508 SW Taylor Street, Portland
If you have read any of my reviews you know I love my meat and I don’t like chains. So when I got a invitation for a free meal at a veggie place that is also a chain, I thought, “what do I have to lose?”
So let me back up and explain my chain disapproval. First off I don’t like big chains like Red Robin and Olive Garden. Yuck. I really don’t even like some of the smaller chains like McCormick and Schmitts. The foods all start to taste the same.
I am apt to try chains that are very small in scale. I have reviewed, loved and revisited Killer Burger and I have also enjoyed Little Big Burger. Both keep adding locations as they continue to grow. The same is true with Veggie Grill, this is the 15th location in 3 states.
Enough about that let’s get to the good stuff.
Since there was no one in line I was able to really quiz the gal. I told her I really wanted the Papa’s Portobello, with grilled mushroom, chopped tomato, basil & garlic pomodoro, caramelized onion, pesto, lettuce, tomato, red onion, chipotle ranch. She gave a few other suggestions and finally admitted that this burger was one of her favorites. Good enough for me.
My husband ordered the Thai Chickin’ Salad, even though the Kale Salad, which is pictured on their menu, looked fantastic. Both of our entrees were very, very flavorful. I mean, with all the stuff on top of the Portobello burger how could it not. Not only was flavorful, but I told my husband that I would be craving that for months. I will have to go back.
The Thai Chickin’ salad, which had Chillin’ chickin’, romaine, cabbages, corn salsa, green onion, mandarin oranges, sesame seeds, cilantro, wontons, spicy Thai dressing, was also very good and the Chickin’ was actually pretty good considering it was really chicken.
They also brought us out samples of the crispy chickin’ that they use on their burgers. It was very addicting. I couldn’t stop eating that, especially with the chipotle ranch dip.
They later brought out a Kale salad and we got to try it to. It was a very soft bright green kale. I only describe it because its different than the kinds I purchase at the grocery store. It was also a very tasty salad.
The whole meal was topped off with local brews being served. I love that even though it might be a chain from California they support the local breweries. My beer was from Bridgeport.
Oh I almost forgot. They also brought us out a carrot cake to try…without raisins!! It was really good, but it did have an after taste and that’s because it was vegan so the cream cheese frosting was not truly cream cheese, but I still enjoyed it.
- Atmosphere was very open, very bright. It’s on the corner downtown to lots of windows and the space is rather large. Great place for families.
- Service was good. It was an order at the counter and take a number kind of place, but they were very helpful and knowledge about the menu.
- Pricing was also good. My burger was $8.50 and comes with a slaw or chili, but I upgraded to Sweetheart fries which were perfect by the way.
- They had beer and wine, not a big selection, but I was pleased to see they had something.
- The location we went to was Downtown Portland.