I grew up on a lot of fast food. McDonald’s was a regular after school snack in my junior high days – which is actually kind of funny since I don’t eat at many fast food joints anymore. The exception is of course for vegan fast food joints!! I could eat at those everyday!! (well, not really- everyone has their grease capacity).
Evolution Fast Food is in the heart of San Diego. Eat your meal and then burn it off by roaming the nearby Balboa Park. Everything you could possibly want in the typical American fast food menu is there – sans animal products. I don’t go to San Diego much, but I’ve tried enough to know that Evolution is my number 1 place to eat. I think it might be the fact that they have vegan milkshakes! I love milkshakes. This trip I even got two milkshakes ($3.95) – a Chocolate Shake and a Strawberry Shake (strawberry shake picture came out blurry). Oh man, these are good.
Another “Holy Cow!!” moment was tasting their Chick’n Tenders ($3.50 small/$5.50 large). These are how I remember chicken tenders. The spices in the batter are perfect! I got it with ranch to dip and I wish I had more – that little serving of ranch was barely enough for half these beauties.
One dish I wouldn’t get again was the Chili Cheese Fries ($3.95). I thought they were just ok. The chili wasn’t my favorite and it was a juicy kind of chili that made the fries soggy pretty fast.
My friend got the Pesto Burger ($6.95) which he said he enjoyed. It was just a burger with pesto slathered on it. Mmm, vegan pesto. I’m sure I would have enjoyed it, too.
And I got the Bacon Cheeseburger ($7.75) (sorry the gigantic piece of lettuce is getting in the way!). I was getting so full from my shake and the appetizers, that I could barely eat this burger. It was really good, though – although I might just want to come back and get 10 orders of the chick’n tenders.
They also have a bunch of desserts packaged up ready for you to grab-and-go, which is exactly what I did. I took a Boston Creme Cupcake ($3.50) home to enjoy a week later when all this food digested. No really, I did eat it soon after and thought it was all right. I’ve had better cupcakes up in LA, so I probably wouldn’t get this one again (and instead opt for a shake!!).
They even have a drive-thru for that classic “lazy-American” experience!!
2965 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Daily 11 am – 9 pm