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I have heard good reviews for this non-meat eatery for quite some time now, but it was not until I received an email for a free entree from them for my birthday that I finally decided to try it out.

Fortunately, there is a location in Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance which was not too far for me to travel to.  I ventured up to the 2nd level of the building where the restaurant is. The decor is simple, modern, spacious and welcoming. There are pictures on the wall with the menu leading up to the cashiers where one would order and pay first before the server brings the food to the table.

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I had already done my homework on the internet so I knew what I wanted. I handed the cashier my B-day coupon and he was very friendly and ready to help. I ordered the Papa’s Portobello, which was grilled mushroom, chopped tomato, basil and garlic pomodoro, caramelized onions, cilantro pesto, lettuce, red onion, chipotle ranch. I was also given a choice of side, such as fresh daily soup, sweet potato fries, onion rings, or salads. I chose the Quinoa + Kale Side Salad.

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The Portobello burger turned out to be one of the juiciest, and tastiest non-meat burger I have ever had. The flavor was complex: tangy, earthy, fragrant, and very fresh. While it was extremely messy for me to wrestle with such a juicy burger, I thoroughly enjoyed the awkward experience. The side quinoa + kale salad provided a nice ending to the meal.

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Satisfied and somewhat full, I walked contently into the warm sunshine, thinking about what I should order on the next visit.

Veggie Grill – 2533 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505  Phone: 310-325-6689

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