LC Goes from The Hills to Laguna Beach

September 17, 2010

in restaurant, soup/stew, travel, vegan

Thought that title might snag some new readers in a google search. Sorry, for those of you hoping to see Lauren Conrad. Surprise! Welcome to Lynn Chen’s food blog!!!

Our friend from the east coast, Shelby, is in the O.C. for a wedding so we left L.A. this morning to have lunch with her.

Driving munchies:

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I asked for some veggie-friendly options on my Twitter account and a few folks suggested The Stand in Laguna Beach:

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That’s precisely what it is – an outdoor stand…

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…only instead of the usual burgers and hot dogs you’d expect, it’s all vegan!

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They couldn’t have been more friendly, offering us a sample as we stepped up to the window. We each had a bite of the Chunky Cauliflower soup.

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Abe and I split our orders. One Oriental Vegetable Burrito

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(Steamed veggies, alfalfa sprouts, ginger tamari sauce)

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And a Veggie Burger (this picture doesn’t do it justice – it was HUMONGOUS). We got it with the works – the soy patty came with guacamole, alfalfa and sun sprouts, tomato, pickles, mustard, ketchup, mild salsa, and lemon herb dressing. Comes with a side of tortilla chips.

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My portion:

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I could barely fit my mouth around the burger. Everything sorta fell out when I took my first bite, including a whole pickle!

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Also tried some of Shelby’s lentil soup (she got the soup/sandwich combo)

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The food was just okay – reminded me of the meals from when I was a vegetarian as a teenager – really fresh, but kinda bland. They have a lot of condiments, though, which helped:

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Still, I really liked this place, and if I’m ever in the area again I’ll be back. There’s so much on the menu to try, and it’s dog friendly too!

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After lunch we hung out a little bit at Shelby’s hotel. See those dots in the ocean?

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Surfers!

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Definitely heard some conversations reminiscent of the MTV show in the parking lot….traffic back was brutal! Once I get this post up it’s time to make dinner!

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{ 10 comments }

1 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I love Laguna Beach. I haven’t been in forever, that food stand looks great. Glad you had fun!

2 Anna September 18, 2010 at 5:17 am

Lol, you are too funny. I bet you snag some new readers! :-)

3 Amy @ Second City Randomness September 18, 2010 at 5:27 am

I’m a little jealous of your beachside wandering… it looks so gorgeous!

4 Simply Life September 18, 2010 at 5:50 am

oh that place looks fun!

5 Lauren September 18, 2010 at 6:10 am

I think Laguna Beach is one of my top 3 places in the world that I love the most. We spent the entire day here last year and I fell in love!!! Such a great town! :)

6 Katie September 18, 2010 at 7:23 am

Woah look at all those surfers!! Dang! Laguna Beach sounds like it would be a lot of fun. I’ve always wanted to go ever since the show Laguna Beach came out. THe Stand looks like such a cute little vegetarian place by the way! The burger looks pretty amazing too!

7 vanillasugar September 18, 2010 at 8:13 am

girl i miss me some laguna!!!! food, surf and fun.
i miss wahoo fish taco too. ever been there?
more surfing pics please. :-)

8 Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine September 18, 2010 at 10:06 am

my heart rate definitely increased when I read that title :) I am a big LC fan! Lauren AND you! haha
I heard she’s coming back to television soon!

9 Erin September 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm

That stand looks absolutely delightful! <3 Your photos turned out wonderful.

10 lowandbhold September 20, 2010 at 5:44 am

That place sounds really cute! Too bad the food was just okay. Hot sauce makes anything better though!

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