Richmond Magazine - Best Burgers (November 2009)

Palani Drive - Veggie Burger
Grab onto this veggie burger with both hands. It's huge and a little sloppy, with a moist, chunky center. Corn, green peppers and onions play well with black beans, and fresh toppings with a whole wheat bun make this a winner. Ask for a side of salsa to add a little zip.


West End's Best- - In Search of the West End's Best Salads (March/April 2009)

At Palani Drive, you have to ask yourself - are you sure this is healthy? It's that good! Everything at Palani Drive, including salad dressings, is made from scratch with fresh ingredients, which you csn tell with every bite. Choose from the Palani, Caesar, Greek, Luau or Santa Fe salads. With each salad, you can also add grilled chicken, grilled tilapia, ginger tuna salad, or chicken salad to your plate. After trying the Santa Fe and Luau salads, it's obvious that the chefs at Palani Drive know their way around a salad. (more...)


Work Magazine - Eating Green
(Fall 2007)

When athletes hear the words Palani Drive, heartbeats quicken, blood pumps faster, muscles begin to rhythmically flex. This maybe accompanied by a series of tough "he-person" grunts.

Palani Drive, for those unfamiliar athletes, is the homestretch of the Ironman Kona, Hawaii. When people from the region hear the words Palani Drive, heartbeats quicken and blood pumps faster. This is always accompanied by the smacking of one's lips and occasional drool. Palni Drive for regional locals is the home of great healthy vegetarian food and a laid-back atmosphere on Libbie Avenue.

"What we are all about is providing fresh, healthy food, good service and a pleasant atmosphere," declares (more...)


Richmond Magazine - Beyond Fast Food (August 2007)

Halle says: Palani Drive is a great place to go on a hot summer day because they have great smoothies, and sometimes I'm allowed to just have that for my meal. My favorite flavors are the ones with mango in them, like the Mana. I also like the cheese quesadillas there. You can sit outside on the deck or inside in these big booths or up at the bar, especially when the Tour de France is on TV (I watch it with my Daddy, who loves his bike).

Karen says: There are plenty of great options here if you are a vegetarian or an especially health eater looking to instill those same habits in your offspring. Many of the appetizers at this Libbie and Grove mainstay - the black bean cakes and the hummus for example - work well as entrees for younger customers. The atmosphere is appealingly laid back, and there is an ice cream shop just a stones throw away if bribery becomes necessary during the meal.


Richmond Magazine - Best Exotic Milkshake or Smoothie (August 2004)

Editor's Pick
Take bananas, blueberries, mango juice and ice, dump it in a blender, pulse till smooth, and you've got out favorite smoothie - the Mango Monkey. For just $2.95 (note: now priced at $3.75), you get a filling, healthy drink that'll tide you over until your next meal or,in a pinch, that can serve as your next meal.

Best List #37 - Funky Monkey Smoothie
Few things are as fun to say as "funky monkey." The moniker is as goofy as the beverage it names is satisfying. For fans of the chocolate-peanut butter combination, the smoothie drink is the ultimate. Palani Drive offers an extensive line of smoothies, wraps and salads that unite flavor with a healthy approach to eating. The funky monkey, with its touch of chocolate and dollop of peanut butter, is among the more extravagant options on the menu at the California-style eatery.

For a taste of a funky monkey, simply combine the following in a blender:

1 banana, cut into four pieces
1 cup ice
4 ounces chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons peanut butter
8 ounces skim milk