Today I had the chance to check out the extensive vegan menu offerings at Golden Road Brewery and Restaurant in Anaheim.
If you prefer a video format to this blog post, I have also made a video on my Youtube channel reviewing the vegan options here.
Golden Road is located on Orangewood Ave, directly across the street from the Angels Stadium and about one mile away from Disneyland — a very quick Lyft or Uber ride away from the park!
They were so gracious as to host me to try out some of their vegan options. There are so many that it’s hard to know where to start! There are many vegan as-is items, and almost everything else on the menu can easily be made vegan, with clear instructions on the menu on how to modify. This is really the gold standard in my opinion on how a non-vegan restaurant should be presenting its vegan options — there is so much variety, and so much ease in ordering.
Here are the menu photos for your reference, followed by a list of all the options that are vegan or easily modified:
- Pub Pretzel: Giant Bavarian Pretzel served with vegan pimento beer cheese and spicy mustard. Just make sure to request the vegan beer cheese. It is a housemade vegan cheese.
- Brussels Sprouts: Request the vegan version with crispy fried enoki mushrooms instead of pork
- Fried Calamari: Request the vegan version with beer battered Thai coconut
- Blistered Shishito Peppers: Request the vegan version with no bacon and vegan aioli
- Togarashi Nachos: Request the vegan version with vegan ricotta cheese and confit mushrooms
- Pastor Fries: Request the vegan version with confit mushrooms and vegan ricotta
- Fried Avocado Tacos: No modifications necessary!
- Truffle Pancetta Mac and Cheese: Request the vegan version with vegan pimento cheese and fried enoki mushrooms
- Portobello Sliders: No modifications necessary!
- Burgers: Any burger can be made vegan by substituting with vegan patty (currently the Beyond, previously Impossible) and vegan cheese (Chao). They plan on starting to offer Lightlife’s brand new burger very soon.
- Salads: Any salad can be made vegan by substituting the cheese with vegan ricotta cheese.
- Fish and Chips: Request the vegan version with beer battered eggplant.
- Sesame crusted salmon: request the vegan version with grilled portobello.
- Taco Tuesday: The chef told me that the are always several vegan taco options on Tuesdays! That has a separate menu, so I haven’t checked it out yet, but I’ll be going as soon as I can to get some vegan tacos!
- Kids menu: Penne pasta with vegan marinara, or grilled cheese with vegan Chao cheese.
- Chocolate Olive Oil Cake: No modifications necessary!
- Raspberry French Toast: Request the vegan version with vegan french toast batter, sweet vegan cream cheese frosting
- Impossible Loco Moco: No modifications necessary!
- GRB Chile Relleno: Request the vegan version with Impossible stuffed chili and vegan cheese.
All of their beers are vegan, except for in rare cases of milk stout or beers that contain honey. They mark these on the chalkboard in those cases. But there is never any isinglass or gelatin involved.
Now on to the food photos!
Below is the vegan version of the GRB Burger, which has a Beyond Patty, Chao cheese, vegan thousand island sauce, caramelized onions, and sundried tomato on a vegan bun. It comes with fries or tater tots, all of which are in a dedicated fryer. You can also get a little of both, the “party mix” of both fries and tots, as pictured below. Such a great burger with the Chao cheese and caramelized onions! I love Beyond Burgers, but I also can’t wait to try it with the Lightlife Burger when that becomes available.
These are the Fried Avocado Tacos, which do not require any modifications! They were out-of-this-world delicious!
Below are the vegan Fish and Chips (fried eggplant). They come with two vegan sauces — tartar and thousand island. They are super delicious, but they’re not trying to imitate fish 100%. They are definitely inspired by Fish and Chips in general, but it is clearly still eggplant. Nevertheless very tasty! Just to give you a heads up if you expect it to be a replica of fish though.
I am super impressed that they have a vegan dessert on the menu that isn’t raspberry sorbet, which is sort of the token vegan dessert for restaurants that haven’t put much effort into this area. This Chocolate Olive Oil Cake was so rich and decadent! Especially with the berries and dulce de leche syrup.
It is such a relaxing atmosphere here. I love the big open seating areas inside as well as outside. It feels like a German beer garden, which I am very nostalgic about since I lived in Germany for about three years. It is just the perfect afternoon to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine with a beer and some delicious vegan food.
I have been getting so many requests to cover the vegan options at restaurants in Anaheim that are very close to Disneyland, and I’m doing that as often as I can, so stay tuned for more of those. Please let me know in the comments or on Instagram which restaurants you would like to see me cover next!
Until next time, see ya real soon!