potato fries and the mac n cheese was creamy and the perfect portion size. Veggie Grill have a bunch of other awesome sides too, so if you have a few people dining together you cold probably try them all!
Next we journeyed to Disneyland which was very expensive to do in a taxi. If you’re heading to Anaheim from Hollywood it may be a good idea to hire a car since there aren’t really any shuttles to take you. I wasn’t really expecting to eat well at Disneyland but I was pleasantly surprised on several occasions.
On the first day we went to Disneyland and had an excellent time on all of the rides (Space Mountain is the best!) For lunch we went to Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland. I spoke to the chef and asked for a special pizza without cheese and she surprised me by saying they had Daiya! I waited about 10 minutes for her to make me a vegan pizza on the gluten free base which was amazing and much better than I expected.
For dinner we went to Carnation Cafe on Main Street USA and I had the Chef’s Vegan Burger with Seasoned French Fries. Obviously not the most nutritious food but it was definitely tasty. The fries were especially tasty and seasoned well.
There’s also a bunch of vegan snacks available throughout the park like chips, popcorn and pretzels. Check out Vegan Cowgirl’s extensive post on eating at Disneyland here.
On day two we visited California Adventure Park which also had several vegan dining options. I had the Vegetarian Portobello-Mushroom Philly from Award Weiners in Hollywood Land and teamed it with the Onion Rings from Taste Pilot’s Grill in Condor Flatts. Both were really tasty and a great way to wrap up my visit to Disneyland!
We returned to LA and continued the food fest by dining at Johnny Rockets. The Streamliner Burger was awesomely smokey and juicy plus there are plenty of fillings you can add to customise you burger the way you want. Of course it would not be complete without a side of fries.
Where We Stayed
Pros: Very close to tourist attractions, friendly staff, large rooms
Cons: No free wifi
Pros: Close to Disneyland Parks, free wifi, bonus day bed, large room
Cons: More expensive than Loews
So that’s it for LA and Disneyland, next time I blog it’ll be from the awesome San Francisco! Stay tuned…