By Hairuo Yi |Staff Writer|
A local restaurant for our fellow health connoisseur’s is finally here. Vegan Fresh, a restaurant that helps locals change their life style with more viable health choices for all consumers of food.
Located at 24950 Redlands Blvd, Space K, Loma Linda, CA 92354, the restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11.a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday’s, then it is closed on Saturday.
“This restaurant is not only for people who are vegan or vegetarian,” said Jericko Gonzalez, a Vegan Fresh employee. “I think it is also to let people come out of their comfort zone and try some new foods.”
Virginia McAuley, the owner, thinks it is important for people to eat healthier. She became sick after she graduated, so she thinks running this restaurant can help more people have a healthy life.
“There are many people who don’t like healthy food, but, Vegan Fresh can help people reduce a lot of diseases, like cancer or obesity,” said McAuley.
All the vegetables used at the restaurant are purchased from local farmers or the Loma Linda University Market, which offers healthy grocery options.
McAuley said having fresh food is the main focus at Vegan Fresh. Some customers think the food is delicious, a great dining choice for vegan food and they already, have returning customers.
“It tastes good, especially being vegan food. Some vegan food doesn’t have much taste, I have come back more than once,” said customer Ryan Morada.
Every meal includes protein, starch and vegetables, everything a body needs to function properly.
The menu changes every week, the food is displayed for the customers to see and from there they can decide on which healthy option they would like.
“We always add some specialty food items, so we change our menu every week, we will also move the food off the menu,” said McAuley.
Sweet-n-sour tofu is one of the specialty items they added onto the menu this week. It is sweet and sour flavor tastes like teriyaki chicken.
“Sweet-n-sour tofu is a combo plate, which has tofu, brown rice, vegetables and other healthy food materials in it,” said McAuley.
McAuley thinks a lot of students have no time to eat their lunch on campus, which is a health concern.
“When I was in school, I saw some students with just an energy bar and they think that is a meal, but it is not,” said McAuley.
Ordering a meal from Vegan Fresh is quick and simple, allowing students have extra time to eat.
“Some students don’t want to go to the restaurant because they need to order and wait for their meal, but here, all the food is already made and students can get their food in less than two or three minutes,” said McAuley.
Not all costumers are impressed with the food at the new restaurant. Some think the food is just too simple and monotonous.
“They could mix up the food even more, because they always have the same thing,but I really like to come here, because this is the way I eat.” said Sara Foster, a regular customer.
The average price of food at Vegan Fresh range from $4-$9 for each entrée, and about $11 for a combo.
Vegan Fresh is a restaurant fusing Mexican food, American food and Chinese food, which can be a new experience for many people.