WASHINGTON, January 24, 2015 – How did this vegan foodie not know about the organic, non-GMO and most especially the secret vegan menu at Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill?
Once not on even my radar, this cool fast casual restaurant, which is quickly expanding beyond its 21 California locations (coming soon to Portland!), is now buzzworthy for my fine palate as well as all vegans who love highly nutritional food at a good price.
On a fact-finding mission with Sharkyís CEO Steve Paperno and COO David Goldstein, along with a farmer from the very organic Deardorff Family Farms, I discovered why this vegan-friendly restaurant chain attracts those who are seeking clean eating and drinking.
Paperno says his lifestyle franchise brand has the purpose of inspiring change and creating paths to a healthier, more sustainable world Now, I’m not sure if Sharky’s will change the world, but my educational visit did blow my mind (and my taste buds!).
Of course, for us vegans, the non-GMO tofu bowls, burritos and salads were the most inspiring part of the meal. And although not all of Sharkyís ingredients are organic, these are: pinto beans, black beans, brown rice, white rice, quinoa, greens, kale, black beans, spinach and romaine lettuce.
For vegans, Sharky’s delivers its no-GMO tofu in bowl, burrito and taco forms. There’s also a perfectly-balanced superfood like quinoa salad for vegans with organic red and white quinoa, organic baby spinach, cabbage, green onions, jicama, cucumber, sweet peppers, cilantro, toasted flax and chia seeds all tossed in an avocado vinaigrette.
And then there is the secret vegan menu. Created with the help of an LA food blogger who would eat weekly at Sharky’s and bend the menu to her plant-based ways, she created three items that bring even more nutrition to the plate.
I chose the AJ burrito (also available in a bowl), which featured organic brown rice, organic black beans and steamed broccoli. You’ll have to visit to find out what the other two are!
When this healthful dish was set in front of me, I thought perhaps it would be bland. I was wrong. Even without adding any of Sharky’s signature avocado sauce or smoky salsa, this secret burrito was creamy, flavorful and satisfying.
Don’t miss Sharky’s fresh-squeezed lemonades and teas (as well as absolutely delicious sangrias and craft microbrews) such as watermelon basil and hibiscus-and-ginger infused green tea.
Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill has 21 California locations in Aliso Viejo, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Camarillo, Chatsworth, Hollywood, Irvine, Newbury Park, Newport Beach, Palmdale, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, Simi Valley, Tarzana, Toluca Lake, Tustin, Valencia, Ventura, Westlake Village and Woodland Hills.
Plus, Sharky’s has new locations coming soon to Marina Del Rey, Thousand Oaks, Portland and Northridge. This health-conscious brand is also seeking to expand its franchises into Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico.
For menus and locations, visit www.sharkys.com. Also, become a fan of Sharkyís on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @sharkyssocial
Sheryll Alexander is a writer, editor, social media guru and media consultant. Follow her @sheryllalexande and @EmpressMediaLA