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My wife and I were very happy with the food at Veggie Grill, as evidenced by the fact that we went there for the first time yesterday for dinner, and went in again today for lunch. I don't have an opinion on their broad line of mock meat dishes, but was very happy with the dozen or so items that were based on vegetables and starches. At dinner we ordered the All Hail Kale salad, and a few appetizers like cauliflower mashed potatoes, steamed kale with ginger-miso dressing, sweet potato fries with chipotle aioli sauce, and quinoa pilaf with chopped carrots and celery. All the dishes were delicious and fulfill the promise of "comfort food", with the possible exception of the quinoa pilaf which tasted somewhat flat. The chocolate pudding parfait that we had for dessert was made from silken tofu, cocoa, and crushed chocolate cookies, topped with vegan cream. The cream topping was excessively salty, but the pudding itself was excellent. The restaurant was packed at 7:30pm on a Friday, with no seating left for some of the patrons who came in late. I recommend coming in at 6-6:30pm on a Friday unless you're getting takeout, and coming in around noon or earlier on weekends. Pretty good for a restaurant that's only been open for 3 weeks.

The next day we came in for lunch and I tried the Urban Plate with grilled tempeh and portobello served with guacamole and steamed kale. It was pretty good, though I'm not that fond of tempeh so I wouldn't order this dish often on my (many) future visits. My wife had the Papa Portobello sandwich and was quite happy with it. For dessert we had carrot cake, which was delicious, and they handed us free samples of the chocolate pudding. The place was quite busy again, though not as packed as on Friday night, and did a brisk takeout business throughout our stay.

The staff is friendly and accommodating, and the interior is clean and inviting. I recommend this restaurant very highly, and expect to visit frequently.

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