Santa Monica has two new empires imported from further east, with the first locations of Veggie Grill and Poquito Mas, two places we’re used to passing in West Hollywood, now west of the 405. Eater tells us this is the fifth location for the meatless restaurant that serves a non-carnivorous take on carne asada and barbecue, while we wonder whether the Koo Koo Roo across the street will beef with Poquito for encroaching on its turf. We don’t frequent any of the three, but have to admit, they’re more appetizing options than the Sizzler they’ve just replaced.
Veggie Grill and Poquito Mas, now open at 2025 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica.