After lunch at Lilli, a little kicking around downtown Portland (is it just me, or winter, or does the downtown seem a little beat up these days?), then a pleasant nap and dip in the hot tub back at our hotel in Hillsboro, we emerged and sought nourishment again. I had spied Mas Veggies on Google Maps, not far away from us in Beaverton and had checked out and approved their vegan taco menu! So off we went and bonus; there turned out to be a branch of Powells Books across the parking lot.
Veggie Grill - Beaverton, Oregon
What we didn't find was Mas Veggies but rather Veggie Grill. I was a little confused but I can't really complain as we had tried and enjoyed Veggie Grill in Seattle. Does anyone know what happened to Mas Veggies? We know they are connected as that is what we were told by the staff. Anyway, no problem.
It feels like we ordered the same thing as last time (in Seattle). I could have just looked it up on our blog here but that seemed like a lot of work. So we started with a Caesar Salad, which is kind of a big deal if you don't consume animal products. Parmesan and Caesar Dressing typically are made with the said animal stuff so when we find someone who is making it without, it is always a treat. They did a good job on this and used quite a bit of kale.
We had a small Housemade Lentil Soup to round things out. They did well with this as well although, we basically live on lentils so I can't claim that it struck us exotic, just comforting.
Next, we tried something that was labelled as "new" on their menu namely the Steak Fajita Quesadilla! Made with Beyond Steak and shredded cheddar, grilled veggies and all the other stuff, we have to say that this was quite good. The steak bits seemed to have a really good texture and we enjoyed the taste although we wouldn't call it beefy!
For sure we ordered a chicken burger in Seattle but I'm not sure if it was the Pesto Chicken Parm Sandwich. This was another hit for us. Crispy chicken with good texture and lots of salty flavour from the pesto and the parm (we eat healthy at home!). This was a pretty good meal overall even though we didn't get our tacos!
One thing that made me chuckle was the decor. When we first stepped into the Seattle branch a few months ago, I assumed that Veggie Grill had set up shop in a former Chinese restaurant. The big round light fixtures had me convinced. Well, low and behold, the Beaverton branch has the same fixtures and really, the same booths and everything else! Imagine my embarrassment! We've heard good news lately that although some Veggie Grills have been closing, there is now a white knight investor who will bring the chain back to financial health complete with a living wage for employees! Nice!
Food 4 out of 5
Vegan Options 5 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 4 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
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