Vegan-friendly new Plano restaurant goes beyond the usual burgers
A new mom-and-pop restaurant is opening in Plano with a menu that features burgers and chicken sandwiches side by side with vegan versions of the same.
Called Beyond Veggies Grill, it's opening on January 7 at 1885 Dallas Pkwy. #300, at the corner of Park Boulevard, in the space next to Torchy's Tacos.
Beyond Veggies comes from Nate and Cici Hanson, who wanted to bring a fast, healthy option to Plano with both regular meat and plant-based meat, for lunch and dinner.
The location was most recently home to 24 Hot Chicken & Waffles, a restaurant that Nate opened with another partner; it closed in 2019, but the original location is still open in Studio City, California.
At Beyond Veggies or "BVG," flexitarian is the name of the game, says Cici.
"You can choose veggies and sauces and we serve beef, chicken, and our specialty plant-based proteins, so we have a choice for everyone in any group," she says.
Their menu features customizable bowls, wraps, tacos, or salads. It includes a chicken sandwich, burger, vegan chicken tenders, vegan chicken sandwich, a Beyond burger, tacos, fries, or queso & chips.
They also serves six craft beers on tap, with a daily happy hour from 4-7 pm with $1.50 beers.
The Hansons were inspired by the revolution involving new plant based proteins from companies like Impossible and Beyond, that make for a convincing substitute of meat.
They incorporated the products into their meals, and saw major benefits.
"We were floored when we tried Beyond plant-based meat," Cici says. "It was just as good as the real deal in terms of taste, but we also loved the increase in energy and ease on our digestive systems that we experienced."
She says they haven't totally given up beef and chicken nor gone "all out vegan," but are instead doing what many people are doing: cutting back on animal products and diversifying with plant protein.
"It makes dining out feel healthier and fun with all the varieties to try," she says.