Who knew that such good vegan food would be at the heart of downtown Inglewood? Not me! Until now. The BF had jury duty this week and found out about a little vegan restaurant after some googling, so we decided to meet there for lunch since I worked so close.
The place doesn’t look like much from the front, but inside it’s quite nice. The lights are dim, there are some comfy couches in the waiting area, the tables are nicely spaced, and the decoration is fitting. Towards the back, by the checkout counter, there’s a refrigerated cage with desserts.
Their menu ranges from burritos to lasagna to sandwiches, so it should appeal to almost anyone. We split an order of the Soul Food Platter ($16) which comes with two pieces of baked tofu with some sort of bbq sauce, yams, greens, cornbread, mac & cheese, and potato salad. Everything was good. The tofu was seasoned well and had a nice chewy texture. I usually don’t like ginger, but the yams’ sweetness paired nicely with the ginger mixed in. The greens were flavored well, but I would have preferred them to be a little less cooked.
I make a pretty damn good bowl of vegan mac & cheese, but the mac & cheese at Stuff I Eat could give mine a run for its money. Their version was creamy, salty, and had more cheese sprinkled on top.
The potato salad didn’t taste like I expected, but was good nonetheless. I prefer their potato salad to the usual potato salad you get at deli counters, which end up being too sour or oniony. The potatoes in this salad were cooked perfectly.
The best part about the Soul Food Platter was the mini cornbread muffins. The bread was airy, fluffy, and had such a good savory taste. A plate of cornbread, a plate of greens, and I would be a happy girl.
Not knowing if just the Soul Food Platter would be enough food for the both of us, we also got a wild rice taco ($5) when we placed our order. The taco was slightly bigger than your usual taco-truck taco and stuffed with wild rice, greens, guacamole, and a spicy sauce that had a nice kick to it. I don’t know if just the wild rice taco would have filled me up by itself if I were hungry, but it’s nicely sized for a big snack.
After lunch, I felt satisfied, but not stuffed. It was a good feeling.
The food at Stuff I Eat was great, but the prices were on the high side considering its location. I can see those prices being charged if the restaurant was in a high-rent area like Santa Monica, but not in Inglewood. While it’s nice to have a healthy place to eat so close to work, I hope that they aren’t pricing out the other locals. The people working there and I’d like to seem them succeed.
Stuff I Eat
114 N. Market Street
Inglewood, CA 90301
Tue to Sun (11am to 7pm)