So happy to have found another place to eat when visiting family down south along the central California coast. While everyone else was busy scarfing down breakfast at Old West Cinnamon Rolls in Pismo Beach, I spied a bunch of vegan options on the menu next door at the recently opened Graze Kitchen.
Since they don’t open until 10:00am on the weekends, I headed back over to pick up lunch after hanging out at the beach. I got the Chef’s Vegan Stack – grilled zucchini, eggplant, roasted red bell pepper with sun-dried tomato pesto, black olives and pepperoncini on fresh sourdough bread.
So good, the freshness of the veggies really shines through. I’ve dined out on plenty of faux meat sandwiches which I like but an all-veggie sandwich when done really well like this, is just as filling and satisfying, perhaps even more so.
I also got the Graze Quinoa and Kale Salad – marinated artichoke hearts, olives, pepperoncini, red onion, toasted almonds, tossed in an Italian vinaigrette. Expertly seasoned and dressed, with the perfect balance of kale to quinoa. And like the sandwich, you can taste all of the ingredients.
For dessert, a vegan cowboy cookie. Having never tried a cowboy cookie before, I had assumed it was just a chocolate chip cookie with a fancy name. Taking a bite, it’s a lot harder than I expected, maybe because it’s packed full of chocolate chips and walnuts.
Graze Kitchen is all about being healthy and delicious, as well as local, organic and sustainable. They’re super friendly too. With their varied menu items, there’s something for omnivores, vegetarians, vegans and the gluten-free. I’m hoping to convince the whole family to eat there next time we’re all in town.