By Edwin Goei Fri., Apr. 19 2013 at 7:00 AM
If Pizza & Chicken Love Letter wins the prize for the most fanciful pizzeria name, the new Vegan Pizza would win for the most no-nonsense. Vegan Pizza serves, you guessed it, vegan pizzas. It just opened in Garden Grove and claims to be the first vegan pizzeria in Orange County. As far as I know, that’s an accurate statement. Though Native Foods and other vegetarian eateries offer vegan pizzas (some of them actually great), Vegan Pizza is certainly is the first pizzeria I’ve heard of to be named as such and that specializes in it.
A substance called “cheez” is used instead of cheese. And along with pizzas where one can pick one’s own toppings, they also offer a Mexican pizza with black beans and corn; and Indian Pizza with curry and grilled bell peppers sauteed in garam masala.
But you can’t call yourselves a fan of irony if you go to Vegan Pizza and not order the so-called “Meat Lovers,” which I can safely assume, contains vegan ham, pepperoni and sausage.
Also on the menu: hot dogs, corn dogs, burgers and Buffalo wings. “And don’t worry, everything is 100% vegan,” Vegan Pizza’s website states, as if there was any doubt. I mean, your name is “Vegan Pizza.”
Did you know that the first ever all-vegan pizza joint has opened in Orange County? Sure, lots of places make an awesome vegan pizza (mmmmm, like Zpizza’s Berkeley Vegan pizza), but the new Vegan Pizza in Garden Grove is different in that ALL menu items are vegan and they have lots of vegan fast food items other than pizza. We are talking pizzas, corn dogs, Buffalo wings, chili cheese fries, pastas and a variety of desserts! Woo hoo!
They opened a few months ago and I was finally able to go there last week to try some of their menu items. They are located in a strip mall off of Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove and while their surroundings might be humble, their vegan food definitely earns them some bragging rights!
The first thing I noticed on the menu was a vegan corn dog, which I just HAD to order! Their veggie dog is dipped in scrumptious batter and deep fried to crispy perfection. I can’t remember the last time I had a corn dog, but I remember basically living off of them in my pre-vegan days of college. This cruelty-free version tasted just like how I remember them tasting, but better! The golden, crispy batter that enveloped the veggie dog was just to die for!
I also ordered the Chili Cheez French Fries and was surprised how big the portion size was! These fries were piled high with refried beans (not your traditional chili), vegan cheese, jalapenos, onions, sauce and olives. They were tasty but could have used a bit more sauce and/or beans.
Mister Spooky ordered the vegan Philly Cheez Steak pizza (pic above), which was really good as well (yes, I snagged a few slices). The crust was cooked just right – crispy and chewy. They were also generous with their toppings of bell peppers, onions and vegan cheese (pretty sure they used Daiya), though it could have used a bit more “steak”. Still, it was definitely a tasty pizza pie and I can’t wait to go back and try their other variations (like Greek, Mediterranean, Indian, Meat Lovers, etc.).
I got one of their vegan pastry puffs as a dessert, but it was more of a turnover rather than a pastry puff. It was good, but I wasn’t blown away by it. Next time I’d like to try their chocolate cake!
They have a ton of other options, like pasta, sandwiches, salads and lots of sides…I can’t wait to go back and try them all!
I also liked the service and the owners were really sweet and friendly! It felt very welcoming and they greeted you like family! They have several tables for eating in, or you can take your food to go. It’s not fancy, but it is clean and inviting, perfect for grabbing some vegan comfort food!
I will definitely go back and if you are in Orange County I highly recommend checking out Vegan Pizza!