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Los Angeles Restaurants

Thank you kind lifers for writing in and requesting a go-to post dedicated to kind LA eateries. Below is a list of vegan / vegan friendly restaurants all over LA. I included some favorites of mine combined with some restaurants I haven’t been to yet. Please fill me in on anything delicious that’s new or I don’t know about!

Angelini Osteria – West Hollywood

Angelini has a yum artichoke salad, great eggplant pasta, and farro salad.

Bar Ama – Downtown LA

This restaurant isn’t exclusively vegan but they make a mean cashew poblano queso that you can add soyrizo to! They also have some solid veggie sides.

Cafe Gratitude – Downtown LA, Venice, and in Larchmont Village.

They have insane key lime pie! The whole bowl, butternut squash tacos, and bruschetta are all solid yum choices.

Crossroads Kitchen – West Hollywood

Amazing!! The menu changes by the season but my favorite items are: vichyssoise soup, impossible sliders, squash blossoms, watermelon salad, scaloppini parmesan or milanese, impossible cigars, truffle potatoes, and the peach sundae !! The desserts are yummy these days.

Cruzer Pizza – Los Feliz

We had Cruzer Pizza on the set of Book Club (a film I worked on recently) and the crew really loved it!! The entire menu is vegan!

Doomies – Hollywood

If you’re craving In-N-Out, go to Doomies instead!

Elderberries Cafe – Hollywood

Bear, my parents, and I came here for an awesome brunch. Bear ordered a bagel (with cashew cheese and tomato) and smoothie for himself and I tried the avocado panini and emerson’s frittata – both were delicious! I have since returned and love the BBQ veggie burger. Yum city and good vibes! It’s a great and easy meeting place. 

Elf Cafe – Silver Lake

This place is a great date spot! Super cute and romantic. Most of their stuff is vegan but for some dishes just ask them to hold the cheese. Recently I got the fattoush salad that had sumac and lentils in it and the fatayer (a pastry filled with spinach and olives). For dessert I tried a saffron pudding. All dishes were really good!

Flore Vegan – Silver Lake

I had a delicious slice of chocolate cake here a while back with my friend Marina, it was so pretty and yum!

Gracias Madre – West Hollywood

The chips + guac are yum and the cocktails look good too. The design of the restaurant is pretty and has a nice outdoor space!

Le Comptoir – Koreatown

This place is the greatest!!!! My favorite!! They have a vegetarian tasting menu that’s almost completely vegan! 

Little Pine – Silver Lake

The mushroom bourguingon, fried cauliflower, are super yum! And you absolutely MUST try the banana cream pie. I’m not even a fan of banana creme pie but it was to die for!!

M Cafe de Chaya – multiple locations

I used to love this place, they have lots of options for superhero fare, but it’s not one of my go-to’s anymore. The vegan benedict , kale salad, and sweet potato wasabi were my favorites! For some reason I think the quality of the food is no longer the same, what do you think? On the plus side, it’s pretty, convenient, and their linzer + chocolate chip cookies are good!

Mohawk Bend – Echo Park

Fun vegan food like pizza, veggie burgers, and chili cheese fries!

Nobu – West Hollywood & Malibu

If you’re feeling fancy, Nobu has tons of veggie sides and sushi rolls. 

Plant Food + Wine – Venice

Kitchen Mouse – Highland Park

Real Food Daily – West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena

Real Food Daily has yummy treats, solid macro eats, and great brunch. Crazy yum nachos! We got Bear’s third birthday cake here! They also make great vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting. My favorite menu item was the reuben sandwich but it’s no longer on the menu.. If you go ask them what’s up with that?! 

Shima – Venice

Shima is amazing, delicious, and fancy pants. It’s not entirely vegan but they have so many vegan dishes. They use rice that has no sugar, which is next to impossible to find at a sushi joint! The desserts are all dairy free :) I love it here! The burdock root sushi is one of my favorite rolls. 

Shojin – Downtown & Culver City

If you are a fan of sushi you must run to Shojin! They have a nuts vegan sushi menu plus a bunch of other fun dishes. My favorite dish here is their ‘scallops’.

The Butcher’s Daughter – Venice

I have not been here yet, is it good? I’ve been to the NYC Location! 

Vegan Glory – Beverly Grove

Vegan thai! Really solid.

Vegetable – Studio City

The food is so yummy & the vibe is so easy and casual. This place is great! The pressed philly cheesesteak and tomato soup are so good!

Vromage – West Hollywood

Vromage is insane. The Brie Truffle is amazing. Recently, I tasted the gouda with caramelized onions and the manchego with olive oil and rosemary. They are unbelievable!! If you are crazing something cheesy and delicious, get to Vromage! You must get a sandwich and say hello to Youssef for me. He is the best!

Wahoos Tacos  – West LA

If you are on the go and starving, Wahoos has good sautéed tofu that can go in tacos, a burrito, bowl, or salad. The tofu tacos are yum!

 

 

Photo Credit: ocholisiticbeauty 

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  • veganessa

    I’ve got the Westside covered: The Butcher’s Daughter is vegetarian but lots of vegan options. Their bakery is 100% vegan and delicious. That have an insane ruben. I usually go for brunch – you can turn their breakfast burrito vegan by substituting the eggs for adzuki bean bacon and adding Daiya. It’s my husband’s favorite thing ever. I usually get the Matcha green tea pancakes – gluten free and rad. The only thing I don’t love about the place is the super hipster vibe and the insanely long wait. If you go for brunch, either get there when they open or be prepared to wait for an hour.

    Plant Food + Wine is amazing because it is so different from any other restaurant, the back patio feels like you’ve been transported to Greece – it’s stunning, and it’s delicious. I’ve actually only been there once (a little pricey for me) but loved everything we ordered. It is so different. Unprocessed, artistic and so unique I can’t even describe. You just need to go. I would save this for date night or birthday celebrations

    Fala Bar isn’t listed above but this is also on Abbot Kinney in Venice. All vegan, organic, very casual falafel bar with the most insane options. Best burger and sweet potato fries in town. Extra bonus, it’s super affordable compared to everything else around. For 10 or 12 bucks you will have more food than you can eat – amazing for organic food on Abbot Kinney! Small patio with picnic tables in the back.

    All the above restaurants are on Abbot Kinney so I think it is worth mentioning that the Pressed Juicery on Abbot Kinney serves up cold pressed juice soft serve style. It’s out of this world and totally healthy. Visit Venice for the day, eat amazing food and treat yourself to juice freeze!

    Tocaya is an organic Mexican restaurant with locations in Venice, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood. This is hands down my favorite restaurant right now. The Venice location is the best as far as the vibe goes. Rustic and beachy but not pretentious. Almost everything on the menu starts vegan (bowls, tacos, burritos, salads). You then choose your protein (vegans can choose chipotle tofu or their home made vegan piccadillo) and you choose your cheese (vegan chipotle crema and Daiya options). The kale salad is to die for, the tacos are made with the best tortillas ever, and their guac is topped with pomegranate seeds and can be served with tortilla chips or plantain chips. My husband and I often split the kale salad and tacos. Best part – it’s affordable. Happy Hour 2 for 1 tacos makes it even better. I swear I have no affiliation with them. Just obsessed right now.

    ERVEN is an all vegan slightly fancy restaurant in Santa Monica where our Real Food Daily used to be. (Please come back to Santa Monica, RFD!!!) My friends and I liked it but weren’t over the moon. However, some of my friends rave and think it is better than Crossroads. For me, they are just different. Definitely worth trying.

    Also want to add Au Lac in Downtown Los Angeles. Vietnamese fusion. It is fantastic! My steak loving in-laws love this place. This Au Lac location is much fancier than their original Fountain Valley location and has a different menu. If you are familiar with the original, prepare to be surprised. Au Lac is right by the Disney Concert Hall, The Music Center, and Dorthy Chandler Pavilion. It’s the perfect place to go if you are lucky enough to take in a performance downtown. Don’t let the strip mall location fool you. It’s beautiful inside. Perfect for date night.

  • Debra Mazer

    Yay! I also like Sage in Culver City + Au Lac Fountain Valley + DTLA. Also there are two new places in Long Beach: Under the Sun (raw food) + Seabirds (also in Costa Mesa). ♡♡

  • Staci Stewart

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  • Debi Cole

    Yea! Thank you! My son and daughter in law and my two grandsons love in Eagle Rock. We have been to Kitchen Mouse..it was cute..but always looking for some fun places that are kid friendly! to try!
    I noticed that you like Donut friend on your instagram ….oh my heavens…so yum!

    Please come to San Luis Obispo! Try Bliss Cafe! Hugs!

  • veganessa

    I hadn’t heard. That is awful!!! Thanks for sharing. I’ll try to edit my post.