I like French Meadow a lot more than I imagined I would... For some reason, I thought it would be filled with pretentious hipsters & that the service would be bad. I mean, the airport locations are VERY sub-par (like they ignore me for 15 minutes & are ALWAYS out of whatever I want to order & charge me $7 for a *tiny* fruit cup & then forget to make whatever dumb sandwich I eventually settle on)... However, all of the hosts/servers at this actual restaurant location are SUPER friendly & attentive, and there is a good mix of people here.
PLUS, the food is just too awesome for words. I have literally dreamt about the Tempeh Cutlet (on top of a blood orange vinaigrette with coconut red beans, braised greens, and brown rice). It is so freakin' incredible, my mouth is watering just typing about it. And I don't even like tempeh! I have tried making it multiple times at home, and it is just... Blech. Ew. But French Meadow does it right. They take gritty, tasteless tempeh & somehow turn it into a mind-blowing mouthgasm.
The Sweet Corn Arepas is also divine, and the Vegan Calzone is pretty darn good, too. The Grilled Tempeh Reuben is meh, alright - but I can no longer eat anything here but the Tempeh Cutlet. Everything I've had has been enjoyable, but the Cutlet is just... GOD, IT'S JUST SO GOOD.
My boyfriend & I once tried some sort of vegan Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake (?) concoction that was delicious... But I'm normally so damn full after that Cutlet meal that I can't cram in any dessert.
It's very busy for brunch/lunch, but I have never had to wait long for a table at dinnertime.
I do I have to say that it ticks me off that they don't have vegan butter. I mean, they obviously want to cater to the vegan crowd because they have several vegan entrees, several vegan brunch & appetizer options, they have soy milk for lattes, AND they have a vegan special every night. However, if you go for brunch & order the vegan pancakes or toast, expect to get them dry because they don't have nondairy butter. It's not a deal breaker for me, obviously, but it's just kind of stupid, in my opinion. Their Blueberry Corn Pancakes (vegan) are delicious - but who eats pancakes without butter?! Vegans need it, too.
They also offer a lot of delicious wine (half price Sunday-Wednesday!), as well as many organic teas.