I am fortunate that I have the ability to visit the Cookhouse at Vail Headquarters in Temecula on a regular basis because I live locally. If you are coming here to visit wineries, go to Old Town or hit up Pechanga – I highly recommend stopping by this gem of a location.
One of my all-time favorite places, Amo Naktl Asada (https://instagram.com/amonakatlasada) is located inside this food hall and cooks up the most amazing vegan Mexican food. Pictured below are the beefless asada street tacos.
These tacos have traditional carne asada flavor, without the carne. They have a variety of other dishes such as burritos, tortas and specials they serve throughout the year.
I’ve been eating Chef Tony and his wife Lucero’s food since they were just a pop-up location at local farmers markets. If you’re looking for a great place to get fantastic vegan food, this is where you should stop.
As an added bonus, if you were meeting friends who are not vegan, there are other food options available. I can’t specifically recommend the other places, because I’ve never eaten their food, but from what I understand folks like it.
In an adjacent historic building is The Press Espresso (https://instagram.com/thepressespresso). They serve up some of the best coffee you can find. Their coffee beans are small batch roasted. I buy their beans so that I can brew the best drip coffee at home. I also regularly get their oatmilk latte, pictured below.
Their coffee is roasted to be incredibly smooth and not bitter, unlike what you will find at most national chains. Jeney often gets their green Paradise iced tea. I have also had it many times and been very impressed by its bold, somewhat tropical flavor, without any corn syrup sugary sweetness. They do make sweeteners in house, so if you enjoy a sweet tea, you’re in luck. But that’s not personally our style. To each their own. 🤷♂️
Another cool feature of the Vail Headquarters is the other shops they have throughout the complex – and they feature a variety of pop up markets and live music performances throughout the year.
You can learn about all of their history, upcoming events and other shops at their website: https://www.vailhq.com