Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Orean's Health Food Express: Vegetarian Fast-Food Drive-Thru
"Drive Thru" by SMercury98
A few weeks ago, I read about a fast food vegetarian take-out restaurant called Orean's The Health Express, which is located in Pasadena, California. The menu looks delicious - burgers, dogs, and burritos. I really wanted to check it out for myself. But, I don't have any anticipated travel to Los Angeles - my hometown - in the near future. I have a younger sister who does live in L.A. County. She agreed to take her kids to Orean's and give me a report.
She described Orean's as basically a burger stand, similar to the original In-N-Out Burger stands (a hugely popular regional burger chain) found in Southern California. She said you order at a window and there are only about 2 or 3 tables to sit at. Most customers came via the drive-thru, which was busy the entire time she was there. She was somewhat surprised at how busy Orean's was, given that it is situated on one corner of an intersection, with KFC, McDonald's, and Carl's Jr situated on the other corners. In other words, Orean's was kicking butt, despite the number of fast food options at this one intersection.
My sister, who is not a vegetarian, ordered the Orean cheese burger with everything on it, including cheese, tomato, lettuce, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and relish. She said that she really enjoyed it, although she thought all of the toppings somewhat overpowered the taste of the patty, which had a "nutty texture." She said that she and her kids were in agreement that the "Super Shakes were the best. They was soooo good."
Orean's is located at 817 North Lake Boulevard in Pasadena, California. I wish we had one of these in the D.C. metro area, preferably, of course, in Alexandria City!