Credit: Tim Aukshunas / Aukshunas Photo
Credit: Tim Aukshunas / Aukshunas Photo

7 Must-Try Items From VEG’D—Costa Mesa’s Plant-Based, Drive-Thru Restaurant

From a Killer Breakfast Sandwich to a Delicious Cold Brew Float, Head to VEG’D for a Plant-Based Meal

With a new year finally here, it’s time to set your health resolutions for 2022! Whether you’re looking to eat cleaner or adopt some vegan eating habits, we’ve got the perfect place that’ll help you fill your plate and achieve your goals. VEG’D is a plant-based, drive-thru restaurant in Costa Mesa that makes it easy to eat healthy with their nutritious, convenient dishes. With the help of VEG’D co-owner Christine Mulholland, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite menu items to help you start the new year off feeling great—and sticking to those tricky resolutions, of course.  Vegan Drive-Thru Near Me


Good Morning Sammie 

Using brioche buns that are delivered daily from a local OC bakery, the Good Morning Sammie at VEG’D is made with smashed tater tots, Just egg, tempeh bacon, vegan sausage and cheddar cheese, giving it all the flavor of a traditional brekky sandwich. According to Mulholland, “This is the kind of breakfast sandwich that you won’t believe you can get at a drive-thru. It could seriously be found on a swanky sit-down restaurant’s menu—it’s that good.”

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If you’re looking to get all of your antioxidants for the day in an efficient way, give one of the refreshing smoothies from VEG’D a go. Having a hard time choosing a flavor? Mulholland recommends the Protein for Pros smoothie. “It tastes just like a milkshake but has all good-for-you ingredients, giving you the best of both worlds!” she explains.

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Hot Chik

If you love being plant-based but find yourself missing the savory flavor and crispy crunch of a classic chicken sandwich, take a bite out of the VEG’D Hot Chik. With a housemade chik’n patty made out of organic soy and jackfruit, this best-selling sandwich is made perfect with buffalo sauce, pickles and coleslaw. All of this bookended by a fresh brioche bun will definitely cure your craving!

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VEG’D Burger

Featuring their delicious brioche bun, the VEG’D burger combines a housemade vegan patty with the simplest ingredients of lettuce, tomato, pickles and cheddar “cheese” to bring diners the ultimate plant-based burger. The tender patty will seriously have you questioning if you’re eating the real deal. “Ask for it ‘Get VEG’D style’ to add grilled onions and extra sauce—it’s the way to go!” says Mulholland.



Credit: Wonho Frank Lee, Veg’d

Our list certainly wouldn’t be complete without the VEG’D version of a BLT. Made with tempeh bacon, lettuce, avocado, sprouts, tomato, ranch and local sourdough, don’t be surprised if the BLAST becomes a weekly order for you. “The sourdough is grilled like a grilled cheese to perfection,” Mulholland says. “Also, even though it’s already a hefty sandwich, some customers go crazy—stacking it up with pickles, cucumbers, pepper jack or provolone cheese!”

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Kung Pao Cauliflower Bowl

Photography By: Wonho Frank Lee, Veg’d

The kung pao cauliflower bowl at VEG’D has become a major fan-favorite due to its dynamic flavors and texture. Over your choice of greens, grains or half of each, enjoy a tasty blend of cauliflower, zucchini, tofu, bell peppers, cashews and sesame seeds tossed in a zesty kung pao sauce. Despite being rather filling, Mulholland says that this healthy bowl will still leave you feeling light even after devouring the whole thing. 


Cold Brew Float

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Whether you’re in need of a midday pick-me-up or you’re looking for a healthier alternative to dessert, the Cold Brew Float at VEG’D will curb your sweet tooth without making you feel the lethargy of a sugar crash. Using a creamy, oat milk-based vanilla soft serve (made in-house) and cold brew coffee from local MoonGoat Coffee Roasters, Mulholland says that the Cold Brew Float is the best thing you’ve never had!

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280 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.




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