Did you know that Pasadena has the very first Vegetarian Fast-Food Take Out place? Opened in 1979 by Orean C. Thomas, this restaurant bills itself as the first ever vegetarian take-out in the nation!
Yes, it’s true… Orean, The Health Express Inc looks like a fast food joint, but it’s specializing in meatless, sugarless, non-dairy items created for optimum nutrition and without chemical additives.
The menu features items like:
- Air Fries
- Soy-Sage O-Muffin
- Orean Cheese Burger
- Selection of Burritos
- Philly Cheese Steak
- African Tostada
- Chili Cheese Dog
- Filet-O-Soul Tofu Burger
Driving down Lake Avenue, you’d never think that this place was anything but your run-of-the-mill take out. It has a drive through and looks a bit like a shack. Food is served in non-descript brown paper bags. Tasty? Some folks swear by it. Others are not impressed.
Have you tried it? What are your favorites?
Location: 817 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena (just North of Orange Grove)
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