Conscientious falafel

Illustration by Maria Ratinova

Grills & Greens is trying to do things right. The fast-casual Middle Eastern-slash-Persian eatery marks all vegan and gluten-free items on its menu; states that it’s “established on fundamental principles that economic prosperity must go hand in hand with social responsibility”; uses eco-friendly disposable products; emphasizes they make everything in-house (including the fresh-squeezed lemonade); and posts humanitarian and health-edutainment content on its Facebook page. Grills & Greens offers seven vegan dishes, which mostly revolve around falafel, eggplant and hummus in sandwich form, rice-plate form and a combination-of-the-former-two form. Located at 3040 Sunrise Boulevard in Rancho Cordova, it closes soon after the work whistle blows. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on most days, so get there early if you want to ask if those are really name-brand Craisins in the vegetarian (not vegan) Kale & Quinoa Salad or regular dried cranberries.