There are about sixteen (16) Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill locations in Southern California. I went to the one in the Mission Valley community of the city of San Diego, which is in the Hazard Center plaza. Mission Valley can be a hazardous place in terms of traffic, and thus, the name is fitting.
The good news is that they have a vegan patty, but of course, no vegan bun, although I don’t mind a lettuce wrap instead. However, non-vegans get served a basket of bread, whereas vegans do not because Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill only uses bread with animal products. That’s wrong. Bread is a traditionally vegan food and there’s no reason to dump your unwanted animal by-products in it.
The first time I ate there, the waitress served the bread and then she realized I was vegan, so after I came back from the bathroom she withdrew the bread. Then some meat eaters got served extra bread. Nice world where fat meat eaters get extra bread (a traditionally vegan food) and skinny vegans get none. Nice world. The vegan burger was alright, but tasted like it had minced mushroom.
So, the next time I got the quinoa salad. The salad is already vegan except for the champagne vinaigrette, even though it is purportedly “low cal.” Even their balsamic vinaigrette is non-vegan, meaning none of their dressings are vegan. How totally wrong again. But at least they have vinegar and oil, salt and pepper. I just kept adding those things to my salad and it tasted quite good.
The cocktails I tried were the Vintage Bulleit and Havana’s Best Mojito. They are made with Bulleit Rye Whiskey and Bacardi Superior, respectively, which are both purportedly vegan (Barnivore.com.) I always try to choose a cocktail made with vegan alcohol and these two were quite good.
Each time I tendered my gift card for payment, I added a little note in the check folder that I wanted the balance in cash pursuant to California Civil Code §1749.5(b)(2) (which states that any gift card (as defined by §1749.45(a)) “with a cash value of less than ten dollars ($10) is redeemable in cash for its cash value.”) Each time the waitress came back and gave me the opportunity to write in a tip amount on the gift card. I calculated the balance and wrote that amount in. Basically, the point of this story is, if you want the balance of the gift card to use as a tip or for cash, you should say something because restaurants often don’t automatically give you that option (many vendors also try to circumvent the law, which is another story.) They should, though, because if you don’t have cash on hand the servers could be screwing themselves out of a tip. They know you’re not paying with a credit card, so cash or the gift card is the only money for a tip (unless you want to write a check, which I don’t.) You can just leave the card itself as a tip, but they may inadvertently dispose of the gift card without checking the balance.
Anyway, Wood Ranch BBQ can improve by making vegan bread and vinaigrette. They should also allow all dogs (not just service dogs) on their patio. (They should also stop serving meat, of course.)