Vegan dining in Escondido, California

Midge Raymond

Ashland Creek Press co-founder Midge Raymond is the author of the award-winning short story collection FORGETTING ENGLISH and a novel, MY LAST CONTINENT. Learn more at MidgeRaymond.com.

Escondido has a treasure in its Vegan Soup Bar downtown.

Right on Grand Avenue, there is both indoor and outdoor seating for this casual-dining spot.

The menu has an amazing selection of all-vegan items, from soups and salads to sandwiches and paninis. We tried one of the specials, a Vietnamese noodle dish that was excellent.

We also sampled the plain but delicious sandwich known as The Veg. (We would opt next time for the chickpea salad sammie; the chickpea salad, which we ordered to go and ate later, is amazing, like a savory vegan egg salad.)

Also delicious was the vegan toast with hummus, made with fresh bread and creamy, well-spiced hummus.

Whatever you do, don’t forget dessert! We had both a cinnamon roll and the chocolate-chip banana bread … but there are also vegan brownies, cookies, and carrot cake, to name just a few.

I can’t wait to return to this place to try every last item on the menu. I hope vegan and omnivores alike frequent this place; it’s simply glorious food (both the healthy and decadent options are wonderful), with something for everyone.

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Ashland Creek Press co-founder Midge Raymond is the author of the award-winning short story collection FORGETTING ENGLISH and a novel, MY LAST CONTINENT. Learn more at MidgeRaymond.com.