Eighteen-dollar quinoa bowl

illustration by KYLE SHINE

Although Paul Martin’s American Grill is a chain with restaurants in California, Texas and Arizona, it sources its mostly organic ingredients locally and seasonally. The Roseville location (at 1455 Eureka Road) dedicates a page on its website to the plight of the vegetarian and vegan diner, and its menu notes vegan-friendly items. Manager Don Keane said the tomato soup is vegan suitable, if ordered sans the sour cream garnish. Other herbivorous items are a side of sautéed snap peas or cauliflower for $6; The Grill salad—greens, tomato, red onion, avocado, cucumber, radish, sunflower seeds, vinaigrette—for $13; and the Seasonal Quinoa Bowl—spinach, blistered tomato relish, mushrooms, fresh vegetables, grilled avocado—for $18. That’s right, an $18 quinoa bowl. But it’s $16 during lunchtime.