Vegan fried chicken restaurant opens in California

Yvonne O'Halloran

Popular food truck The Original Herbivore has opened their first brick-and-mortar location in addition to maintaining the food truck. Now, Southern California vegans don’t have to scramble to find out where they can get some great plant-based fried chicken: instead, they can get takeout at The Original Herbivore’s new eatery in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood.

Owner Sebastian Baranek opted for a permanent location to have a fixed schedule. Though he told VegNews that negotiations for a restaurant lease had begun before COVID-19, the pandemic definitely sped up the process.

Baranek said their food truck was fully booked for 2020,  and “then COVID-19 happened. We had to regroup and go to the streets.”

Though the food truck initially gained popularity among Southern California vegans for its take on fried chicken, The Original Herbivore offers much more. Their menu includes pizza, quiche, sandwiches, spanakopita, and desserts, such as cheesecake.

Of course, anyone craving their fried chicken can still get it: The Original Herbivore’s menu still consists of classics such as their Buffalo Chik’n Sandwich and Chik’n and Waffles.

For anyone wanting their vegan fix, The Original Herbivore is open for takeout from Wednesday to Sunday. While their menu is currently limited due to kitchen upgrades, their food truck is currently located outside of the eatery for extra support.

Article written by Tessa Altman- United States

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