Several months ago, a new vegan restaurant opened up in Temecula called Gentle Grill. This is exciting for multiple reasons, one being that although we don’t live there, my boyfriend and I are constantly driving to Temecula. And two, the amount of vegan-friendly restaurants in Riverside is a long, long list, but the amount of vegan restaurants is a big ol’ ZERO. So obviously, as the first 100% vegan restaurant in Temecula, I was more than excited to try it out. And it did not disappoint!
The Gentle Grill menu is full of all-American classics: burgers, sandwiches, french fries, chicken nuggets, etc. Overall, their menu is pretty simple, but delicious. Over our two trips to Gentle Grill, we’ve tried:
- Gentle Fries (their version of animal fries)
- Beyond Burger
- Chicken Sandwich
- Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
- Chicken Nuggets
My biggest craving as a vegan is junk food. I don’t just mean chips and soda, I mean chicken nuggets, milkshakes, loaded french fries. Those drive-through junk foods that are really hard to replicate with plant-based ingredients. It’s surprisingly hard to find a vegan restaurant that can satisfy that craving, but Gentle Grill checks all the boxes.
The chicken nuggets remind me of the chicken nuggets I would crave as a kid, and that’s a good thing. Their fries are crispy and covered in melty cheese (yes, they have vegan cheese that actually melts!). The burgers are juicy and cooked to perfection. If you’re looking for a new vegan restaurant to try out, I definitely recommend it!